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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
Squibs and Flying Fifteens picking up speed as the breeze builds at Dromineer, with FFs Triggers Bush (3896, Lee Statham & Andy Paul, Waterford Harbour SC) and Duff Extra (3737, Gavin Doyle & Dave Sweeney, National YC) keeping their wind clear
The annual October Freshwater Keelboat Regatta at Dromineer, (hosted by Lough Derg Yacht Club and staged last weekend) has been no stranger to hyper-strong winds in times past. But in 2021's unusually gentle Autumn, it provided two to three days…
Lough Derg Yacht Club is expecting a fleet of 30 Squibs for its Keelboat Regatta on October 15th
Lough Derg Yacht Club in County Tipperary will welcome one design visitors back to Dromineer for the Keelboat regatta on the weekend of 15th to 17th of October. Four fleets are expected to the lake, with the biggest likely to…
Lough Ree at its best for the
On sea and lake alike, the wonderful weekend's summery weather may sometimes have produced frustrating wind conditions. But at most centres and through multiple events, the breeze obliged at various stages to bring superb sailing and a glimpse of what…
A nine boat fleet contested the SB20 Southern title at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Jerry Dowling's SB20 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club continued his overnight lead in the nine-boat class Southern Championships to win overall at Royal Cork Yacht Club from the National Yacht Club's Philip Doran. Aidan McSweeney's Gold Digger from the host club was third.  Four of the…
Aidan McSweeney's host club entry, Gold Digger is lying second at the SB20 Southerns at Royal Cork
Jerry Dowling's SB20 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads a nine-boat class Southern Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club from Aidan McSweeney's host club entry, Gold Digger.  Four of the sportsboats have travelled from Dun Laoghaire Harbour (the venue for…
The Rankin dinghies will begin the racing on Saturday with their commemorative event for the Rankin Brothers Cup at the Cobh People's Regatta in Cork Harbour
There is a hectic weekend ahead in Cork Harbour with four events scheduled. Cobh People's Regatta, the 1720 National Championships, the SB20 Southerns and the National 18's Lowflo Trophy are to be sailed. Cobh People's Regatta will be held at…
In a new championship setup which reflects the pared-back post-pandemic situation as sailing re-finds itself in 2021, the two Tony Castro-designed Sportsboats – the 1720 of 1994 vintage and the newer SB20 – will be sharing course arrangements for championships…
Costa del Carlingford – idyllic racing in Carlingford Lough in the SB20 Northerns with (foreground) Mel Collins chasing Eoin Leahy
"We'd an amazing weekend at Carlingford Marina for the SB20 Ireland Northern Championships", reports Irish SB20 President John Malone of Lough Ree YC Conditions were perfect on the very beautiful Carlingford Lough. There was wall-to-wall sunshine and a good enough…
Barry Glavin and Niall O’Riordan's SB20 Sea Biscuit was a race winner in Saturday's DBSC racing
Barry Glavin and Niall O’Riordan's Sea Biscuit from the Royal St George Yacht Club was the winner of the first race of Saturday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club SB20 fixture. 113 boats across all the DBSC classes enjoyed a moderate ENE wind…
Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and John O'Driscoll lead the 2021 SB20 East Coast Championships off Dun Laoghaire
Six straight wins handed the SB20 Eastern Championships title to Ted crew, Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and John O'Driscoll at the Royal Irish Yacht Club this afternoon.  15-20 knot south easterly breezes proved to be testing championship conditions for the 12-boat fleet in…
Royal St. George's Sea Biscuit (Marty Cuppage, Niall O'Riordan and Barry Glavin) are lying ninth overall at the 2021 SB20 East Coast Championships on Dublin Bay
Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and John O'Driscoll lead the 2021 SB20 East Coast Championships by eight points after three races sailed off Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Dublin Bay presented 12 to 18-knot breezes from the southeast with a mist and fine drizzle.…
The Irish hosted SB20 World Championships will be held at the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour from 5-9 Sept 2022
The countdown is now most definitely on for the SB20 World Championships that have been moved from 2023 to 2022 on Dublin Bay.  The Irish hosted World Championships will be held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour…
The Beneteau 31.7 class will race for championships honours at the National Yacht Club from July 2-4
Although Ireland's biggest regatta was cancelled next month due to the ongoing uncertainty over Covid, some positive news for Dublin Bay sailing is that eight of the 11 regional and national championships that were to run as part of the Volvo…
The SB20 Bango in full racing trim on Lough Ree, where the class plans its 2021 Nationals for 17-19th September
Say what you like about the SB20s, but you have to commend the class and its President John Malone of Lough Ree YC for always being game to have a go. Back in September 2020, when everyone else reckoned they’d…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has received 94 entries so far for the Open Cruiser Championship (8th – 11th July 2021) on Dublin Bay
Entries for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) are beyond expectations for July's event giving organisers the opportunity to close the entry system at the end of April to review the 320 boats received so far. Ireland's biggest regatta on Dublin…
SB20 World Championship racing comes to Dublin Bay in 2023
As previously reported in Afloat, the Irish SB20 fleet was awarded the 2023 World Championships, to be held in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire in September 2023. As a consequence, the sportsboat class have seen a resurgence with an…

SB20 (formerly Laser SB3) information

Designed by Tony Castro, the SB20 is a British-built strict one-design 6.15m keelboat conceived as a wide appeal, affordable, competitive sportsboat for teams of three or four sailors. It is also, arguably, the most successful sportsboat in the world with 800 owners competing regularly in a programme of exciting local, national and international events.

Originally known as the Laser SB3, the SB20 continues to deliver on its pioneering promise: a boat that is fun, fast and easy to sail by anyone of any age; the best value-for-money sportsboat in the market.

The Laser SB3 was designed by Castro and launched in 2002. In 2007 the Laser SB3 was awarded ISAF Recognised Status and the first World Championships were held in Ireland in 2008. In 2012, Tony Castro appointed a new builder, Sportsboat World. At this time, the Laser SB3 was renamed the SB20 and building was returned to the UK from Malaysia. The ethos of the class continues.

The boat is a strict one-design class, economic to buy and campaign, easy to sail with a simple deck layout and electric downwind performance delivered by the generous sail plan. The boat has a lifting keel, can easily be launched from a slipway and towed behind a family car.

Previous SB20 World Champions

2008 GBR: Geoff Carveth, Roger Gilbert, Roz Allen & Sarah Allan

Host National Yacht Club, Dun laoghaire, Ireland

2009 GBR: Craig Burlton, Stephen White, Adam Heeley

Host Clube Naval de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal

2010 GBR: Jerry Hill, Grant Rollerson, Joe Llewellyn

Host Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy

2011 GBR: Geoff Carveth, Andy Ramus, Ian Mills & Emma Clarke

Host Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay, UK

2012 GBR: Geoff Carveth, Lesley Dhonau, Roger Hudson & Asenathi Jim

Host Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Queensland, Australia

2013 GRB: Craig Burlton, Stephen White, Adam Heley Host COYCH Club, Hyeres, France

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