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Worlds Preview: Racing for the 2011 SB3 World Sailing Championships 2011 begins tomorrow and runs until Friday 20th May hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in Torquay, UK. 11 Irish boats are entered. Scroll down for Video. 103 entries represent 14 nations. 2 fleets will compete in 2 days of qualifying races, before splitting into Gold and Silver Fleets for the finals races. 14 races are scheduled for the Championships. The first race will start at 1100 hrs on Monday on the beautiful waters of Torbay.

The sun has shone as measurement, registration and launching of the 103 boat fleet was undertaken. Now that this is all but complete, there is great anticipation as the fleet make their final preparations to their boats for the start of racing on Monday. The line up of Olympians (past and present), National, European and World Champions will compete for the title of Zhik SB3 World Champion and the honour of lifting the stunning Waterford Crystal World Championship Trophy and receiving a full crew compliment of Zhik ISOTAK range on Friday 20th May 2011.

There is one thing that is guaranteed at this event, competition is going to be fierce and as ever in the Laser SB3 fleet, consistency will be essential. Roger Hudson (RSA) and his crew on Musto Race Ahead will be battling to improve their three previous Laser SB3 World Championship 2nd places. Jerry Hill (GBR) will defend his 2010 Laser SB3 World Championships title with original crew member Grant Rollerson and Matt Alvarado, a new "Sad Old Bloke" for 2011.  Joe Llewellyn (GBR) middle man for Jerry Hill last year now campaigns his own boat in the Championship from his home Club, the Royal Torbay YC.

The Australians have launched an assault on the 2011 World Championship and field a team of 4 entries, 2 of which are definite contenders for the Championships title. Glenn Bourke (AUS) returns to the class after a 3 year absence and will undoubtedly return to form in no time at all. Moth World Champion and twice 49er World Champion Nathan Outteridge (AUS) will sail with Olympic Medallist Ian Brown and 2010 ISAF Sailor of the Year and 2010 Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby.

Possibly considered the "wildcard entry," Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) will race Joe Wood's Laser SB3 "Red" with Shane Hughes, Jerry Eplett and Kirsty Skinner. All eyes will be on Robert to see if he can transfer his one design fleet racing and offshore experience to the Laser SB3 class. Rodion Luka (RUS) will helm Oleg Zherebtsov's Laser SB3 "Team Russia" and will be looking for an improvement on his 8th place in 2010. Team Russia have been training hard and deserve a good result.

Craig Burlton (GBR), 2009 Laser SB3 World Champion is considered by many "the boat to beat" at any Laser SB3 event. With his regular crew of Stephen "AB" White and Adam Heeley, Gill Race Team are sure to feature in the top results. Fellow Gill boat, helmed by Geoff Carveth, winner of the 2008 World Championships and  2011 Pre World Championships, seem to be in the groove for a good week of competition at the front of the fleet.

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Royal Cork SB3 trio Mel Collins, Kieran Dorgan and Killian Collins are among 11 Irish boats entered in this weeks SB3 World championships on the English South coast at Torbay.  Irish crews are also coming from Howth, Dublin Bay and Belfast Lough.

Representatives from fourteen nations will compete in the World Championships. The host nation field an entry of over seventy boats. Entries come from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and Russia will all be represented in Torquay for tomorrow's first race.

The relatively new keelboat class is still atttracting big numbers since the inaugural worlds event held in Ireland in 2008. The first race is tomorrow.

A full entry list is below.

