THE SPORTSBOAT OF OUR TIME
Includes: SB3 Boat Test Editorial Reviews Advertising Features
CONTENTS 2007 Events Calendar
OFFICIAL YACHTS & YACHTING SB3 TEST REPORT
1st - 4th SB3 Primo Cup
Mark Rushall puts the SB3 to the test.
KING OF COWES 2007
Gael Pawson writes from this inaugural event to find the APRIL Feature
champion of champions from Skandia Cowes Week 7th - 8th Warsash Spring Championships
2006 winners, all competing in Laser SB3’s.
6th - 9th Easter Challenge, Pwllheli Augus
EVEN KEELS 21st - 22nd Warsash Spring Championships
Justin Chisholm salutes the biggest Sportsboat success
story of recent years: The SB3.
5th - 7th Sunderland UK Grand Prix Series
A collection of Advertorials featured in Yachts and
Yachting in conjunction with Cowes Week, Volkswagen 12th - 13th May Baily Bowl DunL RAYC
and the SB3.
17th - 20th French Nationals (Brest, FR)
FAQ’S 19th - 20th Hamble UK Grand Prix Series 3 (Royal Southern YC)
Your questions answered. 25th - 28th Bell Lawrie Scottish Series, Tarbert
SB3 CLASS ASSOCIATION WEBSITE
The latest news on events.
PRIMO CUP 2007 REPORT 2nd - 3rd Cowes UK Grand Prix Series 3 (Seaview)
9th - 10th South Coast Championships Kinsale or RCYC
Gael Pawson on the growing turn out at Cowes. 17th - 18th Training for European Championships - Weymouth UK
19th - 22nd European Championships - Weymouth UK
SB3 EUROPEANS 2007 AT WPNSA
LASER SB3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006
All the action.
7th - 8th Lymington UK Grand Prix Series 4
WHAT THE OWNERS SAY 12th - 15th Volvo Dun Laoghaire Week DunL RstGYC
28th - 29th Northern Championships. BELFAST LOUGH
4th - 11th Cowes Week (Isle of Wight)
18th - 19th East Coast Championships Howth HYC
20th - 22nd Welsh Championships, Abersoch
Draft 1.50M 8th - 9th Pre National Warm up Regatta (Chairmans Cup)
14th - 16th Irish Championships Dun L NYC
15th - 16th Inland Championships, Ullswater
(ex crew) 625Kg
26th - 29th SB3 UK Nationals, Hayling Island Sailing Club
Jib 9.3M2 OCTOBER
13th - 14th Hamble Autumn Championships
Handicap Rating: Scottish Champs, TBC
SBR handicap .870
October Midlands Regatta TBC
Peters. However, when the teams were drawn recall race officer Tony
COWES WEEK COWES 2007
(each class winner paired with an SB3 owner and Lovell called for the black
their boat) it was soon evident that Peters would flag. The fleet got away on
have a real battle on his hands. the second attempt, and
with the breeze up to 18-
Away first time 20 knots there was the Feature
As the 27-boat fleet gathered near Hill Head for added spice of some lively
the first race, scheduled to start at 1100hrs, the downwind action to look
sun was out in full force, but the breeze was forward to. t 24th
The inaugural Volkswagen Touareg noticeably absent. However, the first race got Eyes were on Apthorp,
underway in 8-10 knots of breeze after half an overall leader at the end of
King of Cowes was a spectacular hour’s postponement. the first two races, who
success, Gael Pawson was there. Black group winner Ben Cooper bravely port
tacked the fleet, while Russell Peters also had a
started up by the
committee boat, Russell
good start. The right-hand side of the course Peters opted for the pin,
t was the perfect curtain raiser for Skandia seemed to pay, although the wind was very patchy while Alister Richardson
Cowes Week, a three-race no-discard series and rewarded the more alert crews. First around started mid-line. Daniel
that saw last year’s most competitive class the windward mark was Swan class winner Glyn Willett (Sonata) led the
winners competing against one another in a Williams, sailing Venetia Wingfield’s ‘Allotment charge out to the right, but
PHOTOS RICHARD LANGDON/OCEAN IMAGES*
unique event to decide the king of them all. The Club’, he was followed by the J/105 class’s David dropped back following a
prospect of a wide variety of some of the Apthorp — paired with Geoff Carveth. Third was penalty turn. First to the
country’s most talented sailors, from Volvo Ocean Extreme 40 representative Alister Richardson with windward mark was Rupert
Race and last year’s Class 0 winner Mike Russell Peters fourth. Mander (Flying 15 class),
Sanderson to the winners of some of Cowes’ Sigma 38 winner Andy Budgen, crewed by his followed by David Apthorp,
smallest classes, pitting their skills against one brother Ian, took the lead briefly on the run, but John Tremlett, Andy
another in a fleet of one-design Laser SB3 dropped back by the finish of the two-lap race, Budgen and Ben Cooper.
keelboats, meant the event had a unique buzz as leaving Glynn Williams to take the gun ahead of With the fresher breeze
David Althorp, Alister Richardson third, Russell delivering some nice
Peters fourth and Tim Spalding (Beneteau 40.7 gusts, and a few waves
class) fifth. With just a few seconds separating the building, crews got a taste
first few boats, and the rest of the fleet not far of SB3 sailing at its best.
behind, it was obvious that the boats were well Some, especially those
matched — 10 places could be dropped at any time used to asymmetric dinghies, reveled in the Mark Rushall and Martin Payne both
in the blink of an eye. conditions, while others struggled to keep the keel took a plunge during a rather
under the boat. First round the leeward gate was spirited gybe downwind — APP
Apthorp wins the second John Tremlett, followed by Ben Cooper, Tim Productions who were filiming the
By the time the second race got off the breeze was Spalding, David Apthorp and Russell Peters. event managed to clip the tape and
up to around 15 knots. Most of fleet went right However on the second beat Alister Richardson get it on teatime news, much to the
after the start, led by David Apthorp and Chris took the left, while Tim Spalding and David amusement of many!
