Last call to submit an online entry for the UON SB20 World Championships at Hamilton Island is Saturday, 1 December.
So far the event has attracted a classy fleet of 30 plus with final applications expected to take the tally to 45. Countries represented include Australia, Italy, New Caledonia, UK, Ukraine, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and France. The first lot of containers from overseas will arrive at Hamilton Island this weekend for unpacking, with the rest to follow next week.
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One of the event organisers, Rod Jones, says there are no surprises on the starters list with all the serious contenders, including current and former world champions, competing members of the SB20 World Council and the many other local and international crews contesting the title either signed up or planning to sign up before the deadline.
The 2012 UON SB20 World Championships is shaping up to be a Whitsunday battle royale, the might of the UK and Europe taking on Australia’s would-be heroes, including Nick Rogers from Tasmania and Victorian Chris Dare, both flying low on the radar but likely top ten finishers.
Most SB20 crews are expected to arrive at Hamilton Island in time for the Pre-Worlds Regatta, December 8-9. There will be time for individual team training and enjoying the tropical island’s many delights up until and over the course of official registration, on December 12 and 13.
The chequered flag will drop on Friday December 14 for the watery six-day arm wrestle that will include one layday, Monday 17, and finish Thursday 20 with the crowning of the new SB20 world champion. The 2012 UON SB20 World Championships will be the first time the class has held its world title in the southern hemisphere.
SB20 - 2012 UON SB20 World Championships - Entry
Chris Dare, Flirtatious, Australia
Callum Burns, Puple Patch, Australia
Chris Kameen, Chota Hazri, Australia
Craig Nicholls, Typhoon, Australia
Dennis Winstanley, Jump!, Australia
David Graney, Wedgewood, Australia
Glenn Bourke, Club Marine, Australia
Ian Brown, One Design Sailing, Australia
John Gardiner, Oceanburo Discover Sailing, Australia
Mark Wolfendon, Still Out of Control, Australia
Mike McLean, Mountain Goat Racing, Australia
Nick Rogers, TOLL, Australia
Peter Jones, And Then, Australia
Stephen Fries, WYSIWYG V, Australia
Troy Forrest, Black Rat, Australia
Ed Russo, Zeus, France
Alan Quere, New Caledonia 2, France
Tugdual Piriou, New Caledonia 1, France
Thomas Rouxel, Hyères 2013, France
Adrian Peach, TBC, Great Britain
Andrew Oddie, Harry powered by Underground Toys, Great Britain
Ben Saxton, TBC, Great Britain
Chris Darling, Darling Associates, Great Britain
Jerry Hill, sportsboatworld.com, Great Britain
Robert Greenhalgh, Bang Tidy, Great Britain
Simon Hume, Geronimo, Great Britain
Andrea Zanforlin, Nuri, Italy
Andrea Racchelli, Altea, Italy
Giulia Tobia, Borgo Scopeto, Italy
Martin Buitenhaus, Cube II, Netherlands
Anna Basalkina, TBC, Russia
Rodion Luka, Raketa, Ukraine
Gareth Owen, TBC, United Arab Emirates
Event Information available here
28 November 2012 6:06 GMT