Time to pull the curtain back on one of the oldest and more unique B14 traditions.

For more than 20 years, the women of the B14 fleet have particularly looked forward to the final day of racing at National and World Championships. Not because they are tired of racing, far from it! But the after the final day’s racing, all the females flee the final pack up in the boat park for a bonding session over a few bubblies. Sometimes quite a few…

It’s an opportunity for the women to speak their mind, compare bruises, reminisce about the highs and lows and the days just passed. And laugh. A lot. Sometimes there are a few tears but it usually ends with laughter.


A rare shot inside the shower, with champagne, at Midway Point, Tassie.

There’s something very soothing about blowing off some steam while enjoying the humidity of the (usually cramped) change room.

The tradition has now travelled from its humble beginnings in the Sydney Flying Squadron’s women’s showers at the turn of the century, to changerooms across Australia as well as in France, Italy and the UK.


Practicing bending the elbow before one of the early Champagnes in the Shower at McCrae in 2003.