September 2nd will see the B14 Flying Circus descend on Porthpean SC for the 3 day National Championships. 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. Forecast is looking good with mixed conditions which should see a bit of variation at the front
Here is a selection of the "Runners and Riders":
796 – Nick Craig & Toby Lewis (Harken)
Current National Champion with Tom Pygall, Toby Tastic taking a break from nappy changing etc is looking to keep this team on song and holding on to the trophy in their fast Seavolution B14. Both having recently been at the Merlin Champs, they should be gunning for it with Nick looking to get another run at the Endeavour Trophy.
Odds: 7/4 (Fav)
Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September
Roll up, roll up it's time for the GUL B14 Nationals at Porthpean. The sailing club, boat parking and car park camping are all in one place. Camping is £10 per night with access to club changing rooms 24/7. Motorised assistance for the pull up the slipway. Evening Buffet and BBQ and cream tea included in price. £110 if booked by the 17th of August. Leaky games and coconut shy for evening entertainment plus fancy dress etc etc....
More information can be found at the clubs site: http://www.porthpeansc.co.uk
Entry, SI and NOR links and more information on page.
Remember camping IS available in the public car park at £10 per night for tent/camper...
A game of Snakes and Ladders
A healthy turnout of 16 B14s enjoyed close racing with almost every boat leading a race at shifty Stokes Bay on 16-17 April for round 2 of the GUL B14 circuit. B14 turnouts are on the up as the class builds towards the Europeans and Worlds in Garda at the end of June where 40+ boats are expected with 2 Australian containers already on their way.
Limnology(*), Robin Hood, George Osborne, Wizards, Oligarchs and The Lost Keys of Vito
Round 1 of the B14 Gul TT series took place at Rutland Water over the 2nd and 3rd of April. With this being a “Garda year” interest in the class is high, leading to keenness amongst existing members and also the welcome return of some old faces (some older than others). The potentially most dangerous returnee, Nick Craig, was away topping up his tan in Barbados sailing a type of 14ft dinghy with a rather more general purpose. With decidedly more clement weather than last year’s event 10 boats turned up all of which could be top 10 championship contenders, so nobody was guaranteed immunity from a back-of-the-fleet result in any race.