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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
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 sportsboats sailing on Dublin Bay - the class wil lrace for regional honours on the Bay on August 8th at a Royal St. George hosted championships
Given the busy schedule of events set between now and the end of the season in October, it looks like the Irish SB20 class is not letting COVID-19 push it too far off course. According to its revised fixtures calendar…
They’re coming up the bay – the SB20 class will stage their 2023 Worlds in Dublin Bay from the National YC, with an increasingly busy buildup in the Irish class towards September 2023 once the Lockdown has concluded
Not every sailing class in Ireland gets a monthly update from its President which opens with a quote from Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. But then, it’s not every Class President who can so readily re-organise his busy working week that he’s…
International SB20 action returns to Dublin Bay in 2023
The 2023 SB20 World Championships will be hosted in Ireland by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, County Dublin. The successful Irish bid for the event will see the World Championships return to Dublin Bay in September 2023,…
Team Bád at Cascais last month in the latest Winter Series event
SB20 Ireland president John Malone offered his congratulations to team Bád — Stefan Hyde, Jerry Dowling and Jimmy Dowling — who travelled to Cascais for last month’s Winter Series event, competing against 40 boats from 10 nations. Two more weekend…
SB20 racing on Dublin Bay
At the SB20 AGM held this month, the sportsboat class made the decision to change its nomination process for the 2020 ISA All Ireland Sailing Championships. The SB20 nomination for the 'champion of champions' event will now be based on…
The Irish sportsboat class has released its 2020 fixtures calendar
There's no surprise that the SB20 class is yet another class hoping to join the throng heading to Cork Harbour this summer for Royal Cork's Tricentenary celebrations. With Southern and Western Championship venues still to be confirmed the Irish sportsboat…
Day one of the SB20 Worlds in Hyeres
Day one of the SB20 World Championships opened with a grey day and raining in Hyeres, France, something the locals refuse to call normal at this time of the year. Unfortunately, there are no Irish boats competing in the 65-boat…
Rear View: Sharkbait with Team Ted hunting Martin McNamara, Luke Groarke & Jude Kilmartin
There was fun on and off the water for SB20s at the Freshwater Keelboat Regatta season finale in Lough Derg Yacht Club last weekend writes Class President John Malone. Fabulous weather, great race management lead by Geoff O'Donoghue and legendary…
Jerry Dowling pictured with his winning Sportsboat team mates Stefan Hyde and Jimmy Dowling. Jerry will be appointed SB20 World Chairman next month
Irish SB20 Champion Jerry Dowling will travel to the class World Championships in Hyeres next month to be appointed SB20 World Council Chairman.  The international honour for the Irish one-design sailor comes with the unanimous support of the World Council and…

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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