53rd National Championships 2022


NS14 Nationals Cancellation

Hi All,
The National Executive met last night to discuss the status of the upcoming Hobart Nationals.
Unfortunately entry numbers have been low with very few boats planning on attending from the mainland. This is somewhat understandable given the impact of the pandemic and the constantly changing travel restrictions we have been facing through the year.
We conducted a quick email check last week to see if there were people planning on attending but not yet registered and didn't come up with enough additional entries to make the regatta viable so unfortunately we have had to make the decision to cancel this year's national titles.
Our thanks go out to the Tasmanian committee members and organizers who have already put in a significant amount of work to try to host the event (for the second year running).
The National Executive is considering options for the location of the next National Titles and will consult with the class to identify the best venue.

Apologies to those who might have had plans affected by this decision but we had little choice given the entry numbers. 

Monty Lang
President, NSW & National NS14 Class Association

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

45th NS14 Tasmanian State Titles - March Long Weekend

The NS14 State Championship for this season will be held over the March Long Weekend, 12 - 14 March. These will be conducted by the Wynyard Yacht Club, sailing in the waters of Bass Strait with Table Cape for a backdrop.

Download Notice of Race (PDF)
Download Entry Form (PDF)  
Please note that entries close on Friday 4th March, 2016

The programme will see us sailing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  Due to the timing of tides, Monday morning is not suitable for sailing and we will instead be aiming to get a full programme of races in on the Saturday and Sunday and avoid the need to sail on Monday afternoon. This will leave the Monday free for a leisurely trip home, possibly enjoying some of the many attractions of the North West on the way home.

On the social side, WYC will be hosting a BBQ on Sunday night, a relaxing and pleasant way to wrap up what will, hopefully, have been a great weekend's sailing.  On the Saturday night we are organising a casual meal in Wynyard, probably at the local Pub.

Download the canteen and meal order form to order your lunches and book for the Sunday night BBQ.  This should be handed in at Registration.  WYC have also provided a list of some of the local eateries that you may care to try out during the Titles.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Wynyard.

Malcolm Stevens

2015/16 Season - NS14 Association of Tasmania

Season 2015 - 2016

Travelers Trophy series - Showdown Regatta

Its time to line up for the first round of our Travelers Trophy series to be held at the Showdown Regatta 31st Oct - 1st Nov. at the Royal Yacht Club.
Enter here: http://www.ryct.org.au/…/sailing-mainmen…/2015-audi-showdown

Most clubs are on the water and its time to pay memberships and plan the following season with plenty of regattas, training and fun to be had.

The Spring Newsletter is available for download here.

Your Membership form is available for download here.

See you all soon on the water.

Pittwater Regatta 2015 28th & 29th November

This Sat and Sunday, Midway Point for the Pittwater Regatta.

Entry Form here:  http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-10034-0-0-0&sID=298857&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=37788221

There are many of you who still have not paid your membership fees for this season.  You must be a paid member to race as an NS14 in these races.

2015 NS14 Tasmanian State Championships

Congratulations to Nick McElwee & Isobel Cameron Tasmanian State Champions for 2015 Sailing "Paddy Wack".

The 2015 Tasmanian NS 14 titles got off to a windy start last Saturday;17 entries headed out to the first start; postponed due to a dismasting on the start line after a stay failure on Caitlyn Eggins “Bumps” forced her exit from day one. After a short delay the fleet got away in a fresh WNW breeze averaging 20 knots gusting to 27. Heavy weather favourites Peter & Karyn Davis in “Spinifex” and Darren Eggins & Georgia Verrier in “Pumpkin Eater” were about to commence the last lap when a succession of gusts in excess of 30 knots crossed the course. With 50 percent of the fleet capsizing Race Officer Stephen Miller pulled the pin and sent every one ashore, with the chance of little moderation to the wind racing was suspended till the next day.


Sunday Morning saw all bar one boats return to the start line with defending champion Greg Rowsell and Eliah Cameron  in “Arctic” making the most of the light conditions and score the first win from fellow Port Dalrymple sailors Nick McElwee and Isobel Cameron in “Paddy Wack” with locals Scott Wilkie and Sam Patterson in “Norwegian Blue” third.

