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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
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.…
Team Ireland at Monday night's announcement in Cowes of the European Championships that will be sailed in Dun Laoghaire in August 2018
Michael O'Connor's Sinbin of the Royal St. George Yacht Club scored a third in race two to rise up the leader board of the SB20 World Championships at Cowes, Isle of Wight yesterday. O'Connor, as the top Irish entry, now…
There was a sole Irish entry from the Royal St George Yacht Club at the UK SB20 Nationals on the Solent
The SB20 UK Nationals were hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble-le-Rice from 21st – 23rd July. The racecourse in the Solent used for the event is the same racecourse expected to be used for the upcoming SB20…
A typically shifty and unsettled westerly breeze confounded and frustrated many competitors
A fleet of nine SB20s enjoyed the challenging conditions on Dublin bay on bank holiday Saturday. A typically shifty and unsettled westerly breeze confounded and frustrated many of the competitors but in the end it was Alert Packaging, sailed by…
Michael O'Connor's Sin Bin from the RstGtYC is tied for the overall lead in the DBSC SB20 series
The SB20 fleet had a nail-biter on Dublin Bay last night as seven boats battled each other and, more importantly, the weather gods. No fewer than four boats held, and then lost, the lead during the race. After a general…
After three races, Alert Packaging (above) holds a slender one point lead overall from Venuesworld and Sin Bin in joint second
The DBSC SB20 fleet were treated to tropical conditions last night on Dublin Bay with blazing sunshine and a warm breeze greeting the competitors. OOD Jack Roy and his team had their work cut out for them as the wind…
The partnership will see competitors benefiting from an exclusive Henri Lloyd Privilege Club
Marine clothing brand Henri Lloyd has announced its support of this year’s SB20 World Championships, being hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes this August. The partnership will see competitors benefiting from an exclusive Henri Lloyd Privilege Club that…
As Bango (James, Peter et al) squeezed past the gate mark, they were able to head up 20 degrees, their kite popped and they took off once more
After a fortnight of frustrating cancellations and false starts to the season, eight SB20s made it onto the start line for the first Saturday races of the 2017 DBSC SB20 sailing programme. The forecast was for a freshening southerly breeze…
Ger Dempsey's Venues World was the winner of Thursday's DBSC SB20 race
In comparison to the prospect of an evening of office-based toil, a fresh north easterly breeze with lots of sunshine and a decent swell for SB20 based surfing had the makings of a far more enjoyable latter portion of a…
Alert Packaging skippered by Justin Bourke was second last night in DBSC's first Thursday race
Four boats bravely fought the cold this evening and ventured out to the start line for the first Thursday race of the 2017 DBSC SB20 sailing programme. The forecast was an enticing 12knts gusting 18knts from a steady north west…
SB20 Training at the Royal Irish Yacht Club (Gybe Video Here)
SB20 sailor Jimmy Dowling will host a training session on the basic techniques of handling the gennaker on Saturday morning, May 6. The session is aimed at the less experienced SB20 class members but all are welcome. A…
Sin Bin (Michael O’Connor, Owen Laverty and Ed Cooke) with HYC Commodore Joe McPeake (left)
Sixteen SB20s battled it out off Ireland’s Eye last weekend in a hotly contested Eastern Championships. With 0-6 knots winds forecast for the weekend, PRO Paddy Judge and his Howth YC team did an excellent job getting six fair, high…
The SB20 sportsboat 'Seriously Bonkers' sailed by Peter Lee. The SB20 Eastern Championships will sail this weekend at Howth Yacht Club
Cork Harbour's Dave Barry will defend his SB20 Eastern title this weekend at the Eastern Championships at Howth Yacht Club.  As Afloat.ie previously reported, the National 18s, the RS400 and RS200 fleets will share the limelight off Ireland's Eye. 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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