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.
Gosford Sailing Club on the central coast of NSW will host the 52nd NS14 National Championships.
The special circumstances facing Australia (and the world) have meant that it was not feasible to hold the titles in Tasmania this time around, but they will be held there in 2021/22.
The NS14 Association thanks the Gosford Club for stepping in to support our class. Racing will be over 4 days from 28-31 December 2020.
Watch this space and the NS14 Facebook page for the NOR and other updates.
Covid-19 continues to impact on organised sport and recreational activities including dinghy sailing. While club sailing is able to commence in most states, the ability to hold larger state or national events in the coming months is still uncertain. The National Executive is keen to continue sailing where it is possible to safely do so and to this end the plan to hold the NS14 National Titles at Gosford Sailing Club in NSW between 28-31 December 2020 remains current. It is impossible to consider every scenario that may occur between now and that date but the class' intent is summarised below:
1. The event will remain scheduled unless circumstances materially change such that it is not possible to hold the event.
2. If, at a time three weeks before the scheduled regatta, state border closures make interstate travel impossible for some competitors from affiliated states the National titles will be postponed but a regatta will still be held if it is safe and possible to do so.
3. If the Nationals are postponed, the National Executive will look into other options to hold the regatta within the season and this will be communicated as early as possible to allow sailors to make plans.
Stay safe on and off the water, and keep an eye out here and on the NS14 forum/Facebook for further updates every couple of weeks on regatta planning for this unprecedented season.
NSW & National NS14 Association Class President
2020 National Champions Oliver and Monty Lang in NS2070 Midnight Hour.
The Championships were hosted by the Canberra Yacht Club from 2nd to 5th January 2020. Our thanks to Yachting ACT and Barracouta sails for their support of the regatta.
Sail-world article here https://www.sail-world.com/news/225515/2020-NS14-Nationals-at-Canberra?source=email
Family – Jonathon Harris and his family for travelling all the way from England and then Adelaide in Dare Devil
Jack and Jill – Sienna Clarke and Chris Calwell in Aero 14
Heavyweight – Max Edmunds and Barrie McIndoe in Walk on the wild side
Veteran – Rose Boyce and Mike Tate in Shine
Classic - Jasmine Harris and Uluka Bayne in Cicarda6
Handicap – 3rd Jasmine Harris and Uluka Bayne in Cicarda6
2nd Magnus McIndoe and Ruby Edmunds in Fast Asleep
1st Olivia Shields and Hugh Tate in Carbon Neutral
Junior champions. Special mention to Bob Couch for his donation of 2 trophies
2nd Jasmine Harris and Uluka Bayne in Cicarda6
1st Magnus McIndoe and Ruby Edmunds in Fast Asleep
Female champion - Ruby Edmunds and Magnus McIndoe in Fast Asleep
National champions – 3rd Clare and Brett Ellis in Gun Barrel Highway
2nd Jada and Brad Clarke in Paddy Wack
2020 Champions Oliver and Monty Lang in Midnight Hour
Brianna and Nicholas McElwee are our Champions sailing Under the Radar NS2004. Find Ross Hansen's regatta report here.
The Largs Bay Sailing Club is located 15km from the Adelaide CBD in an area that offers a range of shopping centres, restaurants and many tourist facilities. The clubhouse is adjacent to the Largs Bay jetty with safe and direct access to a wide sandy beach. The club has a large lawned rigging area and large parking areas on either side. There is secure boat storage on the club property.
Spectators will benefit from the course layout as it will be set directly off the clubhouse with excellent viewing from the club balcony, the esplanade road or the jetty.
Racing will be conducted on open waters with very little marine traffic. Winds are typically 10-17 knots at the time of year.
Largs has held many State, National and World Championships. The Optimist and International Cadet Nationals were held recently with over 300 boats.
The LBSC clubhouse consists of three levels:
The club underwent a $1.5 million redevelopment in2006 which provided a modern bar, kitchen facilities and updated change rooms. The main function room and balcony areas were extended to provide a very pleasant environment to watch the racing. The squash courts are available to use.
