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":

The B14 Flying Circus headed to Stokes Bay Sailing Club, venue of the 2015 National Championships for their second TT of the year, and first sailed event, due to Rutland being blown off. The forecast was for gusts in excess of 25 maybe 30 knots on both days, so those travelling further, stayed away as they had an inkling they were in for another Rutland weekend propping up the bar and recounting tales of mad off-roading on bikes and skiing holidays for those that did not go to the Worlds in McCrae Australia

So those that did attend, were treated to flatish water and SW 8 – 15 knots, unlike the promised breeze the heavier bomber command teams had been salivating over and enjoying a hearty week, found they were going to have their hands full with the lighter teams.

B14 TT at Stokes Bay photo copyright Tim Olin taken at Stokes Bay Sailing Club and featuring the B14 class

Photo by Tim Olin

Reminder it's the inland championships at Datchet this coming weekend.

http://www.dwsc.co.uk/MustoB14NOR.docx%20(1).pdf

With an earlier than usual date for the Inlands it looks like a rather unusual event for us.. Warm and 8-15 knots.. Not sure our brains will cope with the change but it is nice that it wont be fresh to frightening ala Queen Mary last year.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible. Great club and a long overdue return for the class. Hopefully we will see a good turnout :)

STOP PRESS - I have just seen that Camping is permitted at the club for Saturday night.. no excuses not to come now ;)

Full report to follow but deserved winners.. Clearly able to read the shifts better than the rest with a 4th as a worst result.. awesome work.