Disappointing Cascais result for Porco Rosso
The Tasmanian crew of Elliott Noye, Paul McCartney and Edward Snowball, sailing Porco Rosso, have finished a disappointing sixth overall in the SB20 Portuguese championship at Cascais which ended overnight with a raceless day.
Misty conditions limiting visibility and light breezes resulted in the PRO deciding to keep all boats ashore, leaving Dom Pedro Hotels/Generali, helmed by José Pauloa Ramada, with his crew of Fausto Briosa Neves, António Pereira and Miguel Leal Faria, unchallenged on the final day.
Ukraine’s Julia Freespirit (#GameChanger) finished the regatta in eight points behind Ramada. Taking the bronze was Ramada’s compatriot Vasco Serpa (Animal/SailY)
Porco Rosso, representing the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, finished runners-up in the 2018 Portuguese championship but their best result this year was a third place in one race. It was a disappointing result after their impressive second overall, including six wins, in the UK Nationals the previous week.
However, with the SB20 World Championship taking place on the same waters off Cascais, Portugal, in 2020, the experience gained from this championship will be invaluable for the Australians.
The SB20 fleet, with at least four boats from Australia including an all-female crew of Essence of Athena (Anna Reid, Issi DeClerck, Meg Goodfellow and Emily Nicholson) will start focusing on the 2019 SB20 World Championship, which will be sailed in Hyeres, France in October 2019.
Words: SB20AUSMedia, Peter Campbell
Images: Anna Zykova
25 June 2019