SB20s heading for Russia
The 2014 SB20 World Championship has been awarded to Yacht Club Hercules in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Championship will run over 5-11 September.
The Russian SB20 fleet has seen significant growth since 2009 and the Russian teams are highly competitive on the international circuit. Oleg Zherebtsov, Chairman of the SB20 class in Russia won the 2012 SB20 European Championship in Medemblik and was placed 3rd (on equal points to the Champion) at the recent 2012 UON SB20 World Championshis in Hamilton Island, Australia. Oleg has been the driving force behind the growth of the SB20 Class in Russia, and was delighted that the 2014 World Championships will take place in St. Petersburg. Today there are 23 boats in Russia and there is strong growth forecast for the coming years.
The Yacht Club Hercules organised the finish of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race and has experience in hosting European championships. Hercules boasts a highly qualified technical staff and secretariat.
The SB20 Class received four high quality bids from yacht clubs in sailing hot spots around the world to host the 2014 World Championships. “It’s been a difficult task separating these bids from each other,” explained Ed Russo, SB20 World Council President, “And we are extremely appreciative of the effort and interest from these competing Clubs.”
Ahead of the 2014 World Championships in St. Petersburg, the SB20 Fleet will contest their 2013 World Championships in Hyeres, France over 7-13 September where a fleet of over 100 SB20 boats is expected.