Bow NoCountrySail NoBoat NameHelmCrewCrewCrew
1 GBR3084Eau No!Mark SotkesCraig WatsonJames Eastbury
2 FRA3609Marcon YachtingLouis MarconRegis BerenquierLaurent Bernaz
3 GBR3074TonicDouglas PatonRory McWhirrRoddy Anderson
4 GBR3123Mini MayhemPaul CraftAllan AmburyGary Phare
5 GBR3464EricMartin WedgeScott AllenAlex Ried
6 GBR3088Healthy1.co.ukRay DaviesDick StephensRay Newman
8 GBR3336Uber 3Adrian PeachNiallMyantAli SutherlandMorgan Peach
9 GBR3081Prostate Cancer CharityRoss LangDan ChallisMathew Thomas
11 GBR3366HooliganGuy BroomJim SuggittHugh Ray-McCann
12 GBR3319Devils AdvocateTony Jaffa
13 GER3600Isabella IIIReinhard SchroederSven GauterBenedict Spiegel
14 GBR3516TeamB4Ego.comGeoff GrittonNev HerbCarl Outhwaite
15 GBR3058XcellentJohn PollardRob SmithCharlie Hook
16 GBR3149Poor BuoyMark GillettGraham CammAde LaytonFran Gifford
17 NED3441RiviumPaul GastWouter v/d EndeArno Boot
19 GBR3489RedRobert GreenhalghShane HughesJerry EplettKirsty Skinner
20 GBR3094XceptableIan LievesleyJames LievesleyAndy Rowland
21 GER3402 Tobias SpaenleBernd FlockMarion Rowmel
22 IRL3324SibelusMel CollinsKieran DorganKillian Collins
23 GBR3048Control-Alt-DeleteAnn AshworthFinn HoulihanHugo Fitzjohn
24 GBR3335Royal SignalsStu SouthanJulian BunceJane TurnerCody Briggs
26 GBR34653 Sad Old BlokesJerry HillGrant RollersonMatt Alverado
27 GBR3379JoyrideNick AndrewsMichael JonesMike Wells
28 AUS3224Jester 3Dave BullJohn CrawfordZorana Bull
29 NED3511 Marco van DrielMartyn WorselingJoost Assman
30 GBR3183RespectJohn DanbyNick JonesAndrew Baird
31 IRL3307Bad/KilcullenJerry Dowling
32 AUS3063One Design SailingNathan OutteridgeIan BrownTom Slingsby
33 IRL3484Seriously Bonkers x 3Martin CuppagePeter LeeMichael Galvin
34 IRL3033BluebirdCathy MacAleavey Con Murphy
35 BEL3472Los ZaparterosAlex SchoenmakersCedric de BleyeJan Decorte
36 NZL3287Sailing West - SharkbaitBen DuncanBrian MoranRick Morris
37 GBR3106 Tom ClayRichard ClayMatt Reid
39 ITA3073StengheleRoberto CaresaniPietro NegriEnrico Fonda
40 IRL3062 Joanna IrelandLucy Collender
41 UKR3522StemcorValentin KlymentyevValentin VeytsmanBen Sternberg
42 IRL3315Sirius BlackKen HudsonAnna LeechWilliam Leech
43 GBR3309NarwhalDavid BatesJames GeorgeSimon
44 GBR30293-SOMENiall Peelo
45 GBR3368KapowNick BarnettGus MurdockLance Mysyrowicz
46 GBR3540Water Music viiiJonny FootAnna WoodsJames Foot
47 GBR3362Polar BearTim NewtonMary RookNick
48 POR3103VieroPiedade ColacoDiana CaldeiraLuisa FigueiredoCaterina Bociro
49 RSA3469Musto Race AheadAsenaithi JimRoger HudsonMarlon JonesWamdisile Xayimpi
51 GBR3021Here Comes BodCharlie WhelanRichard McAdamRichard Hall
52 GBR3510Hutton'sRichard WharramBen WilliamsonNick Wright
53 ITA3437Lupi D'irlandaMarco SorgassiLisa NearyMatteo GermanoJacob Barnett
54 GBR3042Gill Racing TeamCraig BurtonAdam HeeleyStephen White
55 GBR3305Rigging GurusMark RichardsDavid EllisMini AllisonClaire Booth
56 GBR3575Sailboat DeliveriesSarah AllanLizzie VickersGeorge KingsnorthEllie Draper
57 GBR3475Perky IIIJez EntwistleAli HallMark Greaves
58 GBR3462Underground ToysAndrew OddieGareth EdwardsMike Hicks
59 IRL3338Milvus MilvusRobert HoweJason LostyJoanne Sheehy
60 GBR3468Fully BadgeredPaul LovejoyMicky SchwartzLeighton King
61 GBR3014Sponge BobSteve McLeanMatt WaiteTristan Hutt
63 GBR3027Zyke Darling AssociatesChris DarlingAlastair ShawSian McCleaveMargarida Paixao
64 IRL3298Toucan 3Ross VaughanLaurynas RimsasAndrew Vaughan