Savage (J/80 class). Victory class champion John Althorp took the right and it was Richardson who Russell Peters made the top three
Tremlett, never one to follow the crowd, went hard came out on top to round the weather mark first. thanks to a second place in the final Overall Results
left hard to lead at the windward mark, second was He was passed by Russell Peters downwind, but race. Peters, sailing with owner David Wilkinson and 1st ‘Speed’ Alister
Richardson (Xtreme 40
David Apthorp, and third Richard Griffith (Sigma second place was enough and Alister Richardson — legendary sailor Zeb Elliott, won a special edition class), Toby Litton/Dan
33), with the rest of the fleet tightly bunched and his team of Laser SB3 owner Toby Litton plus Laser GXD. The SB3 owners also won prizes of an Johnson/Rachel
Richardson, 2nd ‘Earls
behind. By the leeward mark John Tremlett and Rachel Williamson and Dan Johnson — took the SB3 upgrade, mainsail and jib respectively. Just Court Boat Show’ David
Russell Peters were neck-and-neck and by the end overall victory and with it the fantastic prize of a missing out on the chocolates were Andy Budgen in Apthorp (J/105 class),
of the final beat, Tremlett was still leading the way brand-new Volkswagen Touareg. It was a stunning fourth and 11 times Cowes winner Graham Bailey Adams, 3rd ‘Powder
from Alister Richardson, Russell Peters and David performance by a crew who had been pulled who finished fifth. Monkey’ Russell Peters
(SB3 Class), David
Apthrop. However, by the bottom of the run together at the last minute and had little practice. The mood of the sailors at the champagne Wilkinson/Zeb Elliott,
Apthorp and Richardson rounded the port-hand David Apthorp had led the fleet going into the prizegiving was extremely upbeat. Billed as an event 4th ‘Argo II’ Andy
Budgen (Sigma 38
mark clear ahead of Tremlett who was forced to final race, but he seemed to struggle as the to decide the keelboat champion of champions — a class), Alec Russell/Ian
settle for third, ahead of Andy Budgen and Len breeze built — with the added entertainment of big boat version of the Endeavour Trophy — the King Budgen, 5th ’Team
Touareg’ Graham Bailey
crews arrived for a pre-race breakfast at the Jones (Dragon class). crewman Matt Adams taking an unplanned swim of Cowes certainly delivered a worthy champion, and (Etchells class and
Cowes Yacht Haven. The stage was set for an when they were forced to take last minute action there was plenty of enthusiasm for an event that it White Group) Craig
intensive day’s racing. Peters takes the third to avoid Hill Head buoy! Despite losing out on first is hoped will become an annual fixture. Greaves/Gaby Logan.
While some teams had prepared carefully, for With two clean starts, the fleet was being place, the second prize of a Volkswagen Eos rather
many they had little or no previous experience in remarkably well behaved, but with no discard made up for the disappointment.
the boats — it was hardly surprising that many there was all to play for and things were rather In a final race which saw plenty of drama,
fancied last year’s SB3 class winner Russell more heated for the third race. After one general Apthorp’s crew wasn’t the only one to go swimming,
Even A class act them so quickly, resolution becomes much more
Whilst the initial appeal of the SB3 is obvious — an achievable than when committees have to meet
fast, affordable boat with big fleet racing — there and try to instigate change without recourse to
are other reasons for the continued success of the their members.’
class. The class committee is an enthusiastic and In 2005 the class attracted sponsorship from
hardworking cohesive unit led by Nick Glanvill. He both Musto and Volkswagen Touareg. In an Feature
says, ‘Communication takes place between unprecedented initiative, the first 50 SB3 entries
committee members every day via phone and to Cowes Week were presented with a VW-logoed
email. We also work with the designer, spinnaker, dock bag and clothing. The matching April 7
manufacturer and the sailing authorities to ensure kites made for some stunning on the water
our members’ representation at all levels.’ imagery and ensured that the SB3 was the talk of
Justin Chisholm salutes the biggest Sportsboat success The class operates a thriving website which has the regatta. Further attention was lavished on the
story of recent years: the SB3 been instrumental in coordinating members and
generally engendering an open atmosphere of
communication. Indeed all official correspondence
with the association membership is via email and
here is little doubt that the runaway conquered, plans for distribution in the US are the website. A visit to the chat page unearths an
success story of the UK keelboat scene being formulated. infectious, almost religious, fervour amongst SB3
over the last few years has been the Laser It is easy to see how the SB3 has become so sailors which it is hard not to be swept up in.
SB3. Since its inception in 2001, Tony popular as it abides by the age-old principal of The website includes comprehensive, well
Castro’s design has rapidly progressed from an ‘give the people what they want’. Consequently written documents on sailing the SB3 along with
interesting concept into a fully-fledged one-design SB3 converts come from a variety of sources. rigging, tuning and general maintenance tips.
fleet and now the strong UK base is starting to be Many downsize from larger, more traditional Unusually, access to the site is available to
replicated across Europe. keelboat classes, attracted by the reduced costs anyone, whether they are association members or
Last year a mass of UK sailors travelled to Lake and logistical demands of a three person boat. not. Dave Cheyne comments, ‘The fleet decided,
Garda to compete against a smattering of Italian Some have switched across from other one-design after an online survey, that anyone should be
and French SB3 teams at the inaugural European Sportsboats like the Hunter 707 and 1720, lured by welcome to join the discussion. You never know
Championship. In 2006 this event will be hosted in larger fleet sizes. Dinghy sailors also make up a where the next great idea will come from so why
Brittany at La Crouesty where a significantly considerable percentage of the SB3 demographic. restrict access?’
greater number of continental entries are These days the overused phrase ‘it’s just a big Content on the site is regularly updated and in
expected. At the Monaco Primo Cup this February dinghy’ is bandied around with reference to the summer months it often receives a daily hit
Below Affordable fun and the entry list included boats from Switzerland and everything from the SB3 to Volvo 70s. rate of over 7,000. Several new recruits to the
big fleets has made the even a Ukranian entry. New boats have also been Performance Sailcraft more elegantly describe the fleet have cited the vibrancy of the site as a key
SB3 a huge success. sold into Portugal. And with Europe almost SB3 sailing experience as ‘feeling like a small reason for joining the class and I believe the
tangible sense of community will be a key factor in
sustaining the longevity of the class.
Rules observance was going to be the biggest Head on attack
hurdle to maintaining a happy class The SB3 class has taken a typically head-on
approach to one of the teething troubles
PHOTOS OCEAN IMAGES/ Y&Y*
commonly associated with a fast growing class.
