Racing Day 5 – Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Championships – Perth Dinghy SC – 6/01/2011

There were many challenges ahead for the final days racing. Pockets of competition were still alive throughout the fleet and everyone was keen to do well on the last day. The wind was blowing from the west-sou-west and gusting from 15 to 20 knots with the occasional squirt up to 25. The fleet got underway at about 1pm, 1 hour earlier than previous days.

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Racing Day 4 – Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Championships – Perth Dinghy SC – 5/01/2011

The B14 Association had its AGM for the year today to discuss the latest and greatest things that have been going on around the country. Big News items included an introduction to the national titles venue in Tasmania next new year and a technical discussion on where things are at with changes the class has undergone and might look into. Also there has been a change to the guard for the National executive including Guy Bancroft Stepping down as Australian President and Sophie Hunt stepping down from her Secretary/Treasurer role. Taking over will be Adrian Beswick as incoming President and Daniel Watson as incoming Secretary/Treasurer. Both in their 20’s and very passionate about the class association and its development it will be great to see where things might end up in the coming years.

Day four of the national titles was looking to be a moderate but gusty North West breeze. Sailing around from the club it became apparent that the fleet was going to be expecting quite a bit more wind than first thought. Forecast at 13-18 knots the breeze throughout the afternoon was pushing 25knots at times.

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Racing Day 3 – Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Championships – Perth Dinghy Sailing Club – 4/01/2011

Its day three of the Australian B14 National championships and the fleet is becoming quieter at the breakfast table, pre race there was a lot of relaxing around the club lawns and some snoozing too. Last night crews organised their own meals, this included BBQ packs, Lasagne and an epic spaghetti bolognaise that was shared amongst 6 of the crews with much to spare.  There was much praise coming from the canteen ladies who were well impressed that two guys were heading up the meal preparation and keeping things clean. All the volunteers around the club have been putting so much effort, from the on water teams to the canteen ladies and also the bar men and women.

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Racing Day 2 – B14 National Championships – Perth Dinghy Sailing Club – 3/01/2011

Sailors left the beach in a strong and gusty South East breeze and the start boat was up the far north west corner of the bay. The fleet had mostly managed to repair what wounds it could before preparing to tackle the races ahead. Before the racing got underway the fleet waited a while whilst the wind settled in place for the PRO and I14 legend Stewart “Jock” Ross to set the course. Whilst the wind settled it eased down to a moderate to strong and gusty South Easterly.

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