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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
SB20 Worlds Hyeres Update - Strong Irish Presence Felt
#sb20 – Race 1 of the SB20 Worlds got off to a flying start Monday in Hyeres for the SB20 fleet World Championshps in the Mediterranean. After 2 general recalls in wind which started at 22 knots, the 90+ boat…
SB20s Endure Gear Failure in Race One of Hyeres World Champs
#SB20 – In big mistral breezes exceeding 32 knots at stages the SB20 fleet took to the racecourse for Race 1 today. Rodion Luka won the opening gambit of the event. Best placed Irish boat was Sharkbait in 9th but…
Ten Irish SB20s Start at Hyeres Sportsboat World Championships
#sb20 – Racing has started today in the southern French port of Hyeres for the SB20 World Championship. The event is being run over five days and hosted by the International racing centre COYCH. Organisers have opted for a single…
SB20 Northern Championship Sportsboat Victory to Sharkbait Crew
#sb20 – A competitive fleet of 17 SB20's travelled to the Royal Ulster Yacht Club over the weekend to compete in the Northern Championships. With a big section of the fleet travelling the Worlds in France in a little over…
Just Launched SB20 Wins Inaugural UK Grand Slam at Cowes Week
#sb20 – With an eye to the form book for the SB20 World Championships in Hyeres next month, SportsboatWorld.com won the inaugural SB20 UK Grand Slam on day four of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. Jerry Hill, Craig 'Spike' Watson and…
Big Irish SB20 Fleet Contest World Champs in France
#sb20 – Up to 14 Irish teams are expected to travel to the upcoming SB20 World Championships to be held in Hyeres, France and hosted by internationally renowned COYCH,recent host to the ISAF Sailing World Cup. As Afloat reported earlier,…
SB20 Worlds Draws Big Irish Entry
#sb20 – SB20 trio Ben Duncan, Brian Moran and Joe Turner sailing Sharkbait completed a hat-trick of SB20 national titles at a tricky 22-boat event in Galway last weekend in a nice race series cut short to six. It's a…
Triple SB20 Sportsboat Crown for Sharkbait Crew
#sb20 – In really tricky conditions that saw the nine race series reduced to six races, the fleet of 22 SB20's took to the water to contend the title this weekend on Galway Bay. Ably commanded on the water by…
SB20s Look Forward to Light Air Start to Galway Bay Nationals
#sb20 – This Friday sees the kick off for the 2013 SB20 Nationals, this year hosted by Galway Bay Sailing Club, Galway Harbour Company and race HQ provided by the Harbour Hotel. The fleet are well used to Galway Bay…
#SB20 – Perfect conditions awaited the 21 boat SB20 fleet this weekend at Kinsale for the Southern Championships hosted by Kinsale Yacht Club. Blue Skies and light to medium Easterly breeze allowed the fleet at last to drop the thermal…
New Look Kinsale Yacht Club Opens its Doors to SB20 Fleet
#kinsale – The newly revamped Kinsale Yacht Club welcomes the SB20 fleet this coming weekend for their first ever championship event at the South Coast harbour. The new clubhouse opened its doors on the June bank holiday weekend but the…
SB20s Enjoy Italian Job on Lake Garda
#dbsc – The second event of the SB20 Grand Slam circuit took place between 24th and 26th May at the beautiful location of Malcesine, Lake Garda. This small town is approx 5km south of the better known sailing centres of…
Four–in–a–Row for Sharkbait at SB20 Westerns on Lough Ree
Four races, Four potential winners. That's how it played out today on Lough Ree for the SB20 Westerns at LRYC. Ful results downloadable below as a jpeg file. No racing on Saturday meant PRO Richard Kissane and team had to…
First SB20 Grand Slam Event Set Sail in Hyeres
The first SB20 class Grand Slam event of the season was held this weekend in Hyeres, France. 3 days of racing were scheduled between 3rd and 5th May. A quality fleet representing 7 nations arrived to warm sunny 22 degrees…
Dun Laoghaire SB20 Visitors Beat 'Sharkbait' to Lift East Coast Title
#sb20 – What a difference a day makes.  Lying 8th overall coming into day 2 of the SB20 Easterns at Howth Yacht Club, Aidan O'Connell and team on Ruby Blue from the Royal St George YC set the marker today…
Sharkbait Takes Overnight Lead at SB20 Easterns
#sb20 – 24 entries made the start line this morning for day 1 of the SB20 Eastern Championships at Howth Yacht Club.  With a cold North Easterly promising to die off by mid-afternoon,  PRO Harry Gallagher and his team got…

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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