B14s Line up for the start

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.

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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.

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Ronstan

Australian sailing hardware manufacturer Ronstan have got onboard as a sponsor of the 2016 Australian representatives competing in the European and World Championships on Lake Garda, Italy.

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When we arrived at the designated pack up area I thought it had a good feel to it. 

I was surrounded by willing helpers including obliging terminal staff, it was not raining, it was not even windy, the sun shone and the temp mild, just about perfect for our work. 

Subsequently, things mostly fell into place, two containers with 12 and 3 boats respectively. Something like 17 masts, 3 spare trolleys, 15 sets of wings,heaps of misc stuff and a system that worked pretty much like clockwork. All done in just over 5 hours!