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CONTENTS                                                    2007 Events Calendar
                                                            1st - 4th SB3 Primo Cup
Mark Rushall puts the SB3 to the test.

Gael Pawson writes from this inaugural event to find the    APRIL                                                               Feature
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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
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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

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
COWES 2006
Gael Pawson on the growing turn out at Cowes.               17th - 18th Training for European Championships - Weymouth UK
                                                            19th - 22nd European Championships - Weymouth UK

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

                                   LOA             6.15M
                                   LWL             5.50M
                                   Beam            2.15M
                                   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
                                   Sail Area:
                                   Main            18.0M2
                                   Jib             9.3M2    OCTOBER
                                   Gennaker        46.0M2
                                                            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
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                                                                                                       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

                                                  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.

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                                                                                                       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),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Geoff Carveth/Matt
                                                                                                       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 KEELS

                               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
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                                                                                                                                          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
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                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                     1 Musto
                                                                                                                                                                 Sail no Helm
                                                                                                                                                                 3082 Glenn Bourke     3
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pts                  Boat Name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1 Doolalli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sail no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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
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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
   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.
   trailer winch.
                                                         Can you reef the Laser SB3?                           How To Join and Renew Your Annual Class Membership:
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                                                         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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PRIMO CUP

                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9th 20
                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                      de Paris.

                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                   PHOTO FIONA
                                                                                                                                                                                      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-
                                                                                                                                                                                      making process.

                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PRIMO CUP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PHOTO ELAINE MARSH/FOTOBOAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                  COWES 2006

                                                                      forward to a breezy day’s racing.

Mass appeal
                                                                         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
                                                                                                                           d in
                                                                      me when the start gun
                                                                      went at around 1300hrs.
Gael Pawson explains why her money is                                 After a reach to the first
                                                                                                                   t 25th
                                                                      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

                                                                                                               PHOTO OCEAN IMAGES

                 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!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SB3 EUROPEANS


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               July 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          d in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3th 20

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
Geoff Carveth!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SB3 EUROPEANS

                                                                                                                       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 ‘’ 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
           d in

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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
                      on 2008.

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!”

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