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Corinthian SB20 World Title for Royal St. George Trio in Cowes

1st September 2017
Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook are the SB20 'Corinthian' World Champions Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook are the SB20 'Corinthian' World Champions

Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook are the SB20 'Corinthian' World Champions following today's final races in Cowes.

The Dun Laoghaire boat, that is a regular top DBSC performer, fell back two places overnight to finish sixth overall in the World Championships beating many of the top professionals.

There were also congratulations also to the rest of the Irish team that traveled to the event and finished well which bodes well for the 2018 SB20 Europeans to be held on Dublin Bay.

IMG Corinthian ChampionsSB20 Corinthian World Champions Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook

Team Ireland finished strong with the following final places as follows:

6th SINBIN Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor, Ed Cook
17th Bad/Kilcullen Stefan Hyde, Jerry Dowling, James Dowling
29th Lia Dave Barry, Cillian Dickson, Gareth Nolan
34th Venuesworld Ger Dempsey, Graeme Grant, Chris Nolan, Diane Kissane
35th Two Men and their Monkey Daragh Sherridan, Shane Murphy, John Phelan
65th Sea Biscuit Marty Cuppage, Niall O'Riordan, Barry Galvin

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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