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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
Duncan Leads SB20 Nationals in Belfast Lough
#sb20– Heavy rain and bad visibility greeted the SB20 fleet yesterday in Belfast Lough for day 1 of the Class Nationals. Wind from the south coming off the Ballyholme shore made for gusty and shifty racing for the fleet. Strangford…
Squib Champion to Contest SB20 Title on Belfast Lough
#sb20 – Hosted this year by Royal Ulster Yacht Club this weekend's SB20 nationals in Belfast Lough, will feature up to 30 boats Based at Bangor Marina, the eight race series will kick off on Friday lunchtime in what is…
Galway Bay SB20 Hat-Trick for Duncan & Co
#sb20 – Ben Duncan, Brian Moran and Joe Turner again showed great pace in the SB20 Western Championships at the weekend knocking up four 1sts and a 6th to win by a 5 point margin. The result is Ben's third…
Flawless SB20 Sailing Display from SharkBait on Tralee Bay
#SB20 – The first SB20 event was held at TBSC over the weekend of June 30th/July 1st. Although the fleet was small the racing under PRO Peter Moore of the host club was of the highest quality. On Saturady the…
Sharkbait Wins National Yacht Club's SB20 Eastern Champs
#SB20 – Howth Yacht Club's Sharkbait Ben Duncan (3287) sailing with Brian Moran and Paul Adamson won the first of the 2012 SB20 sportsboat championships with three wins in a series cut short by strong winds at the National Yacht…
New Name, New format as 'SB20s' Kick off 2012 DBSC Season
#SB20 – Andrew Algeo's Flutter took overall honours but only by one point in the first outing of the reformatted DBSC SB20 Sunday races with second and third being determined by countback between three boats. 19 boats turned out for…
SB3 Sportsboat to Become 'SB20' as New Promoters Announced
#SB3– Ireland's most successful ever sportsboat design the SB3 that produced over 100 boats racing in five different sailing centres is to undergo a world wide restructuring that will include a name change for the popular three man design and…
SB3 One Design Class Adapts to Change on Dublin Bay
#SB3 – How sailing classes cope with recession has been a talking point over the winter months in yacht clubs across Ireland. Little spare time and sailors under financial pressure means all classes are re-evaluating what they are offering. It…
Clyde SB3 Class Continues to Grow
#SB3 – Following the distribution of the 'Clyde SB3 Class Proposal' in September an information and social evening was held on 27th October at The Lansdowne Bar & Kicthen in Glasgow's West End. Despite some last minute cancellations 25 people…
Call for Irish SB3s to Head for Scotland in 2012
#SB3 - As the Dublin Bay Sailing Club SB3 class debates the merits of Saturday versus Sunday club racing with a contracted fleet size next season there has been a call from the North for Irish crews to head to…
SB3 Sailors Sailing for $30,000 Black Sea Bounty
Howth SB3 Sailors Ben Duncan, Brian Moran and Joe Turner areamong the teams competing for the Rodion Luka Friendship regatta in Odessa on the Black Sea this Saturday. Event Sponsor Transbunker has offered $30,000 prize money for the event to…
SB3 Hat-Trick for Kennedy on Lough Ree
Former Olympic sailor Peter Kennedy won the 2011 SB3 Midland Championships held at Lough Ree Yacht Club at the weekend. This was Kennedy's third Midlands victory in a row. Six races were sailed over two days with everything from light…
Kennedy Seeking SB3 Hat-trick on Lough Ree
Up to 25 boats are expected for the Irish SB3's end of season bash this weekend at the Midland Championships at Lough Ree Yacht Club. This event was first run in 2007 as part of the first SB3 national circuit.…
Sharkbait Wins By a Single Point at SB3 National Championships
Top Race officer Jack Roy did a superb job getting a full schedule of three races in on Friday and three on Saturday at the SB3 sports boat National Championships that were hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Unfortunately…
Sharkbait Wins SB3 National Championship (Full Results Here)
After six races sailed and against a fleet of 39 SB3 sportsboats there was little surprise that champions 'Sharkbait' sailed by Ben Duncan, Brian Moran and Ric Morris were the winners of the National Championships sailed at the Royal Irish…
Sharkbait Takes Another Bite at Royal Ulster.
Howth's Ben Duncan sailing Sharbait has etched another victory in the SB3 class following a weekend of very up and down conditions with some sizeable shifts and changes in pressure at the SB3 Northern Championships at Royal Ulster Yacht Club.…

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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