NS14 Class Information

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.



Constitution, Boat Register, Rules and News Articles 


Boat Register

Rules & Measurements

National Champions

History & Design

New Boats, Spars and Sails

Bulletins & Articles

National Council and Executive Meetings

National Executive meeting minutes September 2020

National Council meeting minutes 3 January 2020

National Executive meeting minutes September 2019

National Council meeting minutes January 2019

National Council meeting minutes January 2018

National Executive meeting minutes May/June 2017

National Council meeting minutes January 2017

NS14 Strategic Plan (2009 - 2012)

Vision: To be the pre-eminent development class of sailing dinghy in Australia providing competitive racing and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Mission: To control and promote a development class dinghy which will yield close racing with acceptably high performance, without demanding athletic or acrobatic ability and be safe, reasonably comfortable, inexpensive and durable.

NS14 2009 - 2012 Strategic Plan (PDF)

The NS14 National Association would like to acknowledge and thank the following suppliers and sponsors for their ongoing support of the class.

NS14 Boat Register

The NS14 Boat Register is designed to track where boats are sailing now and by whom. It can also provide useful information for people looking to trade a boat and can identify where a boat they are interested in is located and whether it is being used.

Please help us keep this Register up to date. Contact us if you buy or sell a boat or let us know if you stop or start sailing.
NS14 Boat Register in Boat Order (PDF)
NS14 Boat Register in State Order (PDF)
NS14 Club Legend (PDF)

The Register now includes all boats back to 001 and most 7000 series boats.

Major point of interest is that boat number 1 is still sailing having recently been restored as you may have seen on the forum. I have had several discussions with Quentin and lent him an old alloy mast with sails and stays so he could keep sailing to the end of the summer and until he gets his wooden mast fixed. Have also talked to Nel Bethwaite to confirm that this boat was the original prototype that Frank and the rest of the small team at Northbridge developed. It was called Seraph as the Bethwaites had brought their Cherub with them from NZ. It was sold to recover the investment funds to build the next batch of boats. The boat was never raced and only used for leisure and has been in the Robertson family all this time.

A picture of Seraph is above sailing from Middle Harbour across to Watsons Bay for fish & chips! Taken from the yacht I sail on on Wednesdays.

I have also found another moulded ply boat up in the Monaro which appears to be 444 although the property owner originally acquired 28 so not sure yet exactly which one it is.

Might yet be able to build a wooden division!



Michael Tait
NS14 National Registrar

NS14 Rules & Measurement


The NS14 is a development class sailing dinghy controlled by Class Rules intended to result in boats which combine both close racing and acceptably high performance, but without demanding athletic or acrobatic ability. The boats should appeal to crews who are not attracted to large-sail-area or trapeze classes. As a secondary intention the boats should be reasonably suitable for family use and for training, and should be easily handled by two adults both on and off the water. The boats should have reasonable stability and should be safe, reasonably comfortable, inexpensive and durable.

NS14 Class Rules September 2017


There are two measurement forms, one in PDF and the other in Excel which will do all the calculations for you!

Measurement form (PDF)
Measurement form (Excel)


Safety Requirements

A towing line not less than 11m long and 6mm in diameter. It shall be separate from the sheets and rigging and be readily accessible.

A towing ring of not less than 38mm internal diameter constructed of solid stainless steel not less than 4mm in thickness.

Centreboards shall be secured to the hull by lanyard, bolt or pin such that they remain in the case when the hull is inverted.

Unless the rudder or rudder stock is securely fixed to the hull and requires tools to remove it, a rudder pin or pintle shall be drilled and fitted with a stainless retaining pin. Tillers and rudder blades if not permanently attached to rudder stocks shall be secured to them by pins or lashings while the yacht is on the water.

Hollow masts shall be either completely sealed or fitted with a drain hole not more than 300mm above the base of the mast and capable of emptying a mast full of water in 1 minute or less.

