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Revised Race Schedule as First Day of SB20 Worlds Cancelled Due to Strong Winds at Dun Laoghaire

5th September 2022
Kidzink, a United Arab Emirates SB20 entry from the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, sailing at speed on Dublin Bay
Kidzink, a United Arab Emirates SB20 entry from the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, sailing at speed on Dublin Bay Credit: Afloat

Strong winds on Dublin Bay cancelled today's much anticipated first races of the SB20 sportsboat World Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.

Three races were due to be held today, but were cancelled due to the 20-knot southeasterly breezes and big seas.

The Provident CRM-sponsored Championships, which run until Friday, now have a new 12-race schedule, with the next races set for noon on Tuesday. 

The Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire is the venue for the 2022 SB20 World ChampionshipsThe Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire is the venue for the 2022 SB20 World Championships

Revised Schedule of Races

  • Tuesday 6th September 3 Races 1200 hrs
  • Wednesday 7th September 3 Races 1200 hrs
  • Thursday 8th September 3 Races 1200 hrs
  • Friday 9th September 3 races 1200 hrs

The strong winds allowed a UAE team to clock up some top speeds on Dublin Bay on Sunday, as Afloat reports here.

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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