Knowing what life gives us is something that can only be known through a few different means: One to have it taken away or; two to have the humanity to give it with as many people that you can in a lifetime. Luke Cripps managed to full fill both of these in what many would describe as a full and wholesome life.

The B14 Association of Tasmania has recently been granted the opportunity to carry on the giving of life through new opportunities after a very generous gift passed onto the association after a tragic loss of to us a sailor but many others, a family member, soul mate, friend, bushwalker, kayaker, skier and many more. The gift that has been passed on is that of a boat, B14 103 which has seen many owners through its lifetime, including some of the classes’ greats such as Richie Reynolds a B14 stalwart. To honour Luke’s passing, the Association have set up the Cripps Project.

A large number of photos from the Nationals

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Credit to Stewart Aplin of AplinClark for taking these. I have the super-high-res versions of all of these.

whit12_5sTwo reports for you, one from Leaky, one from Beezer. Leaky gets to go first, as I got his first - Al:

 

Okayyy, Here's the race report for the Whitstable "very open" event. The "must be there to get the training in before the NATIONALS" event. Yup there it was. All the hotshots simple oozing testostrogen and other illegal hormones, ready to do battle as they square-up and face-down the opposition ready for Beer, next weekend.

 

Yes, it is just one week before the Nationals, so some of you might be a little hesitant about the shallow waters of the outer Thames estuary, but Whitstable always extends a warm welcome with well run racing, and it will be the Nationals venue for 2013. The Notice of Race is available in MS Word and Adobe PDF flavours.

For those wanting more Whitstable, Mark Barnes has offered to run a training session the weekend before- see the forum for details