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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
‘Sonic boom’ sailed by Andrew Deakin, Brian McElligott and Colm McElligott were the overall Gortmore Bell winners
The Iniscealtra Sailing Club annual Gortmore Bell race took place on Lough Derg on Saturday 7th September. With very light wind forecast for the day, the usual 30-mile race was shortened to 20 miles, so the race turned at the…
Royal Irish Yacht Club Vice Commodore Pat Shannon (second from left) presents the overall trophy to the winning Bád Kilcullen crew Kieran Dorgan (left) Stefan Hyde and son and Jimmy Dowling
The Stefan Hyde steered Bád Kilcullen with crew Jimmy Dowling and Kieran Dorgan of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has won the SB20 National Championships on home waters after leading for the entirety of the eight-race series. From an entry…
Sea Biscuit (Marty Cuppage, Barry Glavin and Niall O'Riordan) are 13th at the SB20 Nationals on Dublin Bay
The unbroken run of championship wins continues for  Bád Kilcullen (Stefan Hyde, Jimmy Dowling and Kieran Dorgan) who lead the SB20 National Championships on Dublin Bay. After six races sailed, the Royal St. George Yacht Club trio of Michael O'Connor, Davy…
Rubadubdub sailed by Nick Doherty,Conor O'Regan and Gareth Nolan of the NYC are in ninth place
Three wins from three races gives Bád Kilcullen (Stefan Hyde, Jimmy Dowling and Kieran Dorgan) the perfect start to their SB20 National Championships campaign at the Royal Irish Yacht Club today. 20 boats are competing in the Dubarry-sponsored sportsboat event on…
Colin Galavan, Owen Laverty and PJ Cully of the RIYC and RStGYC are competing in this weekend's SB20 National Championships on Dublin Bay
18 boats - with the possibility of a couple more - have entered the 2019 Dubarry sponsored SB20 National Championships to be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club this coming weekend. After what was a fantastic Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta with…
Justin Burke's SB20 'Alert Packaging' competing on Dublin Bay
After what was a fantastic Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta with 16 SB20s competing for the silverware, the highlight of the SB20 season, the National Championships is now on the horizon. The three-day championship will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht…
Team Ridgeway is third in the SB20s
After an opening race win in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta SB20 Division today, the All-Ireland Sailing Champion Peter Kennedy helming Team Ridgeway could only manage sixth in the second race to place third overall in the 16-boat sportsboats fleet. The lead is…
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…

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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