UON SB20 World Championships - Apprentice shines on opening day

Ben Saxton - 2012 UON SB20 World Championships
On the opening day of the UON SB20 World Championships at Hamilton Island, it’s been a case of the apprentice showing the masters with Great Britain’s 22 year-old Ben Saxton scoring two bullets.

With an average age of 23 among the four crew on the SB20, Bango Powered by SLAM, the youngsters won the first race having led the fleet around the course in Turtle Bay, to the east of the award winning island, in a 12-14 knot easterly breeze.

It was no fluke, the young Brit picking up the second gun of the day after match racing the Italian team of Stenghele, led by Pietro Negri, around the track to a photo finish just four seconds clear when it counted.

Sir Ben Ainslie, BMF President Fiona Pankhurst and Pendennis apprentices and representatives
Annabel Wildey
When asked between races whether the first bullet was a surprise, the winner of the Endeavour Trophy, the UK’s Dinghy Champion of Champions event, grinned from ear to ear, 'not at all' he said with typical Gen-Y confidence.

'We hoped both races would be easier, but we finished feeling like we’d worked really hard, which is a credit to the rest of the fleet. The line-up has some serious quality to it and that’s the reason we are here,' added Saxton. 'We looked at the entry list and thought ‘we have to get involved in that!'

On their prospects at the end of the six-day world title the skipper commented, 'We’d like to be in the game going into the last day'.

Current SB20 world champion, Geoff Carveth, who has also won the Endeavour Cup, has in the past affectionately referred to Ben and his twin brother Tim as 'the pesky kids'. Ben Saxton was a credentialed British Sailing Team 470 development squad sailor who has transferred to the Nacra 17 mixed catamaran for the Rio Olympics.

Sailing four-up with his brother Tim, Maria Stanley, 24, and Johnny McGovern, 26, on the bow, Saxton joked dockside this afternoon, 'We have a bit of wisdom at the front of the boat to tell us where to go'. McGovern also has Olympic designs, in the 470 class, while Tim’s happy to let his brother shoot for the stars. 'I have a real job,' he jests.

Behind the young Brits, the minor placings shuffled at each top mark rounding in race one with 2010 SB20 world champion Jerry Hill’s Sportsboatworld and Australia’s own Glenn Bourke on Club Marine grabbing vital opening points from the 42 strong fleet.

In the slightly pressured up race two, the Italians found their mojo in the Med-like conditions, Steghele and Andrea Racchelli’s Altea placing second and third.

The best placed Australian in race two was Bourke, a multiple Laser world champion, who was buried on the right side of the course when the breeze unexpectedly came out of the left.

Denis Thompson and his heavyweight team of international umpires, including Oracle Team USA’s rules advisor Richard Slater, New Zealand’s Bevan Woolley and American Charlie Arms, reported a great opening day in light to moderate easterlies.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for sunny skies and SE-E winds at 8-14 knots.

Race 1 - 2012 UON SB20 World Championships

Chris Kameem - 2012 UON SB20 World Championships

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Series Results [Elapsed Time] up to Race 2
PlaceTiesSail NoBow NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreRace 2Race 1
1 306540Bango Powered bySLAMBen SaxtonGBR2.01.01.0
2 36371StenghelePietro NegriITA7.02.05.0
3 370313Team RussiaRodion LukaRUS10.04.06.0
4 306034The BeardRobert GreenhalghGBR12.08.04.0
52R305836ALTEAAndrea RacchelliITA13.03.010.0
6 30307Club MarineGlenn BourkeAUS13.010.03.0
7 30373sportsboatworld.comJerry HillGBR18.016.02.0
86.0S358021Hyeres2013Rouxel ThomasFRA19.06.013.0
9 314011AquaholicsAnna BasalkinaRUS19.07.012.0
10 333637UBER3Adrian PeachGBR20.011.09.0
11 305327WKDGeoff CarvethGBR22.05.017.0
12 338219One Design SailingIan BrownAUS23.015.08.0
13 30278Darling AssociatesChris DarlingSCO24.09.015.0
14 366233KarabosNick RogersAUS28.017.011.0
15 357531Sailboat DeliveriesSarah AllanGBR32.025.07.0
16 36582FlirtatiousChris DareAUS36.018.018.0
17 335625Black RatTroy ForrestAUS37.021.016.0
18 312124WYSIWYG VStephen FriesAUS40.020.020.0
19 33919New Caledonia1TUGDUAL PiriouFRANC41.019.022.0
20 36536ZeusEd RussoFRA42.014.028.0
2114.0S33965Still Out of controlMark WolfendenAUS44.030.014.0
22 346215Harry powered by UndAndrew OddieGBR44.023.021.0
23 303623And ThenPeter JonesAUS46.012.034.0
24 37024Cube IIMartijn BuitenhuisNED48.024.024.0
2513.0S365235Borgo ScopetoGiulia TobiaITA51.013.038.0
26 366010Purple PatchCallum BurnsAUS51.032.019.0
27 336432Got a bit onMatt WenkeAUS53.026.027.0
28 334838Marine TechGareth OwenUAE54.022.032.0
29 310826Blue TacTrevor MartinAUS57.031.026.0
3025.0S338022Jump!Dennis WinstanleyAUS58.033.025.0
3127.0S308016New Caledonia2Alan QuereFRANC58.027.031.0
32 339520WedgewoodDavid GraneyAUS58.028.030.0
33 361029Dart VaderMark PrinceAUS60.037.023.0
34 335212TyphoonCraig NichollsAUS62.029.033.0
35 306318Chota HazriChris KameenAUS64.035.029.0
36 361814Mountain Goat RacingMike McLeanAUS69.034.035.0
37 312042UON Hamilton IslandTim HendersonAUS72.036.036.0
38 363841NURIAndrea ZanforlinITA75.038.037.0
39 326828SidewinderDeclan KeoghAUS80.039.041.0
4039.0S357030Squalo BiancoParis StowellAUS81.042.039.0
41 361139Oceanburo Discover SJohn GardinerAUS81.041.040.0
42 312617GeronimoSimon HumeGBR84.040.044.0R
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