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SB20s Endure Gear Failure in Race One of Hyeres World Champs

9th September 2013
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SB20s in big breeze at Hyeres, France this afternoon
SB20s Endure Gear Failure in Race One of Hyeres World Champs

#SB20 – In big mistral breezes exceeding 32 knots at stages the SB20 fleet took to the racecourse for Race 1 today. Rodion Luka won the opening gambit of the event. Best placed Irish boat was Sharkbait in 9th but not without a bit of damage incurred with a leeward gate collision with fellow Irish boat Dave Barry (Lia) who subsequently broke their pole. Venues-World.com also incurred damage with a broken pole. Unfortunately the news of the days also brings word of Mel and Killian Collins out of day 1 with a dropped rig. Some frantic boat repairs now required shore side.

Extreme conditions today, boats are reporting submarining conditions downwind with speeds in excess of 21 knots. The fleet has been called ashore for the moment which means race 2 is on hold for the time being. The forecast for the next 2 days is for more very heavy breeze.

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SB20 (formerly Laser SB3) information

The Laser SB3 was designed by Tony 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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