Welcome to the NS14 Association of ACT. The NS14 is an Australian designed sailing dinghy, intended for competitive family sailing. It has a simple rig, is light enough to be lifted from a trailer into the water by 3 persons of average strength, requires only reasonable fitness to sail, and is affordable by the private sailor.
A magic weekend of sailing and friendship for the ACT 50th Championships. We had 10 boats, with travellers from Eden, Chipping Norton and Lake Wallagoot to challenge for the titles and the first round of the Southern TT.
The weather was kind. Wind was NW at 5-15kts on Saturday and NNE 5-10kts Sunday under blue sky. 5 heats in all, closely contested. The scratch results are below with the Nett column showing the Championships (Peak with Michael Hitchens and Belinda James are the Champions - trophy presented by Christine Bethwaite) and the Total column showing the TT points (WindFX with David and Cathy Cox are leading).
Other results: Heavyweight (Ron Thompson and Simon Taylor - THE POT presented by Paul Fitzwarryne); Handicap and Female Skipper (Mary Tulip and family crew); Jack&Jill (Peter Smith and Jessica Wyers); Family (Josh and Jarah Dorrough); Juniors (Kiara and Annabelle); Veteran (David and Cathy Cox), Classic NS (Tony Hastings and Luka Dorrough).
Saturday night was a highlight with 30 friends for dinner, including a number of past Champions. Our first champions, Peter Russell and his son Peter Jr, were also present. A great night.
The 50th ACT NS14 Championships will be run as part of the ACT Dinghy Titles from the YMCA Sailing Club on 4/5 November 2017. The Championships will also double as the first leg of the new NSW/ACT Southern TT series (the second leg will be the Wallagoot regatta).
YMCA Sailing Club NOR and Entry link
These anniversary titles are a must for all NS14s:
Have a look at the Flyer above and email Michael or Mary for more information. See you in November!
This year has been very quiet. We have only had 4 boats sailing. There are only 9 members. The fleet is also now split between the 2 clubs. One at CYC and 5 sailing at YMCA, but only a couple of times getting 4 on the water.
Injury has kept 2 boats off the water most of the season and crew problems also causing boats not to sail. Michael Hitchens has held the class together being the National President, and done most of the organising for the ACT Titles and National Championships at Christmas.
Seeing Orla and Eamon Gray sailing Battlestar at the ACT Titles and National Championships. Orla taking out both the Female National Champion and Junior National Champion. These are two young people we would love to see more in the class.
Jo Caffrey and Jo sail Big Daddy Potato at the ACT Titles and for a lot of the early part of the season.
National Titles went off well with 28 boats competing – from NSW, SA, Tasmania and the ACT.
I was happy to get 3 races sailed at the Nationals but only another 3 for the whole season as injury is causing me problems.
Thanks to the committee for keeping things going.
Bill Kerrigan, ACT President
The season was dominated by the hosting of the Nationals over the Christmas/New Year period. Notwithstanding the disappointing wind strength, the competition was strong among the 28 boats.
The 48th ACT Titles were held at the Canberra Yacht Club on the weekend of 14/15 November 2015 with 17 boats competing.
1st Place: Mark Thorpe – TR6 2048
2nd Place: Ross Hansen – Captain Risky 2057
3rd Place: Peter Spicer – Wind FX 1960
The Heavyweight Trophy was won by Michael Pfeffer in Saltwater (2006)
Family was won by James Macken in Mojo (1987)
Jack&Jill: Shannon Corbett in Nemesis (1985)
Junior: Nathan Gulliksen in Max Power (1863)
Female: Jo Caffery in Big Daddy Potato (1923)
Veteran: Michael Hitchens in Peak (1912)
Overseas visitor: Barrie Mcindoe in Walk on the Wildside (1902)
Singlehander: David Cox in Rhapsody (1657)
Michael Hitchens and Leo O’Keffee took out the Richard Morcum NS14 trophy at the Eden regatta in Peak (1912).
James and Paddy Macken in Mojo competed at the NSW Titles and put in the Most Ordinary Performance, finishing as the 51st percentile boat.
Michael Hitchens, Race Secretary
No sails were measured.
A total of 26 boats were weighed at the ACT Titles and the Nationals.
Michael Hitchens, Measurer
18 June 2016
And the winners at the 48th ACT Championships were (with apologies to crew)
Champions: Mark Thorpe TR6 2048
2nd: Ross Hansen Captain Risky 2057
3rd: Peter Spicer Wind FX 1960
Heavyweight: Michael Pfeffer Saltwater 2006
Family: James Macken Mojo 1987
Jack&Jill: Shannon Corbett Nemesis 1985
Junior: Nathan Gulliksen Max Power 1863
Female: Jo Caffery Big Daddy Potato 1923
Veteran: Michael Hitchens Peak 1912
Overseas visitor: Barrie Mcindoe Walk on the Wildside 1902
Singlehander: David Cox Rhapsody 1657
The 47th ACT Titles were held at the YMCA Sailing Club on the weekend of 1/2 November 2014.
1st Place: Ross Hansen and Annika Hansen - Orion 1794
2nd Place: John Hanrahan and Tegan Hanrahan - Moondance 2000
3rd Place: David Cox and Annette Wright - Rhapsody 1657
The Heavyweight Trophy was won by Peter Spicer and Kathy Cox in Hex (Tiger)
Family was won by Steve and Will Akhurst in Bandit (Tiger)
Jack and Jill was won by James and Sophie Macken in Mojo (Fever).
Congratulations to Ross and Annika.
Six races were held on 23/24th November 2013 for the 46th ACT NS14 Championships. Very tight and competitive racing across the fleet of 11 NS14s that competed.
Our thanks to the 7 NSW boats that came down from Sydney and to the YMCA Sailing Club.
Our Champions this year are Craig and Mel Davidson in Rubber Chicken Rocket Car (Moondance) with a perfect record for the series. Second was Michael Hitchens and Mary Tulip in Peak (T99) and third Alex Chittenden and Megan Meridith in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Tiger). Full result below.
Other noteable performances were:
Neil Tasker and Calum Cartwright in Jolly Roger first on handicap.
Bryce Edwards and Amanda Stern in Tempest won Jack and Jill.
Best Family and Classic boat David and Cathy Cox in Rhapsody.
The Fitzwarren Heavyweight Pot was won by Lakshmi Gribble and Raj in Purple Patch.
1. 2002 Rubber Chicken Rocket Car, Craig and Mel Davidson, 5
2. 1912 Peak, Michael Hithchens and Mary Tulip, 11
3. 2009 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Alex Chittenden and Megan Meridith, 15
4. 2033 Tempest, Bryce Edwards and Amanda Stern, 20
5. 2008 California Times, Chris Eddes and Rebecca Wiley, 21
6. 1895 Jolly Roger, Niel Tasker and Calum Cartwright, 30
7. 1657 Rhapsody, David and Cathy Cox, 34
8. 1897 Devil, Ravi Raj and Sally Raj, 38
9. 1947 Purple Patch, Lakshmi Gribble and Raj, 42
10. 1923 Big Daddy Potato, Bill Kerrigan and Luke Taylor, 46
11. 1987 Mojo, James and Paddy Macken, 51.