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National Council Meeting

held at Teralba SC on January 3rd 2015
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2009 - 2012 Strategic Plan

NS14 Boat Register

20 Years of NS14 Hull Design (Article modified from SkiffStuff Website)

That Special Kind of Keen by Steve Donovan, 2002

11/11/10 - Optimisation of NS14 Sail Design by Drew Van Ryn
University of New South Wales Bachelor of Engineering Thesis 2009/10

Recent developments in mast and sail materials have led to the rise of the square-head mainsail across a range of designs from the 12 ft Skiff, right up to the largest state-of-the-art super-maxis. These sails have drastically improved the performance of these vessels by increasing the developed area at the head of the sail, as well as improving the aerodynamic efficiency as it approaches a shape more like a wing than a traditional sail. Download PDF

30/08/10 - Boat Rigging, BBQ and The Rules
On a crisp late winter's (translation: great in the sun, chilly in the shade) twenty five or so Sydney sailors attended the NS14 training day, held at Concord Ryde Sailing Club, which included onshore boat rigging, a bbq and rules night. Read More>>

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2009 - 2012 Strategic Plan

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)

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.

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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.


That Special Kind of Keen by Steve Donovan, 2002

There can come a time when the pursuit of sailing excellence tends to cloud a person's sense of better judgment. In the short term it's seen as nothing more than being 'keen as', but in the long term, things such as sanity come into question when amazingly odd decisions are continually made in the name of sailing.

The die-hard dinghy sailor takes enthusiasm to a whole new level, to the untrained eye their attention to detail is often seen as mere random acts of stupidity.

It seems the condition is most prevalent in second-generation dinghy sailors. The kids of the Eighties whose Christmas holidays read like an NS14 National Titles Venue Retrospective. Those kids that when asked the significance of Good Friday, replied "it's when heats 1 and 2 of the State Titles are held, Miss". The very same kids that passed endless hours in North Coast traffic-jams skateboarding up and down the Freeway whistling Uncanny X-men songs, while Dad sat in the car stressing about making the 12:30 briefing. It was never a matter of 'if' they took up the sport, but 'when'.

For them, a standard wardrobe consists of a collection of ill fitting National Titles T-shirts spanning the last couple of decades. An accurate dietary profile for any given regatta can be gained through a series of sauce and beetroot stain analysis - the dropped pie never lies. The range of wetsuits, from short-john to steamer, far exceeds that of the collared shirt; and as for the 'good boardies' - they're only for special occasions.

Furniture, in most circles, is seen as a fairly integral part of any household. Yet when a choice has to be made between the purchase of - say - a lounge, as opposed to the purchase of a new sail, the decision is really quite clear. Sure, beanbags aren't exactly endorsed by the Chiropractors Association, but they do compliment the Besser-brick and milk-crate entertainment unit superbly. As a rule, the best bath towels are reserved for the making of fin covers, and it's no coincidence mum's sewing machine started making funny noises the day a new set of hiking straps appeared on the boat.

The garage is home to the current 'racing machine' and the surrounding walls resemble something of a shrine to boats past. You'll find no car here, just boxes of old fittings entangled in frayed bits of stainless steel wire. A collection of useless lengths of rope, that if laid end to end would circle the globe, hang in old shopping bags on the slim chance that one day a 5cm piece of spectra will come in handy. It's a magical place, where screwdrivers double as chisels, chisels double as screwdrivers, and everything doubles as a paint stirrer. More chin scratching has gone on here, than actual work.

The car, which is merely seen as a boat-towing device, exudes an odour not dissimilar to a wet dog. This is where old battens go to die. Over-spray from the act of boat hosing, is the closest thing this jalopy has come to a wash in years. The boot contains enough hardware to rival that of most ship chandlers and during tight cornering it's often difficult to hear the radio over the shifting load. The Royal Australian Mint probably still wonders what happened to all those 1 and 2 cent pieces that now fill the glovebox, and old sets of sailing instructions provide a simple, yet effective, passenger seat floor mat. The only thing standing between the car and a wreckers yard is a pink slip.

So as you can see, the die-hard dinghy sailor is a breed unto itself. Every club has at least several textbook cases; they're easily identified, tend to gather in small groups, speak in tongues, and as a rule pretty harmless. Are they of sound mind? Who knows? Should they be trading in their buoyancy jacket for a straight jacket? - Maybe. But come to think of it, when did you last spend New Year's Eve without a killer dose of gunwale bum?

Steve Donovan, 2002


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