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Land Union September Regatta and SB20 UK Nationals at the Royal Southern Yacht Club

by Louay Habib 22 Sep 2020 10:49 BST 16-20 September 2020
Royal Southern YC's Land Union September Regatta 2020 © Louay Habib / RSrnYC

The Land Union September Regatta and SB20 UK National Championships, organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, concluded on Sunday 20th September. John Pollard's Xcellent is the SB20 UK National Champion. Class winners for the Land Union September Regatta were, Glyn Locke's Toucan (HP30), Dave Bartholomew's Tokoloshe 3 (IRC 1), Howell & Newell's Arcus (IRC 3), Graham Nixon's Magic (Club Class) Jonnie Goodwin's RYS Team (J/70), Gary Rossall's Little X (XOD).

A superb array of prizes was provided by title sponsor Land Union, as well as Antigua Sailing Week and North Sails. Including flights to Berlin, accommodation at world class hotels, and complimentary dockage and entry to the 2021 edition of Antigua Sailing Week. North Sails provided prizes from their excellent clothing range, as well as technical support for the regatta.

Thank you very much to all participants, club members and the Royal Southern YC for arranging a wonderful event," commented Lutz Strangemann, founder of the international real estate company Land Union Group. "We are very happy that the event could take place, despite the pandemic, it has been an unusual exercise for all of us. We are looking forward to next year, and we hope by September, that everything is back to normal. We look forward to extending our support to the Royal Southern."

Land Union September Regatta

In the HP30 Class, Glyn Locke's Farr 280 Toucan had an impressive regatta, taking for race wins from six races. Lucian Stone's Fareast 28 Vendetta had a splendid last day, winning two races to finish the regatta in second place. Mike Lewis' Lutra 30 Jester scored a podium finish in every race to place third for the regatta.

In IRC 1, the 16-strong class was won by David Bartholomew's Cape 31 Tokoloshe 3. In second place by just one point was Christopher Daniel's J/122 Juno, which was the winner of the Performance 40 Division. Rob Bottomley's Sailplane was second in Performance 40 and second overall for the Summer Series. The Sailplane crew won a trip to Berlin for the whole crew, including to stay in a world class hotel accommodation, courtesy of Land Union. Cornel Riklin's Jitterbug was the top J/111 for the regatta and third in the Performance 40 division.

Tokoloshe 3 won an impressive range of prizes, including a trip to Berlin for the whole crew, including flights and world class hotel accommodation, courtesy of Land Union. Tokoloshe 3 was also the Overall Summer Series winner taking the magnificent Antigua Sailing Week prize of free dockage and entry to the 2021 edition of Antigua Sailing Week (24-30 April).

"The trip to Berlin is going to be awesome," commented Tokoloshe's Dave Bartholomew. "Both myself and my father have been to Antigua Sailing Week before and it's a fantastic regatta. This weekend has been great racing, we were lucky enough to get excellent weather, it has been an absolute blast!"

In IRC 3, Howell & Newell's A35 Arcus scored well on the last day to win the class. Gordon Craigen's J/105 Jacana and Becky Walford's J/92 Brenda's J were tied on points after six races. Jacana was class runner-up by virtue of countback.

In Club Class, two new race winners celebrated on the final day; Dudley Stock's X-302 Xtract and Gary Fry's Xp44 MinX. Royal Southern YC Commodore, Graham Nixon, racing his Elan 40 Magic, won the class by just a point from Claire Dresser's Sigma 362 Lady Penrose, MinX was third.

In the J/70 Class, Jonnie Goodwin's RYS team was the winner, in second place was Simon Patterson's Standfast and Kai - Uwe Hollweg's Boysterous was third. In the XOD Class, Gary Roxall's Little X won all three races. Jonnie Goodwin's team was third overall for the Summer Series. By Courtesy of Land Union, Goodwin's team win a stay for five people at Mimi's Hotel, Soho, London.

"What a fantastic weekend it has been; terrific weather and outstanding racing," commented Royal Southern YC Commodore, Graham Nixon at the virtual prize-giving. "My whole-hearted thanks to Lutz Strangemann and Land Union, Antigua Sailing Week, and North Sails. 25 people made up the Race Management team on the water, many thanks to all of them especially PRO Peter Bateson and White Group RO Stephen Parry. We look forward to seeing all the competitors in 2021 Summer Series, starting with the May Regatta."

See full results for all classes in the Land Union September Regatta

SB20 UK National Championships

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," commented John. "In difficult times the club gave us outstanding racing and a great welcome on shore. Well done to all the competitors, it has been great to finally get racing and a big fleet as well. It is also encouraging to see new teams coming into the class."

Simon Russell's Sportsboatworld did manage to take a one race win and seven podium finishes to secure second overall. McAdam and Whelan showed how competitive the SB20 Class is by commenting that they were disappointed in only coming third racing SB20 Breaking Bod. Oliver Hill's Ethel was the winner of the SB20 Youth Trophy.

All of the racing, race management and facilities ashore organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club are in line with HM Government and RYA guidance on Covid -19. All teams race with a reduced or limited crew with social distancing. For more information:

SB20 UK National Championships Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat nameClassOwner/SkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1  GBR 3754XcellentSB20John PollardRoyal Torbay Yacht Club12111111119
2  GBR 3469SportsboatworldSB20simon russellNetley SC HRSC21322UFD363729
3  GBR 3758Breaking BodSB20Richard McAdamBough Beech SC574342285638
4  GBR 3149PBIISB20Paul HineLlanbedr and Pensarn YC11324133626542
5  GBR 3085MojoSB20David MatthewsSunderland Yacht Club6555871334346
6  GBR 3510GelertSB20James HowellsRORC441612547481260
7  GBR 3027EthelSB20Oliver HillRSrnYC RLymYC1461510354721364
8  GBR 3146Reach AroundSB20Christian SutherlandLymington39777911911971
9  GBR 3316L.O.S.SB20Joe Hemmantu/a9141011665591775
10  GBR 3584BoomerangSB20Lizzie FarringtonRNSA1581113151281313295
11  3086 Sb20Tom NeilsonUYC71117149UFD12111210103
12  3531CarnageSb20Robin KirbyWarsash SC16106151710916UFD8107
13  GBR 3082SHARCSB20charles sheppardRORC131586111516121515110
14  GBR 3069SlinkySB20Ian HudsonWarsash SCDNCDNCDNC91281015711112
15  320AMICASB20Lukas KolffRORC1216121718131417104115
16  GBR 33686a Vision HomesSB20Peter NoeRSrnYC101798161617101618119
17  GBR 3556HerbieSB20phil tilleyLlandegfedd Sailing Club17131416101115141416123
18  469The Good The Bad & The UglySB20Tom McWilliamOYC 81213181414DNFDNS1714130
19  GBR 3044Gold DiggerSB20Simon BottomsRSrnYC18181819191718181819163

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