Please select your home edition
Zhik 2021 New Season LEADERBOARD

Exciting link up for Land Union September Regatta and SB20 UK Nationals at the Royal Southern YC

by Louay Habib 16 Sep 2020 09:52 BST 16-20 September 2020
Exciting Line Up at the Royal Southern Yacht Club for the Land Union September Regatta © Louay Habib / RSrnYC

The Land Union September Regatta, organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club will take place this weekend, 19-20 September. Over 60 teams have entered, including the SB20 Class, which will be racing for their Open & National Championships.

The Land Union September Regatta fleet has a multitude of classes. HP30, Performance 40, J/111, IRC, Club Class, J/70 and XODs. Title sponsor Land Union, Antigua Sailing Week and North Sails have provided some fantastic prizes. Late entry is available with all documentation on-line at

Spectacular late summer conditions are forecast for the weekend with solid breeze and sunshine predicted. Keelboats racing under IRC will be split into several classes. The pocket rocket HP30 Class will be revelling in the surfing conditions. The Performance 40 Class will include the 2019 P40 National Champion Juno, skippered by Christopher Daniel. Also set for the regatta is the 2019 RSrnYC Summer Series Champion Blair & Beckett's King 40 Cobra. Five J/111 are entered, including Tony & Sally Mack's McFly, winner of the 2020 J-Cup. Mixing it up will be David Bartholomew's Cape 31 Tokoloshe 3 and Ian Atkins IC37 Icy.

The Club Class is growing in popularity at the Royal Southern YC, racing under the VPRS Rating system. The competition is designed for smaller teams that prefer round the cans racing, delivering some stunning vistas on The Solent. Racing in the Club Class this weekend will be Matthew Richardson's Ayaya, Claire Dresser's Lady Penrose, David Hitchcock's Red Five and Mark Catherall's Teela. The elegant Spirit Yacht Dido, sailed by Suzie Anthony will be racing, as will Christian Teichmann's stunning 6 Metre Abu. One Design Classes in action, include the historic XOD Class and also the J/70 Class. Lutz Strangemann from regatta sponsor Land Union will be racing his J/70 Mimis.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club has the pleasure of welcoming the SB20 Class for four days of action. On Thursday 16th September, the SB20 UK Sprint Championship is a stand-alone event with the SB20 fleet blasting along through six back-to-back short, sharp races.

The SB20 National Championships 2020 will be held 17th-20th September with ten races scheduled on their own windward leeward course. Hot favourite for the championship will be John Pollard's Xcellent. However, strong competition is expected from McAdam & Whelan's Breaking Bod and Gillet & Hines' PBII. Expect fireworks from Ollie Hill's young guns on Ethel and James Howells' Gelert, featuring the Bedford Pack. Simon Russell's Sportsboatworld has a stellar team of Ben McGrane and Jamie Lee.

All of the racing, race management and facilities ashore are organised in line with HM Government and RYA guidance on Covid -19. All teams will be racing with a reduced or limited crew with social distancing. For more information please visit

Related Articles

2021 Landsail Tyres J-Cup preview
All systems go for the June event! Key Yachting is delighted to announce the launch of the 2021 Landsail Tyres J-Cup. This will be the first major regatta in England following the proposed final stage of the UK Government roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions. Posted on 13 Apr
Women's Open Keelboat Championship set for June
2021 event teams up with RYA/British Keelboat League The Women's Open Keelboat Championship will be returning to Hamble for its 12th edition in June 2021. After sadly having to cancel the 2020 edition of the event we can't wait to see lots of boats on the startline of WOKC 2021. Posted on 2 Apr
J Cup European Tour 2021 announced
With events in Malta, France and England Big news for 2021, the J Cups are multiplying all over Europe! This year we are happy to announce, in collaboration with our network of experts, three new J Cup dates! Posted on 8 Mar
Simon 'Fumesy' Russell passes away
One of sailing's great characters has been taken from us by Covid One of sailing's great characters has been taken from us by Covid. Simon Russell, known by all as Fumesy, suddenly passed away on Tuesday. Posted on 6 Jan
Paul Ward joins Cowes Week Ltd Board
Current J/70 World Champion adds his experience to the event Cowes Week, one of the world's best-known regattas, remains at the forefront of the UK sailing scene and indeed is on the bucket list for sailors worldwide. Posted on 27 Nov 2020
Land Union September Regatta and SB20 UK Nationals
In difficult times the Royal Southen gave outstanding racing John Pollard, racing with Jack Wetherell and Rhos Hawes, won all but one of the ten race championship to lift the SB20 UK National Trophy. "Well done to the Royal Southern for organising the regatta in difficult times," commented John. Posted on 22 Sep 2020
Land Union September Regatta day 1
Shifty conditions in the Solent A gusty north easterly breeze kept all the competitors on their toes for the first day of racing at the Land Union September Regatta. Up to three races for all classes were held in the Central and Eastern Solent. Posted on 20 Sep 2020
2020 J/70 UK National Championship overall
Jeepster & Brutus win the Open and Corinthian titles respectively The J/70 UK Class boast reigning World Champions in both the Open and Corinthian Classes. However, a dramatic end to racing at the 2020 J/70 UK National Championships, resulted in two new national champions. Posted on 14 Sep 2020
2020 J/70 UK National Championship day 2
Break away three The Solent is a tricky place to sail, especially when the wind is all over the place. Uber wind shifts postponed the start of the second day, but once the wind direction stabilized, three windward leeward races were hard fought for the 22-strong fleet. Posted on 13 Sep 2020
2020 J/70 UK National Championship day 1
Three-way tie at the top as racing starts in the central Solent As if by magic, a solid south westerly breeze kicked in shortly before the start of the first race for the 2020 J/70 UK National Championships. The wind speed rose steadily through the day, piping up to 20 knots in the gusts. Posted on 12 Sep 2020