Six B14s from the B14 Flying Circus made the trip to Datchet Water for the GJW Direct Sailjuice Datchet Flyer.

The forecast was for a building breeze on the first day and rain on the second. Day 1 had 3 races scheduled back to back with a 100 minute pursuit race on Sunday. Pursuit would be non-discardable with 1 discard from the other 3.

The fleet hit the water to be greeted by a force 4. However, the wind soon started to build, with 102 dinghies of varying speed, it was going to be an interesting day on the water sailing the P course. With the breeze up to 20 knots at the start, the first attempt ended in a recall. On the restart under black flag in 25 plus knots, the fast handicap launched at speed up the course...

It was safe to say the wind forecast for the Inlands was not great, in fact it was terrible, a forecast the fair weather sailor in me would normally be put off by. But for some reason, despite the lack of 15 knots, team Fluorescent Adolescent were actually looking forward to this event if not for the sailing, just for the social!

 

Arriving at Datchet we were greeted by familiar faces; Barnsie and super crew Char in the all new 788 Gull/North Sails, Dan and crew Al who was still visibly mourning the loss of his helm to the moth fleet in 768, Carl and Guy Raynes in Carbon Yachting, class stalwarts Barry and Al who were taking some well earnt time off from riding bikes and what ever it is that Barry does (I'm still yet to work it out), Alan and Kathy in 787, El president Wattsy and crew union leader (Mr Weights and Measures) Bishy in Donkey 791 and the return of Tony Blackmore with all new crew Gi in 764.

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The Notice of Race for the B14 Inlands at Datchet on 31st October / 1st November have been published please see the attachment.

See you all there

B14 Inlands

Attachments:
Download this file (B14_505_NOR_2015.pdf)B14 2015 Inlands NOR[Inlands 2015 Notice of Race]198 kB

The B14 Flying Circus rocked up to Whitstable, with several arriving on Friday night to explore the micro brewery pubs and curry houses in the town and get in tune for a 6 race series.

A weekend of mixed (to say the least) conditions was in store for the fleet!

GBR788 Whitstable 2015. Credit: Alex Cheshire