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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
High speed sailing in an SB20 on Dublin Bay with Ger Dempsey on the tiller
Saturday's planned SB20 Sprint Series on Dublin Bay has been cancelled.  The aim of the innovative sportsboat series was to run "lots of races back to back"  but Class President Colin Galavan said he had no option but to "cancel running…
SB20 Northern winners - Jerry and Jimmy Dowling and Stefan Hyde
Four wins from six sealed victory for the Royal Irish Yacht Club team Bád/Kilcullen at last weekend's Strangford Lough-based SB20 Northern Championships. Jerry Dowling, RIYC's Rear Commodore Sailing, and fellow RIYC Members Stefan Hyde and Jimmy Dowling were in top…
SB20 Eastern winners - Paul Doran, Bella Moorhead, Simon Doran, Neil Murphy HYC and Philip Doran (Helm)
There were so many crew changes at the SB20 Easter Championships in Howth Yacht Club last weekend, the fleet was barely recognisable. Ridgefence, missing Peter Kennedy, was helmed by Emmet Ryan, Bad had Michael O’Connor on the back, venuesworld.com moved…
The SB20 Sportsboat fleet is expanding into Lough Ree with three boats this summer
Lough Ree Yacht Club members are developing a class of SB20s sportsboats on the lake for 'informal' club racing and to compete in the June Bank Holiday Weekend racing and the annual regatta. Three boats have been confirmed for this season with…
The SB20s are heading to Howth for the first event of their 2019 season
The Irish SB20 fleet enjoyed a record year in 2018 seeing an incredibly strong showing of Irish talent at the European Championships on home waters last August, the height of performance being reached by Michael O’Connor’s Sin Bin claiming the…
Kezenoy-am, which lies mostly in Chechnya, is also the deepest lake in the Caucasus Mountains
A unique regatta is encouraging crews to swap the delights of Dublin Bay and other sea-level sailing grounds for the heights of the Caucasus. The Kezenoy-am Cup is hosted by the Sailing Federation of the Chechen Republic at the highest…
Sarah ‘Skinny’ Dwyer Is DBSC’s SB20 Class Captain For 2019
Sarah ‘Skinny’ Dwyer has been appointed the SB20 class captain in Dublin Bay Sailing Club for 2019. Originally set to take up the post of vice captain to Pat O’Brien, Dwyer has been promoted as other commitments will keep O’Brien in Bahrain…
SB20 sailing on Dublin Bay
SB20 Ireland Class President Colin Galavan introduces the 2019 Sportsboat season  SB20 Class Dinner The class dinner will be held on Saturday the 6th April 2019. The venue will be the Royal Irish Yacht Club and there will be prizes…
Ger Dempsey and Chris Nolan are heading for Hyeres next week
Royal Irish Yacht Club sailors Ger Dempsey and Chris Nolan, together with the National Yacht Club's Justin Burke and Flore Dion from Dun Laoghaire will team up to fly the Dublin Bay flag and compete at the SB20 French National Championships…
Peter Kennedy (right) with Stephen Kane (centre) and Hammy Baker from Strangford Lough are this year’s National champions
#SB20 - This year was an exciting one for the SB20 class and one that we can look back on with pleasure, says class president Colin Galavan as the 2018 season came to a close. Galavan offered his congratulations to…
This weekend's SB20 Midland Championships have been cancelled due to a low number of participants
The SB20 class has cancelled its Midland Championships due to the very low number of boats signed up for this weekend's scheduled event.  Class President Colin Galavan says 'This is due, in part, to damage incurred to some of the boats…
Weather mark congestion – Sin Bin (IRL 3544) in good company going around the weather mark in the first race on day four (which they eventually won). There is a good international smattering around the Irish boat with Martin Boatman of GBR just leading Sin Bin by a foot (Sinbin overtook Martin in the hoist after the spreader), the Australians that came second overall are just behind Sin Bin (you can see their red life jackets to the left of Martin’s boat) and the Russians (x2) and Ukrainians also behind a bit further to weather
Michael O'Connor and the Sin Bin crew of Ed Cook and Davy Taylor took third overall and the top Irish result at last week's SB20 European Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Here, the Royal St. George Yacht Club…
Royal Irish Yacht Club Commodore Joe Costello with SB20 Euro bronze medalists Ed Cook, Davy Taylor and Michael O'Connor
A final race win for Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, the 2017 SB20 Corinthian World Champion, allowed him to produce the goods again for Ireland, this time on home waters, by taking third overall at the SB20 European Championships 2018 sailed at…
The SB20 Euros fleet at the RIYC
Yesterday's racing in the SB20 Europeans on Dublin Bay may have been a casualty to light winds but this morning's 20–knots from the south should more than provide a thrilling day's racing for the 47-boat fleet drawn from ten nations. Irish hopes…
French entry Black Magic Pierre-Yves Lambert, Mailys Dulos, Frederic Herpin and Marie Faure are 22nd overall
After five races sailed at the SB20 Europeans Irish entry 'Bad/Kilcullen' crewed by Stefan Hyde, Jerry and James Dowling are up fourth overall at the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted event and are just 13–points off the overall lead. After another three…
47 SB20s start race two of their European Championships on Dublin Bay with IRL 3737 Black (James Gorman) pictured centre
Ger Dempsey of the host club is the top Irish boat of 22 home entries in an international fleet of 47 after two races sailed at the SB20 European Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club yesterday. Russia's Victoria Sailing…

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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