Race two continuing in light conditions “Paddy Wack” turned the tables on “Arctic” with “Spinifex” third.

After Lunch race 3 got under way in bit more breeze with “Paddy Wack” again holding out “Arctic” with the minor place going to “Pumpkin Eater”.

Nick and Isobel continued their form in races 4 and 5 with “Paddy Wack” over “Arctic” and “Gum Blossom”, Peter & Claire Cameron and “Spinifex” each recording a third.

At the end of the second day “Paddy Wack” had a firm grip on the title from “Arctic” and “Spinifex”, whilst on handicap “Gum Blossom” led from “Norwegian Blue” and “Walk on the Wild Side”, Barrie & Magnus McIndoe

Day 3 saw another early start with a short delay waiting for the wind to settle, a fading breeze saw a short course turn in to a long race, “Norwegian Blue” broke away from the pack and lead for the entire race, but a dying breeze allowed the fleet to close in with “Arctic” sneaking in for a second and “Paddy Wack” staging a comeback and coming from nowhere to dead Heat with “The Avengers” Josh Eggins & Aiden Wilkie for third

After a short wait Race 7 started in a gentle SE Breeze, “Arctic” managed a win over “Paddy Wack” with “Walk on the Wild Side” third.

“Paddy Wack” completed her series with another first from “Norwegian Blue” and “Spinifex”

Nick McElwee and Isobel Cameron sailing “Paddy Wack” were crowned 2015 champions with runners up Greg Rowsell and Eliah Cameron in “Arctic” and Scott Wilkie and Sam Patterson in “Norwegian Blue” picking up third.

On Handicap it was “Gum Blossom” Peter & Claire Cameron by one point over “Walk on the Wild Side”, Barrie & Magnus McIndoe with “Pumpkin Eater” Darren Eggins & Georgia Verrier third. In the Aero 10 Rum Challenge a dead heat occurred with spoils been shared by “Gum Blossom” and “Walk on the Wild Side”

Click here to view Overall Results



Past News from Tasmania

Relive the memories of previous seasons by following the links below to view news stories and articles from the archives. Have fun, enjoy.

2014 / 2015 Season News

2013 / 2014 Season News

2012/2013 Season News

NS14 Tasmanian News – 2015/2014

Arguably  the largest “Development Class” in Australia  Hits the water this weekend in both the North and South of the State.

The class encourages development of new ideas and design experimentation with many concepts being used on larger yachts on the international scene such as rotating masts and square top mainsails.

NS 14 Tasmania has been modelling a Fixed Yardstick Handicap based on design performance to encourage owners of older boats to optimise their vessels and keep competing with the latest designs.

In the north of the state racing gets underway on Sunday with the combined Opening day celebrations for both the Port Dalrymple Yacht and Tamar Yacht Clubs at Beauty Point.

Current State Champion Greg Rowsell and Crew Eli Cameron in “Arctic” will be out to keep their edge on Nick McElwee and Izzie Cameron in “Paddy Wack”.  Nick only acquired his boat in the lead up to the State Titles last season and is sure to put the pressure on Greg this coming season. With 3 “Aero 10” design yachts in the fleet out of Beauty Point there is plenty of rivalry afloat.

In the south, the class centres around Midway Point Yacht Club, who also kick off this Sunday with traditional Opening Day festivities.  Past Champions Darren Eggins with “Pumpkin Eater” and Scott Wilkie with “Norwegian Blue” are both left looking for crews after their sons Josh and Aiden joined forces to sail “The Avengers” (formerly “Slobber Guzzle Nuzzle”), with a strong fleet of old and new members this fleet should perform well with Midway hosting the state titles in March 2015.

With the 46th National Championships to be held at Teralba Amateur Sailing Club, NS 14 Tasmania expects at least 5 boats to make the trip across the paddock this Christmas. In preparation for this the class has scheduled a training weekend to coincide with the Pittwater Regatta for Invited Classes. With coaching from top sailors at national level being brought down for the weekend, all sailors will be keen to sharpen their skills.

