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B14 Inland Championships at Queen Mary SC

by Tim Harrison on 5 Oct 2011
B14s in action - B14 Inland Championships 2011 © Tom Gruitt http://www.tom-gruitt.co.uk
B14 Inland Championships were held at Queen Mary Sailing Club over the weekend of 1st and 2nd October 2011. Up-and-coming B14 Aussie, Scott Cunningham travelled from Melbourne to compete in the event.

The new Seavoultion B14 had its first showing amongst the fleet. The new B14, now built by Synthesize and fitted out by Seavolution, really looked the business, a good quality finish and a well thought out fit out - it certainly looks destined to be a winner in the right pair of hands.

On both mornings the great expanse of water at Queen Mary Reservoir was flat calm but on both days a fair sailing breeze appeared early afternoon giving us two races each day.

The delay meant a long lunchtime of boatpark bimbling, with some of the fleet helping the club bar resolve some issues with the beer pumps through trial and error, and one armed bandit Leaky distributing 'cough medicine' (that's what it sort of tasted like) to anyone that came too close.

On the first day Simon and Nikki Hadley scored the best with a second and a first giving them the edge over Tim Harrison and Jonny Ratcliffe. The only thing that was up and coming about our visiting Aussie was his Kite which went straight up coming straight back down into the water while the halyard was coming down the inside of the mast. Who tied that knot Scotty? One other notable performance from the first day was from Paul Roberts and Rob Taylor in Bodge. These guys have done a great job renovating this boat scoring a four and six.

On the second day Simon and Nikki still meant business reaching the first mark first followed by Tim and Jonny who went on to find more pressure on the opposite side of the course catapulting them into a lead which Simon and Nikki could not recover, their second place put them on equal points with Tim and Jonny leaving race four as a decider.

To add to the drama, the breeze picked up to almost 15 knots allowing both the helms and crews to finally stretch the legs on the B14's powerful wings. Tim and Jonny came off the line well as did David Hayes and Daniel Hare. These two had a tight battle around the course with several place changes, meanwhile Simon and Nikki were buried in ninth place. The battle at the front was eventually won by Tim and Jonny winning their third race of the weekend and the title as Inland Champions. Simon and Nikki who made a great effort to pull themselves back to third in that last race were the runners-up.

Everyone had a great weekend, thanks to some extraordinary Indian summer conditions and unexplainable sea breezes.

Oh, and I am sure you are all wondering how the new Seavolution performed, well sorry to say that Mark didn't look quite as good as his new weapon. But Mark Barnes will be back, he will be doing the winter circuit showing off his fine craft and getting himself race ready for a successful 2012 campaign. Keep an eye out for Mark and the B14 fleet at the Draycote Dash, the Starcross Steamer, the Steve Nicholson Memorial and the Tiger Trophy to see the new B14 for yourself.

Results:

 Pos

Sail No

Helm

Crew

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

Pts

1st

758

Tim Harrison

Jonny Ratcliffe

 

1

-3

1

1

3

2nd

770

Simon Hadley

Nikki Hadley

Bough Beech SC

2

1

2

-3

5

3rd

777

David Hayes

Dan Hare

Hayling Island

3

2

-4

2

7

4th

784

Steve Hollingsworth

Chris Murphy

Restronguet

5

4

6

(DNC)

15

5th

788

Mark Barnes

Andrew Thompson

Whistable YC

6

5

-7

5

16

6th

321

Paul Roberts

Rob Taylor

Weston

4

6

-10

8

18

7th

769

Daniel Cowin

Dan Hollands

Hythe

7

-8

5

6

18

8th

786

Gerry Fermor

Scott Cunningham

McCrae YC

(DNF)

DNC

3

4

21

9th

775

Rhys Triffitt

Simon Reynolds-Jones

QMSC

8

-9

9

7

24

10th

742

Carl Raynes

Guy Raynes

Weston

-11

7

8

10

25

11th

749

Oli Love

Sam

Weston

9

10

-11

9

28

12th

766

Barry Price

Al Storer

Thrope Bay

10

11

-12

11

32

13th

638

Will Rand

Querine van Meurs

Lymington Town Sailing Club

12

12

-13

12

36

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