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Vaikobi 60th NSW NS14 State Titles at Port Macquarie Sailing Club

by Monty Lang 24 Mar 03:05 PDT 18-19 March 2023
Close racing in the narrow river during the 2023 NS14 NSW State Titles © NSW NS14 Association

Kylie Vaiciurgis and Sarah Roberts sailing 2074 Lookin' Good took out the Vaikobi 60th NSW NS14 State Championships over the weekend of 18/19 March 2023. The event was sailed on the very challenging Hastings River at Port Macquarie in the Mid-North Coast region.

Light to moderate winds combined with strong run-out tides and a narrow course area to make for a real test of sailing ability within the 22-boat fleet. 6 races were sailed with Kylie and Sarah pipping Hugh Tait and son Zac for first place overall. Wind against tide made for short works with very long runs on the windward leeward course and starts were particularly fraught with the tide consistently pushing boats over the line early. Extra complexity was thrown into the races with the landing and then taxiing of a sea plane in the race course during one race and the mobile wind shadows created by the river cruising barge, fresh from its tour of the canal estates adjacent to the river.

The NS14 class continues to show its wide appeal and level playing field for competitors with the all-female crew on 2074 outsailing all-comers in all sorts of combinations including family and youth crews. Notably 2nd through to 7th placed boats all consisted of family crews with parents sailing with their kids. The top ten also included youth crews and even vintage boats showing that it is the skill of the sailor, not the age of the boat that delivers competition results. The event was well run by Port Macquarie Sailing Club who also put on a social BBQ on Saturday afternoon and a well-received breakfast on Sunday morning. The club has a prime position on the river and easy launching over a sandy beach.

The next major NS14 regatta will be the National Titles which will be sailed at Southport in Queensland in early January 2024 so grab a boat and join the action in this versatile and high-performing class.

Find out more on the class website and Facebook group.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
12074Lookin' GoodKylie V  Sarah RobertsCHYC1213217
22024Carbon NeutralHugh Tait  Zachary TaitTASC23215210
32071CutlassRyan Savage  Finnegan SavageCHYC46721518
42045Paddy WackBrad Clarke  Sienna ClarkeTeralba ASC3155(OCS)620
51992Gunbarrel HighwayBrett Ellis  Meg EllisTeralba ASC541043723
62070Midnight HourMonty Lang  Alex LangNSC653(OCS)4826
72007Dark HorseGreg Daniel  Murray DanielTeralba ASC7104147331
71883SnowflakeJosh Faddy  Kai HouzagerPHOSC87966431
91976MeltdownDylan Clapham  Henry SzenczyCRSC18867.5141146.5
101961Maritimo SailMichael Spies  Addison NewlanSYC1115127.581048.5
112062Rapid FireAndrew Grover  Rod CarterTeralba ASC17913911951
122014The ForcePeter Williams  Matthew WilliamsTeralba ASC913111091752
13409HullaballooBenjamin Moore  Max MorrowNSC1311819121458
141999Sirocco XPhilip Treloar  Aldred GenellePHOSC10171512131363
151909Up BeatElsa Gandy  12182015101570
162050Wild CatScott Roberts  Janet ForresterPHOSC14161418151271
172031String TheoryDavid Bently  Mike IrvineNSC15121713(OCS)1875
182057GladiatorRose Boyce  Matthew LloydNSC2114(DNF)11171679
192013GoatJulie Castle  Michael CastleTASC19211616161986
201998Dark SideNeil Collyer  Max CollyerTeralba ASC16191917182089
211974InterceptorSteve Bohlsen  Lucy BohlsenPMSC202018(DNS)(DNS)(DNS)108
221996Shake & BakeBrian Jenkinson  Linda JenkinsonTeralba ASC(DNS)(DNS)(DNS)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)125

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