2014 State Championships - Swansea
Congratulations to Greg and Eli for winning this years State Championship. 


NS14 Tasmanian News – 2014/2013

Dear Tasmanian NS14 Sailors

The season is now underway and I would like to update you on a couple of matters. Your committee has been busy scheduling events and I attach a copy of our Tasmanian program. I draw your attention to the following upcoming events:

1. Pittwater Regatta and NS14 coaching – 30 November & 1 December 2013

This is a new regatta at Midway Point and is for invited classes only including NS14s. Attached is the Notice of Race. This regatta will be the first round of the Statewide traveller series with the final round being at the Blockbuster Weekend at PDYC.

A special bonus for the NS14s is free coaching for all Association current financial members. In this regard we have arranged for Neil Tasker of Barracouta Sails in Sydney to come down for the weekend. Neil’s sails have won the last two Nationals, last two NSW titles and the last TAS titles. Neil will be focussing on rig set ups, boat handling tips and will be on the water each afternoon to provide feedback from the racing. This coaching is for everyone no matter what level of experience.

We expect good participation from both ends of the State and it will be a great weekend to showcase our class, catch up with fellow NS14 sailors and get some free coaching. I look forward to seeing you there.

2. National Titles – Adelaide

We already have at least six boats heading to Adelaide at Xmas in what will be the biggest representation by Tasmania at a mainland Nationals in well over a decade. If you are thinking of going it is not too late to join in. Please contact me if you would like any further details.

The Tasmanian Association has allocated a pool of funds to assist with travel costs for those members heading to Adelaide. This pool is a result of accumulated surpluses from past National Titles held in Tasmania, interest and other sources. If you would like to participate in this funding assistance then please send me an email. Final funding allocations will be decided by the State Committee and distributed before Xmas.

As you will see in the program we have a number of events after Xmas including the State Titles at Swansea in March. We will provide more information on these in due course.


Greg Rowsell



NS14 Tasmanian News - 2013/2012

We have just finished what has been a busy season for our class inTasmania.

The highlight for the year was of course the 44th National Championship hosted by Port Dalrymple Yacht Club. With the Nationals only coming toTasmania once every six years this was a big event with planning and organisation over some two years required to ensure the event was conducted to the required standard. I would like to sincerely thank the members of the organising committee being Steven McElwee, Nick McElwee, Malcolm Stevens, Rob Moreton and Peter Sluce for their efforts to bring it all together (including many meetings!). I would also like to acknowledge the many volunteers from PDYC and also our sponsors. Unfortunately numbers were somewhat less than expected for a variety of reasons including disconnect within the NSW/National Associations resulting in minimal support and impetus from the major NS14 State. I expect this will be rectified for the next Nationals inAdelaide. On a positive note we saw some spectacular sailing in somewhat windy conditions, great effort and improvement from our younger crews and a financial surplus of $1,666. Congratulations to Katherine Davis in again being the leading Female Skipper and in teaming up with her brother Matthew to win the Youth Title.

This season the State Titles returned toSwanseafor the first time in 13 years for open water sailing at a neutral venue. Running the event without a Club base required additional planning and infrastructure but it all came together in the end. We must thank in particular the key on water volunteers and their boats in Peter and Rowan Bridley, James & Helen Andrewartha, and Coast Guard Freycinet. The weather wasn’t fantastic but this was made up for by the camaraderie and social activity including the Sunday night get together at the Bark Mill Tavern. Congratulations to Dennis Leitch who after many years teamed up with Ben Matters to take out the State Title. We have already received feedback on the event and future direction via our survey. The State Titles will be our major event next season and I would like everyone to provide input into the selection of venue and arrangements.

This season State Committee meetings were held on a regular basis via telephone link between the North and South. I would like to thank all committee members for their contributions during the season, in particular Peter Bridley for his continued enthusiasm and wise counsel and also Malcolm Stevens for providing his sailing secretarial expertise to our Class.

I believe our Association is in a healthy situation with 23 registered boats (out of a pool of around 30) across four clubs and a strong financial position. We are currently the biggest open age double hander class in the State (which I consider is a factor we can use in pursuing YT for support). However, we need to continue to promote our class and pursue new members to maintain our strength. Despite our relatively strong position we are a small group and I would ask all members to think about any contribution they can make for next season in helping to run and grow our class.

