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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
Justin Burke's SB20 Alert Packaging gives chase at Bay mark in last night's DBSC race
The SB20 fleet enjoyed white water surfing conditions this evening on Dublin bay with speeds in excess of 15 knots being reported and plenty of wipeouts, (in some cases multiple!), across the fleet. The OOD opted for the relatively long…
SB20 DBSC Race Report - Saturday 14th May 2016
Glorious sunshine and a fickle Easterly breeze greeted the SB20 fleet for the third DBSC Saturday of the season. The ranks were swelled by the return of Alert Packaging (Justin, Henrik and Ed) and Sin Bin (Michael, Owen and Ger)…
The SB20 class’s second European Grand Slam of the season kicks off today
The SB20 class’s second European Grand Slam of the season kicks off today, Friday May 13, at the North Sea Regatta.The North Sea Regatta is the largest Dutch sailing event, attracting around 2,500 sailors annually to Scheveningen, close to The…
Tight racing for the SB20 fleet at their first spreader mark in race 6 on Carlingford Lough in County Louth
SB20 crew Aidan O'Connell, John Driscoll and Andrew Vaughan were the winners of the inaugural SB20 visit to Carlingford Lough at the weekend. The 12–boat fleet were treated to a brand new venue at Carlingford Sailing Club for the first SB20…
HYC's Emmet D'Alton presents Shane Murphy (right) skipper of Two Men and a Monkey with second overall at the Spring Warmer Series at Howth
Eleven SB20s braved a moderate northerly wind and Baltic conditions for the second and final day of the Key Capital Private sponsored Spring Warmer Series in Howth Yacht Club. Due to the loss of the second race last weekend, the…
The start of the SB20 Spring Warmer Series at HYC. Scroll down for video.
Eleven SB20s came out of winter hibernation early this year for the Key Capital Private sponsored Spring Warmer Series in Howth Yacht Club. There has been a shake-up in the event format this year and instead of the traditional six races…
An opportunity to clarify your sailing decisions will be provided by the Irish SB20 class association when it stages a racing strategy clinic run in conjunction with the Howth Yacht Club Spring Warmer Series in April. The sportsboat class has also launched…
Sailors from over 10 countries in a fleet of 22 boats – including Ireland – are gathering in Singapore for the inaugural Asian Grand Slam for the SB20 class, and this year’s Asia Pacific Championships. Now in their third year,…
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and Derwent Sailing Squadron in Australia are to jointly host the SB20 World Championships in January 2018. Between 80 and 100 of the high-performance SB20 sportsboats are expected to contest the Worlds, which will…
Congratulations to Graeme Grant of Howth who has been named SB20 'Champion of Championships' for 2016. Second overall is national champion Michael O'Connor of the Royal St. George Yacht Club followed by his Dun Laoghaire clubmate Aidan O'Connell. The attached spread sheet…
Skipper Andy Oddie, and his crew of Gareth Edwards and Rob Greenhalgh, are the 2015 SB20 National Champions, after winning three of the six-race series at the Royal Southern YC in Hamble on ‘Underground Toys'. The Stormforce Coaching UK National…
After three days of typically tricky Dublin Bay conditions, the Dun Laoghaire crew aboard Sin Bin (IRL 3544) – Michael O’Connor, Owen Laverty and Kevin Johnson - were deservedly crowned the 2015 Irish SB20 National Champions writes Ted Laverty. Hosted…
#sb20 – Visiting SB20s to Dublin Bay swelled the ranks of the local fleet for the last DBSC races of the season last Sunday. 12 boats sailed four races with courses set by Barry O'Neill. SB20 visitors were in town practising…
#sb20 – The Dun Laoghaire SB20 sportsboat fleet have announced a number of new additions to the class. Coming just weeks after the addition of Chris Chapman and Yachtsman.ie (IRL 3443) to the Dun Laoghaire fleet, former SB20 regular Chris…
Howth Yacht Club Trio are Top Irish Performers at SB20 on Lake Garda
#sb20 – "God was a sailor" according to a boatman at the Circolo De Vela yacht club in Torbole, Lake Garda writes Daragh Sheridan. Why do you say that we ask? "Because here you can sail downwind all day". Heading…
Big breeze At SB20 World Championships, Dinghy Supplies in 20th
#sb20 – Three physically demanding races were held for the SB20 Gold fleet today at Torbole, Lake Garda yesterday. Racing began in 20-knot breezes, which built throughout the course of the afternoon to 30 knots. Jerry Hill, sailing "SportsboatWorld' in…

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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