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Day 2 Saturday the 5th of January With day 1 lost due to the Gale force winds that were forecast, the race committee decided to run with 3 races for Saturday and Sunday to get the event back on schedule. Straight out of the blocks Craig Garmston and his new crew Aaron Hirst won the first 2 races. Craig and Aaron had been virtually unseen as a pair due to sailing further up the bay at Chelsea Yacht Club were not expected to perform at such a high level. Scott Cunningham and Hugo Briggs on the otherhand were the favorites who were reguarly turning up to McCrae and beating Bangers and Louis. In the light conditions where the wind was variable between 7-12 knots and with big holes and wind shifts it was a bit of a lottery.  It would take Scotty Cunningham till the 3rd race to win a race in this snakes and ladders day. Bangers and Loouis sailed consistently to take 3 2nd places.The top 3 were;Garmston/Hirst     6 pointsBancroft/Chapman 6 pointsCunningham/Briggs 7 points

Day 3 Sunday the 6th of JanuaryBetter conditions prevailed today with the breeze more consistent in strength and direction. And there was something for everyone today the 1st race was 10-12knots , the second 12-15knots and the 3rd 15-18knots.  Scaott and Hugo enjoyed the day to go 1-2-1 to be outright leader on 7 points after 6 races. Craig and Aaron again enjoyed the moderate conditions to take 1st in race 5. Bangers and Louis had a day they would rather forget finishing in no better than 3rd place. Adrian Beswick and Jono LeBis had a good day to move into 4th spot overall with a 3rd and a 2nd and were now equal on points with Richie and Lissa.  The event was now back on schedule with 6 races run on days 2 and 3.  

Bugger the Bone was held on the Sunday night with the skippers convincinly beating the crews in the challenge. This must of been because the crews had nothing left in the tank due to working their guts out on the race course.Competitors then enjoyed the sponsors products of Phaedrus Wine, Beach Box Gin and Jetty Road Brewery beer. And they were all looking forward to having a layday on the Monday with many staying back late enjoying the summer night. 

Day 4 Tuesday the 8th of January This would be redemption day for Bangers and Louis sailing in their preferred conditions of 15-20knots they were able to take line honours in both races, but Scott Cunningham and Hugo maintained their consistency to take two 2nds had hold of a 2 point lead going into the final day. 

Day 5 Wednesday the 9th of January It was all up to Scott and Hugo now, what would they bring to the table? Bangers and Louis were not going to lay down, Bangers 9 times National Champ knows how to win, just keep putting pressure on your opponent and see them wilt. And that he did all the way through race 9, both Bangers and Scotty fought a neck and neck race but Scotty and Hugo managed to win race 9 under extreme pressure from Bangers and Louis by half a boat length at full speed almost taking out the finish boat in the process. This win was enough to seal the event for Scott and Hugo after drops they had 21 points with ( 4),3,1,1,2,1,2,2,1,(4) 

Overall Results found at: 

Overall1st Scott Cunningham/ Hugo Briggs2nd Guy/Bancroft/ Louis Chapman3rd Craig Garmston/ Aaron Hirst     

Handicap Results 1st Allen Graham/Nathan Reynolds2nd Ron Kane/David/Cunningham3rd Stephen Miller/ Lauren Bird      


DAY 1 Friday the 4th of January 

Day 1 of sailing was abandoned on the night before due to the high winds forecast with potential gale force winds . What looked like a benign afternoon and a glamour beach day with a slight northerly and 38degrees celsius the South Westerly change came through at 3.00pm and was gusting to 38 knots at the South Channel Isiand.

Thursday the 3rd of January. Ewan Campbell returning after taking Roh Young-deok for a quick spin before the Welcome Dinner. Forecast for the rest of the Regatta is now looking more favourable with 15-18 knots SW forecast for day 2.

                            "THE BEACH BOX GIN" INTERNATIONAL  B14 AUSTRALIAN TITLES 2018/19             SSCBC are the hosting club for this seasons Australian titles. With 17 entries now confirmed boats, will be arriving from NSW, ACT, VIC and Tasmania. There is a buzz about the place with an entrant from Japan Young-deok Roh. Roh is the first Korean/Japnaese to compete Internationaly since the year 2000. He will be skippering a charted boat with Fyn Harding from Tasmania. And another major surprise is the UK entrants Geri and Leaky, in a boat built by the legendary Bangers. They flew in on Sunday the 30th of December and promptly launched from McCrae Yacht Club on their new boat and were impressed with the quality of there purchase. Follow the event at or on the B14 facebook pages as well, 

B14 worlds day 1 ©Tom Gruitt /

In 2019, the B14 World Championships are returning to Carnac, France. On the Brittany Coast and the site of several very successful B14 Championships, Carnac is the perfect location for these Worlds: The waters of Quiberon Bay offer sailing in fresh Atlantic breeze, but are protected from the Atlantic swell, allowing for fast and exciting sailing. Shoreside, Carnac is well known for it’s restaurants and active night life. For family members that won’t be sailing, the region has much to offer as well. From hikes up Saint Michel Tumulus, over the Quiberon Peninsula with the rough Atlantic Coast, the region also has a number of prehistoric sites with the “best museum of the Megalithic period in the World”. There is no doubt that Carnac 2019 will be an experience to remember - for sailors and non-sailors alike.

The event will follow the now standard B14 Worlds format with a 3 day Pre-World/European Championships running July 25 - 27 and the actual Worlds running July 29 to August 2. There will only be a single lay day on July 28, so adding a few days extra before or after the event is highly recommended.

With the Championships running at the start of the French holiday season, now is the time to start making plans. Affordable accommodations are still available, and tickets (ferry for the UK attendees and plane for the Southern Hemisphere teams) are still affordable.

There is a B14 Class discount for Brittany Ferries for teams travelling from the UK.

We look forward to seeing you all in Brittany!

Update - Entry now open

Online entry at the YC Carnac website is now open - The early entry discount runs until 15th June 2019 and entries close on 23rd July.

YC Carnac event page:

Notice of Race

B14 Carnac Worlds 2010 ©Tom Gruitt /


Some links useful links:

Venue intro:

Yacht Club de Carnac:

Tourist information:

UK Ferries: Brittany Ferries discount