Snatch grabs crown in close-run series
THE recent B14 Nationals at Midway Point Yacht Club was a spectacular display of highperformance skiff-style sailing and the world titles will be held on the same patch of water between Hobart Airport and Pittwater.
There was close competition between B14 sailors from Victoria, NSW, Canberra and Tasmania.
The flat water of Pittwater proved ideal for these skiff-style boats and the winds were relatively stable in strength and direction.
Competition between the fleet of 23 crews went down to the final day and there were seven different race winners and only seven points between the first four boats.
The crew of Snatch, Craig Garmston and Paul Newman, from McRae Yacht Club, Victoria, won the title with a net score of 19 points after two discards from the nine-race series. Snatch won only race one race but consistency was the key — not once finishing worse than fifth.
Second, on 24 points, was the Tasmanian crew of The Hitcher (Robbie Hunt and Ben Price), from Kingston Sailing Club, one point ahead of another McRae Yacht Club entry, Bonus, crewed by defending (and past world) world champion Guy Bancroft and David Grace.
On a net 25 points, fourth overall, was the NSW entry The Nude (Richie Reynolds and Lissa McMillan) from Woollahra Sailing Club, with the second-placed Tasmania boat, Cromarty Engineering (Col Dabner and Clare Cromarty), from the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club at Beauty Point, in the Tamar River, fifth.