Aussie Nationals 2016 January 3 to 8 - Midway Point Tasmania - Get your entry in now
Sailors, this is your introduction to the coming Australian B14 Championships being hosted by the Tasmanian B14 Association and the Midway Point Yacht Club.
Seavolution UK Nationals 2015 Day 3
Day 3 and the B14 fleet woke to wind whistling through the rigging. R/O Mike Rayden held the fleet ashore for 1 hour to let the breeze subside from 35 knots.
On queue, the wind gods did their job and the breeze started to drop around 1100. Helping each other and with some club assistance the fleet launched quickly into an onshore breeze and sea.
Seavolution UK Nationals 2015 Day 2
Seavolution B14 National Championships Day 2 – Massive Cuttlefish!
Day 2 and the light winds sniggling we were promised did not materialize. Instead we had force 3 – 4 climbing to a solid force 4 – 5. But what a day on the water it was. The 4 front runners going into the day all had kite issues at times as the boats fired down the short steep seas. The gybing points were easily identified after the first laps as the front runners chased down the guys who had piled it in. It was definitely a day of it is not over till the Fat Lady Sings.
Seavolution UK Nationals 2015 Day 1
The B14 Flying Circus arrived at Stokes bay to be greeted by grey seas and 30+ knot winds, peaking at 40 knots around 1300. With the predicted forecast for Friday and Sunday, some chose not to make the trip. What a day they were to miss.
After being held ashore under AP, the fleet was advised that they were going to sea at 1530.
The first few boats tentatively launched into 25 knots that was fast reducing to 20+knots with gusts from the SW. After 30 minutes, the start sequence started. With several boats opting to sit this one out, the protagonists lined up for a fast charge round the bay.
Seavolution B14 Nationals 2015 Form Guide
May 29th will see the B14 fleet descend on Stokes Bay SC for one of the most competitive National Championships in recent years. A quick review of entries suggests that there is a strong top group with a few others within the fleet capable of upsetting the order. Friday and Sunday look likely to produce big breeze. Schedule is for 9 50 minute races over 3 days with a maximum of 4 per day. So it could be a game of attrition.
Here are a selection of the "Runners and Riders":
757 – Ben McGrane & Olivier Wells (P&B South)
Odds: 7/4 (Fav)
761 – Nick Craig & Tom Pygall (Whitstable Marine)
Odds: 7/4 (Fav)
771 – Mike Bees & Ferrett (Blue Badge)
Odds: 7/4 (Fav)
788 – Mark Barnes & Ruth Oliver (Seavolution)
791 – Mark Watts & Chris Bishop (Ullman Sails)
785 – Peter Knight & Jane Reeves (Demelza)
786 – Gerry Fermor Brown & Leaky (Torq)
787 – Alan Davis & Kathy Sherratt (Watts) (Troublegum)
With 10-15 other teams also expected, including many new faces, the mid-fleet results are difficult to place odds, but we can be sure there will be some real snakes and ladders as the series evolves.
The key prizes that the middle order teams will be keen to get their hands on where they can qualify, will be first newcomer and tin rig. Another prize worth its weight is the Endeavour Trophy for the last boat to complete all races.
Wherever in the results the teams end up, they will be subjected to the usual friendly welcome of the B14 fleet and Stokes Bay SC. With a good mix of socials included in the entry fee the off-water activity promises to be as good as the sailing.
Entries are still coming in. The forecast looks great. We'll see you there!