Greg Rowsell President

11 May 2013

The annual election of office bearers was a formality with each of the positions pre filled as follows:
President – Greg Rowsell
Vice President & LSC Rep – Dennis Leitch
Secretary – Malcolm Stevens
Registrar & Measurer – Peter Bridley
Treasurer & MPYC Rep – Darren Eggins
Publicity Officer – Scott Wilkie
PDYC Rep – Nic McElwee
TYC Rep – Peter Cameron


42nd NS14 Tasmanian Championships – March 9th, 10th & 11th

Congratulations to Dennis Leitch and Ben Matters in "Seabreeze" NS1994, 2013 State Champions

Boat Name & Number: Seabreeze 1994

Crew: Dennis Leitch and Ben Matters

Club: Lindisfarne Sailing Club

Hull: Tiger

Rig: CST carbon fibre mast and boom. Barracouta sails.

Combined crew weight: 137kg

Years sailed together: 6 months 

What was your goal for this series: To do the best we possibly could. 

Who else impressed you during the series? Kathryn and Matthew Davis in Fast Asleep. Michael Meyer and Issy Cameron in Wanderer.

What was your preparation leading up to the series? After the windy National Championships at Beauty Point, just a couple of club races to sharpen up and keep focussed.

What was the highlight of the series for you? Close tactical racing.

What things do you feel you have improved upon? Taking advantage of combination crew weight and sailing flatter and faster up wind.

What do you think was the difference between you and the boats behind you? The right combination crew weight.

Plans next season? Same.

Have you any thoughts on the series or the class? There is renewed enthusiasm amongst the sailors, with experienced newcomers and improving youngsters, which all leads to more boats racing.

What advice would you give to other sailors? To less experienced sailors - jump in your boat on the lawn, gybe 50 times then tack 50 times. Then get out on the water and do the same.

Who would you like to thank? The President Greg Rowsell and committee for the planning. Peter and Rowan Bridley in the start boat for conducting the races.

The 2013 State Titles saw the class return to Swansea on Tasmania’s East Coast for the first time in 13 years. This venue does not involve a yacht club so the Association had to arrange the necessary infrastructure from scratch including committee and support boats, shore facility and personnel. This all came together relatively smoothly with the trade-off being fantastic sailing conditions on Great Oyster Bay overlooking the iconic Freycinet Peninsula. The Titles were held over three days over the March long weekend. 

Congratulations to Dennis Leitch who after many near misses at the States, teamed up with Ben Matters in “Seabreeze” to take out their first State Title. Second overall were Kathryn & Matthew Davis sailing “Fast Asleep”, who also repeated their effort from the Nationals to take out the Youth Title with Kathryn also again being crowned leading female skipper. Third and fourth overall respectively went to Peter & Karen Davis in ‘Spinifex” and Greg Rowsell & Ryan Moreton in ‘Arctic”. There were some very close tussles throughout the fleet and in particular with the first four boats with positions changing during the races and seconds separating many finishes. 

The overall handicap result went to Michael Meyer and Issy Cameron in “Wanderer”. This young crew sailed very well to also finish runner up in the Youth Title. Michael also performed very well in the Nationals and it is pleasing to see such great youth talent in the class at present. 

The veteran boat trophy went to Stewart Gray and Kirsty Skinner in “Dnager Moose” an Aero 9 in their first ever sail in an NS14. Although this was the oldest boat in the fleet it sported an impressive set of brand new North sails made by Stewart himself in his North loft in Hobart. This crew has extensive international experience (have a look at their website) and we very much look forward to their ongoing involvement with the class. 

The highlights of the weekend were the open water sailing on Great Oyster Bay, the number of young sailors, the camaraderie around the rigging area and post-race refreshment tent, and also the big turnout on Sunday night at the Bark Mill Tavern. 

On behalf of all competitors we would like to thank our supporters and on water helpers:

Swansea Motor Inn

Bark Mill Tavern

North Sails/42 Degrees South Marine

Rowan Bridley and “BoneCrusher” – committee boat

James & Helen Andrewartha and their boat – mark boat

Coast Guard Freycinet – mark and safety patrol (it was comforting to have those guys there)


We would also like to thank in particular, committee members Peter Bridley for acting as Race Officer and providing expert assistance with the organisation and also Malcolm Stevens for his work with the organisation and logistics and Barb Rowsell for her shore control work and organising the post-race refreshments. 

Greg Rowsell

President NS14 Association of Tasmania.