A look at the PoW winner's boat

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Roger Gilbert shows us around his Pickled Egg International 14
The International 14 class has been attempting to hold its Artemis-backed World Championship in Weymouth over the last week and a half, although going into the event’s final races they have only made it out on to the water on three days, thanks to excessive winds blowing on the Olympic race course. 71 boats are on the entry list with a container full coming in from Australia and another from the USA, plus a strong Canadian contingent and several boats coming across from the continent, in particular Germany. The 14 is obviously a development class and during our brief foray down to Weymouth yesterday we got to see two of the newest designs. The Killing 3 is the latest from Steve Killing, who we have come across in the past having designed Fred Eaton’s four C-Class catamaran. But one of the most popular designs is likely to be the latest from Oracle Racing designer Paul Bieker, the Bieker 6 of which there is currently just one example being sailed by Kris Henderson and Joe Bersch. Following the introduction of T-foil rudders, over recent years the hulls of the 14s have standardised in style to a large extent, all at minimum beam, with a substantial chine and most with pretty much slab sides. The greatest design variations between the boats is now in their T-foil rudders and how they articulate; their sails and rigs where some such as Richard Mason and George Nurton’s Ting Tong 1 design The Hoff and Kris Henderson and Joe Bersch’s Bieker 6 having aerodynamically cleaner single-spreader rigs; and cockpit layouts. Sails are typically from P&B, Hyde or Dynamic in the UK, Glaser Sails in the US and Alexander or Irwin Sails in Australia, while the most popular rigs come from Selden Mainsails and CST in Australia. Mainsails have all