The 2021 Worlds return to Sydney, birthplace of the B14!

Feeling chilly? Fancy sailing somewhere warm, with the air temperature about 26 degrees, water temperature a balmy 22? Let’s throw in a Harbour Bridge, an Opera House, and lots of fireworks on NYE.

Day 1 of the Petuna and Bell Bay Aluminium B14 Open Australian Nationals at Beauty Point in Bell Bay, Northern Tasmania, the fleet were greeted by a NNW force 3 – 4, flat water, wall to wall sunshine and 28 C. Who would have the upper hand, the locals or the Pommies in the warm up to the main show next week.

After an hour of waiting for the wind to arrive, competitors hit the water in a building but none the less soft North Easterly. Light weight crews were keen to get on the water to make the most of their favoured conditions. In particular the chance was there for the Pommie B14s to show their prowess in the light shifty winds.