All boats other than fully enclosed hulls or selfdrainers shall carry a bailer of not less than 2 litres capacity. This shall be attached to the hull by a light lanyard long enough to allow the bailer to be used without releasing it.

Each crew member shall wear, while racing, a buoyancy vest. These shall be approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) Type 1, 2 or 3.

The name if the boat, class number and club shall be placed on the hull externally on the transom or both sides near the transom in legible letters and figures. The name and class number shall be a minimum height of 50mm. The club name may be abbreviated to initials, e.g. NSC, KBSC, with a minimum height of 20mm.
In Victoria, the name of the club shall be in full but the words "Sailing Club" may be abbreviated to SC. The class name shall also be shown in letters 20mm high.


NS14 Training Videos

Featuring Peter Vaiciurgis, Hugh Tait and Rohan Nosworthy

A series of training videos have been produced featuring National Champions Peter Vaiciurgis, Tina Babbage, Hugh Tait and Tara McCall. Joined by MG National Champion Rohan Nosworthy they demonstrate both on and off the water, the many aspects of rigging, tuning and racing a NS14.

NS14 Racing Tips

A series of NS14 Training Videos featuring Peter Vaiciurgis sharing some racing tips and practical "how-to" demonstrations to help the average NS14 sailor improve on the race track. Tips include how to start a race and how to create your race strategy. Filmed just after the Nationals in Teralba, January 2015.

NS14 Practical Demonstrations

A series of NS14 Training Videos featuring Peter V sharing some racing tips and practical "how-to" demonstrations to help the average NS14 sailor improve on the race track. Filmed just after the Nationals in Teralba, January 2015.

Below is a Playlist featuring 11 videos with Peter V explaining a range of topics related to sailing a NS14 in racing conditions. These topics cover starting, the first beat, acceleration and clear air, mast rake, buoy roundings and much more.

NS14 History and Design

How it all Began

The NS14 was designed in 1960 by a group of senior members of Northbridge Sailing Club, Sydney. They wanted a high performance class boat which would not demand abnormal strength or acrobatics from its crew.

After some experimentation, the class restrictions were formulated around the successful combination of the New Zealand Javelin Hull and a sail area of 100 square feet. From the original two prototypes the class grew rapidly. Over 2000 boats are registered in the state of New South Wales, with numbers continuing to increase.

Control of the class was transferred in 1965 from the Northbridge Sailing Club to the NS14 Association of New South Wales. The Association is now a National body with state associations active in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and in the Australian Capital Territory.



High Performance Family Sailing

This popular class has attracted many top flight skippers who have contributed their ideas to make the NS14 the highly developed boat in Australia.

The NS14 is a dingy which is ideal for two adults or an adult and a child. As the boat does not have a spinnaker or trapeze, yet retains high performance, it is ideal for parent/parent/child combinations of skipper and forwardhand. The minimum weight and age rules do not allow for individual advantage in these areas.

The minimum hull weight of 64kg (150 pounds) is light enough for easy on shore sailing, whilst the ample buoyancy allows the boat to be righted and sailing on after a capsize. The crew can be completely independent of the boat on and off (and in) the water. This is a big plus for family sailing, where novice crews are common.

The simple design makes for convenient and easy boat rigging when preparing for racing or family sailing.


The association conducts comprehensive inter-club calendars, the highlights being the state and national championships. The national titles are rotated around the states, giving members an opportunity to sail in various types of waters. Each state also arranges its own specialist series of events, for example a series of events throughout the sailing season may be conducted at different regatta throughout the state. There are travellers trophies and metropolitan trophies.

Sail Area, Hull Size Restrictions

The NS14 is not really a "one design" class, but is a restricted developed class, which allows variations within its simple restrictions. Experimentation with proportions of the 9.3 square metres (100 square foot) of sail has produced a highly efficient combination of jib and main sail, which contributes much of this boats amazing performance.

