Meet the Fleet: Adrian Peach

In our latest ‘Meet the Fleet’ we catch up with SB20 UK Class Chairman, Adrian Peach, who also won this year’s Grand Slam at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week with his team on ‘Uber’

Adrian Peach

Adrian Peach

Name: Adrian Peach 

Sail Number: GBR 3720 

SB20 Fleet: Torquay 

Skipper/crew: Skipper 

What drew you to sail in the SB20 fleet? How many  years have you sailed in the class? I have previously sailed Melges 24 and when the M24 fleet basically collapsed in the UK, I needed to find something similar to sail. The SBs had contacted the Royal Torbay YC and wanted to do a trysail day based out of the club, they basically sold three boats into Torquay that weekend – of which I had one! That was about six years ago and since then I have created many great memories and enjoyed lots of fun times in the SB. 

What is your experience in one-design racing? I think there is only one type of racing people should do and that is one-design! Previously in Melges 24 and very little in dinghies (I’ve never really liked putting a wetsuit on to go sailing!).

What is the rest of the crews’ experience? Bowman Jim Short is relatively new to sailing, he’s a great guy and very strong, we met in the club whilst our sons sailed RS Feva’s and 29ers throughout the RYA Squad system, nationally and internationally.

Garry Phare our middle man has just about sailed everything, he has a Finn at the moment and given half a chance he would be out on the water all week, if work didn’t get in the way! He just loves it!

Are you planning to compete in the SB20 class in 2016?  We now have 10 SBs based in Torquay, which when we can get them all out provides great racing in itself. My plans next year are to defend Cowes and do the Worlds in Portugal. This has been the first year I have not been traipsing all around the place with my son’s sailing, he now drives, and sails 49ers for the British Team – it’s been really nice to concentrate on my own sailing without having to put him first! 

Do you have a favourite SB20 sailing memory? I’m generally quite good upwind so getting around the windward mark first at a major event always creates great memories form me. This year sticking with the same team has enabled us to improve downwind, together with a new boat I feel we are gradually getting downwind mode changes sorted! 

One of Adrian's favourite SB20 memories - leading a 100-boat fleet around the top mark at the 2013 Worlds in Hyères

One of Adrian’s favourite SB20 memories – leading a 100-boat fleet around the top mark at the 2013 Worlds in Hyères

Where is your favourite sailing location? Lake Garda, Torquay and Hamilton Island (Whoops, can I have three!?). 

Have you sailed an SB20 there?  Yes at all three. I’m hoping the fleet go back to Australia again as I really enjoyed the experience of sailing down under!

If you could change one thing about the SB20, what would it be? The crew weight limit, I think the boat has an optimum crew weight and 270 is about right, however I know a lot of crews struggle getting down to weight.

When you’re not sailing, what do you do? I’m a residential landlord, and have got a few places dotted around Torbay which gives me a fair amount of free time!

Anything else we need to know about you? Not really, I’m generally a happy person, with a loving wife and two great sons – what more can you ask for? 

Top Tips! Grease your rudder pin regularly with waterproof grease, its stops the wear, if there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s movement in my rudder set up!

'Baloo' (3057' leads 'Uber' (3720) in Race 3 of the Cowes SB20 Grand Slam ©Rick Tomlinson/Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

‘Baloo’ (3057′ leads ‘Uber’ (3720) in Race 3 of the Cowes SB20 Grand Slam ©Rick Tomlinson/Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week