Nick Glanvill is chairman of the class committee,
‘Given the size of fleets encountered last year it
yacht’. In my brief experience of the boat I think became evident that rules observance was going
this is an accurate description. It seems that a to be the biggest hurdle to maintaining a happy
combination of dinghy-style boat handling class. We addressed this through an open debate
tempered with some big boat seamanship could on the website chat page. Addressing and
be a winning combination on the SB3 circuit. discussing the issues we faced allowed us to foster class when Sky Sports aired spectacular coverage Above The SB3s’
Dave Cheyne, honary secretary of the UK a constructive attitude to learning about the rules of the 2005 European Championship from Italy. ground-breaking VW
Laser SB3 Association, has a firm view on the and steered members away from building No surprise then to find a full order book and Touareg sponsorship at
reasons for the SB3’s success. ‘It is primarily resentment. As matters were openly discussed second-hand boats being snapped up the moment Skandia Cowes Week
down to the design of the boat. The class is immediately after an event, the momentum for they become available. With VW Touareg continues this year.
fiercely one-design and this effectively excludes change could be harnessed allowing the confirmed as class sponsors once again this year
any benefit conferred by large financial input’ committee to address the problem without delay.’ SB3 owners and crew can look forward to a jam-
he says. ‘Add to that the SB3’s sailing The result of this proactive approach was a well packed racing calendar. In addition to Grand Prix
performance which is just truly outrageous in a attended and highly informative rules seminar weekend events in Pwllheli, Seaview, West Mersea
breeze. Finally the attitude of the owners and held at the Seaview Eurocup event last May. More and Hamble, the Europeans in Brittany and the UK
crew has been such that a real sporting educational initiatives are planned for 2006. nationals at Abersoch, significant fleets are
atmosphere exists, allowing developments in Glanvill says, ‘It will not be any easier in this fleet expected at both Cowes and Cork Week. Judging
technique to be freely exchanged from the top than in any other to change attitudes to rule by the level of activity in the chat room the SB3
to the bottom of the fleet.’ observance. However by being able to address fleet is all set for a record-breaking year. ■
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LASER SB3 NATIONALS 2005 AT ROYAL TORBAY YC IN ASSOCIATION WITH VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG
This year saw yet another combine with the interesting sea state At an awards dinner on
record turnout as the SB3 fleet to create a few retirements. The the Saturday night, hosted by
compulsory life jacket flag was flying, Volkswagen, teams across the
goes from strength to strength.
which was just as well for Y&Y editor fleet received awards for the
Superbly organised and again Gael Pawson who managed to Eurocup Series, including
fully supported by class temporarily abandon her ship. Back Team Touareg, PWC and
benefactors Volkswagen on the race track the conditions were WKD Vodka Red who
Touareg, this really was an much more to the liking of the top of received their prizes for the
event to savour. the fleet who were able to prove that Touareg Trophy, which had
The Royal Torquay Yacht Club consistency really is king. Colin been competed at Skandia
were to deliver everything required Simmonds blew the fleet away with Cowes Week, and overall
for an event of this stature: a variety three straight bullets, extremely rude Series winner Glenn Bourke in
of testing sailing conditions, excellent considering the company he was in, Musto.
race management and social and Luc Videau also produced a fine
programme. 3,3,2 to continue his presence in 2nd
On the water the first days racing place, Glen Trusswell posted a 13,5,11
saw an incredibly testing time on the to see him slip into third.
water. With shifts and bands of And that’s how it finished as
pressure being somewhat random Sunday dawned with the remnants of
across the course consistency was the the easterly swell and a weather
key, something even the most system that was to ensure no wind,
conservative sailors were finding thunder, lightning and a free
hard to achieve. Glen Trusswell on freshwater wash for the boats and TH E LASE R SB3 TOUAR EG TROPHY FI NAL R ESU LTS
Laser Sailing had two bullets and a crews as they were rapidly craned
out of the marina. Event 1: Seaview YC, IOW Event 3: Skandia Cowes Week, IOW
12th, Colin Simmonds a 1, 2, 12 and
An emotional Colin Simmonds 21/22 May 2005 30 July – 6 August 2005
Luc Videau sailing the French Ford Boat Name Sail no Helm Pts Boat Name Sat Sun Tue Wed Thu Fri Total Best5
boat a 3, 8, 7. Many of the other firm and crew were crowned 2005 Laser 1 Musto 3082 Glenn Bourke 7 1 WKD Vodka Red 1 12 1 2 1 8 25 13
favourites were all ready looking SB3 National Champions. 2 Blond Ambition 3080 Daniel Geoghegan 17 2 PWC 4 2 10 1 6 1 24 14
forward to sailing enough races for 3 Team Touareg 3130 Jerry Hill 23 3 Team Touareg 2 3 3 5 3 63 79 16
two discards. “After a two month lay off we thought we
Day two saw a similar pattern of Event 2: Lymington YC Event 4: National Championships Royal Torbay YC
the fleet fighting to avoid the big
could jump in the boat and do well, but 4/5 June 2005 1 – 4 September 2005
numbers and saw some new top got cuffed. Everyone is so sharp, you’ve Boat Name
Sail no Helm
3082 Glenn Bourke 3
Pts Boat Name
Colin Simonds 30
performers appearing at the top of
the results sheets, Ken Bibbys TK
got to be at your peak, or twenty boats 2 Team Harken
3 Blond Ambition
3041 Dave Cheyne 5
3080 Daniel Geoghegan 8
2 FORD-SF6 FRA3024 Luc Videau 36
3 Laser Sailing
motors was best boat of the day and will take you on any leg... Fantastic racing, GBR3139 Glen Truswell 44
Mike Riley on Teenage Kicks with
Hyde Sails Paul Austin aboard
and how lovely to do full on dinghy style
recorded a well deserved race win. racing in big swell, yet have a comfortable
Day 3 and the easterly swell was
in. With the breeze just below what seat... Love dinghies, but no going back
was required for total carnage it did after this!” DAVE CHEYNE, TEAM HARKEN
FAQ’s SB3 Class
What colours are the Laser SB3 available in?
The Laser SB3 is available in Race blue
waterline, or a Vela Grey hull colour.
What sails are available for the boat?
The Laser SB3 is a very strict one-design boat,
What engine do I need?
To Comply with Class rules, you need to have an
engine of at least 2hp. Most SB3 owners use either
a 2hp or 3.3hp two-stroke standard shaft outboard.