In hull shapes, expermentation has produced some interesting designs but as yet no one design has proved noticeably superior. The rules prevent exotic materials and radical shapes being used.

A Modern Hull Design - Tequila

Thanks to Stuart Friezer for forwarding this isometric drawing of the Tequila Hull. This gives you a better idea of the true hull shape than other formats.

Principal Restrictions

Length 4.27m 
Sail area (jib and main) 9.3m2 max
Weight of hull 64kg min
Max height to top of mainsail 5.5m above deck
Beam 1.6 - 1.8m

The boat must pass between two horizontal beams, spread 660mm apart. No trapezes, sliding seats or spinnaker. The boat must have buoyancy to be rightable after a capsize. The complete rules are available from the association secretary.

Measurement Certificates

Each boat must be measured using procedures laid down in the class rules, by a person other than the owner. Most groups of NS14 sailors have appointed measurers who will make the measurements and forward the details to the class measurer. A certificate is then issued for the boat and its sails.

New sails must be measured before a boat may compete in class events. Some boat repairs eg those requiring changes to any ballast weights, will also require re-measuring of the boats.



20 Years of NS14 Hull Design 

(Article modified from SkiffStuff Website)

Rohan Nosworthy was kind enough to contribute the following list and several pictures as a starting point for compiling the history of design innovations in this very innovative class. The comments made regarding the performance of the various hulls are comments made by sailors who have rated the hulls on the NS14 hull poll page. They do not necessarily reflect my opinions, but those of a variety of sailors of varying preferences.

Brief History of recent (20+ years) key design innovations...

Aero - 1221 6/10/79

Flight 17 - 1222 06/11/79 (first boat with 'measurement bumps')

Gift Horse - 1240 09/12/79 (David Stabback)

Flight 18 - 1247 10/03/80 (initially only given 6 week provisional rego, passed by sub-committee meeting 27/12/79)

Gift Horsersorous - 1313 18/11/80 (Tubular hiking racks - David Stabback)

Aero 3 - 1365 5/10/81
"This boat romps along providing there are no waves. It hates waves! Aggressive colour scheme is pretty menacing. Quick in a drifter with light crew, quick in above 15 knots with moderate weight. Lacks a little light air finesse."

Fresh Zuchini - 1382 3/12/81 (Michael Bochner)

Aero 4 - 1447 20/11/82
"Flies in heavy weather with two lumps on the rail"

Smouldering Ferrets (Aero 5?) - 1474 18/9/83 (Gavin Jones)

Fast Bazoomies - 1486 13/11/83 (Michael Bochner)

Aero 6 - 1548 21/03/85
"Goes like a train in survival conditions.This is the most stable ns14 hull in heavy weather. No reinforcing at the back of the boardcase can be a problem. Massive conecaves in the bow sections running a long way back make for a narrow waterline and extrememly fast in the right conditions ie short chop. Loves waves & light wind, Loves light crew. Quick all round the course. Matches 7s & 8s upwind in all conditions. Have a feeling the 8s are quicker downwind at times. Sixes suited more the extreme conditions either end of the scale. More stable is the definitive factor. In Heavy runs, crash jybes, windward work a well set up 6 will match any 7 and 8 around the bouys"
"Nice easy boat to sail. Was tailored to a lighter crew weight than most new designs. A small boat, performed well in most conditions."

Aero 7 - 1653 21/11/87
"One of the most stable NS hulls around. Carried weight well. Easy to sail, still performs well in planing conditions. High wetted area is the only drawback in light airs and for top speed."

Aero 8 - 1725 17/10/91
"Feels really similar to the Aero 7, but planes slightly higher out of the water due to more buoyancy along the flattened center of the hull."