Nearby Port Adelaide has extensive Maritime, Rail and Aircraft Museums. Just down the road is the Semaphore Summer festival with rides for the kids, music and art.
Accommodation varies from budget (Girl Guides GTS Dolphin group accommodation, Fort Glanville Caravan Park) to luxury (Brand new Quest Apartments, Largs Pier Hotel).
Details of accommodation and tourist attractions can be found at www.portenf.sa.gov.au.
Also check out the Largs Bay Sailing Club home page.
Surrounding suburbs for accommodation include Semaphore, Port Adelaide, West Lakes, North Haven, Largs North, and Glanville.
For further information or assistance with accommodation please contact email@example.com
The NS 14 Association of Tasmania proudly presents the Australian Championships, a regatta to be run over 5 consecutive days, with sailing sessions on each day; preceded by registration and a welcome function at the Club on the 2nd, daily race sessions will be followed by sausage sizzles and casual prize draws. The regatta will conclude with a presentation dinner at the Tasmanian Golf Club, just a stone’s throw from the Club and overlooking the race track.
To encourage comradeship and collegian environment to not only our regatta but to our association, within the series we will nominate teams of boats, these teams will be based on the NS 14 design based TCF’s, these teams will cross state borders, mix up clubs and more importantly sailors and boats of differing standards. Each teams TCF’s when added together will be on a par. This category does not allow team racing only to encourage team work and the sharing of knowledge. It will also encourage a stronger link between locals and visitors.
Midway Point is located 23 kms from the Hobart CBD and just 8 kms from the Hobart Airport. Midway Point is located on a peninsular that is midway on the Sorell causeway carrying the Tasman Highway joining Hobart and Sorell. To the east is the Orielton Lagoon whilst to the south and west is known as Pittwater, this western area is the area to be used for the regatta with the Clubhouse on the eastern foreshore. Pittwater is connected to Storm Bay by a narrow passage.
The MPYC has been established since 1968 and began its long association with the NS14 class when it hosted the inaugural Tasmanian championships in 1972, The Club continues this tradition holding the annual Pittwater Regatta for invited classes, last hosted the state titles in 2015 and remains the strong hold of the fleet in the south of the state.
MPYC has recently hosted the B14 Nationals and has been active in recent years in improvements to the clubhouse and facilities.
Well no need to state the obvious but Tassie is an Island and with that becomes logistics of travel.
Whilst the venue is close and convenient to the Airport NS 14s are a bit large to be economically carried as excess luggage.
The most common method of travel is our TT lines Spirits of Tassie operating a service across Bass Strait from Melbourne to Devonport. Unfortunately our regatta lies in the middle of the holiday peak season and availability will be tight. Go to https://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au for further information, conditions and online booking.
Toll Tasmania also offer a roll on roll off service primarily for freight from Melbourne to Burnie. Toll publish limited information on the transport of private vehicles and it is recommended that you contact them direct. http://www.tollgroup.com/
And if all else fails we would still like to see you here so contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and talk to us about the loan/charter/lease of one of our local fleet.
There are many choices for accommodation both local and in Hobart and surrounds. There are many B&B’s and Boutique Hotels in the vicinity, along with a number of caravan/cabin parks.
Using Google options can be found by searching Midway Point and surrounds. To assist, utilise the following locations, Richmond, Cambridge, Sorell, as well as Hobart and surrounds.
The Nationals fall in the middle of the summer holiday season and Tasmania will be bursting with events celebrating just about everything.
Summer wouldn’t be summer in Hobart without the finish to the Iconic Sydney to Hobart along with the rugged west-coaster Melbourne to Hobart and the Coastal Launceston to Hobart, This all happens on Hobarts waterfront home to the “Taste of Tasmania”, food and wine festival, showcasing the best of Tassie’s produce. For those with a musical bent Marion Bay Falls Festival www.fallsfestival.com.au/marion-bay is just 35 minutes down the road from the MPYC, a three day festival over the New Year.
