More than 70 crews from ten countries have already entered the battle to be the first ever World Champion in the Laser SB3 sports boat.
Entries opened on 1 February and will close off when the 120 boat limit is reached - or on 4 July. There are already entries from Australia, New Zealand, USA, South Africa, France, Netherlands - not to mention big Irish and British fleets.
The event was formally launched at the National Yacht Club in Dublin, Ireland last night by the Irish Minister of Education, Ms Mary Hanafin TD, before a large audience of guests including representatives from Dun Laoghaire business, local yacht club commodores and members and SB3 World Council representatives and sailors.
The SB3 (Sport Boat, 3 persons) is one of the fastest growing fleets of keelboats in the world and the World Championship promises to be one of the most exciting sailing events of the year. NYC Commodore Con MURPHY spoke at the launch about the event, its significance and its status in international sailing.
"We are delighted at how quickly the entry list is being filled at this stage before the event. The SB3 is an out and out racing boat which has had explosive growth since the first models were made in 2000.This will be the hottest boat in international racing and we are delighted to be the first country and club to host their world championships.
"This event will allow us to demonstrate what a great venue Dublin Bay is for big world class events. With the unrivalled infrastructure of The Dunlaoghaire Harbour and its three Yacht Clubs and the proven experience of the race management teams we are well prepared for the considerable challenges posed by delivering a first rate racing experience for 120 strong fleet."
Laser SB3 World Championship -www.sb3worlds2008.com