What other equipment do I need to buy?
and as such there are no sail combination Again to comply with class rules you need to
choices, nor a choice of sail makers. All Laser carry certain safety equipment, essentially a
SB3’s must be raced with Hydes sails, supplied handheld VHF, anchor, 20m of 10mm line, first aid
through Laser. kit, a bucket, and fire extinguisher
How do I launch the Laser SB3? What is in the tacktick package?
The Laser SB3 can be launched easily down a The Tacktick package comprises of the Sailmaster
slipway. Alternatively the Laser SB3 has built in tacktick fully fitted to your Laser SB3. This
lifting points either side of the keel to enable displays your compass bearing, speed and depth,
launching using either a crane or hoist. as well as having features such as countdown
timer, programmable depth alarm, headers and
Where are the fleets based? lifts etc
The SB3 class is growing everyday and new
fleets are emerging. Established fleets include: What finance packages are available?
River Hamble, Lymington, South West, Ireland, Barclays Marine offer a very competitive Marine
Scotland, Lake Garda and Lake Como Italy, mortgage for the Laser SB3 package. You can
Cascais Portugal, France, North Wales, East determine length of term as well as number of
coast, (West Mersea/River Blackwater), Rutland, contributory partners. Alternatively we can arrange An Incredibly active Class Association, which organises the Laser
and the Lake District (Ullswater). a buy now, pay later finance scheme, which gives SB3 Eurocup series, organises Class Berthing at Cowes and
a 6 months interest free deferred period. numerous social occasions throughout the year.
How do I put the mast up?
The mast has been designed to be incredibly What car do I need to tow the SB3? The Class maintains and runs an active Website:
easy to hoist. The Mast heel is bolted to the The all up towing weight of the Laser SB3 is www.lasersb3.com
mast step on the deck; the mast is then raised under 900kg. The Laser SB3 trailer also has over-
using the trailer winch and the jib halyard. There run brakes fitted as standard; therefore you only The Class website also has an events report/results/photo section,
is no lifting required, just one person in the boat need a standard family car to tow the Laser SB3. as well as tuning tips and a general chat forum for the class
to steady the mast, and one person to wind the (Please check manufacturers specifications). members and website users.
Can you reef the Laser SB3? How To Join and Renew Your Annual Class Membership:
How many crew do I need to sail it? You cannot reef the Laser SB3, when To take part in any SB3 Class Events, there must be a member of
The Laser SB3 has been designed to race with overpowered it is possible to flatten the sails the Class Association on board - either a Full or Associate Member.
a maximum crew weight of 270kg. This very effectively. When combined with the To join go to www.lasersb3.com or you can email: Mark Stokes -
generally means a crew of three, although there powerful backstay, the Laser SB3 remains Mark.Stokes@LloydsTSB.co.uk. Only £40 annually.
are 2 and 4 person crews who compete easily manageable.
competitively within Laser SB3 events.
How many have we sold?
What events do the Laser SB3’s compete in? At present we have sold over 270 boats, mainly to
The Laser SB3 competes in most prominent the UK, although fleets are starting to develop
regatta’s and sportsboat events, such as around Europe (Portugal, Italy, France, Sweden,
Cowes week, Cork week, Scottish Series, Switzerland, Ukraine) and Australia.
Bangor week, as well as it’s own sponsored
Eurocup series. In 2005 the class held their Can I manage the sheet loads on the
Inaugural European Championships at Lake gennaker?
Garda, Italy. In 2006 the class will be travelling The Laser SB3 has been designed as a three
to Crouesty, France. person sportsboat, and one of the important
aspects of the design brief was that the boat
What handicap system does it race under? including the sheet loads had to be manageable
The Laser SB3 predominantly races as a one- by everybody. The Laser SB3 has proved to be a
design class, however it can be raced under the popular family sportsboat, due to the ease of
RYA/RORC Sportsboat Rule, IRC, or PY. sailing it, and the relatively low sheet loads.
Kick-off for Dragons and SB3s
Day one dawned with bright sun and 10 knots of wind
from the west, and two fleets on the water; the
Dragons and the SB3s.
The SB3 start line was refreshingly polite —
undoubtedly the effect of
using the Royal Palace (or
was it the Casino?) as the d in
pin end transit! Those
who opted for the right
came out in front — but March
there wasn’t much in it. A couple
of lengths lost in a bad tack, and a whole bunch
of boats were through. At the end of each race only a
matter of minutes that separated first from last — and
at the end of the day there were a mere eight points
between the top 10 boats. Nico Honor won the first
race with Italy’s Pietro Negri taking the second, but
Pete Kennedy showed he hadn’t lost his touch, and his
consistency paid off as he took the overnight lead.
The serious business of racing turned seamlessly
into post-race cocktails with boats packed up in record
Below The Laser SB3 time. Indeed, one of the joys of Monaco — apart from
class saw 26 entries for the lack of a roaring Solent tide and racing in a T-shirt
PHOTO FIONA BROWN*
the first weekend of the in February — was the wealth of après-sailing activities,
event — equalling the keeping everyone happily busy. International relations
numbers of Dragon seemed to be the flavour of the weekend, as Tony Kilby
entries. Both classes gave a seminar on Rule 18, the maestro Craig Burlton
were won by Irish boats. dished out some top mainsheet trimming advice, and
the rest of the fleet installed themselves in the Hotel
A wait for breeze
The sun was still shining for day two, but the
wind looked questionable. The Dragon and SB3
fleets, scheduled to start at 1000hrs, were
postponed ashore, leaving many grateful for a
cup of coffee in the shade of one of countless
orange trees, and a more sedate start to the day.
When the postponement was finally lifted, the
SB3s and Dragons were joined by a fistful of
other classes, with Star, J/24 and Surprise crews
lining up for their first start scheduled for
1300hrs. The course was infinitely more crowded
than the preceding day, with more than 120
boats adding a new dimension to the decision-
though the atmosphere was relaxed, there was
The Primo Cup is one of Europe’s ‘must no shortage of competition.
With 220 competing boats from 20 nations,
do’ keelboat events, and 2007 saw the the event is a must-do for fans of one-design
strongest Laser SB3 fleet to date… Primo keelboat racing, with a range of classes from
Stars to Mumm 30s making the trip to Monaco.
