The B14 state titles were held at Kingston Beach Sailing Club on 10-12 March. In a record first there were only four entrants registered for  the state championship after a couple of last minute withdrawals.

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The newly sponsored Tamar Marine PDYC Blockbuster was lining up to be Tassies biggest regatta of the year. Run over the first weekend of February 4-5 2012 boats had only just returned from their National championships in Perth, Western Australia. With 14 boats including 4 brought over from Victoria and another leased meant the fleet, which was going to be one of the smallest, became one of the largest. As always the Victorian contingent have put a  massive effort into making the trip happen.

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Guy Bancroft Sailing with Lachlan Imeneo on One More For The Bone. Photo: Kelly Atkins

 

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Pictured Right, Luke Cripps Skippered the boat "Blow Me" with crew Sam Cannamela. Halfway through the regatta by an unknown source a new name appeared upside down on the hull,  "The Turtle" for obvious reasons  during the National and World Championships in Hobart, Tasmania 2009.

Sadly Luke has passed away after a tragic accident on his bucks night. For the little time we got to know Luke, we will remember the laughs shared and know that his love and dedication to the sport of sailing was extensive.

 

Our thoughts and wishes are with those close to Luke in this sad time.

 

To find out more http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/02/27/304345_road-toll.html 

This years crown series was shaping up to be pretty big as always. The famous Green hockey turf was nowhere to be seen this year but the grass was greener than usual.

6 B14’s entered the series and light to moderate North to north westerlies were expected throughout the weekend associated with a large high sucking warm air down from the central deserts of Australia. This was associated with two of the hottest days of summer topping close to 40 degrees both days. 6 races were sailed across the two days of racing.

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B14's hot off the startline on day 1 of the Bellerive Crown Series in Tasmania. Photo: Jane Austin