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Australian B14 National Championships - Final update    
Fri, 10 Jan 2014

Day five of the Australian B14 National Championships was the first time that sailors had seen the sun in four days with the breeze blowing in from the North East at 8-15 knots. Two races were sailed starting at Shark Island, with the first race commencing at 1300hrs.

First race of the day was race 11. Rocketship got off the line with such speed that they managed to get the only OCS and were eliminated from the race, the fleet headed left early and all held good speed and height. OCS Rocketship lead around the top mark from 1MFTB and The Hitcher. On the downwind work the whole game tightened leading into the bottom mark with BangBang closing in for another time rounding tight on the heels of 1MFTB followed by Octopussy. Despite the challenge, 1MFTB managed to hold on for the win followed closely by BangBang and Octopussy in third.

Race 12 started in similar conditions. After the start 1MFTB split to the far left gaining enough of a lead which was held to the finish. The Hitchers rounded the top mark in second place with a large group of chase boats close behind. The group bunched together at the bottom mark in low pressure causing slight chaos. On the second work majority of the fleet went left centre and remained in relatively close quarters back up to the top mark. In the end Octopussy finished second with The Nude close on their heels in third.

Overall 1MFTB has claimed the championship after a tussle with The Nude and BangBang to keep him honest.

The fleet sailed with a minimum weight of 88kgs for the regatta and during the regatta four of the 12 races going to boats with the older spec alloy wings with a total weight greater than 88kgs proving that weight doesn’t matter. On this note the Australian Fleet and Executive is looking forward to the next world council meeting to discuss the final outcome for the coming National and World Championships in McCrae in 2014-2015.

The National Championships will commence on 27th December with Registration Commencing racing from 28-31 December 2014 with the World Championships commencing after a New year’s Lay Day on the second of January.

Competitors are strongly encouraged to book accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment due to McCrae’s reputation as a popular summer tourist destination.

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by Adrian Beswick

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