Outlaw - 1756 10/09/92 (Barry Drurey)

First Carbon Tipped mast 12/12/93 (Peter Goss)

Out to Lunch - 1772 Sep 94 (Phil Stevenson)

Take 5 - 1785 March 95 (Stuart Friezer)

Aero 9 - 1787 03/04/95
"First of the 'new generation' of hulls, with the buoyancy very centralised and narrower water lines. Very efficient, fantastic light air boat, still capable of winning races. Can perform well in any conditions in the right hands, but likes a skipper with 'finesse' on the tiller. Carries weight well."

Max 5 - 1819 15/03/96 (Peter Goss)

Flight 24 - 1824 March 96
"Very stable, great performing hull. Planes easily, is very forgiving and carries weight the best out of any of the new hulls. The Cadillac of NS14s."

Tequila 1 - 1834 20/07/96 (Mamo)

Tequila 96 - 1836 27/08/96 (Stuart Friezer)
"Performance potential equal to any of the designs. But it needs very careful trimming and an agile crew (preferably lighter end of weight range) to extract the best. In stronger winds and flat water, arguably one of the quickest hulls. Acceleration is fantastic. Can be a bit gripey in very choppy conditions as it tends to want to steer itself! Tame this quality and you are rewarded with one of the best rides around."

WOW Cuba Libre (Force 5) - 1855 15/03/97 (Alan Cawardine; Julian Plante sailed this to win the Mooloolaba Nationals 97/98 season)

Battlestar (Force 5 mk2 ?) - 1885 30/11/97
"Excellent for heavy crews."

Fireworks (Force 5 mk2 ?) - 1891 30/11/97 (Alan Cawardine; Dished deck.)

Aero 10 - 1893 22/03/98
"Similar forward lines to the Aero 9, but with straighter lines aft and flattened under the centrecase and maststep. Personally, I believe it to be the best allround, easiest to sail NS14 ever designed, with performance to match any hull.Can carry a very wide range of weight from 114kg up to 150+kg. Anyone moving from an older hull into the Aero 10 improves."

Tequila 99 - 1912 10/08/98
"Solved the 'gripeyness' and improved on the weight carrying ability of the Tequila 96 by the fattening up of the center sections of the hull. When sailed well, can compete with any of the designs, but must be kept properly trimmed at all times, particularly to get onto the plane in marginal conditions. Planes very quickly with the bow right out to the centrecase and the crew stacked on the back corner. Upwind in strong breezes, arguably still the quickest hull around."
"As for someone who jumped out of a earlier design into one, a very nice all round boat only one down point very hard to lift with no real gunnals to lift near stern."

Skyrocket (Force 5 mk?) - 1930 27/04/99 (Force 5 with hollow below chine)

Aero 11a - 1937 22/11/99, Time Rocker
"Very narrow on the waterline but with a slightly fuller entry than the Tequila 99. Has good acceleration and great speed in flat water. In marginal planing conditions, it will plane earlier than most of the other designs making it very good on broad reaches."
"The fastest current hull - the fastest for ever more?"

Space Invader (Force 5; Peter Goss) - 1885 13/12/99 Complies with 2000 rules. Great looking hull.

Aero 11b - 1942 01/03/2000 - Michael Nash designed. Initially built by Kulmar Boatbuilders. 
Still a competitive design, particularly in light airs and upwind. Very easy and comfortable to sail, only loses out in broad reaching planing ability. 

Pumpkin Eater - 1948 5/4/2000 - Stuart Friezer design. Tequila 99 built by Sunburst Marine. Modded by Peter V. 
The last of the boats with hollows under the measurement point. Very successful boat, modified to improve the light air/broad reaching performance. The changes also improved the square running speed and in Peter's hands was extremely quick under pole. 

Tequila 2000 - 1950 07/12/2000 - Stuart Friezer design, Built by Sunburst Marine . 
Designed to the new 'no-hollows' rule, this design won the 2001 NSW State titles in the hands of Jamie Roberts, beating all the 'bumped' boats. Upwind in flat water, was very quick when accurately trimmed fore-aft, but struggled with heavy crews when reaching. 

