The SB20 has a long and rich history in France following the launch of the Laser SB3 in the UK in 2002, that was formalized by the creation of the Classe Laser SB3 France on 23rd of November 2005. First big event was the 2nd European Championship at La Crouesty in June 2006 with 48 boats. Following this successful European event in 2006, the SB3 began a successful period of Grand Prix de l’École Navale (GPEN) in Brittany appearances through 2010. By the end of 2010, there were 15 SB3 in Normandy of which 8 were in St. Valéry en Caux in Seine Maritime and the rest between Granville and Dieppe. Ed Russo, who was President of the Classe Laser SB3 France was named Chairman of the SB3 World Council in May 2011 and served in this role until October 2019. Read the full story of SB20 France by clicking here.

What is it like to sail SB20 in France?

Following the 2013 Worlds the core fleet of SB20 moved to Hyères with roughly 15-20 boats in or around this area and the remaining 10-15 boats were scattered between Monaco and Marseille. Also the French SB20 class has negotiated an agreement with the French Sailing Federation (FFVoile) to include the SB20 in the annual selection those French Young sailors that were outside of the official Olympic preparation team. In 2015, the SB20 World Council created the Nation’s Cup awarding a trophy to the best nation as defined by the first 3 boats from each nation at the Worlds. France has won the Nation’s cup 4 times out of 6 since then! Today’s SB20 fleet in France is centralized in Hyères, where there are 15 to 18 boats near COYCH or the immediately surrounding area (Carqueiranne, etc.).

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