65 GBR3065Rola-TracPeter SaxtonMark LongstaffDave Lucas
66 GBR3069Not just a numberPaul HineThomas CampbellAsh HolmesMax Griggs
67 GBR3041RobinaDan GoodmanPatch FilleryMartin VinsonJo Lloyd
68 GBR3082Henri Lloyd/Forelle EstatesJoe LlewellynNigel WakefieldJerry Vigus
69 GBR3566HerbiePhil TilleySteve VenablesRichard Brown
70 AUS3108Club MarineGlenn BourkeRod JonesGreg McAllansmith
71 GBR3545Savage Sailing TeamChris SavageRichard HughesAdam Wheeler
72 GBR3096Red KiteRoger HarfordTim BiggDeclan Clamp
73 GBR3060Finitor 7Stewart ReedJohn MandsleyMathew Gray
74 GBR3104Retail TherapyCharles SheppardAndrew RobertsJack Norton
75 GBR3517DoolalliColin SimondsRaymond SimondsGavin Simonds
76 FRA3423MorpheusEdward RussoJann ChateauAntoine Royer
77 GBR3267Neilson Heart of GoldTom HayhoeBen RogersGraham Iles
78 UKR3443TransbunkerPolovy ValeriyStasyuk VolodymyrBosomolkin Volodymyr
79 GBR3215Sail NavyDarren RoachLes HardyDan Ellis
80 GBR3198Time on the water.co.ukHugh StylesMischa MieemskerkCorrie HoweSamantha Evans
82 NED3470CubeMartijn BuitenhuisChris MuilwijkEdward Van Der Poll
84 GBR3134MarilynDom FordTom MallindineJeremy Fowke
85 GBR3473SceptreNathan BaileyTony ProcterTony Rayer
86 GER3561RazzmatazzSebstian DohrendorfJon GriffithsFrieda van BelleAlexander Tinoco
87 GBR3531CarnageNick OverRob PartridgePeter Kent
88 GBR3077SkallywagRob DayNina DayIan Insley
89 GBR3276Trouble & StrifeIan ArmstrongMark SherwoodMartin Wadsworth
90 IRL3297Sunday BrunchRichard TatePat O'BrienEoin O'Fearghair
91 IRL3312BomchickaWahwahJohn O'DriscollOwen LavertyJoe O'Reilly
92 GBR3032RumbleflurgDavid CumminsGuy JacksonChris Cousins
93 GBR3292Chill PillTich SummersScott GrahamNick Elder
94 POR3203RoffAntonio Mello Manuel ArriagaJoao Mello
95 GBR3047 Rob GullanPieter HeynSarah HickmanBen Ainsworth
96 ITA3598Alghero Giorico HotelsAlessandro BalzaniUmberto FerrareseGuiseppe SotgiuAlessandro Nughes
98 GBR3546OrthteamRichard CatchpoleAdam Hoad-ReddickAlan Woosey
99 ITA 3596BriefingLuca BacciDuccio CowmbiCristian Ferro
100 GBR3056WoohooTom DavidsonAndrew AldwinckleRichard Hill
101 ITA3543Bravi ThytronicGiovanni MeloniJacopo PasiniVincenzo Graciotti
102 GBR3126GeronimoSimon HumeIan SullivanBilly Ayres
104 AUS3607Wysiwyg VIStephen FriesJessica FriesAli BlundellBryce Penfold
105 GRE3251Slippery When WetRuairi BradleyVicky BradleyAndy Monohan
106 RUS373AlissaVladislav IvanovskiNatalia SukharevaMikhail ErokhovetsFrank Dobbels
107 GBR3519May contain nutsJohn GreenawayRichard Taylor
108 GBR3515The Young PretenderCallum CalderCallum ReidSam Dryden
109 RUS3554Team RussiaRodion LukaMaria RudskaiaOleg ZherebtsovEugeni Didyk
111 GBR3053Race Team GillGeoff CarvethAndy RamusEmma ClarkeIan Mills
112 IRL3226Quantitative EasingPaul McMahonD CorrI McSweeney
114 ITA3606Lunatico XSAurelio BiniNicola NeriNicola CampusSilvia Ciicalo
115 FRA3078Tad Minus
116 GBR3079Excuse Me GentsAnn JacksonNiki BirrellAlly MartinSam Brearey
117 GBR3212Echo3
119 GBR3038TeamB4Ego,com2Will BrooksGrant DoeOlly Poole
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The SB3s have given a thumbs up to the introdution of the new Thursday night Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) courses and who wouldn't with such a thrilling downwind leg last week? 'So many marks, loads of decisions and loads of mistakes.What fun' is the verdict of Dublin Bay class captain Justin Burke.