Komodo - 1964 25/03/2001 - T2000 modded by Rohan Nosworthy/Peter V. 
Delivered by Sunburst Marine initially with a sacrificial outer skin, this boat had its rocker line and rear chines/bottom modified to try and alleviate the perceived T2000's shortcomings and to replicate the powerful transom of the Tequila 99s. The boat proved to be very quick reaching, and carried weight well, but was harder on the crew to keep it in its sweet spot. When you got it right, it was very quick. 

Smashing Pumpkins (1978) 13/11/2002 - Fever design by Stuart Friezer, built by Peter V. 
Male jig built hull, the Fever design was the precursor to the production Tiger, and one of those built (1979) was used as the plug for the current Tiger production hull. 
By all accounts, this design 'smoothed' all the gripes of the previous Friezer designs, and became an easier to sail boat that lost none of the all-round raw speed gains made in each of the previous designs. 

Tiger - 1981 23/03/2003 - Built by Mark Thorpe Boatbuilding. Designed by Stuart Friezer. 
One of the most successful designs ever, there have now been over 30 built and they have won almost every National and State Titles since it's inception. Highly refined, easy to sail, and very rewarding was pushed hard, it is truly a sailors boat and almost everyone who has stepped into one from an older design has improved dramatically. Supports weight well (up to 140kg), but needs to be sailed very flat and trimmed aggressively fore-aft to extract it's true potential. 

Moondance - 2000 24/12/2007 - Home built by many. 
Very similar to the Tiger, but with flatter panels and harder chines, the Moondance was designed by Stuart Friezer as a way for home builders to be able to build a good-performing, strong boat. 
One of the strengths of the NS14 has been the ability to build a boat yourself, and this had been lost from the class for a long time. The female moulds for the hull and deck are available for use upon request, and 15 boats have now been produced - both using resin infusion techniques and traditional vacuum bagging methods. 
Peter V has won the Nationals the past 2 years with this design - in boats built by resin infusion in his garage at home. 

Aero 12 - 2015 20/12/2009 - Hull Design by Michael Nash. Deck design and built by Dave Dillon. 
Seven boats of this design have been built in a limited production run out of Dillon Boatbuilding in Taree. The Aero 12 is a refinement of the Aero 11b, with changes made to mainly improve the planing performance. The Aero 12 carries weight very well, as can be seen by Adam Cause's results sailing in the heavyweight division (145kg+) in the last Canberra Nationals. Performs very well upwind. Future availability of new boats is currently uncertain... 

Mystic Moondance - 2047 10/11/2012 - Built using the Moondance mould, modifications by Rohan Nosworthy/Mark Holt. 
3 boats have been built, dual registered as NS/MGs. Changes to the front and rear sections, to allow the back of the boat to be pushed harder, and obtain and maintain a higher top-end speed downwind.  A side benefit of the extra volume, should allow heavier crews to perform better in light airs.



New Boats, Spars and Sails

Provided below are useful links and contact details to suppliers of New Boats, Spars and Sails.

New alloy masts are now available and are in stock at Barracouta Sails. Contact Neil Tasker for more information on 02 9525 7626.

Secondhand Boats - create your own listing: Please visit the NS14 FORUM / BOATS FOR SALE section and manage your own listings directly. The new BOATS FOR SALE section will allow you to publish photographs of your boat and it will also accommodate people wanting to publish a "boat wanted ad" or request for spare parts.

Let us know when the boat has been sold so we can remove the listing and if you also provide details of the new owner we can update the National NS14 Register.


Croker Marine

Croker Marine has been established to supply high quality marine composite products.We currently have a range of booms, spars and tubes available for sale plus high quality sailing foils. The foils that we supply at the present time are for NS14 and MG14 dinghies. Both rudders and centreboards are available. Croker Marine can also supply many custom made tubes and spars.