With all the Holiday traffic Tassie is just buzzing at this time of year with every small town pumped with exhibitions, shows and festivals, not to mention our permanent icons such as Mona, Port Arthur and our many heritage landmarks.
Racing starts on 28th December and finishes on 1st January
There are 10 races scheduled with a mix of long course (up to 1.5 hours) and short course back-to-back (45 minutes or so) planned
Racing is planned for the afternoons leaving time to explore Canberra in the mornings. We have already secured discounts for some attractions including the Dinosaur Museum, Cockington Green and electric go karts. Regular Parliament House tours are free as is the War Memorial and many other national attractions
There are lots of prize categories, including the new TCF category whereby your hull design will be given a handicap. All categories will get a flash wood trophy of an NS14
There will also be other sponsored prizes which we will announced closer to the event
Congratulations to Peter Vaiciurgis and Dimity Redmond for winning the 46th NS14 National Championships held at Teralba Sailing Club.
The 46th National Championships were held at Teralba Amateur Sailing Club on 28th December 2014 - 4th January 2015. Congratulations to Peter Vaiciurgis and Dimity Redmond for winning the 46th NS14 National Championships held at Teralba Sailing Club.
SCRATCH 1ST / NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
X - 2032 - PETER V & DIMITY REDMOND - POINTS 15
SCRATCH 2ND - DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
1998 - ROBERT FISH & CASSIE CAUSE - POINTS - 15.5
SCRATCH 3RD - TR6
2048 - MARK THORPE & EMMA RANKIN
Teralba Amateur Sailing Club was established in 1946 and is located at the northern end of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia.
Teralba is conveniently situated on the main Sydney-Newcastle rail line and is 21 kilometres from the major city of Newcastle and is 107 kilometres from the capital city of Sydney. Lake Macquarie is Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake and provides wonderful conditions for sailing and all water sports.
Teralba Amateur Sailing Club is an amateur club with great lake sailing and a family friendly atmosphere. Currently, the club is home to Vee Ess's, Vee Jay's, NS14's, Contenders, Impulses and Spirals.
Congratulations to Peter Vaiciurgis and Dimity Redmond sailing X - Winners of the 45th NS14 National Championships at the Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club, Adelaide South Australia.
In second place was Bryce Edwards and Amanda Stern sailing Tempest and third was Chris Calwell and Steve Jones sailing Devil in the Detail. Katherine Davis was the National Female Champion sailing Fast Asleep and Handicap Winner was Dave Gordon and Daniel Adams sailing Without a Trace.
The racing program was conducted from the Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club, Adelaide, South Australia.
Saturday 28 Dec - Invitation Race
Sunday 29, Mon 30 and Tuesday 31 Dec - race sessions, mostly back to back in afternoons,
Wednesday Jan 1st - rest day
Thursday 2 Jan, Fri 3 - race sessions pm (+/- resails in am if necessary)
Saturday 4 Jan - race session late am start
Images from the Adelaide Nationals are available on disc (DVD) for $40. Contact the photographer, Adam Lee, directly to order your copy or speak with him if you need a large display print created. All images are © Adam Lee & cannot be used for commercial/other purposes without prior written permission.
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Congratulations to Bryce Edwards and Amanda Stern, NS14 National Champions.
Over the Christmas New Year period Bryce Edwards and his crew Amanda Stern ventured down to Tasmania to compete in the 44th NS14 National Titles, hosted by the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club. PDYC is situated on the Tamar River (north of Launceston) and provided 7 days of almost perfect sailing weather with the breeze rarely falling below 12 knots and reaching 25 knots at times.
Sailing "Tempest" in 10 races over 7 days they had their backs against the wall after day three recording five second places with the first place NS14 "Arctic" achieving 5 straight bullets. The equation was simple, to win the Nationals they had to win the last 5 races and rely on a count back to win.
Race 6 with nothing to lose saw Bryce and Amanda achieve their first win after the lead had changed a number of times.
