Entrants are confirmed for 12 countries – including New Zealand, Australia, USA, Dubai, France, Italy – as well as large entries from Ireland and the UK
Initially the plan was to close entries on June 1st 2008 – but interest has been above and beyond expectations as National Yacht Club, Event Chairman, Rory Byrne explained: “There is amazing enthusiasm for the event. Considering the logistics of a full team and the associated equipment and support travelling to Dublin Bay in September, it just shows that this really is the premier racing event on the 2008 sailing calendar."
Among the 50 Irish entries, last years Irish National Champion and Irish Olympic Sailor, Tom Fitzpatrick will compete. The UK entries include Craig Burlton and Geoff Carveth both previous European Champions in the SB3 Fleet. Many other notable sailor with National and European titles to their credit will ensure that the event is one of the most closely contested in Europe for a number of years.
The SB3 (Sport Boat, 3 persons) is the fastest growing fleet of keel boats in the world today and the World Championship promises to be one of the most exciting sailing events ever held for the class.