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Irish SB20 Sailing Class News & Regatta Results
Royal Irish Yacht Club Commodore Jerry Dowling
At the recently concluded SB20 World Championships on Dublin Bay, it was announced that the current Class President, Irish sailor Jerry Dowling, was stepping down after three years in the role, handing over to the class's first Southern Hemisphere appointment,the current…
With nine results in the top five from 12 races, Portugal's Team AP Hotels & Resorts of José Paulo Ramada, Artem Basalkin, Carlota Gala and Gonçalo Vieira Lopes won the SB20 World Championships by 11 points at Dun Laoghaire
Portugal's Team AP Hotels & Resorts of José Paulo Ramada, Artem Basalkin, Carlota Gala and Gonçalo Vieira Lopes are the new Provident CRM SB20 World Champions after a thrilling 12-race series concluded on Dublin Bay.  Team Xcellent of John Pollard, Jack Wetherell and…
Carlingford Sailing Club's 'So-Brr' sailed by Ron Finegan, Declan Murphy and Eamon Toner broaches during a race at the SB20 Worlds at Dun Laoghaire
Consistent sailing from Royal St. George local trio of Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook sailing 'Ted' keeps the trio sixth overall and the top Irish boat going into the final day of the Provident CRM SB20 World Championships on Dublin Bay.  A second…
A great start for Royal Cork and Monkstown Bay youth team 'The Bear' (IRL 3060) in an abandoned start to race four of the SB20 Worlds at Dun Laoghaire. The Bear is sailed by Cork sailors Harry Pritchard, Derry McLeavy, Oisin Pearce and Oisin McSweeney
Royal St. George local trio of Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook sailing 'Ted' have moved from 11th to sixth overall as the top Irish boat after day three of the SB20 World Championships on Dublin Bay.  The trio moved up from…
Lough Ree YC entry Provident CRM sailed by John Malone, Emmet Sheridan and Alex Leech is dismasted on the first day of racing at the RIYC hosted SB20 World Championships on Dublin Bay
After three blustery races sailed at the Provident CRM SB20 World Championship 2022 at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Britain's John Pollard, Jack Wetherell and Henry Wetherell lead the 54-boat fleet at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  The consistent Torbay crew scored a 2,2, and…
Kidzink, a United Arab Emirates SB20 entry from the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, sailing at speed on Dublin Bay
Strong winds on Dublin Bay cancelled today's much anticipated first races of the SB20 sportsboat World Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. Three races were due to be held today, but were cancelled due…
The 'Kidzink' United Arab Emirates SB20 entry from the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) was making waves on the Dublin Bay race track on Sunday ahead of the first race of the class World Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht…
Putting the “sport” into Sportsboat…..SB20s revelling in a real breeze as other boats scuttle back to port
In 2002, the ingenious Laser SB3 was unleashed on an unsuspecting world by Performance Sailcraft as one of several innovative craft that enabled the leading Laser builders to offer loyal Laser sailors – already in their several thousands with the…
Racing at the 2019 SB20 Worlds at Hyeres, France
The Royal Irish Yacht Club, in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is welcoming participants from as far as Australia, Singapore, Dubai and especially from Ukraine for what class pundits say may be the most open SB20 World Championship for many teams to…
Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor at the helm of Ted, the winner of the pre-World Championship Irish East Coast event on Dublin Bay
With under a week to go to the 2022 SB20 World Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay, Dun Laoghaire's Michael O'Connor has scored a significant win at a spiced-up edition of the Irish Eastern Championships populated…
Jerry Dowling, SB20 World Council President and Royal Irish Yacht Club Commodore (left) and John Malone CEO Provident CRM Dublin
Provident CRM has been announced as the title sponsor of September's Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted SB20 World Championships 2022 at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The RIYC will host the event on Dublin Bay from the 5th to the 9th of…
Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor in Ted finished the SB20 Sprint Series second
A visiting French SB20 sportsboat trio won Sunday's six-race sprint series on Dublin Bay.  Edward Russo, Gilles Favennec and Jonathan Lobert took three wins and three second places on the short course windward-leeward courses to take the sprint title. Six…
The SB20s last sailed in Cork Harbour in 2021
The SB20 National Championships that were scheduled to take place as part of next week's Volvo Cork Week 2022 Regatta have been axed. Running from Friday 8th July to Sunday 10th July in Cork Harbour, it is understood the decision to…
The Beneteau First 21 class will race for National Championship honours as part of the RIYC's Dun Laoghaire Cup in May
The Royal Irish Yacht Club will host a four-class Dun Laoghaire Cup for sportsboats in May with racing for 1720, SB20, J80 and Beneteau First 21 classes.  The 1720 East Coast Championship, the J80 East Coast Championship and First 21 National…
The fourth Cascais SB20 Winter Series had its debut postponed. The 22 boats of the popular class were forced to stay ashore on the opening day due to the strong wind that blew in Cascais on Saturday. On the second…
Some twenty-five SB20s are competing in Cascais, Portugal
Irish eyes will be studying the form at the Cascais Winter Series of the SB20 Class where some top crews are already preparing for the World Championships in Ireland this year.  As Afloat reported in December, there are already at…

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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