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40 People Try Out SB20 at National YC Demo Day

7th October 2013
40 People Try Out SB20 at National YC Demo Day

#sb20 – With over 40 sailors trying out the SB20 on Dublin Bay on Saturday in glorious weather the Demo day at the National YC surpassed all expectations.

'We expected 20 to 25 and we got over 40 sailors, all were very positive about the boat and all expressed interest in crewing / helming' said demo day organiser Justin Burke.

The Dun Laoghaire club was a hive of sportsboat activity with the NYC also staging the 35–boat Flying fifteen east coasts too.

'We had serious interest in used boats and three asking serious questions about brand new boats'.

A new SB20 was on display on the NYC platform.

One issue that transpired at the weekend is the confusion over the SB3 and SB20 rebranding, a lot of people were of the opinion that the SB3 class had 'imploded' and Burke says the day was a welcome opportunity to sort out the confusion and advise them that the rebranded fleet SB20 is very much alive and kicking.

The fleet never went away,just Laser is no longer the builder. The SB20 is now built by Formula White in the UK and the marketing is by Sports Boats World, according to Justin.

Eight Irish boats went to the SB20 Worlds in Hyeres, France, racing in sun, warm water and a Mistral wind will always be memorable in any sailors life. The SB20 acquitted itself very well even in a 35 knot Mistral, according to reports.

The SB20 in Cork harbour has expanded to Cobh Sailing Club and racing also continues at RCYC.

With a strong programme of six regional events, Belfast Cork and Dublin Bay racing the class is set up for 2014.

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