Gul B14 Nationals at Whitstable © Nick Champion /

Day 4 of the Gul B14 nationals, only 4 of 10 races had been sailed, With a maximum of only 4 races on the day, the championships effectively started again with only one discard available. Looking at the form guide and odds, would it be a good day to place a bet.

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.