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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
Three SB20 championships will be held in Dublin waters next season
An exciting 2017 Championship schedule includes old favourites Howth YC and Royal Ulster YC as well as a return trip to Mayo YC. This year's World Championships will be held in Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes making it highly accessible from…
 DBSC Class Captain James Gorman steps down after a successful two year term on Friday
Following its lively Southern championships at the weekend, the SB20 Ireland AGM takes this Friday October 7th 2016 at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The meeting will be boosted by an influx of new blood into the class as it…
Second in the 14–entry event was Howth Yacht Club's Two Men and Their Monkey sailed by Darragh Sheridan, Shane Murphy and John Phelan
Dave Barry, Dan O'Connell and Jimmy Dowling sailing Lia are the SB20 2016 Southern Champions following four wins from six races at the National Yacht Club at the weekend. Second in the 14–entry event was Howth Yacht Club's Two Men…
Ireland's best overall performance was 40 in the 76 boat fleet
The last day of the Cascais SB20 World Championships 2016 on Saturday, September 3 saw Hugo Rocha with his New Territories team crowned World Champions, defeating a 76-boat fleet with entries from 13 countries. Despite some fine individual performances, the…
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As expected, it's been a breezy week at the SB20 World Championships in Cascais, Portugal leading to many running repairs on the race track. A French entry, Black Magic, skippered by Edward Russo, was one such example when the outer…
Royal St George YC's Chris Arrowsmith, David Cahill and Colin Galavan competing in yesterday's SB20 Worlds at Cascais
There were some great results from the four boat Irish SB20 team in Cascais, Portugal yesterday and another good day in prospect today could see an Irish team finish in the top third of the SB20 World Championships. Royal Cork…
Ger Dempsey's Venuesworld from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads the Irish at the SB20 Worlds
Day two of the Cascais SB20 World Championships 2016 yesterday, Wednesday 31 August, brought three more testing races for the 75-boat fleet – or, according to some crews, two testing races and one giant crazy game of Risk. It was…
Ireland is in the top of the SB20 Worlds in Cascais
The Cascais SB20 World Championships got off to a strong start yesterday with three races held in testing but hugely enjoyable conditions with Portuguese sun and strong breezes. Ireland has four entries in the 76–boat event. Bango (James Gorman, Rory Fitzpatrick,…
Ger Dempsey will steer Royal Irish YC entry Venuesworld with Chris Nolan, Maeve Judge and Blair Stanaway on board
Ireland has four entries in the Cascais 2016 SB20 World Championships that start next week, from Tuesday 30 August, at the renowned venue of Cascais in Portugal. The Atlantic city of Cascais is synonymous with strong winds, large rolling waves,…
Jimmy and Jerry Dowling and Stefan Hyde were SB20 National Championship winners at the NYC
Bad-Kilcullen (Stefan Hyde, Jerry Dowling & Jimmy Dowling) crowned SB20 National Champions for 2016 which took place last weekend (5-7 August). Defending champions Sin Bin (Michael O'Connor, Owen Laverty & Kevin Johnson) on coming 2nd overall and to Venuesworld.com (Ger…
SB20s catch the breeze on what would be the final day of racing in the 2016 Nationals
#SB20 - Sailing was cancelled in high winds on the last day of the SB20 National Championships yesterday (Sunday 7 August), meaning that Saturday's leaders – Jerry Dowling's Bád – sail away with this year's title. The Royal Irish Yacht…
SB20s round a leeward mark on breezy day two of the national championships at Dun Laoghaire
Jerry Dowling's Bad from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads the SB20 National Championships at the National Yacht Club going into the final day of the 18–boat championships this morning. It looks likely there'll be the same big breeze same…
Tomorrow evening's DBSC race will serve as the unofficial practice race for the SB20 fleet that will race for National title honours on Dublin Bay on Friday in a three day event from the National Yacht Club. 18 entries have…
SB20 racing at the Royal St. George YC Regatta
The SB20 Irish National Championships takes place at the National YC in Dun Laoghaire in a fortnight (5-7 August) and local DBSC competition at the host venue on Dublin Bay has been full–on. Last weekend Sin Bin (Michael O'Connor, Emmet Ryan…
Ger Dempsey, Blair Stanaway, Chris Nolan and Maeve Judge were SB20 Western winners
The SB20 Western Championships were hosted by Mayo Sailing Club last weekend, one of the new destinations the fleet has been visiting this season. Fleet numbers suffered due to the clash with the ICRAs, but the sailors who travelled were…
Fireworks Guaranteed For Saturday Series Final - SB20 DBSC Race Report For Saturday 4 June
#DBSC - With just two points separating the top three SB20s, fireworks were guaranteed for the final day and last two races of Saturday Series 1, writes Michael O'Connor. Series leader Bango (James Gorman, Philip Lawton and Keith Staunton) held…

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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