The 2014 SB20 world champions are Evgeny Neugodnikov, Sergey Musikhin and Pavel Kuznetsov of Russia. The team from Yekaterinburg won over their nearest rivals by 7 points in a challenging championships.
The world championships, hosted by the St Petersburg Yacht Club in Russia, attracted a fleet of over 50 boats. Besides a large Russian entry there were boats from the Ukraine, Portugal and Italy, while second place overall went to the Spanish team of Hugo Rocha, Francisco Palacio and Alexey Semenov, and third overall to the French squad of Salomon Matthieu, Quentin Delapierre and Kevin Peponnet.
At the final day prizegiving, attended by dignitaries including the Vice-President of the Russian National Sailing Federation Sergey Alexeev, and the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Physical Culture and Sports of the Government of Saint Petersburg Alexandr Perelman, there were also prizes awarded to the top female skippers (won by Sabine Pebrier of France), youth (Salomon Matthieu) and Masters (Antonello Ciabatti of Italy).
Rodion Luka of the Ukraine won the Russian Open, prior to the World Championships.
Big congratulations to Evgeny and his team, whose results – including two wins, and all top three places with a discarded fourth from the six completed races – show that they are very worthy winners in a tough regatta. It was also great to see some new names and new nations on the podium.
The Principal Race Officer Hans Piter Hylander commented: “The only one bad thing has been the wind. There was too much waiting for it. But when you look at the results you can see that top boats were good in every race; so I think we have the worthy winner and worthy medalists, and that’s the important thing. This is the first time I’ve worked with this class, so it was a surprise that some of teams were so consistent, because there were difficult conditions, but they didn’t left any chances to their rivals.”
Logistical complications meant that we at SportsboatWorld were unable to attend this year, but we were very encouraged to see the size of the Russian fleet with about 40 boats attending the worlds. Considering that the fleet has grown from effectively zero to over 60 boats in 3 years is great growth and bears well for the future. Unfortunately the weather gods didn’t help the event, and several days’ races were lost due to the very light conditions, but by all accounts the organisation was superb and the event was enjoyed by all who attended.
The new White Formula Boats from Sportsboatworld are now establishing themselves towards the front of the fleet, with 5 of the top 10 at the St Petersburg Worlds, and also in 2014 winning the Cowes, Torbole and Kiel Grand Slams, as well as the UK, Russian and Belgian Nationals. Sportsboatworld are now filling up their winter production schedule, so get in touch soon to get your new SB20 for next year’s Lake Garda Worlds…