Snoozes, squalls and shifts

Gul B14 Nationals at Whitstable © Nick Champion /

During the 6 hr wait for the breeze to settle, the B14 'athletes' spent the day limbering up with ice creams, bacon rolls and practicing how to rig with the finest athletes taking time out for several power snoozes...

The sails were up and down like a prom dress as the squalls blew through and the rain/hail/sun/wind came in teasing bursts.

Eventually a window of opportunity appeared and we launched into a 6kn westerly and the setting Southend sun.

With day one being a day of sightseeing and sampling the delights of Whitstable as the wind screamed down the beach it was with great anticipation that the fleet woke for day 2. Some a little hazy after the first night Leaky and Wattsy attempt to mix competitive cards with interesting cocktails!

Online entry is now live and can be found on eventbright here

The entry includes pasta every day, some meals for 2 people over the event and live band currently being organised for Saturday, oh and we'll get Leaky organised as well. When listing your B14 number also precede it with your boat/sponsor name.

Accommodation, you need to get that sorted asap as Whitstable will be full that weekend as we also have Harbour weekend and followed by Whitstable Week.

Entry is £120.00 (including entry to the Seavolution mystery prize which hits 3 levels depending on the number of entries (Draw to be made at the prize giving) up until 01.07.2017 and thereafter £140.00. Any extra meals required email Sally in the office and she will let you know. Meal costs for extra tickets, we are still working on it, but they will be good value for money. Any dietary issues list in the form online or entry form.

“Just getting to the race course deserved points!”

For those that haven’t been Porthpean SC is nestled on its own secluded beach just outside St Austell with an enviable raised position offering spectators chance to look out over the impending carnage whilst enjoying the legendary hospitality and pasties...

Saturday dawned with some of the fleet already on site after a day touring the local sights on friday and enjoying a civilised meal in Castletown. The forecast which had put off many of the teams was pretty much spot on with local doom monger Puff Paddy welcoming everyone and already pointing out that rigging boats was probably pointless as the mounting SE Swell was going to make getting off the beach tricky to say the least.