The class has regular turnouts of between 9 and 12 boats for the regular one hour evening race. Last Thursday featured a race with gusts up to 25 knots.

It is probably why Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has had such an enthusiastic reception from the sportsboat class. 28 SB3s are entered already and the view is there could be as many as 40, a number big enough for the class to host a pre-regatta reception on July 7th.

So far there has not been the same take up for next weekend's Royal Alfred YC Baily Bowl but Burke remains hopeful the class will enbrace the long standing fixture. The enthusiastic captain is also putting Howth Yacht Club's Lambay Race on 11th. June out as another option.

Although the next big Irish fixture is the southern championships at Tralee Bay Sailing Club in Fenit, Co. Kerry on June 4th and 5th there will be interest in the Irish team results at this weeks's World championships in Torbay in the UK. There are 11 Irish entries in this week's 119-boat championship fleet.

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Jay Bourke's Etchell, Northside Dragon was the winner of tonight's Howth Yacht Club scratch race for the keelboat class. Second was Fetching, Quinn/O'Flaherty and third Simon Knowles' Jabberwocky. In the SB3s Gareth May's Investwise was first, Shane Murphy's Dinghy Supplies sceond and third was Shockwave (E.Quinlan).

HOWTH YACHT CLUB.  TUE + SAT  SERIES 1  10/05/2011   17 Footer  SCRATCH:  1, Deilginis Deilginis Group;  2, Leila R Cooper;  3, Isobel B & C Turvey  TUESDAY SERIES 1   Puppeteer  SCRATCH:  1, Gold Dust Walls/Browne;  2, Mojo Stanley/Callen;  3, Enigma D Butler;  Puppeteer  HPH: 1, Gold Dust Walls/Browne;  2, Flycatcher D Wright;  3, Enigma D Butler; Squib  SCRATCH:  1, Shadowfax P Merry;  2, Puffin E Harte;  3, Wasabi C & N Penlerick;  Squib  HPH:  1, Pegasus Smyth+Friends;  2, Shadowfax P Merry;  3, Puffin E Harte;  Etchells  SCRATCH:  1, Northside Dragon J Bourke;  2, Fetching Quinn/O"Flaherty;  3, Jabberwocky S Knowles;  SB3  SCRATCH:  1, Investwise G May;  2, Dinghy Supplies S Murphy;  3, Shockwave E Quinlan

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Four points separate the top four boats going into today's second day of sailing in the SB3 Eastern Championship at Howth Yacht Club. Yesterday's opening races were sailed in fresh (but later moderating) north-easterlies, big swells and lumpy seas which contributed to several retirals during the three-race schedule writes Graham Smith.

The conditions didn't seem to bother the 30-strong fleet in Race 1 with all bar one boat crossing the finishing line, the honours going to Andrew Algeo's 'Flutter' from the Royal St.George YC. Another visitor, 'Sibelius' (K.Dorgan) from Carrickfergus took second ahead of another northerner, former Olympian Peter Kennedy of RNIYC in 'Ridgefence.com'. Local interest was maintained by 'Sharkbait' (Duncan/Moran/Morris) by finishing 4th, a promising start for what would become an even better day.

