Day 1 of the Australian B14 National Championships got underway with the Briefing at noon today. The Fleet were semi ready for racing as the first of two fronts approached Port Phillip Bay.

10 boats turned out for the Phaedrus Estate, Victorian State Title at McCrae on the weekend.

Race 1 was sailed in a dying northerly leaving a lumpy sea and about 10knots of wind. The first start was hotly contested with all boats pushing hard for a clean start which resulted in a general recall. The next start under a black flag got away cleanly for all but Ron and Alex sailing Last Gasp AUS379. The race was tightly contested all the way around with Brent and Leigh sailing Switch AUS375 claiming first just ahead of Bangers and Lachy, Bonus AUS793 and Stuart and Ben, AUS781 in third.

Race 2 with the wind dying further and the tide starting to have an effect,favoured the left hand side of the course. Once again Brent and Leigh had a great start and lead from start to finish with Bangers and Lachie second. Third was the two World Champion crew's sailing together (is this a sign of things to come?) Nick and Gracey in Siren AUS378.


The International B14 Tasmanian State Championships were held over the weekend of 29th & 30th of March at Leven Yacht Club (Ulverstone), a fleet of ten boats made the trip and despite a very wet Saturday some excellent sailing was enjoyed by the crews, if a little light in the breeze department.

Photo: Phil Good

Day 5 was the first time that sailors had seen the sun in 4 days with the breeze blowing in from the North East at 8-15 knots. Two races were sailed starting at Shark Island, with the first race commencing at 1300hrs.


One More for the Bone takes out the final days racing and the overall championship for the 2013-14 National Titles.