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Royal Irish Hosted SB20 World Champs Gets Underway on Monday With Ireland Fielding 17 Boats

1st September 2022
Racing at the 2019 SB20 Worlds at Hyeres, France
Racing at the 2019 SB20 Worlds at Hyeres, France Credit: SB20 Class

The Royal Irish Yacht Club, in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is welcoming participants from as far as Australia, Singapore, Dubai and especially from Ukraine for what class pundits say may be the most open SB20 World Championship for many teams to claim victory. 

Already, as Afloat reported earlier, last weekend's Irish regional championships that doubled as a Worlds Warm-up with a quality fleet of 30, saw an Irish victory from top Corinthian skipper Michael O'Connor as well as a third place from the host club's Ger Dempsey. 

There will be six new boats delivered for this Provident CRM-sponsored World Championship. One of the newest boats in the fleet #3821 will be raced by Liam Pardy. With all the interest in new boats, the class manufacturer has prepared another two new SB20s that are ready to look for their new owners straight after the event.

Another one of the new boats, from the anniversary edition (#3819), will be delivered for the Ares Team from Tasmania. Will Sargent and his team are the 2020 national champions, having also claimed the Youth title and winning the 2022 Tasmanian trophy back in February this year. Sargent, sailing with Eddie Reid, Ed Broadby and Eirini Marios (same crew as for the Worlds), won nine points clear of Michael Cooper’s Export Roo and 13 points in front of sailing legend Nick Rogers on Karabos.

The Australian fleet is also represented by Brett Cooper, who was 5th at the 2019 SB20 Worlds in Hyères; he will be sailing again with Darren Jones and Sam Tiedemann as crew. We will also greet the 2021 Australian National champion - Tasmanian team Mind Games, skippered by Phil Reid, sailing with Rohan Langford, Andre Declerck and Esther Read.

The largest fleet, is a mixture of old and new faces from the hosting nation with 17 boats.

Racing for the SB20 World Championship 2022 starts on the 5th September and concludes on the 9th. Team

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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