Welcome to the Gul 2018 B14 National and Open Championships at Paignton Sailing Club
This is your complete guide to the "Mexican" Championships.
When you arrive in Paignton the boat parking is on Paignton Green at the right hand end of the promenade as you look at the water. You will probably pass the Pirates of the Caribbean Golf Course (on the sea front) where the Paignton 2013 B14 World Crazy Golf championships were won and lost on the 18th hole! Past this and go right to the end. And just before the mini roundabout at the end is the turning left onto the promanade road and subsequently the green. Cars can be parked on the road and the boats unloaded. I'm not sure how long you'll get away with leaving your car there. There is paid parking along this road so if you pay...you can stay...
If you entered early and got one of the much sort after 10 parking spaces nearer the slipway your boat parking space will be marked for you. The rest of you can park where you like!
There is usually a tent erected next to the entrance to the boat park which is where we can dispose of rubbish, collect our tallys and, to be confirmed, collect a cool refreshing beer/cider on the way back in.
Spares - Despite Barnsie not being there his spares will be! Charlotte and Alan (787) will be able to help with any spares required. These include booms, poles, precut ropes, etc. The best time to buy spares will be after racing each day. Not the hour before launching!
Galley Opening - The galley will be open each morning for Bacon butties, tea coffee etc.
Packed Lunches - Will be available each day. They will need to be booked the day before they are required with Calvin or Jane in the galley.
Cashpoints - The sailing club now has a card reader machine, which can take debit, credit and contactless cards. The nearest cashpoint is the local shop on Roundham Road, about 100 meters away from the club. The next nearest cashpoint is at the local cinema on Paignton Green. You will also find other cashpoints in Paignton Town center
Car Parking - Behind the sailing club there is a pay and display car park (about £8-10 a day from memory), there is also free on-street parking behind the club on Cliff Road, Roundham Avenue or Cleveland Road.
Waste - In an effort to cut down our enviromental impact please be aware that safety boats will take any litter or waste whilst out on the water. Please secure any plastic bottles and containers to your boat in case of capsize! We will also be providing waste bins in the boat park for used tape, empty water bottles etc when ashore. Please keep the boat park tidy.
Wednesday 1st Aug - Arrival day for most.
Measuring Boats - We will be measuring boats before you are able to register. Charlotte Horlock and Barry Price will be completing this duty in the boat park. I'm not sure at this stage what it may entail but be aware that it may require the mast removed from the boat. We'll try and get this going asap on Weds as people arrive.
Open in the clubhouse between 3pm and 6pm and we'll need to know the following:
Confirmation of attendance at Commodores reception on Thurs evening.
Order Fish and Chips for Friday evening.
Polo shirts, if ordered can be collected.
Club Racing 6.30PM start. Club and bar will be open with Pizza and potato wedges, salad etc for £3.50
A warm welcome to the details of this year’s UK National and Open Championship.
We have planned an active four days both on and off the water. With event sponsorship from Gul we have some very nice prizes that will be spread throughout the fleet. And with support also from Bays Brewery in the form of free beer and prizes it’s going to be a lively event! As usual if you enter before the first cut-off date you automatically get entered into the class supplier, Seavolution, prize draw! Who knows what carbon goodies you could win.
Early arrivals on Weds 1st August can take advantage of the club racing in the evening with an open club, bar and food.
Racing starts on Thurs 2nd at 1pm sharp, 3 short sharp races run by our very experienced PRO Ian Bullock. For entertainment we have the Commodore’s reception in the evening.
Friday and its 4 more races followed by Leaky Games in the evening. The bar will be open for food and beer of course!
Sat and another 4 races. This time followed by a Mexican evening meal (included in the entry price) with prizes for the biggest sombrero/moustache combo!
Sunday will be the last 3 races, packing up and prize giving...
We have also commissioned some very nice Polo Shirts for the event. These can be ordered at the same time as entering and will be delivered at registration.
As usual the earlier you can enter the better please. And if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Details can be found on the entry form and Notice of Race is attached to this article for download.
1. Please read the NoR and make note of the cut off dates for discounted entries.
2. Please read the details on the event T shirts and either email that form to Tony or put your requirements onto the main entry form.
3. Download and fill in the attached entry form and email to Tony (The address is on the form)
Here is the membership form for 2018!
The year runs from 1st March and the subscription has NOT increased, meaning its the same £35 it has been for many many long years.
Enter early before 10th Feb to get yourself a £5 discount too! (or pay by standing order)
Please complete the form and email it back to me with the date your paid, so I can tie up receipts to the right people!
Whilst many have packed up for the winter with their the precious racing dinghies in garages or under cover, a sizeable hardy lot enjoy the GJW Sailjuice series thought the bleak winter. However, a group of B14s have headed down under to Port Dalrymple Yacht Club at Beauty Point in Tasmania for the Petuna and Bell Bay Aluminium B14 Open Australian Nationals from the 28 – 30th December and Tamar Cove and CST Composites B14 Worlds from the 02– 06th January 2018,
Team GBR is aiming to wrestle the B14 Ashes off of the Aussies who won the last event at Lake Garda in 2016.
The event will be held in waters similar to that of Whitstable Bay/The Swale at the top of the Tamar River in Bell Bay.
Led by GBRs two current quickest B14s, Team Harken (Nick Craig/Toby Lewis) and Team GUL/North Sails (Mark Barnes/Lauren Keil (guest crew for Char Horlock)), they will be taking no prisoners. Some stealth training may well be in order prior the shout out
The question is, will the two top GBR teams be able to do make a successful raid and catch the Aussies on the hop. With little to chose between the top 2 GBR and top 5 Aussie teams, there will no doubt be an element of luck as well as skill to see who stands tall come the final showdown. One thing is certain the fat lady will not be singing till the last throw of the dice.
Lets hope Team GBR can do a better job than our cricket team
During the events there will be daily script and video reports from Team Beswick (Adrian and John) our formidable hosts snd Chairman for the stopover
Enjoy a great Christmas in Blighty and we’ll be enjoying an Aussie Christmas down under