Royal Yacht Squadron to host 2017 Worlds

Exciting news – the 2017 SB20 World Championships are heading back to the Solent, home of the very first SB20 fleet. Here’s the full story:

The SB20 class will hold its 2017 World Championships at the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Grand Slam - Cowes - Fleet Start at the Royal Yacht Squadron

Grand Slam – Cowes – Fleet Start at the Royal Yacht Squadron

Following a competitive tender process from five international sailing clubs in Cork, Galway, Ulster and Tasmania, Australia, the SB20 World Council voted for the RYS to host the championships. Event dates will be confirmed early in 2015.

Ed Russo, President of the SB20 World Council, commented: “We are excited about the opportunity of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes hosting the 2017 SB20 Worlds. The Solent is where the first SB20 fleet began and we expect a significant number of participants from the 13 fleets around the world to return to the founding waters for this event.”

The Royal Yacht Squadron is one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, the host club of the very first America’s Cup race (held around the Isle of Wight in 1851), and founder of the famous Cowes Week regatta. With its spectacular canon start-line at Cowes Castle, the Squadron hosts top level racing events on the Solent waters each year.

Rear Commodore (Yachting) Jonathan Perry commented: “The Royal Yacht Squadron is delighted to have been selected to host the SB20 World Championships in 2017. The Solent provides challenging sailing conditions for this truly international class, which we look forward to welcoming to Cowes.”

A global fleet is expected for the 2017 World Championships as well as a strong UK entry.

The SB20 will hold its 2015 World Championships at Torbole, on Lake Garda, Italy and in 2016 in Cascais, Portugal, giving the fleet three superb venues for the next three overall World Championship contests, which also include Youth, Masters and Ladies titles.