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Heavy going at the SB3 Easterns. More photos on the gallery here. Photo: Brian Carlin

Race 2 saw HYC's 'Sharkbait' take line honours ahead of Sean Craig's 'Yeti' (RSt.GYC) while 'Sibelius' came home third to keep the pressure on the leader. 'No Name' (Darren Martin of Strangford Lough) took 4th and Andrew Algeo's 5th kept him in touch after two races. Kennedy in 'Ridgefence.com', however, was one of six boats forced to retire but unlike four boats which could not continue racing, he was able to return to the action for the third race.

In fact, he bounced back rather well with a 5th in that last race so he is not out of contention yet. Sean Craig's 'Yeti' went one better than in Race 2 with a bullet, this time changing places with Howth's leading contender 'Sharkbait'. 'Sibelius' and 'Flutter' continued to demonstrate admirable consistency, finishing 4th and 5th respectively.

It doesn't get much closer at the top of the leaderboard after PRO Harry Gallagher and his team got the three races completed and as the Championship reaches its half-way stage, HYC's 'Sharkbait' (Duncan/Moran/Morris) has the narrowest of margins over 'Sibelius' (K.Dorgan), with 'Flutter' (A.Algeo) two points adrift and 'Yeti' (S.Craig) another point behind, the reward for consistency so far.

Placings after 3 races at Howth Yacht Club

SB3 Easterns
Plc. Boat Owner Club Gross Disc Nett
1 Sharkbait Duncan/Moran HYC 7.00    
2 Sibeluis K Dorgan CSC 8.00    
3 Flutter A Algeo RStGYC 10.00    
4 Yeti S Craig RStGYC 11.00    
5 Pattersonlifts G Patterson RNIYC 28.00    
6 Seriously Bonkers Cuppage/Lee RStGYC 29.00    
7 Bad G Dowling RIYC 31.00    
8 Bluebird C MacAleavey NYC 31.00    
9 No Name D Martin SLYC 32.00    
10 Shockwave E Quinlan HYC 32.00    
11 Toucan 3 A Vaughan RNIYC 33.00    
12 Dinghy Supplies S Murphy HYC 36.00    
13 Ridgefence.com P Kennedy RNIYC 39.00    
14 Investwise May/Quinn HYC 41.00    
15 Sin A Bhuifl Guinness/Costigan HYC 43.00    
16 Lupi D'Irlanda M Sorgassi RStGYC 47.00    
17 Monkey Cassidy/Others HYC 53.00    
18 Mr Bump D Taylor CSC 60.00    
19 Ruby Blue A O'Connell RStGYC 61.00    
20 Quantitative Easing P McMahon HYC 62.00    
21 Kick'er Off Cook/Dicker RStGYC 62.00    
22 No Name D MacCauley CSC 66.00    
23 Sunday Brunch R Tate RStGYC 67.00    
24 Smoke on the Water B Hobby GISC 70.00    
25 Bomchickawahwah J O'Dricsoll RStGYC 72.00    
26 Seriously Blonde J Toettcher RStGYC 72.00    
27 Mahanama R Downing KYC 75.00    
28 Sirius Black Hudson/Leech ASC/LRYC 77.00    
29 Rubadubdub N Doherty NYC 90.00    
30 Sandy Bottom G Judge RStGYC 93.00
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Typically the start of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is a traditional season highlight on the capital's waters but there's so much sailing slated for Dublin Bay the weekend it's hard to know where to start.

There could be anything up to 500-boats afloat for events right across the bay and out in to the Irish Sea.

Joining the 390 boat DBSC fleet for its 128th season is a gathering of over 300 dinghies in Dun Laoghaire for the Mitsubishi Youth National Championships at the Royal St. George and National Yacht Clubs. It's an important event because it is a dry run for next year's ISAF Youth Worlds on Dublin Bay.

The National Yacht Club is also host for the first race of the 2011 ISORA offshore season. Up to 17 starters from a possible ISORA entry list of 40 are confirmed for the first race to Holyhead. First gun for ISORA is at 0755. An Early one!