Cup first-timers Gael Pawson and With the Dragons, Stars, Laser SB3s, Surprises
and J/92s competing on week one, and the
Venetia Wingfield tell the tale. Mumm 30, Melges 24, Platu 25, H22, First 40.7
and Smeralda 888 in week two, 2007 delivered a
eld over two weekends, with the range of conditions for the international fleet.
opportunity to combine some top-level In the SB3 class, Nico Honor had coaxed his
racing with a few days on the ski Olympic 470 helm, Christophe Camilli, out of
slopes, the Primo Cup — Trophée retirement to call tactics on the Laser works boat;
Credit Suisse has long been one of Europe’s Mark Rushall flew back from Miami to take part;
PHOTO ELAINE MARSH/FOTOBOAT
finest season-openers. Craig Burlton, winner of the 2006 European
Awesome sailing, plenty of sunshine, fantastic championships, was drafted in to helm for Colin
race management, the option to arrive by Galavan from Dublin on the brand-new ‘Flash’, and
helicopter, casinos, skiing, bumper cars on ice, a Pete Kennedy made his comeback on another new
flash yacht club, and cocktails in the Hotel de Irish boat. Almost half of the entries were from
Paris: there are plenty of very good reasons to France and Italy, while the rest had come to take
go to the Primo Cup in the middle of winter. And the sting out of a long northern European winter.
YACHTS AND YACHTING 17
Primo Cup round two
For the second weekend it was the turn of the bigger classes, with the
fleets ranging from the H22 class, enjoying their first taste of Primo Cup
racing, through to the First 40.7.
The H22s added more than a touch of colour as their yellow
spinnakers flying the famous Warner Bros’ ‘Tweetie Pie’ lit up the
waters of Monaco over the three days of racing. Top spot in the 19-
boat fleet was no contest, with Italy’s Giovanni Punteno finishing 20
PHOTO ELAINE MARSH/FOTOBOAT
points ahead of his closest rival, Nicola Polti, with Alberto Valli
completing an Italian clean sweep just one point behind.
In the First 40.7 it was the turn of the French to dominate as they filled
the top eight. Thierry Bouchard’s Spirit of ‘Ad Hoc’ finally won the series
for the second year in a row.
In his first appearance in the star-studded Melges 24 class, Lorenzo
Bressani at the helm of ‘Spider’ in the lead from the start, winning four
races to finish eight points ahead of ‘Big Ship-Marseille Quantum’. Italy’s
Sandro Montepusco in ‘Airis’ took third. Meanwhile, there may have been
Above Racing was tight in only nine participants in the Platu 25, but the result was in doubt up to
all the classes. the final race when Germany’s Joachim Hellmich finally took the win.
In the Mumm 30 class ‘Thule’, led by the Italian Fausto Rubbini,
Far right The final day of president of the Italian class, proved to be the most consistent taking the
the first weekend saw 20 series, five points ahead of ‘Enfant Terrible’ helmed by Gianluigi Serena.
knots of breeze and some
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The attractive Smeralda 888 might not be a familiar sight in the UK,
fantastic waves to surf but the Primo fleet even included an Australian entry, and the battle
PHOTO GAEL PAWSON/Y&Y*
down. for the podium was a tight one — just one point separated Alderico
Paganini from second-placed ‘Smeralda V’. President of the series,
Right The smaller Prince Charles de Bourbon-Siciles finished with a victory in the last
keelboat classes moored race. The Smeralda 888s now head off to Valencia (Spain) to take part
outside the yacht club. in a series of regattas as a prelude to the Louis Vuitton Cup.
The light air conditions clearly suited Dave the Italians the only team to post two wins rollercoaster downwind ride. the Ukraine’s Vasil Gureyev with France’s Régis
Atkinson and his crew who took the bullet in the across the event. The following race belonged to It was an agonising wait for Burlton and Colin Bérenguier second and Britain’s Graham Bailey
first race, despite a tricky swell and a shifty Jonty Sherwill, followed by the ever consistent Galavan to hear whether the jury would grant third. The Surprise class — which boasted the
wind. The following race was lighter still — with Mark Rushall and Craig Burlton. Rushall’s this new team redress for their efforts in the biggest entry with 37 boats, was dominated by
Mark Rushall taking the win from John consistency was all the more impressive as he’d first race of the day, and most of the fleet had three Swiss teams, the winner being ‘Sky
Outhwaite. In the dying breeze a few were been hit in the third race by the ultra-pointy bow craned out and packed up for the drive home by Sweeper’ skippered by Olivier Legeret. Top in the
unlucky to be timed out, and the Italians on of a port tack Dragon from Sweden! the time they were awarded average points and J/24s was Monaco’s Blandine Medecin.
‘Scrat’ were penalised when their enthusiasm Back ashore, it was time for the crew party at the Irish boat was declared the winner. All agreed it was a top event; truly
was mistaken for pumping — an expensive the yacht club, an affair which successfully put With five classes, the prizegiving was a lengthy international competition in a unique venue. For
Below The Surprise
mistake given the conditions. Flags AP over A traditional event dinners firmly in the shade, and affair, and the champagne flowed as the trophies the SB3 class, three nations on the podium
keelboats were the
sent the fleet home: Mark Rushall’s consistency with the event sponsors providing endless food were presented. The 26-strong Dragon class was suggested it was the class’s most international
biggest fleet at this
had been just enough to see him into the lead, and copious drink to the assembled company it won by an Irish boat — Michael Cotter’s event to date, and numbers seem set to grow.
year’s Primo Cup.
