The first SB20 class Grand Slam event of the season was held this weekend in Hyeres, France. Three days of racing with a quality fleet representing seven nations arrived to warm sunny 22 degrees. With no racing on Sunday, winners were the Russian team of Kirill Frolov helmed by Alexey Murashkin on countback from SB20 Class President Ed Russo sailing for France, with John Pollard’s “Xcellent” team from Royal Torbay YC left in 3rd place.
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The Russian team were popular winners and this win bodes well for a packed season for this new team. Helena Lucas in her first event picked up the Clarins sponsored prize for first Lady helm/crew team finishing in 5th place, and Michel Boussard's team from Monaco picked up the Masters prize.
With some lively evenings in Bar Sax, the fleet had a really enjoyable event. Many of the competitors now will move on to the next Grand Slam at Malcesine on Lake Garda where 40 boats are expected to compete at the end of May.
7 May 2013 22:14 GMT