Australian B14 National Championships fifth and final days racing was forecast to get underway in a 15 to 20 knot sea breeze, to the front runners excitement it didn’t disappoint.
But before the final days entertainment a big thank you must be said for all the sponsors that made this years B14 National Championships possible. Firstly a massive thank you to Bohaul Express the naming rights sponsor for the Championships. Bohaul provided the class association with assistance to get us across the Nullabor to the other side of the home we call Australia. Without a single boat from the local area within Western Australia the whole B14 class has packed up and put on a serious road show to make it all happen and its great to have the support of Bohaul Express to ensure its successful completion. A big thanks also to our prize sponsors for the regatta including: Irwin Sails, Bethwaite Design, CST Composites, Boyle and Grigg Airconditioning, Ronstan and Hunt Leather for making sure there was plenty of reward for such a big commitment from the sailors.
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Some of you may have also read something about the girls that are part of the class, here is a photo to remember why it’s great to be a part of such a mixed bunch of people within the B14 class.
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.
Off the line with speed Octopussy (Webster/Webster) from the photos got the best start from Wing It (Patterson/Vickery) off the line with gallant speed. By the top mark Wing It kept their good pace to round in first position, in second OMFTB (Bancroft/Grace) with Siren (Darlow/McDonald) in third. Octopussy and Strait4devils (Beswick/Cromarty) got through in fourth and fifth. Strait4devils got through with an early gybe and carried a gust down to the bottom nearly getting through Octopussy but coming into the bottom mark, Wing It managed to capsize right on the Starboard gate to make for an interesting rounding and as Hunt Leather attempted to gybe inside them and avoid Wing It.
The final and second lap of the race OMFTB got into the lead and got around the course comfortably to take the win from Siren in second and Octopussy in third followed by Strait4devils in fourth. The Nude (Reynolds/McMillan) came through in fifth, their best result for the windy regatta with Blown Seal finishing in sixth.
The final race of the series got underway in a similar breeze to the first one. It was the first Individual Recall for the regatta with the Nude going back and one other boat that was just over but couldn’t be identified. Strait4devils went over the boat to find a slot after the gap closed up to get to the line and got away well with speed along with Hunt Leather and OMFTB. Siren also did well at the pin end and crossed back into a top position on the upwind.
Strait4devils Plays catchup after their one and only capsize for the regatta - Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Champs 2011-12 - Adrian Beswick Click Here to view large photo
At the top mark on the first of three laps Siren rounded in first position Hunt Leather rounded in first position with OMFTB getting through in second position and Strait4devils in third on the way to the bottom mark Strait4devils went for a gybe and managed to capsize for the first time in the regatta, the only boat that hadn’t capsized all regatta.
Siren went left down the first downwind and suffered in low breeze while Hunt Leather and OMFTB rocketed down in pressure. By the top mark of the second lap Hunt Leather had maintained and built on their lead over OMFTB. On the third lap Siren got back through OMFTB on the upwind in pressure. The last downwind OMFTB went for their third swim of the regatta on the last lap of the final race letting through Octopussy to take a third position, one of their six for the regatta.
Hunt Leather sailed by Sophie Hunt and Andy Payne takes the heat win in race 10 - Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Champs 2011-12 - Adrian Beswick Click Here to view large photo
The heat win was the first for the Hunt Leather Wife/Husband combination of Sophie Hunt and Andy Payne. Second for the heat went to Siren and third to Octopussy sailed by Andre and Jake 'Gobberhead' Webster, who is officially now known as 'Gobberhead' around his close sailing mates.
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Another win for the Bone - Guy Bancroft and David Grace celebrate their win after a long windy regatta - Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Champs 2011-12 - Adrian Beswick Click Here to view large photo
Guy Bancroft and I14 legend Stewart Jock' Ross celebrate a successful Championships with a hand shake - Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Champs 2011-12 - Adrian Beswick Click Here to view large photo
Australian Competitors at the Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Championships 2011-12 - Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Champs 2011-12 - Adrian Beswick Click Here to view large photo
Hunt Leather and Strait4devils negotiate a tight mark rounding after Wing It capsized on the mark. - Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Champs 2011-12 - Adrian Beswick
Headcam view from Strait4devils with the mystery unidentified boat at the pin end - Bohaul Express Australian B14 National Champs 2011-12 - Adrian Beswick