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SB20 2018 Irish Fixtures List Includes European Championships

27th October 2017
A busy season ahead for the SB20 sportsboats – Read the 2018 fixtures calendar below A busy season ahead for the SB20 sportsboats – Read the 2018 fixtures calendar below Photo: Afloat.ie

2018 will be a stand out year for the Irish SB20 class with the and European Championships taking place in Dublin Bay at the end of August.

Club racing will continue next summer in both Dublin Bay and on Lough Derg. There are now six SB20s based on Lough Derg.

Irish Sailing will hold the Champion of Champions Regatta in SB20s in 2018 at Lough Ree YC the weekend after the SB20 Midland Championships.

The list of events for 2018 is as follows:

28th - 29th April - Western Championships - HYC
26th - 27th May - Northern Championships - Whiterock - SLYC
29th June - 1st July - National Championships - Dun Laoghaire - NYC
14th - 15th July - Southern Championships - Cork - RCYC
11th - 12th August - Eastern Championships - Dun Laoghaire - RStGYC
28th August - 1st September - European Championships - Dun Laoghaire - RIYC
6th - 7th October - Midland Championships - Athlone - Lough Ree YC

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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

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