Keelboats in 2022

Marconi Sailing Club SB20 keelboat racing on the River Blackwater in Essex.
© Graham Cross / Marconi Sailing Club
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Marconi’s club owned fleet of five SB20’s are available for members to sail on scheduled dates in the club calendar. Members must first of all sail with a crew of competent SB20 sailors to become familiar with the launching, rigging and sailing procedures of these boats, after which they may be able to put their own crew together.

Sailing opportunities are communicated through the club weekly newsletter and on the fleets Whatsapp group.

We’ve some great Keelboat events on our schedule for the coming season.

SB20 Bank Holiday Series (afternoons)

A series of 6 dates on which teams will compete in ‘medium length’ races from the club line. These events have been strategically positioned on the sailing schedule to allow those who race the dinghy series in the morning, to also put teams together to race SB20’s in the afternoons. Points will be awarded to each team (helm) to determine the overall Bank Holiday Series winners.

Event 1: 1st + 2nd May.
Event 2: 4th + 5th June.
Event 3: 28th + 29th Aug

Inter-Club Keelboat Competition

Marconi V Royal Corinthians

The Royal Corinthian YC at Burnham have challenged Marconi SC to two days of British Keelboat League style racing. Each club will enter a Youth team (14 – 20 years) a Ladies team and a Senior team, to compete on 707 keelboats at Burnham followed by a return match on SB20’s at Marconi.

The members of the teams can be different at each event, and Marconi members that would like to participate should contact Peter Ward to register their interest. The event will be competitive, with coaching afloat allowed throughout and feedback and further advice on umpire decisions and rules interpretation will be provided at the evening social after the days sailing.

Event 1: 15th May (sat) at RCYC Burnham on Crouch (707’s)
Event 2: 9th July (sat) at Marconi (SB20’s)

Jubilee Festival of Sail

On the 3rd of June the SB20 fleet will be available for casual sailing, cruising, and boat familiarisation whilst participating in the Marconi flotilla. An ideal event for our members that would like to sail keelboats with friends or family without the need to race.

Keelboat Crew Tune Up

Saturday 2nd July

A full day of British Keelboat League style racing with as many 15 minute windward / leeward races as we can fit in. The aim is to provide a competitive days sailing, with on water coaching, that allows teams that will be racing both in our match up against the Royal Corinthian club, and our own Keelboat Championship, to fine tune their techniques and tactics.

SB20 Keelboat Championship (Osea Cup)

Saturday 23rd July

A close finish

A full day of British Keelboat League style racing in St Lawrence Bay, with as many 15 minute windward / leeward races as we can fit in. We’ll have a hospitality boat in the race area, ribs to facilitate boat changes and umpires calling the penalties as our teams do battle to become crowned the Marconi Keelboat Champions. If last seasons event is anything to go by, this will be a closely contested event, with the winners taking home the prestigious Osea Cup.

SB20 Summer Regatta

8th – 12th Aug

During the 2nd week of camping.

SB20 Autumn Series

A series of longer course races from the club line.

The Full Season Schedule

2nd April (sat) SB20 Shakedown
1st + 2nd May SB20 Bank Holiday Series (afternoons)
15th May (sat) Marconi V Royal Corinthian – Keelboat Youth, Ladies, Senior teams @RCYC on 707’s
3rd June SB20 Jubilee Festival of Sail
4th + 5th June SB20 Bank Holiday Series (afternoons)
2nd July SB20
9th July (sat) Marconi V Royal Corinthian – Keelboat Youth, Ladies, Senior teams @MSC on SB20’s
23rd July (sat) SB20 Keelboat Championship (Osea Cup)
8th – 12th Aug SB20 Summer Regatta
28th + 29th Aug SB20 Bank Holiday Series (afternoons)
4th Sept SB20 To the Nass & More
10th Sept (sat) SB20 Autumn Series
24th Sept (sat) SB20 Autumn Series
9th Oct (sun) SB20 Autumn Series
23rd Oct (sun) SB20 Autumn Series
6th Nov (sun) SB20 Autumn Series
27th Nov (sun) SB20 Autumn Series