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B14 class at the RYA Dinghy Show

by Mark Barnes 28 Feb 2019 16:33 GMT
B14 European Championships day 2 © Roberto Vuilleumier

The class will be exhibiting on stand C28 in the Great Hall, near to the demonstration area. On show will be Team GUL North Sails, a three year old Seavolution B14, sister ship to Team Harken the current World Championship winning skiff. We'll be exhibiting all the latest available kit.

The B14 class is in for a busy year in 2019 with GUL International again sponsoring the UK domestic TT circuit and one of the main sponsors of the Nationals. The season kicks off with the Inlands at Rutland on the 23 24 March, followed by Stokes Bay, May Bank holiday National Championships at Restronguet, Falmouth, then off to Whitstable for oysters, Michelin quality restaurants, those sunsets and discussion over how to win the Europeans and Worlds.

After that the UK fleet head off to Carnac in mid July for the Europeans followed by the Worlds, to take on Europeans, Asians and Aussies to see who wins The Ashes. Following that it is back to the UK to Porthpean in September, Brightlingsea and Final Fling in Plymouth in October to end of the TT season.

During the year there will be training conducted by the Class Association for members of the fleet to tool them up to enable to send a skiff in 5 - 25+ knots (last Worlds the fleet were at sea racing in 30+ knots gradient wind prior to racing being abandoned without gear failure near the end of the race).

We have a couple of World Championship winning standard B14s on the secondhand list. So it is not to late to buy in and rock up to see how good your skiff skills are against some of the best currently in dinghy sailing.

So if you fancy sailing in a very friendly, competitive exciting class that always leaves a smile on your face no matter what the wind, come and have a chat.

Further useful information on the subject of secondhand boats can be found in the Buyers Guide section of the class website www.b14.org

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