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Draft 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in)
Hull weight 685 kg (1,510 lb)
(inc. 327 kg (721 lb) keel)
LOA 6.15 m (20.2 ft)
Beam 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in)
Mast Length 9.05 m (29.7 ft)
Mainsail area 18 m2 (190 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 9.3 m2 (100 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 46 m2 (500 sq ft)
RYA PN 911[1]

The SB20 is a one-design class of sailboat commonly used for racing. Marketed and distributed by Sportsboat World the boat was designed by Tony Castro and launched in 2002.

The SB20 was originally called the Laser SB3, and was marketed and distributed by Laser Performance under licence from the designer. This licence ended in 2012.[2]

The yacht is an open keelboat and is designed for racing with a crew of 3 or 4 whose maximum weight must not exceed 270 kg. With a high aspect ratio keel with a very high ballast ratio the yacht is very stable, but also quite fast due to the substantial sail area. The SB20 is unique in that it does not allow hiking, using a small stainless steel bar to prevent hiking by the crew, this allows competitive crews of all shapes, sizes and ages.

The majority of boats are located in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Australia, Singapore and Italy and the class has attracted considerable support. There is a growing fleet in the UAE. In 2005 the SB20 became the second largest one-design fleet at the Cowes Week regatta with 66 entries. In 2006 it became the largest fleet with 89 entries pushing the XOD into second place, an accolade it held for two further years.

There are over 700 boats worldwide, sailed in over 20 countries. Growth in fleets internationally enabled the class to successfully apply to World Sailing for the right to host a world championship, the first of which was hosted in Dublin during 2008.

World championships[edit]

Year Location Entries Winning Boat Country Skipper
2016 Cascais, Portugal 76 New Territories[3]  RUS Hugo Rocha
2015 Trentino, Italy 92 Give Me 5 by FFV Youth  FRA Robin Follin
2014 St. Petersburg, Russia 48 ATOMSTROJKOMPLEKS  RUS Evgeny Neugodnikov
2013 Hyères, France 90 GILL RACE TEAM  GBR Craig Burlton
2012 Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia 42 WKD[4]  GBR Geoff Carveth
2011 Torquay, UK 103 Race Team Gill[5]  GBR Geoff Carveth
2010 Torbole Casaglia, Italy 110 3 Sad Old Blokes[6]  GBR Jerry Hill
2009 Cascais, Portugal 54 Race Team Gill[7]  GBR Craig Burlton
2008 Dublin, Ireland 137 Race Team Gill[8]  GBR Geoff Carveth


  1. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "SB20 new sales and marketing structure announced". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "SB20 Worlds 2016 Results". CN Cascais. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "SB20 Worlds 2012 Results". Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "SB20 Worlds 2011 Results". Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "SB20 Worlds 2010 Results". Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "SB20 Worlds 2009 Results". 
  8. ^ "SB20 Worlds 2008 Results". Retrieved 29 January 2013. 

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