Website: www.crokermarine.com

Mark Thorpe Boats

1st 2006~07, 1st 2007~08
NS14 National Champions Sailed Tiger hulls

Mobile 0411 247 349
Website: www.thorpeboats.com
Email: thorpeyboats@optusnet.com.au

C-Tech Carbon Technology

C-Tech Ltd Manufacture a range of strong, light-weight components for marine and industrial use. C-Tech offer standard and custom built yacht components that are delivered world-wide

Website: www.c-tech.co.nz

Barracouta Sails

Based in the south of Sydney, Australia, Barracouta Sails supplies and services boats from all over Australia and the World - while maintaining the personal touch that only an independent sailmaker can provide.

Neil Tasker Ph: (02) 9525 7626

Rob Brewer

Coaching. Available to all. In groups or individually. AYF certified coach. Call Rob today for friendly service.
Phone (02) 9986 1055
Mobile 0411 357 470
Email: rob@raceaway.com.au

MC Sails

Mid-Coast Sails was started by Rohan Nosworthy in 2009.  

With 40 years of experience in racing dinghies, and a long history with the NS14, MC Sails have very disciplined and structured development methods and processes, and our World-Leading design tools allow iterative rig and sail development resulting in more consistent and repeatable sail designs, and the scope for new innovation and more detailed refinement than previously achievable.

MC Sails are regularly seen on the podium, with National and State Title successes across multiple classes and sailing disciplines, including 2018/19 NS14 Australian Champion and Runner-up in the NSW Titles.

Mb: 0419 211 660, https://www.midcoastsails.com.au/

CST Composites

Spar Range, Sailing - masts, spreaders, spinnaker poles, booms for the boat of your choice, including a variety of popular classes.

Spinnaker Poles & Bow Poles - a wide range of standard and custom made spinnaker poles, bow poles and receiving tubes, for dinghies, through to trailer sailers and larger yachts.

Tiller Extensions - untapered, with a little bit of bend and improved durability with increased damage tolerance and grip for a variety of popular classes.

Website: www.cstcomposites.com

MEB Marine

Sailmaking, Rigging, Fittings, Coaching and Consultancy, Accessories, Clothing and Package Boats ready to race or have everything delivered to you in kit form.

Contact Michael Babbage
0425 244 008

Email: michael@mebsailing.com
Website: www.mebsailing.com


As used by 2000-2001 National Champion also available

DIXON BOATS: 0409 911 905
Email: info@dixonboats.com

Kulmar Boat Building

Complete boats and repairs
14 Ada Ave, Brookvale Sydney, NSW
E-mail: kulmarboatbuilding@hotmail.com
Ph: 0400 851 345
Fax: (02)9969 7088

Doyle Sailmakers

Doyle Sailmakers provides sailors around the world with better engineered sails and unparalleled personal service. Doyle designers integrate lessons learned at all levels of competition to enhance the performance of Doyle sails around the world. The diverse skills and teamwork of Doyle sailmakers combines leading design theory with real-world experience to create sails that make real boats go real fast, time and time again.

Website: www.doylesails.com

Gemmell Sailmakers

124 Victoria Road, Drummoyne NSW 2047
Ph:02 91814466 Email: ben@gemmell.com

Force 5 Sails

Ph: (02) 9997 4448

MacDiarmid Sails

Ph: (02) 9817 4155 Fax: (02) 9817 5829

Aero Sails

Michael Nash Ph: (02) 9427 4061

Could all sellers and buyers please contact us with new owner's details so the national register can be kept up to date. 


NS14 Past Bulletins 

The NS14 Bulletin was published regularly with reports and results from NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria. News, pictures and interviews covering the major NS14 events plus more.

The last Bulletins are available for download.

2008 May Bulletin 5mb PDF

2008 March Bulletin 5mb PDF

2007 July Bulletin 4.7mb PDF

2007 March Bulletin 3.2mb PDF

2006 October Bulletin 4.6mb PDF

2006 July Bulletin 3.4mb PDF

2006 February Bulletin 3.7mb PDF