Please select your home edition
Edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90

B14 European and UK National Championship 2024 at Royal Torbay Yacht Club - Form Guide

by Crispin Taylor 10 Jun 16:47 BST 13-16 June 2024
Original Cottages B14 Euros / Nats 2022 at Whitstable day 4 © Jo Wyles

The B14s are heading West to Royal Torbay for their championship sharing this fabulous venue with the International 14s from 13- 16th June. The weather gods are up to their usual tricks with big Southerly and Southwest winds and waves forecast for 3 of the 4-day event.

In my book, Peter & Jane on 785 were the odds-on favourites had the forecast been light and shifty, but at this event, weighing in just a bit heavier than the weight of a couple of bags of sugar means no amount of pasta and pies is going to get them to the front this time around so let's say 4-1 for the 'jam on first' team of Restronguet SC.

Russ & Lucy, 762 are another lightening quick team when the going is shifty, 5-1 for the 'cream on first' team from Starcross YC which now boasts the largest B14 fleet in the Northern hemisphere!

Another SYC 'cream team', Crispy & Gi in 789 after their Garda results were looking hopeful for a top five but given the forecast and their combined age of 126 will settle for a finish. 5-1 and a blue badge!

Simon & Nikki, 770 are another super quick light winds team who've been secretly tuning up for the event... as they are from the East coast, they won't be worrying about cream at all which could give them a clear head for R1... if the wind drops below the forecast!! 7-1

Wayne & Claire, Amy & Dave, Amir & Nick, James & Anne are all in good form and will be near the front of the fleet at points; joint 8-1

So, to the 'more cream tea teams', AKA the heavyweights!

SYC 'cream team', Admiral trailers 788, Tony & Jamie who like a beer with their scones were last seen training hard at a bar in Plymouth and are rocket quick in a breeze.... 3-1

Barnsie & Jack with their known pedigree and terrier like ability to snap on the heels of whoever is in front are formidable across all weathers, 2-1

Wattsie and MJ, the current B14 European and World Champions have just completed their annual ritual 'dust off the donkey' maintenance schedule and have confirmed that the Donkey is good to go. Fit as fleas and lanky to go with it, these chaps are just the ticket in all conditions and revel in 20 knots plus.

Odds on favourites unless by some miracle the weather blows through a tad earlier than forecast and the B14 whippets get a look in!

Related Articles

B14 Europeans and Nationals at Torquay
Four days of 'windy' for the fleet in the English Riviera Royal Torbay Yacht Club welcomed the B14s to the English Rivera for what promised to be a full on four days of sailing in the stunning waters of Torbay in south Devon. Posted on 20 Jun
B14s at the Weymouth skiff open
Strategies to keep clear air were as important as wind shifts and bends Great race management, eight races, a good moderate breeze and sunshine was the reward for the B14s at the WPNSA Skiff Open, 11th and 12th May. The B14s started with the Cherubs, 4000s and ISO, with separate results and prizes for the four fleets. Posted on 14 May
B14 Open at Stokes Bay
Racing alongside the other skiff classes in a shifty and gusty breeze Ten B14s entered the event with one dropping out at the last moment due to crew issues. As always, Dan Vincent and the excellent ashore and afloat team had everything working like clockwork managing 70 skiffs from 5 classes. Posted on 24 Apr
B14s at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show
Although small in number the class is in a very positive place We might be one of the smaller classes at the show but the B14 class was punching above their weight once again. With 2 boats on the stand and the very professional backdrop we welcomed many existing, past and potential sailors to the stand. Posted on 18 Mar
B14 stand at the RYA Dinghy Show
Why are they bringing an older boat to display? The B14 class association will be at stand E20 with two boats on show, a nearly new Seavolution B14, 799 and an Ovington built B14, 769 which was class winner at the battle of the B's event at the Starcross Steamer in 2024. Posted on 15 Feb
Battle of the B14s at the Starcross Steamer
A tense tale of sandbanks and a whippet possessed With the 2024 Starcross Steamer selling out within 24 hours of opening it was promising to be a busy one. We woke to beautiful sunshine and blue skies with a Westerly breeze coming over the clubhouse. Posted on 6 Feb
B14s in 2023 - It's a wrap!
A cracker of a season with seven events, including Europeans & Worlds at Lake Garda The UK and European B14s have enjoyed a cracker of a season with seven events including the European and World Championships at Lake Garda. Posted on 13 Dec 2023
Allspars Final Fling
67 boats take to Plymouth Sound for the 6th edition of this event The Allspars Final Fling, now in its sixth year, saw records broken. With 70 entries and 67 boats taking to the water for the two-day event, the Royal Western Yacht Club welcomed over 100 competitors from all over the country. Posted on 18 Oct 2023
B14s at the Allspars Final Fling
Great courses in challenging conditions in Plymouth Sound The 7th Final Fling was held in Plymouth Sound, organised by the Royal Western Yacht Club and sponsored by Allspars. Both hosts and sponsors did a great job on and off the water with great courses in challenging conditions. Posted on 18 Oct 2023
Skiff Fest 24 on Port Philip Bay Preview
Three high performance dinghy fleets will join forces in an Australian first at Safety Beach The International B14 Association of Australia is pleased to confirm the upcoming 'Skiff Fest 24' regatta to be held on the beautiful waters of Port Philip Bay at Safety Beach Sailing Club. Posted on 16 Oct 2023