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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
Sailor Graham Elmes Remembered at SB20 Easterns on Dublin Bay
#sb20 – The SB20's held their first regional event of 2014 at the National Yacht Club over the weekend. A huge attraction of these events is the comradery and fun that comes when a group of friends and fierce competitors…
Big SB20 Lead for 'Alert Packaging' in DBSC Race
#sb20 – After last weeks abandonment due to too much breeze, for a short while this evening it looked like there would be an abandonment due to a lack of breeze... thankfully, the wind-gods smiled on the SBs once more…
SB20s Enjoy 'A Cracking Days' Racing on Dublin Bay
#sb20 – Another cracking days racing last weekend on Dublin Bay for the second (of ten) SB Sundays writes Michael O'Connor. Despite the many obstacles put in their way (an anchor that refused to catch and a windlass engine that started…
SB20 Processions 'A Thing of the Past' in New DBSC Thursday Night Courses
#sb20 – A steady 10-14knts north-easterly greeted the SB20 fleet for the second DBSC Thursday of the season writes Michael O'Connor. Full results here. Despite the fact that we were missing Thursday regulars Justin Burke and his Alert Packaging team,…
SB20 World Championships Awarded to Yacht Club Circolo Vela Torbole, Italy
#sb20 – Following the successful 90 boat fleet at the 2013 Audi SB20 World Championship at Hyeres, France last September and ahead of the 2014 World Championship at the Yacht Club Hercules in St. Petersburg, Russia this coming September, the SB20 fleet…
SB20 Holds Hamble Demo Day at Royal Southern Yacht Club
#sb20 – The UK SB20 class association and distributor SportsBoat World are holding an open day at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble on Saturday, April 5, 2014, for anyone thinking of sailing an SB20 this year. SportsBoat World,…
Annual Dinner Among Latest SB20 Diary Dates
#SB20 - Following the 2014 fixture list for the SB20 class published in December, here are some more dates to add to your diary for the new season. First up is the SB20 Annual Dinner on Friday 7 March at…
SB20 2014 Fixture List is Published
The Irish SB20 class has published its 2014 fixtures list which sees the sportsboat class kick off next season with the Howth Spring Warmer series on April 6th. The full fixture list is below and also available as a an…
Lough Derg Success for Duncan at SB20 Freshwater Regatta
#sb20 – 'Get Out and Sail' was the war cry from the SB20 fleet and 16 boat were expected at Lough Derg Freshwater Regatta at the weekend writes Justin Burke. The war cry was answered with 24 SB20s racing. Maybe…
40 People Try Out SB20 at National YC Demo Day
#sb20 – With over 40 sailors trying out the SB20 on Dublin Bay on Saturday in glorious weather the Demo day at the National YC surpassed all expectations. 'We expected 20 to 25 and we got over 40 sailors, all were…
SB20 Open Day at Dun Laoghaire Aims to Recruit New Sportsboat Crew for 2014
#SB20 – Just because this coming Sunday is the last in the DBSC SB20 Sunday series on Dublin Bay does not mean the newly elected class captain is going to pack the boats away for winter. Far from it.  The fleet…
SB20 World Master Championships Won By Ireland's Cuppage & Crew, UK Team Win Overall
#sb20 –In a week that saw mixed results for the Irish fleet, it was Marty Cuppage, Peter Lee and Michael Galvan that will bring home the silverware as newly crowned SB20 World Masters. Entry into this prestigious band of brothers…
Three Different SB20 Race Winners at Hyeres World Championships
#SB20 – Another fabulous day of racing was enjoyed by the 90 entrants at the Audi SB20 World Championships 2013 in the Baie des Iles d' Or, Hyeres. Today produced three different race winners in conditions that started off gentle…
Mistral Arrives in Full Force for SB20 World Champs
#sb20 – It was another early start for the 90 strong SB20 fleet at the Audi World Championships in Hyères, France. The Race Committee set the course even further to the right hand side of the Baie de Iles d'…
Irish SB20 Sharkbait up to Fifth at Hyeres World Champs
#sb20 – Day 2 of the SB20 Worlds 2013 brought lots more big wind action for the 15 Nation, 90 boat fleet. It was hard sailing again today in the short steep chop with the forecast breeze gradually increasing to…
Burlton Takes Control of SB20 Sportsboat World Championships
#sb20 – Following yesterday's Mistral wind conditions, the COYCH Race Committee brought the start of racing on day two of the Audi SB20 World Championships 2013 forward by one hour to take advantage of the lesser wind conditions in the…

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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