but there was still precious little in it. was a late night for all concerned. ‘Whisper’, while the Star class was taken by a Put the 2008 dates in your diary now! ■
More cocktails and inter-country socialising
followed: some discovered the jazz club and the Spectacular finale
vintage Riva store-come-museum, others For the final day’s racing, the wind swung round Overall Results:
fraternised with the tax exiles in the principality’s to the east, peaking at 20 knots and whipping up Platu 25: 1st ‘La Revoltosa’ Joachim Hellmich (GER), 2nd ‘Bitipi’ Savino Formentini (ITA), 3rd ‘Black Flag’ Christophe Chaffardon (FRA); First 40.7: 1st ‘Spirit of
hot spots, while Dave Atkinson and his impressive some perfect surfing waves. The 1,000-mile Ad Hoc’ Thierry Bouchard (FRA), 2nd ‘Sayann 2’ Cyril Baillie (GBR), 3rd ‘Celinou’ Hervé Peduzzi (FRA); H22: 1st ‘Bleak’ Giovanni Punteno (ITA), 2nd ‘Mintakino’
Nicola Polti (ITA), 3rd ‘Kikkio –Next People’ Alberto Valli (ITA); Melges 24: 1st ‘Spider’ Lorenzo Bressani (ITA), 2nd ‘Big Ship Marseille’ Maxime Paul (FRA), 3rd
entourage displayed a ferocious skill in the journey enjoyed by many of the SB3s was worth ‘Airis’ Sandro Montepusco (ITA); Mumm 30: 1st ‘Thule’ Fausto Rubbini (ITA), 2nd ‘Enfant Terrible’ Gianluigi Serena (ITA). 3rd ‘Dangerous But Fun’ Gianluca
bumper cars installed on an incongruous outdoor it for this alone — ideal planing conditions with Perris (MON); Smeralda 888: 1st ‘Giada’ Alderico Paganini (ITA), 2nd ‘Smeralda V’ Agostino Randazzo (ITA), 3rd ‘Out of Reach’ Guido Miani (MON); Dragon: 1st
ice-rink surrounded by palm trees. Monaco serving as a stunning backdrop, and the ‘Whisper’ Michael Cotter (IRL), 2nd ‘Gaudium’ Ulli Libor (SUI), 3rd ‘Justine’ Jesper Bendix (DEN); Laser SB3: 1st ‘Flash’ Colin Galavan (IRL), 2nd ‘Risk Premium’
Mark Rushall (GBR), 3rd ‘Marçon Yachting’ Xavier Leclair (FRA); Surprise: 1st ‘Sky Sweeper’ Olivier Legeret (SUI), 2nd ‘Fou du Vent’ Philippe Durr (SUI), 3rd ‘St
snow-capped mountains of the Alpes Maritimes Jacques’ Alain Marchand (SUI); J/24: 1st ‘Topo Too’ Blandine Medecin (MON), 2nd ‘J Di Quadri’ Claudio Buiatti (ITA), 3rd ‘Quick Step’ Rydlöf Hahan (USA);
An idyllic day three just about visible in the distance. Star: 1st ‘Arctur’ Vasil Gureyev (UKR), 2nd ‘Etoile de Mai II’ Régis Bérenguier (FRA), 3rd ‘Dr Evil’ Graham Bailey (GBR).
Day three looked less promising as a typically With the increased wind and so much at stake,
Mediterranean morning emerged. After a gentle the start of the first race was a reasonably
drift the wind kicked in, settling between 12-15 aggressive affair, but Pete Kennedy came into his
knots for four rounds of idyllic racing. own to take the bullet. However, if the day was
Craig Burlton seemed to have helped anyone’s it was John Outhwaite’s, who posted a
newcomers Colin Galavan and Paula Rice up the fantastic 2,1 with his family crew. Less lucky was
learning curve in short shift as they sailed clear Yann Floch on ‘Direct Sailing’ who finally found his
PHOTO ELAINE MARSH/FOTOBOAT
to take the win ahead of Jonty Sherwill and his form in the ideal conditions of the first race, only
crew. Derek Joyce, new to the fleet, posted his for his middle man to flip out of the boat on a
first win in the second race of the day, followed wave. Burlton et al dropped their kite and took
by the rapidly improving Monegasque youth swift action to see the bedraggled Fred Beauvillain
team and the Swiss on ‘Micket’. Joyce showed to safety. In the second race the heat was on, and
his flair by following this with a second, to Pietro the black flag made its first appearance: a few
Negri’s second bullet of the weekend. This made were picked out at the top mark — denying them a
forward to a breezy day’s racing.
Perhaps it was because we had a pretty good
start, or perhaps it was simply because I’d been
doing a lot of dinghy sailing in big fleets on fairly
small lines, but it all
seemed relatively quiet to Feature
me when the start gun
went at around 1300hrs.
Gael Pawson explains why her money is After a reach to the first
mark we rounded just inside the top 10
already on a 100-boat SB3 fleet for — with the spectacular sight of 80-odd boats
Cowes in 2007... stretched out behind. The lively breeze and a great
course had us zig-zagging across the Solent, playing
the shifts and concentrating hard on the beats,
ops! That’s got to be a general! Perhaps before turning the corner for some awesome sleigh
70 per cent of the 90-strong SB3 fleet rides downwind.
were over, and sure enough it earned In my book it was one of the best racecourses I
the class another recall… something have ever sailed at Cowes; the legs weren’t too
they’d been making quite a habit of all week. long, making mark-spotting relatively easy. There
Starting the biggest one-design class at Skandia were none of those long slogs upwind I remember
Cowes Week was no picnic, in fact on the first from previous years, or huge runs down the Solent
Sunday it resulted in a complete loss of SB3 racing where you were worried sick about going too high
for the day. or too low, continually being distracted by trying to
“ Around 90 boats in the SB3 fleet made the
most amazing spectacle off the Squadron
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I was watching the start from Nick and Anne spot an elusive mark. We could simply concentrate
Haigh’s new DK46 ‘Dark and Steamy’; strangely the on sailing the boat to its potential, and getting
fleet looked far bigger and the line far busier than ahead of those around us. As we crossed the line
it had done when I had been in the thick of it. after just over two hours of racing there were only
The SB3s are based at Shepard’s Wharf, which three boats ahead of us and we headed back to
sets the stage for a very sociable week. This was Shepard’s for some well-earned refreshment with
particularly evident during Thursday’s big grins all round.
postponement. Yes, the coffee queues were long, Much as I thoroughly enjoyed the following day
but the bacon butties and tales of the week were on ‘Dark and Steamy’, I have to admit that my
in plentiful supply. I was sailing with Paul Bowen, heart is still in smaller boats, and watching the
and it was an ideal way to meet the crew and huge fleet battle its way round the Solent I couldn’t
catch up with friends in the rest of the fleet. When help a pang of envy. The big question is, will the
the postponement came down there was a sudden SB3s break the 100-boat barrier next year? I’d say
hive of activity as the fleet left the shore, looking its a pretty safe bet!
