While visiting One 15 Marina at Sentosa Cover in Singapore I was fortunate enough to come across the SB20 (nee Laser SB3) Asia Pacific Championships.
This event was being hosted by the marina and supported by Singapore Sailing with the local SB20 Class Association as the organiser and was sailed over 3 days in generally 12-15 knots of breeze which suited these boats perfectly, with the event leaving huge smiles on virtually every competitors face.
A strong tide of 2 knots+ outside the marina, naturally going the wrong way, meant a long upwind slog to get to the racecourse each day but at least the return (the tide had turned) each day was downwind, a direction the sport boats revel in. And the there and back was made more than worthwhile by the quality of the race track and the subsequent racing.
Reading the current and tidal tactics were at a premium with the 25 boat fleet being topped by Glasgow Kiss of Nils Razmilovic followed by EDBUT in 2nd and the podium completed by Polar bears in third.
The even bigger news is that the local class association have been able to secure the 2021 SB20 World Championships with this being the first sailing world championships to be held in the island state of Singapore – lots of work between then and now.