The forecast for Saturday is dire, and whilst Sunday is better it is looking marginal to say the least.  Many other clubs are also cancelling significant events.  The B14 Association cannot afford to take a hit by subsidising entries, so with regret we have decided to pull the plug on this weekend.  

If it can be rescheduled we will let you know.

Gul B14 Nationals at Whitstable © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

Day 4 of the Gul B14 nationals, only 4 of 10 races had been sailed, With a maximum of only 4 races on the day, the championships effectively started again with only one discard available. Looking at the form guide and odds, would it be a good day to place a bet.

Snoozes, squalls and shifts

Gul B14 Nationals at Whitstable © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

During the 6 hr wait for the breeze to settle, the B14 'athletes' spent the day limbering up with ice creams, bacon rolls and practicing how to rig with the finest athletes taking time out for several power snoozes...

The sails were up and down like a prom dress as the squalls blew through and the rain/hail/sun/wind came in teasing bursts.

Eventually a window of opportunity appeared and we launched into a 6kn westerly and the setting Southend sun.

With day one being a day of sightseeing and sampling the delights of Whitstable as the wind screamed down the beach it was with great anticipation that the fleet woke for day 2. Some a little hazy after the first night Leaky and Wattsy attempt to mix competitive cards with interesting cocktails!