Day four (News Years Eve) PDYC Race Committee scheduled just one long race. The course was longer than the previous days and the breeze was gusting to 20 plus knots. Bryce and Amanda came into their own with this breeze and they were hitting their straps at the crucial part of the series. Another win and the confidence was growing - just maybe they could achieve the impossible.
Well rested after the Lay Day and back on the water for two more races with the forecast 15 to 20 knots from the North. "Tempest" achieved Bullet Bullet and with two drops coming into play the result would be determined on the last day of sailing. Simple scenario evolved - the winner would be whoever crossed the line in front of the other.
Last day dawned and the forecast was for lighter breezes however once the competitors hit the course the breeze was well over 15 knots. Bryce and Amanda had a cracking start and approached the top mark in second place 5 boats ahead of Arctic. After the two reaching legs Tempest was a clear leader with Arctic sailing into 3rd position. Bryce and Amanda applied a loose cover up the second windward work and was nearly 40 seconds ahead for the down wind run. Pressure was mounting as Arctic stole a few seconds and drew closer with one full triangle and a final work to the finish. Top mark and Tempest had extended the lead to nearly a minute and only needed steady sailing to win. Very controlled tight reaches had Tempest approximately 50 seconds ahead of Arctic with only the work to the finish to go. With the local press on the finish line and very controlled sailing Tempest extended her lead and the Title was Bryce and Amanda's. The scream was unbelievable and they had achieved a remarkable comeback.
Congratulations to Bryce and Amanda for an outstanding achievement "National Champions".
Three years of hard work and preparations and following their 3rd placing in the Nationals last year they had achieved their dream.
The 43rd NS14 Nationals were sailed from Cronulla Sailing Club from the 27 December 2011 to 3 January 2012. Eight of the nine races completed were sailed offshore in Bate Bay, where the 59-boat-fleet enjoyed a majority of breezy conditions including the first of the Nor’easters for the New Year.
The final day was raced in the estuary, providing a nail-biting finisher between Peter Vaiciurgis and Tina Babbage and Hugh Tait and Tara McCall. The winner of the final race would ultimately take the title. Peter V came out on top to secure his fantastic record of ten NS14 National titles, with crew Tina. Hugh and Tara took second, with local sailors Bryce Edwards and Amanda Stern, the biggest improvers in the fleet, taking third. The recent MG National Champions Rohan Nosworthy and Sophie Holt finished in fourth, with Scott Day and Holly Norris holding onto fifth thanks to their efforts in the final race.
The race wins were shared between Peter V and Tina on his custom hull with Barracouta sails and Hugh and Tara on their Tiger hull with Brewer sails, apart from the lightest-air race. Neil Murphy and Jeremey Smith took race 5 on their home water convincingly, to be the only other race winner and show that the Aero 12 hulls are capable of winning heats.
Cronulla was a fantastic sailing venue, with the offshore courses providing challenging racing, and most importantly, awesome reaches! Spectators were able to view the racing from surrounding headlands, especially for race 5, where the start was just outside the break at Cronulla Beach.
A big thanks to Cronulla Sailing Club and the NS14 Association for their efforts to put on a fantastic regatta. Thanks also to major regatta and class sponsor Zhik for their long-standing support of the class.
