Please select your home edition
Gul 2018 SUP 728x90

B14 Class Update 2017

by Mark Barnes 11 Jan 2017 10:06 GMT 11 January 2017
44th Bloody Mary © Alex Irwin /

The European B14 Class Association would like to ask the dinghy sailing world if they can keep an eye out for any B14s they know of that are languishing in dinghy parks, or garages that they are unlikely to be used in the foreseeable future. The reason being that the second-hand list is so depleted that we now only have one B14 available. With demand there, but lack of boats available, it is time to see if we can find and put some unused B14s back on the water.

As of the start of the GUL B14 TT series in 2017 we are introducing the classic division within the fleet for B14s built before the first Ovington hull (sail number 756). There will be hotly contested for prizes at each event, whether one of the latest or classic B14s.

Also due to the increase in numbers, we are looking for crews and potentially helms that are available to compete at some or all of the events in 2017, especially those coming up through the asymmetric sailing side of dinghy sailing. Competition is good throughout and it is a very friendly fleet. So we are looking to run a database to enable us to help match/introduce people to fleet members and get as many B14s attending events and on the water in general in 2017.

There will be several training camps being run in May to get any teams/people wishing to get tips from the top guys, help in setting up their B14 or just getting started. There will be video playback and on water coaching, so one not to be missed.

Age range in the fleet is from 56 down to 16. So no matter your age, you'll find people within the fleet to enjoy a chat with and discuss the pros and cons of sailing.

This year we are heading to Centre Sportif et de Loisirs UFOLEP, Giffaumont-Champaubert, France at Easter, the UK Nationals are at Whitstable in August, and off to Beauty Point in Tasmania, Australia at Christmas for the Open Australian Nationals and World Championships.

Those wishing to find out more about sailing a B14 in 2017 can either go to the class website, or the B14 sailors Facebook group.

If wishing to advertise/list your B14, or pass on your details regarding possible crewing/helming, please email all the detail to

If speed, excitement, the adrenalin rush, friendly people, great venues and socials are just what you want from your precious spare time sailing, then the B14 may well be for you.

The B14 on show at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show will be GBR795 Team Gul / North Sails, showing the latest Sevolution B14 specification on stand A16 in the Great Hall. Many may have seen the team during the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, currently lying 6th overall and leading the Speedsix series. So any questions, come and find us at the show, or if you cannot wait that long, drop us a Facebook message or email.

Related Articles

Gul B14 TT at Whitstable
Sailing, sunsets, fish and chips and pool Round 3 of the Gul B14 TT series headed to the SE coast to Whitstable, home of Wheelers restaurant and oysters. Most teams arrived very early or Friday evening to avoid the mass of DFLs descending on the town. Posted on 25 May
PODD 2018 Preview
7th year of Paignton Sailing Club's flagship event for double-handed dinghies 2018 will be the 7th year of Paignton Sailing Club's flagship event for double-handed dinghies: PODD. This is the only BIG event in the south-west for all double-handed monohull dinghies with a PY of 1200 or lower. Posted on 16 May
Gul B14 TT Series at Stokes Bay
The weather gods hadn't read the forecast The B14 fleet, along with the Musto Skiff massive and RS800 brigade, arrived at Stokes Bay on Saturday eager to reap the benefits of what looked like a peachy weekend's forecast. Shorts and short-sleeved wetsuits were blinking in the new-found brightness. Posted on 26 Apr
Gul B14 Inlands at Rutland
Everything superbly organised except the wind! A cold misty and mirror calm Rutland Water greeted the B14 teams that had ignored the forecast and made the trip from as far afield as Falmouth to kick off the 2018 calendar with the season opener and Inland Championship. Posted on 27 Mar
Gul B14 TT Series kicks off this weekend
Starting with the Inlands at Rutland The 2018 GUL B14 TT series kicks off this weekend starting with the Inlands at Rutland Sailing Club, and closing out at the Final Fling in Plymouth on 13–14 October. The forecast is for some sun and NW force 2 on Saturday and westerly force 3 on Sunday. Posted on 23 Mar
B14 GUL Sponsorship and 2018
Staying as TT and Nationals title sponsor After a successful 2017 season for both the B14 class and their title sponsor during 2018, Gul is to continue as the class TT Series and as Nationals title sponsor for 2018 with many prizes available to all levels in the fleet throughout the year. Posted on 23 Feb
Two World Titles, One European, Two UK Nationals
A great 12 months for Nick Craig Sometimes it all falls into place and sometimes it doesn't. 2017, and the beginning of 2018, have proved fruitful for Nick Craig. Posted on 21 Jan
B14 Worlds in Tasmania overall
A change to light winds and Pommie Power The dogs have finally been unleashed and the wind abated. With an oscillating 5 – 6 knots, the chance was there for the Pommie B14s to show their prowess in the light shifty NW'ly winds. Posted on 9 Jan
B14 Worlds in Tasmania day 4
Craig and Lewis lead into the final day Race 6 got underway in a building NNW Sea Breeze of around 8 to 15 knots. The fleet broke to the left to make the most of shallow water over the sand bar to escape the incoming tide and pick up the lift into the top mark. Posted on 6 Jan
B14 Worlds in Tasmania day 3
A day for sending and hanging on in big winds The dogs would be testing their chains today as the biggest scheduled breeze of the event was forecasted to come in around race time accompanied by sunshine and flat water. Posted on 4 Jan