With some 80 boats from
across Europe, the title of VW
Touareg Laser SB3 European
champion is a tough one to
win, unless your name is
Above A broken pole
Above The distinctive ake a good dose of wind, waves and wild champion, who has proved he is in a league of in the 30s. But Carveth led to the first mark, the flights being paired for two starts, racing on
sight of the all-girl meant Jono Shelley
downwind sleigh rides, add the spice of his own when the breeze kicks up. Meanwhile, a held on to win the race, and pretty much settled split courses — an outer and an inner loop. For
Maclaren boat, which (3134) had to settle for
some 80 one-design SB3s, a clutch of number of faces more familiar with the front of the matter. A 10th and 17th in the next two races each race the flights switched round, with new
revelled in the breeze, 16th overall, similarly a
former European title holders and a the fleet found themselves relegated to the showed just how difficult things were. flight groups were posted at the end of each day.
finished ninth. Fresh from broken rudder pushed
liberal sprinkling of talented new faces, and it silver fleet and out of the top 40. Geoff Carveth in ‘Palava’ was the dominant
Yachts and Yachting
1720s, Simon Blake’s was obvious that Weymouth Bay was going to As he entered the final day, Carveth was Poles, rudders and rigs force all day, with bullets in all three races.
down into 14th. The
‘Sworded Fish’ team deliver one of the hottest events of 2007. It discarding a bullet from the eight-race The first day of the Europeans saw the sort of Preparing carefully for the event, Carveth had
(3283) showed promise Italian Alfa Romeo team
didn’t disappoint. Three days of tight fleet racing preliminary races, with Marshal King in second, conditions that had been hoped for; a strong obviously spent some time practising the long
and finished 17th. were 44th.
saw Geoff Carveth build an impressive lead going and Paul Lovejoy in third. However, faced with south-easterly breeze of 15-18 knots, with a good reach that was a rather painful feature of the
into the final day of racing for the SB3 European 6-10 knots of breeze, flat water, and a hot fleet swell, and the wind building in the afternoon to a outer loop course, although he had generally
crown. A win in the first race of the gold fleet of the championship’s top 40 boats, Carveth still steady 20 knots. already built a healthy lead by the top mark.
final, held in the harbour, followed by a 10th and had it all to do. A poor start was costly in these The fleet was racing under a new format, split Marshall King, Careth’s mainsheet man in 2006,
a 17th sealed the title for the 2006 national conditions, and saw the top boats battling down into four flights; red, blue, yellow and green, with finished the day in second place on ‘Into the
Blue’ with 2, 1, 2 and Tim Fells in ‘Shaun Beaver’ race of the day. Paul Lovejoy in ‘Badger Racing’ Far left The breezy
was lying third. Pre-event favourite Glenn Bourke tipped Glenn Bourke off the podium, with two conditions and the big
started well with a second in race one, but had to wins putting him a point ahead of the multiple waves saw plenty of
miss the last race after his kite pole broke. Laser world champion, while Glenn had to settle breakages, but the Laser
Amazingly he still managed to finish the second for a 3, 4 scoreline to leave him in fourth place support team ensured
race in fourth place! going into the final day. every boat that wanted
Meanwhile, gear failure hit a number of boats, Tim Fells’ ‘Shaun Beaver’ had a strong day, to got back out onto the
‘Yachts and Yachting’ and ‘Darling Associates’ posting 2, 2 to move into fifth overall, ahead of racecourse.
suffered broken rudders and ‘Credo’ was another Colin Simonds in ‘Doolalli’ and Mark Rushall in
to break her pole. Former European champion ‘Risk Premium’. Also posting good results were
Craig Burlton was among those boats which lost the all-girl team on ‘Maclaren’ with third in the Overall Results
1st 3053 Geoff Carveth
their rigs. James Lund-Lack and the Laser final race of the day, while one of the visiting ‘Palava’ (GBR) 12pts, 2nd
support team were kept busy, but while a number Irish boats, Tom Fitzpatrick’s ‘Nav.ie’ was finding 3014 Marshall King ‘Into
of boats went into the second day with two non- improving form and finished the day with a 3, 6. the Blue’ (IRL) 19, 3rd
3312 Glenn Bourke ‘Musto’
results, every boat was fixed and ready to re-join (AUS) 20, 4th 3082 Paul
the battle. Very impressive, especially as a total Harbour finale Lovejoy ‘Badger Racing’
of four rigs came down, and additional mast Racing on the final day was held in the harbour (GBR) 29, 5th 3200 Craig
Burlton ‘Team Touareg’
crane failures needed at least temporary full rig at Portland, with flat water inside and out in the
(GBR) 35, 6th 3017 Colin
replacement. Whilst Laser only had five rigs on bay, and convergence squeezing and increasing Simonds ‘Doolalli’ (GBR)
site, another batch were quickly shipped down to the pressure in the harbour, the true versatility 42, 7th 3231 Tim Fells
ensure no-one was prevented from racing. of the venue was demonstrated. ‘Shaun Beaver’ (GBR) 46,
8th 3311 Chris Jennings
The silver fleet fought a tough battle of their ‘Selden’ (GBR) 52, 9th
What a day! own, on a separate windward-leeward course, in 3031 Christina
Another great day of strong breezes and parallel with the gold fleet course; the trapezoid Summerhayes ‘Team
Marshall. However, the day’s stress wasn’t Maclaren’ (GBR) 55, 10th
Sarah Allen tells the tale
sunshine greeted the fleet on day two. After an being dropped to allow easier course adjustment. 3218 Mark Rushall ‘Risk
over. Ducking out on the start line in race
hour’s postponement in the morning, racing It seems likely that with the ongoing growth of Premium’ (GBR) 59.
three under the threat of a black flag, we had
from the winning boat… to claw back from near last. We were pinged
started at about midday out in Weymouth Bay. A the fleet, it may well be that this is the format
15-20 knot southerly breeze and a 2m swell that will be used for future events.
oing into the event we had no real out left when the fleet were playing the right.
guaranteed some exhilarating down-wind legs, It was a tense affair in the gold fleet, with
expectations. The early season had Fortunately, a left shift came in (the Carveth
especially in the first race of the day. black flag starts and shifty conditions testing all.
revealed a number of potential curve!) and we were a tight second tacking in
Geoff Carveth in ‘Palava’ continued his Craig Burlton finally got into his stride, albeit a
contenders for the title, but our money on port at the windward mark — only to get
consistent top-form with a 1, 4, 1 scoreline. little too late for the former European champion
was on Glenn Bourke, after convincing wins in rolled and forced to gybe off. However, the
Marshall King’s ‘Into the Blue’ contined to snap at to defend his title. Glenn Bourke also had a good
the two previous Grand Prix events. Moreover, breeze came in from the left and on the last
Geoff’s heels, scoring 2, 3, 1. Bourke was back on day, but no-one could match the superiority
with a last minute change of team (Roz Allen had run we took the lead!