The next NS14 Nationals will be sailed at Port Dalrymple in Tasmania over the 2012-13 New Year period. For more information on this exciting two-handed development class including photos, video and full results from the 43rd NS14 Nationals go to www.ns14.org
1st X 2032 Peter Vaiciurgis Tina Babbage Coffs Harbour YC NSW 9.0
2nd Carbon Neutral 2024 Hugh Tait Tara McCall Northbridge SC NSW 11.0
3rd Tempest 2033 Bryce Edwards Amanda Stern Cronulla SC NSW 22.0
4th Aqua Rodent 2034 Rohan Nosworthy Sophie Holt Queens Lake SC NSW 31.0
5th Salty Lips 1933 Scott Day Holly Norris Toronto Amateur SC NSW 41.0
6th Dark side of the Moon 1998 Robert Fish Cassie Cause Taree Aquatic Club NSW 42.0
7th California Times 2008 Chris Eddes Nicole Douglass Canberra YC ACT 55.0
8th Rubber Chicken Rocket Car 2002 Craig Davidson Mel Davidson Canberra YC ACT 55.0
9th Fine Tune 2037 Josh Tasker Tim Narborough Cronulla SC NSW 67.0
10th After Midknight 2027 Neil Murphy Jeremy Smith Cronulla SC NSW 68.0
Peter Vaiciurgis won his ninth national NS14 title from 45 other entrants from Queensland, NSW, South Australia and the ACT. He teamed up for the first time with Tina Babbage as crew in “2031”.
Sailed on Lake Burley Griffin under the professional management of the Canberra Yacht Club and Peter Smith as PRO, the 8 race series ran from 28th December to 2nd January 2011.
Conditions ranged from a 5 to 8 knot ENE in the first race, through to 8 to 15 knot W or NW winds on race days two to four, with the final race day sailed in a 5 to 10 knot NNW. Races ranged in length from 45 minutes to just over 11/2 hours for the leaders.
Peter and Tina made the title safe with 3 wins and 3 seconds in the first 6 races. However, there was an exciting tussle to fill the runner-up placings between Sean Edmiston/Anna Lashko in “Merlin” who won the first and last races of the series; Rohan Nosworthy/Sophie Holt in “Aqua Rodent” who placed consistently in the top six; and Hugh Tait/Taylor Hodgkinson in “Carbon Neutral” and Kylie Vaiciurgis/Rebecca Wiley sailing “Knot Again”, who each one a race. In the end it was “Knot Again” taking second and “Carbon Neutral” placing third. All these sailors are from NSW.
A strong attraction of the NS14 class is the range of categories that competitors can enter within the regatta. These categories are run as separate series, and the $4,500 in prizes were spread around the fleet as follows:
• The Handicap series was equally tight with “Jolly Roger” Steve and Callum Cartwright snatching the title in the last race; 2nd “Shiraz” Chris Eddes/Cassandra Schlimback; and 3rd “Twisted Sister” Sandra Donovan/Laura Glynn
• James and Paddy Macken led all the way in the Classic Boat series (boats older than the Aero 9 design) in “Crosstown Traffic” ; 2nd “Rhapsody” David Cox/Leo O’Keeffe; and 3rd “Abelia Botox” Jim Reeder/Andrew Hunt
• National Female Skipper was Kylie Vaiciurgis/Rebecca Wiley in “Knot Again”
• National Junior Champion was Kanya Raj/Alice Fraser in “Purple Patch”
• National Heavyweight Champion was Adam Cause/Jeremy Dodds in “Talk to Hand”
• National Veteran Champion was Michael Hitchens/Mary Tulip in “Battlestar”
• National Jack and Jill Champions were Rohan Nosworthy/Sophie Holt in “Aqua Rodent”
• National Family Champions were David and Henry Stabback in “The Hairy Lemon”
• The 51st Percentile finisher was “Bandit” sailed by Philip and Georgina Scott
• The first boat with non-carbon boom was “Merlin” sailed by Sean Edmiston/Anna Lashko
The series’ success was underpinned by principal sponsor Over-the-Moon Promotions and by Barracouta Sails; Brewer Sails; CST Composites; C-Tech; Landenberger Sails; YAACT; and Zhik.
Regatta Wrap-up: Well, after 12 months of preparation, the Hylec Energy Solutions 41st National Championships has come and gone like a flash in the night.
Congratulations to Peter and Kylie Vaiciurgis, sailing Jet Lagged, for winning the Championship with an impressive perfect score. Whilst we always promote our state as Sunny Queensland, we had quite a few days with rain periods, but given we are still on water restrictions, this rain was most welcome for us Bribaneites; it also kept the temperature quite moderate.