Across the bay in Howth there is a competitive fleet assembled for the SB3 Eastern Championships. A notable feature of the event is the inclusion of Olympic campaigner Annalise Murphy.

Ashore, Réalt na Mara Dun Laoghaire RNLI's new D-class lifeboat is to be officially named during a ceremony on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire this Saturday at 12 noon. The lifeboat is to be named by Mr and Mrs Pat and Kathy Kenny. RTE presenter Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy have been long-standing supporters of the Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboats.

Mid week forecasts show good sailing winds for the weekend. Met Eireann is forecasting Southeast to east force 2 to 4 breezes, light enough for a gentle start to the season but there's still a chance of stronger for Saturday afternoon. Listen to Eddie English's weather prediction from Cork Harbour.

 

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Although the sailing numbers entered to date are smaller than usual for the SB3 fleet, what it lacks in quantity it will more than up for in quality when racing starts off Howth next Saturday (April 30th).

Unless last year's champion Gareth Flanigan and his crew can beg, steal or borrow a boat, they won't be able to defend their title and a new winner will be crowned on May 1st. The recent Spring Warmer Series saw some boats post inconsistent results while two teams in particular stepped up from last year to place themselves in the running.

Eoin Quinlan's decision to team up with Mike Evans and Peter Frane with 'Shockwave' looked like a smart one, with consistent results putting them on top of that series, and giving them the confidence to make the top 3 or 4 places at the Easterns.

John O'Driscoll of the Royal St.George is another skipper in flying form and will be hopeful of a good overall result next weekend. HYC's own 'Sharkbait' (Ben Duncan/Brian Moran/Rick Morris) can never be under-estimated and will be tipped to be among the prime contenders.

A feature of the event is the entry of several women helms, the most notable being Olympic hopeful Annalise Murphy of the National YC with her mother (and former Olympian) Cathy MacAleavey crewing.

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A European Sailing Championship, four national championships, four regional championships and a dozen local regattas/events are the central features of a hectic year afloat being organised by Howth Yacht Club in 2011 which will bring thousands of sailors and their families to the town and contribute significantly to the local economy.

At a launch reception in the club on Thursday 31st March attended by representatives of local commerce, tourism and community bodies, HYC Commodore Roger Cagney announced that in addition to junior and adult sail training courses and club racing four days a week in the summer months, the Club would host over 20 open events during the year.

"We are used to sailing being a year-round activity," he said, "but even by our standards this will be an exceptionally busy year for Howth Yacht Club. We are fortunate in the number of talented volunteers we can call upon to help make these events successful and we have an enviable track record in this regard. We are also extremely grateful for the sponsorship of individual events from commercial concerns, details of which will be released in due course."

The major event on the 2011 calendar is undoubtedly the European Championship of the J24 Class, the world's most popular racing keelboat, when over 200 sailors from six or more countries will compete in the four-day regatta in September.

Howth will also host the Irish Championships of four classes – Puppeteer, Squib, Howth 17 and Optimist – between July 1st and late-August, with the latter attracting up to 200 competitors, together with their families, coaches and supporters. In addition, HYC will run the SB3 Eastern Championships (end April), the RS Feva Leinsters (late May) and the Dublin Match Racing Open (in J80s in early September).

The club's programme also comprises the Spring Warmer series in April, the annual Lambay Races on June 11th, the Dinghy Regatta a week later and the ever-popular Autumn League over five weekends in September/October.

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Ten Irish boats are among 120 entered so far in the 2011 SB3 World Championships in Torbay that will be the largest keelboat world championship in the UK this season.

But top ranked Irish performer Ben Duncan, who races from Howth Yacht Club is entered under his native New Zealand flag.

Seriously Bonkers (Martin Cuppage), Bad Kilcullen (Jerry Dowling) and Cathy MacAleavey's Bluebird are among Dun Laoghaire boats to enter so far. The full entry list is here.

The event will be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, UK from 16 – 20 May 2011.

Representatives from fourteen nations will compete in the World Championships. The host nation field an entry of over seventy boats. Entries come from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and Russia will all be represented in Torquay in May.