form, finishing with the top scoreline for the day demonstrated by Carveth. With redress being
a bad motorbike injury and was replaced by Mark with a 1, 1, 2. Paul Foddy’s ‘Scoundrel the Third’ granted for Marshall King in the last two races,
Greaves), we were forced onto severe last minute Tight at the top had a blinding middle race to post a bullet. Simon he was able to take second place, whilst Lovejoy
diets to make the weight limit — hardly an ideal Although we had won five races, because of
Blake’s team on ‘Sworded Fish’ and Mark Richards’ dropped to fourth.
preparation for a championship! We were also the flight system the points were incredibly
‘Traxu’ also enjoyed the day’s second race, Thanks are due to the great team at WPNSA,
facing an unfamiliar flight format — the tactics close . Thankfully the weather gods presented Below After the first
finishing second in their respective flights. Paul under management of Phil Gollop, and direction of
were going to be different, putting a premium on us with yet more of our favourite windy wild three days, Carveth’s
Lovejoy’s ‘Badger Racing’ was supremely the fantastic Rosie Julian, who laid on a seamless
firsts, and with three discards someone could conditions on day three, and we notched up team was discarding a
consistent with 3, 3, 3, while Craig Burlton’s ‘Team event, in what were the best conditions for SB3
also almost win the event before the finals! another two wins. With the third race first!
Touareg’ posted 2, 6, DSQ to leave the 2006 racing many in the class have ever seen. ■
abandoned going into the gold fleet final we
European champion biting his nails overnight as,
Lucky outer loop only needed one, possibly two good results.
carrying a DNC following a mast failure from day
On day one we sailed the outer loop course for all The light wind forecast for the finals came
one, he waited for the second discard to kick in.
three races, which we unexpectedly came to love. to fruition and we sailed in the harbour on a
short and shifty course — no pressure! The
The big wind and easterly swell were not ideal for
our team’s first race, but Geoff quickly got to grips nerves were high — almost in the bag but not
The silver-gold split
The penultimate day of the championship
with the conditions — he loves arriving at the quite there! After a recall the first race got
delivered more breeze, with 20-plus knots of
windward mark first in race one! We then put underway. We thought there was more
southerly and waves which had grown from the
maximum effort into the long two-sail reach pressure right and tacked out of a tight lane
previous day to around 2.5m.
gaining an extra 20 boat lengths over Bourke and by the committee boat to marginally cross the
Two races were sailed, before race officer
went on to win. A great start, but we were French boat. Our tactics were correct, the
Frank Newton sent the fleet home in the fast
absolutely stunned to win the next two races the right was indeed the favoured side and with a
building breeze. Earning a worthy mention for
same way. Race three was undoubtedly the one to few tacks on Glenn, hot on our heels, we
the day’s dramas was ‘Squat Thrust’ which
remember as the conditions became more reached the windward mark first. The race
provided the fleet with some entertainment as
extreme; we were averaging 19 knots downwind, unfolded magically for us with a win, but
one crewmember scaled his boat’s mast to
gingerly looking over our shoulders at the carnage victory was not yet certain pending Marshall
attempt to fix the main halyard, only to find
behind — there were not many boats upright! and Glens’ results.
himself swimming as the big swell capsized the
Whilst we fared well on the damage front, we For the second race the left paid and we
boat, his weight enough to lift the bulb clean out
made some precautionary replacements went hard right battling through the fleet —
of the water! Unfazed, he tried again, only to
overnight. In the first race on day two, our ‘lucky Marshall and Glen both up there! The next
meet with the same fate — it was to earn him a
outer loop’ was good to us again, with another race we were 10th but neither Marshall and
special prize at the end of the regatta.
win. Race two saw a clash with Glenn and Glenn had done enough to stop us from
With eight races completed, the second discard
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Marshall, as the wind dropped and massive shifts winning. Then we heard a small ping from the
kicked in, much to the relief of those crews who
meant it was nip and tuck all the way. It was a mast — the spreader bracket had snapped. A
suffered breakages in the strong wind conditions.
wake-up call to be sailing amongst company clear sign that we should go in and have a
Geoff Carveth continued his top form with
again! We finished fourth on the heels of celebratory beer!
another two bullets and Marshall King retained
second, despite suffering an OCS in the second
What the owners say:
Russell Peters, Cowes Week 2006 Champion:
I decided to join the SB3 fleet early last year as I did not want to
miss out on the fun! Looking back over the last two years I am pleased
to say I certainly made a good decision. We have had competitive big
fleet one design racing at a very reasonable cost. The people have
been fun and the off the water action as lively as the on water. I look
forward to more tight battles against an even larger fleet in 2008.
Geoff Carveth, SB3 2007 European & Grand Prix Champion:
The draw of the SB3 is being able to race a high performance
asymmetric keel boat in large fleets against so many of the top names
from both dinghy and yacht racing. The racing is not only very tactical
and close, but the SB3 also provides a great ride down wind in a
blow. The VW Touareg grand prix circuit makes this class stand out
above others and it is great to see the class now attracting
considerable international interest across Europe and beyond. Bring
PHOTO PETER NEWTON
Chris Darling, SB3 Cowes Week Best Newcomer:
I took delivery of my new SB3 in June and after a shakedown weekend
set off for Cowes hopeful that we wouldn't disgrace ourselves, but with
no idea where we would finish. Although none of my crew had set foot
in an SB before the first race, the boat layout is so well designed that
we quickly sorted ourselves out.
Rock hopping up the Cowes shore with 80 or so other boats soon got
the adrenalin flowing, even more so when we found ourselves in
second place at the windward mark... the downwind blast that
followed was more a question of survival as we tried to work out how
far we could push things. Our results were a mixture of the good and
the average and we were delighted with our 10th overall prize.
Glenn Bourke, Cowes Week 2007 Champion:
"In my opinion the Laser SB3 is simply the best small keelboat money
can buy. They are good in light airs or a howling blow, they are tactical
upwind and down which makes for good racing and, once you launch the
masthead spinny then get ready for some blasting downwind action. But
what really help set this one design apart from all the others is how easy
they are - Easy to find crew, with only three necessary, easy to rig, easy
to tow and best of all, easy on the pocket.
Well done Laser......I spent many happy years in the original, now I'm
looking forward to many more in the SB3!”