What has changed?
Tony Castro, as the designer of the SB20, gave LaserPerformance (LP) the distribution rights to what has been known as the Laser SB3, through a Licence Agreement from 2001. This License Agreement has now been terminated. The reasons for its termination are confidential to Tony Castro and LP.
Who holds the license now?
Under the new structure Tony Castro retains the licence himself, and independently licenses the manufacturer of the boat, spars and sails. The new company Sportsboat World oversees the building of the boat, global sales distribution and general management.
Will the boat name change?
The boat is now known as the SB20. The term Laser will no longer be used.
The boat was originally called the SB3 as it was a “3 crew Sportsboat”. This was not commonly understood, especially with many boats sailing with 4 crew. SB20 represents “20 foot sportsboat.”
Will the Laser trademark continue?
No. The Laser trademark will not be used for the new boats, new sails and new spare parts.
Can the existing boat owners continue to use the Laser trademark (leave the Laser sticker on their boats and sails)?
Yes. There is no restriction on existing branding. New sails, new boats, websites, communication and events will use the new SB20 name.
How is the SB20 to be managed?
The Head Office function is managed by Sportsboat World (SBW) in the UK. SBW will organise the global distribution structure via licensed dealers around the world.
Will the existing Dealer network remain in place?
SBW are retaining most of the existing dealers, especially where they have been successful in building and supporting an existing fleet.
Who are Sportsboat World?
Please refer to the Press Release. SBW has premises around 5 miles outside of Hamble in theUK. The Hamble river has the highest concentration of SB20’s anywhere in the world, and the major suppliers are all represented close by.
Does Sportsboat World have other responsibilities?
SBW is the UK SB20 dealer.
How will SBW and its dealer network support the class?
SBW and its dealer network are working with the regional Class Association on events, to ensure that the racing is fun, competitive and in the right locations.
Can I buy a new SB20 now?
Who do I contact for a new boat?
Visit www.sportsboatworld.com. The full global dealer list will be published shortly, but in the mean time, SBW will be able to help or point you in the direction of your dealer.
Where are the new boats built?
White Formula builds the SB20. They were the original builder in theUK. The decision to revert to them was based on build quality, shipping and logistics.
Will DK Boats continue to build SB20’s?
Has the new SB20 changed?
SBW will incorporate a number of small changes, to improve the sailing experience and iron out any small technical issues. SBW are ensuring that the strict one design nature of the boat is maintained, so any changes have no implications on the speed of the boat.
Who guarantees the new boats?
The manufacturer of boats, sails, spars and parts have warranties for the products they produce. The warranty process is managed by Sportsboat World and the respective dealers.
Where do we buy new sails and spare parts?
All sails, spars and spare parts are available exclusively through the new SB20 dealer network.
Is there a sail levy?
Yes. A small sail levy will be paid directly to the World Council. This will be used to help fund events. This levy is included in the retail price.
What will the events be known as?
All future events will be held as the SB20 class. The official name will be changed at ISAF, and the class constitution and class rules will be adjusted accordingly through appropriate procedures.
Does this change effect the 2012 European and World Championships?
No. These events will be run exactly as planned. There will simply be a class name change to the SB20.