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Achille Nebout and his young crew of Gabriel Skoczek, Pauline Mazzocchi and Bruno Mournac
Young French skipper Achille Nebout, sailing Le Reservoir/Mazet & Associase, brilliantly won the 2018 World championship for the SB20 one-design sports boat class on Hobart’s River Derwent. The top Irish performance was 13th from Michael O'Connor of the Royal St.…
SB20s jostle for room on the start line
“Blow the froth off one mate. Sun is shining, you could be back home in the s**t” – Honda, Mind Games, AUS As with any competitive sailing crew, we all consciously agree to the ups and downs of this sport. Today…
 Fifty nine SB20s on the line on Hobart’s River Derwent
Tasmanian sailor Michael Cooper has fought back in his bid to win the 2018 SB20 World championship, but the competition is fierce with two French and a British boat his rivals for victory on the Derwent tomorrow (Thursday). Irish bats…
The leaderboard saw significant changes today over three races
Sticky. Like scalextric. That’s what you need to be off the start line here, in a lane, bow down and hiking like a swiss alpine enthusiast. If you can’t live with the boats around you, you’re toast. Pure and simple…
Two more days of racing remain with seven races scheduled at the SB20 Worlds in Hobart
Day 2 – Races 4 and 5  British yachtsman Richard Powell snatched victory on the final spinnaker run of race five of the SB20 Worlds today, ending a boat-for-boat duel between Tasmanians Brett Cooper and Michael Cooper. As they crossed the…
Howth Yacht Club's Cillian Dickson (left) accepts his prize as leading youth boat at the SB20 Worlds in Hobart
Today the fleet at the SB20 World Championship got the hop on the kids of Ireland by going back to school a day early writes Irish crewman Ted Laverty in Hobart. Trickier than a game of poker at a wizard’s…
180 degree wind shifts are quite common in Hobart
After a blustery pre-world SB20 championships, in which one of three Irish boats made the top ten, Dublin Bay crew man Ted Laverty previews tomorrow's first race of the World Championships in Hobart.  “The visitors I’ve spoken to have been a…
Action at the SB20 Pre Worlds in Hobart
Michael O'Connor from the Royal St. George YC made it into the top ten of the SB20 Pre–World Championships Regatta that concluded yesterday. Ger Dempsey of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was 23 with Howth Yacht Club's Cillian Dickson 25th. …
The SB0 pre-Worlds regatta has provided competitors with two exhilarating races on Hobart’s River Derwent
Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, John Malone and Ed Cook are 15th overall after day two of the SB0 pre-Worlds regatta that has provided competitors with two exhilarating races on Hobart’s River Derwent today. The World Championships start on Sunday and…
Three Irish SB20 crews are heading for the Tasmanian World Championships
Final preparations are now underway for the three Irish teams travelling to the 2018 SB20 World Championships in Hobart, Tasmania. The event, co-hosted by the Derwent Sailing Squadron and the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, will run from 7th –…
A busy season ahead for the SB20 sportsboats – Read the 2018 fixtures calendar below
2018 will be a stand out year for the Irish SB20 class with the and European Championships taking place in Dublin Bay at the end of August. Club racing will continue next summer in both Dublin Bay and on Lough…
Altair from Cork Harbour (K Dorgan, Cobh SC) holding on the right in Sunday’s sunshine at the SB20 Nationals at Howth. They placed 17th overall in a hot fleet
New SB20 World Corinthian Champion Michel O’Connor of Royal St George YC took the class’s Irish title yesterday afternoon after a hectic series at Howth Yacht Club in which the 21–strong fleet experienced an entire year’s worth of weather in…
The 2017 SB20 Nationals are being held in Howth Yacht Club
Recently crowned Corinthian SB20 World Champions Michael O'Connor, Davey Taylor and Edward Cook are eyeing the Irish National title in Howth Yacht Club next weekend as the class surges ahead of the European Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club…
Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook are the SB20 'Corinthian' World Champions
Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook are the SB20 'Corinthian' World Champions following today's final races in Cowes. The Dun Laoghaire boat, that is a regular top DBSC performer, fell back two places overnight to finish…
Looking for a podium place – Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook are fourth overall
Royal St. George Yacht Club's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook are looking for a podium finish at the SB20 World Championships in Cowes today. The Dun Laoghaire trio are fourth overall and ten points off the lead and four points off…
Michael O'Connor's Sin Bin (IRL3544) in the front row of an SB20 Worlds start on day three in Cowes yesterday
After five races sailed at the SB20 World Championships in Cowes, Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook is up to seventh overall – just 14 points off the leader – in the highly competitive 79–boat fleet.…

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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