Twenty-five boats arrived at the lovely seaside resort of Paignton, for the Gul B14 Nationals hosted by the super-friendly Paignton Sailing Club and supported by Bays Brewery.
Day 1 dawned with what looked like a reasonable WNW blowing, but as the fleet launched for a 1pm start it started to drop away. After a short on-the-water postponement the sky cleared and the breeze started to build from the SE. PRO Ian Bullock and his team quickly laid a course and after a general recall the fleet was away with everyone on the racks.
Race 1 set a pattern of sorts - the first boat round the windward mark sailing away to an untroubled win. In this case it was Mike Bees/Pete Nicholson who came out of the left on the first beat. The other podium spots were taken by Steve Hollingsworth/Elliot Holman and Kathy Sherratt/Josh Wilce.
Race 2 followed the pattern to an extent, in that Alan Davis/Char Horlock cleared off into the distance but this time the right hand side was king, and remained so for the rest of the day. Next were Gerry & Leaky Fermor, starting a superb run of consistency, followed by Mark Watts and Matt Johnson.
Race 3 followed straight on with the conditions unchanged. This time Watts/Johnson took an early lead from Hollingsworth/Holman but those positions swapped mid-race as the early leaders had a brief sleep. Gerry & Leaky also slipped by for second.
With conditions looking poor for Friday, the race officer wisely added a 4th race. With the short races putting a premium on starts there was a bit of carnage on the start line, leading to a bit of protest/arbitration action. Watts/Johnson cleared off to a win, again followed by Gerry & Leaky followed by the also so-consistent Hollingsworth/Holman.
Welcome refreshment was provided in the dinghy park by Bays Brewery to cap an excellent afternoon in the sunshine
With another 10 races scheduled it's still early doors but the first three overall are showing ominous consistency.
The classic fleet is currently lead by Ben Lloyd-King & Jez Page.
Results after Day 1: (top six)
1. Hollingsworth & Holman, 2, (7), 1, 3, 6pts
2. Gerry & Leaky Fermor, (10), 2, 2, 2, 6pts
3. Watts & Johnson, (6), 3, 3, 1, 7pts
4. Bees & Nicholson, 1, 6, (7), 4, 11pts
5. Sherratt & Wilce, 3, 5, 4, (9), 12pts
6. Davis & Horlock, (12), 1, 6, 12, 19pts
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.
And if you fancy a sly practice at PSC beforehand their PODD Regatta for double handed dinghies is on 26th/27th May 2018 https://paigntonsailingclub.co.uk/open-events-championships/podd/
B14 Organising Committee
The 2018 Phaedrus Victorian Championship has been run and won at Safety Beach Sailing Club. Going down to the wire in the last race of the regatta. After a light Northerly breeze held the fleet ashore on day 1. The southerly change kicked in on day 2 providing a nice 15-17 knot south westerly breeze which the whole fleet enjoyed. Craig Garmston and Paul Newman (2 wins and 1 second) led Guy Bancroft and Louie Chapman by 1 point. (2 seconds and 1 win). Dave Loutit and Dave Grace were running 3rd on 10 points. Jason Dunsmore sailing with Dave Cunningham showed some great boat speed at times in only his second time in steering a B14 were in fourth position.
Day 3 started again with a nice South Westerly around 15 to 18 knots. Bangers and Louie took race 4 to level the series with Garmston and Newman 2nd. Race 5 was won by Garmston and Newman from Bangers and Louie 2nd. leaving the penultimate race to the to decide the Victorian Championship. And it went down to the wire when Craig Garmston held on to win amongst imense pressure from Bangers to win the final race by the narrowest of margins by 5 seconds.
Ian Cunningham replaced Jason Dunsmore on day 3 after pulling out injured, Ian's presence in the heavier condition's would take Bonework to the podium placing 3rd for the regatta. Dave Loutit and Dave Grace were to finish 4th. Ewan and Tori Campbell were to go and finish 5th but were not far away from the front bunch and were clearly in front of Ron Kane and Alex Albert. B14 newcomer Glenn Lazaar finished in 7th rounding out the fleet in his first B14 Regatta. A big thankyou to the Safety Beach Sailing Club and their sailing commititee led by International Race officer Geoff Eldridge for hosting the event.