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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
SB20 Fleet At Full Tilt For First Grand Slam of the Season
#sb20 – The first SB20 Grand Slam of the 2015 season welcomed an international fleet to Hyères, in the South of France, for a fantastically close regatta with some spectacular sailing conditions from May 1-3, 2015 As Afloat previously reported,…
SB20 Grand Slam Starts in Hyeres
#sb20grandslam – The SB20 class is looking forward to its first Grand Slam event of the 2015 season at the stunning venue of Hyères in the South of France, this morning. This is the first of four Grand Slam events…
SB20 'Corona Extra' Wins Easterns At Howth With Six Point Margin
#sb20 – There was not much enthusiasm on the SB20 dock Saturday morning due to the wet and dreary climate. The breeze of 20 to 25 knots in the first race soon brightened up everybody's mood once the kites went…
Man Overboard! – Lessons From An SB20 Crew
#sb20 – Stephen Lee (SB20 - 3484) went overboard at the SB20 sportsboat Eastern championships in Howth at the weekend. Here he describes the lessons learnt from his early season 'salt water bath' on Saturday. Firstly, let me make it absolutely…
SB20 2015 Fixtures Focus On Local Dublin Bay Scene
#sb20 – The Irish SB20 class has announced its 2015 programme that includes an expanded Dublin Bay racing programme with a 'user friendly' combination of ten Sunday races and four Saturday races all over preferred windward–leeward courses on the capital's…
Irish Sailing Clubs Lose Out As Royal Yacht Squadron Hosts 2017 SB20 World Championships
#sb20 – The SB20 keelboat class will hold its 2017 World Championships at the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.  It's somewhat disappointing news for Irish sportsboat sailing following a competitive tender process from five international sailing clubs including three…
SB20 Class Ditches Outboard Engine In Favour of Paddles, Crew Weight Limit Also Goes Overboard
#sb20 – The Irish SB20 fleet has voted to remove the obligation to carry an outboard engine and fuel on the six–metre sportsboat class during racing. The class has also ditched the crew weight limit. According to class president Justin…
Corona Extra Takes SB20 Rankings Title for the 2014 Season
#sb20 – After the SB20 Midlands event in Lough Derg that was unfortunately blown out last weekend, the discard was applied to the 2014 results to decide overall rankings writes class president Justin Burke. Three points separated the top three…
SB20 Midlands Regatta Won By 'Dinghy Supplies' Crew At Lough Ree Yacht Club
#sb20 – On a weekend of glorious late September weather a competitive fleet of 10 SB20's made the journey midland for the championships in the always welcoming environment of Lough Ree Yacht Club.With the forecast pointing towards no wind on…
Dublin Bay SB20 Fleet Battles It Out For Final 2014 DBSC Honours
#sb20 – 11 SB20s battled it out for honours in the final Sunday Series on Dublin Bay in a shifty force 3 easterly breeze yesterday. After 4 races in series 3, Manamana (Graham, Ronan and Katie) were tied with Should…
Shifty Force Three Provides Plenty of Sport for DBSC SB20s
Eight SB20s were treated to glorious sunshine and great racing on Dublin Bay yesterday in a shifty force 2-3 north-easterly. In a departure from the regular format of three WL races per day, the organisers had decided to run four…
Strangford Trio Win SB20 Westerns at Galway Bay Sailing Club
#sb20 – Northern Ireland's Darren Martin, Roger Pannel and Simon Murray were popular winners of the SB20 Western Championships in Galway at the weekend.  Results available to download below. The 'Wild West' obliged with most races in more than 14 knots–18…
Three Points Separate DBSC Leaders in SB20 Series
#sb20 – A gusty Force 4 westerly tested the SB20 fleet on Dublin Bay yesterday evening for the penultimate Thursday race of the season... Now that we have arrived at the business end of the season, the three points leaders…
VenuesWorld Takes DBSC SB20 Race
#sb20 – A perfect force 4 NNW breeze and plenty of close reaching provided challenging conditions for the SB20 fleet this evening on Dublin Bay. OOD Jack Roy set the line up with a pin end bias and Bad (Enda,…
Spectacular Finish to SB20 Cowes Grand Slam
#sb20 – 'Sportsboatworld.com' has won the 2014 SB20 Grand Slam at Cowes Week, after a demanding four days and seven races on the Solent.Two races were held today, on Tuesday August 5, 2014, with a lengthy final course for the…
Ireland Bidding for 2017 SB20 Sportsboat World Championships
#sb20 – Three Irish yacht clubs have expressed an interest in hosting the 2017 SB20 World Championships in Ireland. SB20 Class President Justin Burke is also inviting other clubs to make contact and get involved with the Sportsboat bid. Ireland previously…

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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