Please select your home edition
Edition
leaderboard with question mark E6 launch 2021

2021 B14 World Championships cancelled

by Rob Taylor 30 Jun 2020 19:30 BST
Action from day two of the B14 worlds at Woollhara Sailing Club, Australia © Ingrid Abery / www.hotcapers.com

The B14 Class Association regrets to announce that the 2021 World Championships to be hosted by Woollahra Sailing Club in Sydney, Australia from January 3 - 7, 2021 have been cancelled.

The World Council has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and the huge impact this has had on international travel and logistics. They understand the huge commitment of time and money it takes to participate in a major Championship, as well as the enormous resources that host clubs dedicate to putting on such events. Sadly the current global situation simply doesn't allow this to happen.

Australian and World Class President, Lissa McMillan said it was not feasible to continue to plan the regatta within the current climate of uncertainty.

"There's no guarantee international competitors and their boats would be able to enter Australia by January next year. The B14 Class focus now shifts to the World Championships on Lake Garda in mid-2022, by which time we hope the global situation is vastly improved."

The B14 Australian Nationals will now take place at Woollahra Sailing Club in Sydney in the January 3 - 7 2021 window vacated by the cancellation of the World event.

Rob Taylor, European Class Chairman, said, "A massive thanks to everyone who has been involved in organising the B14 Worlds. The European fleet were really looking forward to sailing in Sydney Harbour once again and whilst we fully understand and respect the tough decision that has had to be made, are disappointed we'll have to wait a bit longer to return to our spiritual home down under!"

Rob Taylor hopes the northern hemisphere competitors can recommence their domestic events in what remains of the 2020 season.

"The UK National Championships at Rock Sailing and Waterski Club are scheduled for 3-6 September and we still hope these are able to go ahead as planned," he said.

Further details of upcoming B14 events will be published on the Class website, b14.org as soon as the calendar is confirmed.

Related Articles

Allspars Final Fling
Royal Western YC host fleet of 52, including an 18ft Skiff On the weekend of the 16th/ 17th October the Royal Western Yacht Club hosted the annual Allspars Final Fling. The weather proved to be near perfect for the weekend. Even the wind filled in on cue each day. Posted on 11 Nov
B14s rock at the Final Fling
A near perfect October weekend in Plymouth for the sailors The weekend arrived and instead of a windy wet weekend that many of us have come to expect, especially when looking to travel long distances, the weather proved to be near perfect for the weekend. Posted on 20 Oct
B14s at Brightlingsea Skiff Fest
One team was 'putting the band back together' Brightlingsea Sailing Club's biennial Skiff Fest event, with entries invited from B14, Musto Skiff and RS700 classes, took place over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd October 2021. Posted on 5 Oct
B14 Nationals at Rock overall
Consistency pays for Mark Barnes and Charlotte Horlock The final day arrived and the fleet were down bright and early as the scheduled start was to be 11:30 out in the bay. The wind was 6–9 knots SE, and hopefully would hold until we had the 3 scheduled races completed. Posted on 6 Sep
B14 Nationals at Rock day 3
A mixed day on the water Day 3 of the B14 Nationals and the fleet were greeted with a decent SE blowing down the river, but as the morning progressed the breeze reduced to the point when the fleet launched it was only 6 - 8 knots. Posted on 5 Sep
B14 Nationals at Rock day 2
Three races held in the afternoon after a lazy morning waiting for the wind Day 2 of the B14 Nationals and the fleet was greeted with glassy stillness on the water when they arrived at the dinghy park. So bimbling and lazing in the sun was the call for the day. Posted on 4 Sep
B14 Nationals at Rock day 1
An overcast start to the event in Rock Day 1 dawned overcast but thus dampened the excitement in the dinghy park to get out on the water and stuck into some racing. Despite the smaller turnout, the depth in the fleet was sure to make for 4 days of close racing. Posted on 3 Sep
B14 Nationals at Rock - Runners & Riders
This event has been a long time coming... Well this has been a long time coming due to Covid-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 season and much of 2021. So the circus is finally coming to town and getting a real chance to meet up and get in some racing out of Rock in Cornwall. Posted on 30 Aug
10th Great North Asymmetric Challenge preview
A firm favourite for those who like to gybe, this September Sponsored by Cumbrian Legendary Ales, this year's Great North Asymmetric Challenge (known as the GNAC) at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club will be held on 25th and 26th September. A firm favourite for those who like to gybe. Posted on 27 Aug
B14 TT at Weston Sailing Club
A weekend of reunions at the Costa del Weston After such a turbulent two years, last weekend's B14 TT at Weston SC, as part of their July Cup, proved the perfect comeback event for any of the fleet not lucky enough to have got an entry to Weymouth the previous weekend. Posted on 14 Jul