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SB20 National Championships is Cancelled at Cork Week

7th July 2022
The SB20s last sailed in Cork Harbour in 2021
The SB20s last sailed in Cork Harbour in 2021 Credit: Bob Bateman

The SB20 National Championships that were scheduled to take place as part of next week's Volvo Cork Week 2022 Regatta have been axed.

Running from Friday 8th July to Sunday 10th July in Cork Harbour, it is understood the decision to pull out was taken on Tuesday (July 5).

SB20 Class Chairman James Dowling said "We had a number of late cancellations, some Covid related, and the numbers weren’t stacking up". 

With the Worlds coming to Dublin Bay this September, a strong Irish fleet was initially expected for the three-man sports boat class as part of the 200-boat Cork Week lineup.

"It was with great regret that we had to cancel the Nationals", Dowling told Afloat.

Up to seven boats had entered including one from France, according to the Cork Week entry list. 

Commenting on the decision, Royal Cork's Alex Barry told Afloat: "It is unfortunate the class were forced to cancel. It was no doubt a difficult decision to make but we wish the class and our own Royal Cork sailors the best for the upcoming Worlds in Dun Laoghaire".

"RCYC were very understanding and assured us that we would be welcome back at a future date," Dowling said.

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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