The three Laser SB3 World Champions, Geoff Carveth (2008 Champion, Dun Laoghaire), Craig Burlton (2009 Champion, Cascais) and Jerry Hill (2010 Champion, Torbole) will all compete for the 2011 Championship title.

Carveth, Burlton and Hill are all British and so far the Laser SB3 World Championship has not been won by another nation. Will 2011 see the trophy slip from the Brits grip?

Australian sailing man of the moment, Nathan Outteridge, will compete with Laser SB3 Class President, Dave Cheyne in Torquay in May. Outteridge is twice 49er World Champion, current Moth World Champion and recent winner of the Audi King of Docklands and Audi Victoria Week in the Laser SB3. Fellow Australian Glenn Bourke returns to the class for the Championship.

South Africa’s Roger Hudson will compete in his fourth Laser SB3 World Championship and will no doubt be determined to better his current hatric of second places. Hudson has sailed each of the previous World Championships with a different helm; 2008 David Hudson (father), 2009 Taariq Jacobs and 2010 Iain Ainslie. It is yet to be announced which members of the Race Ahead Foundation will sail with Hudson in 2011. 

In preparation for the World Championships, the Royal Torbay Yacht Club will host the Torbay Open, 30 April – 2 May and the Pre World Championship 12 – 13 May. These two events will provide a great opportunity for a number of keen teams from across Europe to travel to the UK and sail on the waters of Tor Bay prior to the World Championships.

“We’re really looking forward to hosting the event at the Club, I sail in the fleet so it’s great to be involved in delivering this event. We’re delighted with the size and quality of the entry list and look forward to extending the entry if necessary,” explained Event Organiser Adrian Peach.

The Laser SB3 Class is proud to be one of the most tightly restricted one design keelboat classes in the world with little variation from the builder’s final product permitted. With minimal maintenance, easy to trail and low campaign costs, the class thrives on its philosophy of providing inclusive, high intensity, great fun and easily attainable, quality racing for its members.

Further news and developments can be followed HERE.
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Dissatisfaction is growing among SB3 sailors regarding the cost of parking and membership at Dun Laoghaire's top yacht clubs.
In correspondance seen by Afloat.ie, one leading sailor said that clubs "need to carefully consider their pricing policies or otherwise we are going to experience a more widespread abandonment of club sailing of SB3s".
Parking and racing fees that can top more than €2,000 per year are no longer "value for money", it is claimed, and have been blamed for membership drains as well as an increase in boat sales.
Yacht club parking fees cover the mooring and security of boats on the club's property.
Unequal treatment of boat classes has also been highlighed as an issue. One sailor said: "It strikes me as being ludicrous that we pay three times what a Flying Fifteen pays to take up not much more space."
Membership fees at Irish yacht clubs were the topic of much debate on the Afloat.ie forums last year (link here).
Click HERE to register and have your own say (link here).

Dissatisfaction is growing among SB3 sailors regarding the cost of parking and membership at Dun Laoghaire's top yacht clubs.

In correspondence seen by Afloat.ie, one leading sailor said that clubs "need to carefully consider their pricing policies or otherwise we are going to experience a more widespread abandonment of club sailing of SB3s".

Parking and racing fees that can top more than €2,000 per year are no longer "value for money", it is claimed, and have been blamed for membership drains as well as an increase in boat sales.

Yacht club parking fees cover the mooring and security of boats on the club's property.

Unequal treatment of boat classes has also been highlighed as an issue. One sailor said: "It strikes me as being ludicrous that we pay three times what a Flying Fifteen pays to take up not much more space."

Membership fees at Irish yacht clubs were the topic of much debate on the Afloat.ie forums last year and morte on this story HERE.

Click HERE to register and have your own say.

A leading bay sailor makes the following comment. "This is a very slanted article ignoring the fact that the SB3' s in the Royal Irish for example are dry-sailed so their costs includes craneage in and out for all their racing days. Also their fees for DBSC includes dedicated SB3 racing on Sundays. If the SB3s want to moan, let them put out the whole picture and not be selective. We consider it good value, not a rip-off. The clubs have to survive and are not out to reef sailors".

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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