B14 National Championship at Beer Sailing Club

B14 Nationals 2012
Stewart Aplin
The B14 National Championship 2012 was held at at Beer Sailing Club over the weekend of 26th and 27th May. The B14 Flying Circus, having heard that all places in the UK were experiencing great winds other than Lyme Bay, where we had opposing land and sea breezes that had done for the anticipated big breeze on Saturday. We had to take what was thrown at us. However, what it had done was provide some very close racing over the first two days, with several teams being ruthlessly dumped back into the pack during the races as the breeze switched off and others sailed round them. Adversely it had also worked in their favour at times. Real snakes and ladders stuff.

After a great Saturday night party where the theme for the fancy dress was cartoon animals, Sunday dawned and we were greeted with a force 2, but the heat was building. Meeting John the R/O on the beach, we both had the look of condemned men, as we knew we had a good idea of what we were in for. Some were hoping we did not sail, others were desperate to go and retrieve their series. The race team launched into a fading breeze and headed to sea. For the next hours hours the on water team remained afloat checking out the breeze and sun. The sun played ball and we all improved our tans. However, the breeze was not sympathetic. It teased us by coming and going and not establishing any consistency.

B14 Nationals 2012
Stewart Aplin

With time running out, the Race Team reluctantly called it a day and headed for shore. Team North (Dave Hayes/Tom Pygall) won a well fought series from Blue Badge (Mile Bees/Martyn Ferret) the outgoing National Champions, Anthill Mob (Tim Harrison/Johny Ratcliffe) European Champions and Seavolution (Mark Barnes/Dan Hare). Having missed out on a gladiatorial battle on the last day, the teams packed up for home and headed up to the club for a very traditional British summer lunch of sandwiches, cake, scones and tea.

Handicap series winners was GBR709 Northern Monkeys (Declan Clamp/Gary Stones Lymington Town SC) and runners up GBR 321 Bodge aka Primal Scream (Paul Roberts/Rob Taylor Weston SC).

We'd like to say a big thank you to the events sponsors Harken, Kingfisher Ropes, North Sails One Design, Marathon Leisure/Ronstan, Seavolution, Ullman Sails and Vandercraft Trailers who provided some fantastic prizes.

A well run event by Beer Sailing Club both on and off the water in testing conditions. The next major is the Europeans in Brittany in France in late August. Looks like it will be an epic one.

National Championships Results:
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Sail NoBoatHelmCrewClubTallyPointsPlace
791North SailsDavid HayesTom PygallHayling Island25101
771Blue BadgeMike BeesFerret WorthBrightlingsea SC6142
758Anthill MobTim HarrisonJonny RatcliffeHPYC15213
788Seavolution 1Mark BarnesDan HareWhitstable YC/Stone YC2224
772Team Ullman SailsMark WattsToby Barsley-DaleWeston SC18295
785DemelzaPeter KnightJane NashRestronquet SC9346
761Torg/ON PurposeGeraldine FermorLeaky Fermor 19457
770HarkenSimon HadleyNikki HadleyBough Beech SC14468
769MarlowDaniel CowinDaniel HollandsRYA Hythe & Saltwood SC8469
789Seavolution2Steve HollingsworthChris MurphyRestronquet SC105510
762Not Another ASBOCrispin TaylorGuy HarrilStarcross YC15811
764Kingfisher RopesTony BlackmoreCharlotteJonesStarcross SC126612
657 Mark PollardMartin WalbankStarcross SC117313
321BodgePaul RobertsRob taylorWeston SC774.514
774PorkyKathy SherrattDon ForsterWeston SC178415
775 Rhys TriffittGareth LincolnQMSC138416
742Not Now KatCarl RaynerGuy RaynerLymington Town249917
66 Simon BrewerAlistair RamsdenTata Steel Margam510418
709Northern MonkeysDeclan ClampGary StonesLymington Town2211019
766HB & R Consulting LtdBarry PriceAl StorerBroxbourne411120
646WAFI/Zest RacingMark CockrillRoselle FarrNetley SC311721
749Fruit & NutWill RandQ' van MeursLymington Town2111722
672 Tom GatehouseKate WardleLymington Town2312223
730 Andrew DavisStafford Glover 2013324
763PootleRod LittleHarvey NottTata Steel Margam1614925

Handicap Series Results:
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Sail NoBoatHelmCrewClubTallyHandicapPointsPlace
709Northern MonkeysDeclan ClampGary StonesLymington Town22110032.51
321BodgePaul RobertsRob taylorWeston SC71030352
769MarlowDaniel CowinDaniel HollandsRYA Hythe & Saltwood SC897041.53
761Torg/ON PurposeGeraldine FermorLeaky Fermor 19970424
770HarkenSimon HadleyNikki HadleyBough Beech SC1497042.55
785DemelzaPeter KnightJane NashRestronquet SC994045.56
762Not Another ASBOCrispin TaylorGuy HarrilStarcross YC1970517
742Not Now KatCarl RaynerGuy RaynerLymington Town241050558
646WAFI/Zest RacingMark CockrillRoselle FarrNetley SC31100609
764Kingfisher RopesTony BlackmoreCharlotteJonesStarcross SC1298060.510
789Seavolution2Steve HollingsworthChris MurphyRestronquet SC109506911
771Blue BadgeMike BeesFerret WorthBrightlingsea SC68646912
774PorkyKathy SherrattDon ForsterWeston SC17100071.513
791North SailsDavid HayesTom PygallHayling Island258647214
672 Tom GatehouseKate WardleLymington Town2311007415
657 Mark PollardMartin WalbankStarcross SC119807516
749Fruit & NutWill RandQ' van MeursLymington Town2111007717
730 Andrew DavisStafford Glover 2011007918
66 Simon BrewerAlistair RamsdenTata Steel Margam510308219
758Anthill MobTim HarrisonJonny RatcliffeHPYC1586485.520
788Seavolution 1Mark BarnesDan HareWhitstable YC/Stone YC28649021
775 Rhys TriffittGareth LincolnQMSC139809522
766HB & R Consulting LtdBarry PriceAl StorerBroxbourne4100010623
772Team Ullman SailsMark WattsToby Barsley-DaleWeston SC1886410724
763PootleRod LittleHarvey NottTata Steel Margam16110013725

1st Lady Crew – Jane Nash Restronguet SC
1st Lady Helm – Geri Fermor
1st Tin Rig Tom Gatehouse Kate Wardle Lymington Town SC
1st Timers Simon Brewer and Alistair Ramsden Tata Steel Aargam
1st Rondar Boat helm and crew – Mark Pollard and Martin Walbank Starcross YC
3rd handicap helm and crew – Dan Cowin and Dan Hollands Hythe and Saltwood SC
2nd handicap helm and crew – Paul Roberts and Rob Taylor Weston SC
1st handicap helm and crew – Declan Clamp and Gary Stones Lymington Town SC
3rd National championship – Tim Harrison and jonny ratcliffe HPYC
2nd national championship – Mike Bees and Ferret Worth Brightlingsea SC
1st national championship – Dave Hayes and Iggl Piggl Hayling Island SC/Whitstable YC

IMG 3679 - B14 Nationals 2012
Stewart Aplin

IMG 3679 - B14 Nationals 2012
Stewart Aplin

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