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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
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…
Suntan Sailing beyond The Pale – SB20s on the Shannon lakes, with 3272 (John McGonigle, second left) throwing a judiciously-judged gybe which helped towards her overall win
At midnight on Friday, the lockdown shutters came down on the million-plus inhabitants of a place that no longer exists. And no, we don't mean that Dublin has obviously become a ghost town. But what we do mean is that…
UK SB20 national honours will be decided at Royal Southern
The Royal Southern Yacht Club in Southampton welcomes the SB20 Class for four days of action. On Thursday 16th September, the SB20 UK Sprint Championship is a stand-alone event with the SB20 fleet blasting along through six back-to-back short, sharp…
 Luke Johnson and Eoin Leahy hold the North Shannon Yacht Club Burgee following winning the Portlick Cup.
SB20 sailors Luke Johnson and Eoin Leahy were winners of the North Shannon Yacht Club Regatta's Portlick Cup sailed at the weekend. The North Shannon Regatta normally hosted further north on the river being sailed in the waters to the…
SB20 winners at the RSTGYC - Bád Jimmy Dowling, Royal St George Commodore Peter Bowring, Jerry Dowling and Stefan Hyde
The SB20 class were overwhelmed by an enthusiastic response from Techworks Marine to sponsor this first event of the season, for which the class are very appreciative, and the marine data company were represented on the water by CEO, Charlotte…
Notice Of Race & Entry Form For Next Month’s Dun Laoghaire Regatta Now Online
The Notice of Race and entry form are now available for next month’s Dun Laoghaire Regatta, celebrating the National Yacht Club’s 150th anniversary. This special event, an initiative of all five Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs, will take place over the…
SB20 sportsboats are contesting Western Championships honours on Dublin Bay this weekend
Heading into day two of the SB20 ‘Western’ Championships hosted by the Royal St George YC, and after confounding conditions out in the bay, three Dun Laoghaire waterfront Clubs will battle it out, with just two points separating first and…
SB20 action on Lough Ree during the 250 Regatta
The overall winner of the Lough Ree 250 SB20 event was John Malone and Emmet Sheridan's 'Slippery Nipple' 3040, with Patrick Whyte as bowman. There were race wins for five SB20s in the eight-race 250 Regatta to celebrate 250 years…

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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