2019/20 MG14 Australian Championships
Lake Illawarra YC
The 29th MG14 Australian Championships at Illawarra Yacht Club was completed over the Australia Day long weekend in a huge variety of windy conditions and with as always very competitive racing.
Congratulations to Bryce Edwards and Josh Tasker sailing 446 - Pink Gin on winning the 2019/20 MG14 Australian Titles!
Final Championship Podium:
Pink Gin - Bryce Edwards and Josh Tasker - Cronulla
Ella - Greg Junk and Ari Hume - St George
Carbon Neutral - Hugh Tait and Max Morrow - Northbridge
Final Handicap Podium:
Chill'n - Mark Murray & Ryan Watt - Gosford
Bottoms Up - Jessica Parker and Emily Junk - Cronulla
Hullabaloo - Bezi Saunders and Lauren Jamieson - Northbridge
Next MG Event is the NSW State Championships on 4-5 April at Teralba (Lake Macquarie) - see you there.
2019/2020 MG Events Calendar
Mar 7/8 - Bridge To Breakers - Big River SC Harwood
Apr 4/5 - STATE TITLES - Teralba SC
Apr 14-17 - CHS Regatta - Belmont SC
NEW Alloy masts now available
The MG14 Association, in conjunction with the NS14 Assoc and Keeley Marine, have secured the supply of new Aluminium masts.
These have been made to an improved design, making them slightly stiffer sideways and more durable. Weight and external appearance is very simliar to the 'Flightspar-style' we have all been familiar with over the past few decades.
To differentiate these new masts (and make them look really trick!), they are now available anodised BLACK. Cost is $660 inc GST.
(Unanodised are also available ex-factory from Keeley Marine @$480).
Stock of the sections is available in Sydney via Barracouta Sails (02 9525 7626) at Caringbah, or complete rigged masts from Bryce at Infinity Rigging (02 9531 4900) at Taren Point. Anyone interested in purchasing a mast, please first contact the MG Association. Payment will be to the Association, and you will need to make your own arrangements for collection or delivery from Barracouta or Infinity Rigging. Sections are also available for purchase from the Keeley Marine factory in Melbourne (03 9555 4622)
Infinity Rigging also have stock of top and bottom plugs, halyard locks, rotator arms and gooseneck fittings to fit the new section.
MG conversion guide
A photoblog documenting how to convert an NS14 to a dual-registerable MG is available on the FaceBook albums of Rohan Nosworthy.
2019/20 Association Membership Due - Now Online!
Annual Boat rego and membership fees are now due for this season. Please support the Association by joining up early and allow us to plan a great range of prizes and fun for the seasons events!
2019/2020 MG Association Committee
The newly elected Committee is:
President - David Aylward
Vice President - Katelyn Parker
Secretary - Gary Reeves
Treasurer - Neil Tasker
Race Secretary - Ross Polhill
Publicity Officer - John Caley
Measurer/Registrar - Rohan Nosworthy
Port Hunter Club Delegate - Arran Gore
Thanks to all continuing, outgoing and incoming Committee members.
Congratulations to Greg Junk and Ari Hume on Ella on winning the CST Composites MG14 NSW State Championships for 2018-2019. Huge thanks to the MG14 Committee, the volunteers at Cronulla Sailing Club for hosting in perfect conditions and to Wet Tech Rigging and CST Composites for prizes.
2018/19 MG14 Australian Championships
Port Hunter 16ft Skiff Sailing Club
Mon 7 - Sat 12 January 2019
Aqua Pest - Drew Van Ryn & Joss Dal Vera - Cronulla - 8
Pegasus - Gary Reeves & Ross Polhill - St George - 13
Three Kings - David Aylward & Charlotte Holliday - St George - 28
Blowme - Katie Bundred & Adam Walsh - Darling Point (Qld) - 29
Expatriate - Ben Rigby & Drew Cowen - Port Hunter - 30
Chill'n - Mark Murray & Ryan Watt - Gosford - 41
Filthy Fase - Shinead Surmon & Hugh Benz - Cronulla - 45
Ballistic - Geoff Davis & Alex Edworthy - St George - 46
Flameboy - Alyson Gearing & Andrew Buchan - Port Hunter
Thanks to the Port Hunter club and all the volunteers, to all the sponsors, and to all the competitors. A good time was had by all, in a mainly light weather series.
2018/19 MG14 Travellers Trophy
Port Kembla Sailing Club
24-25 November 2018
Congratulations to Neil and Reilly Tasker sailing 'Barra' in winning the 2018/19 MG14 Travellers Trophy.
Kembla Klassic results are on PKSC website
Other non-association events where MGs are welcome...
9-10 Feb 2019 - Booti Booti Cup = Great Lakes Sailing Club
2 March 2019 - Queen Of The Lake Regatta - Queens Lake SC
9-10 March 2019 - Wallagoot Lake Annual Regatta
16-17 March 2019 - Harwood Annual Regatta = Big River Sailing Club
30 March 2019 - Cock O' Harbour Regatta - Port Hunter 16' SC
15-18 April 2019 - CHS Regatta - Belmont 16' SC
25 April 2019 - ANZAC Day Regatta - St George SC
25 April 2019 - ANZAC Day Regatta - Speers Point SC
2017/18 MG14 NSW State Titles
A great fleet of 30 MGs attended the 50th Anniversary NSW MG14 State Titles held at Great Lakes Sailing Club, Forster.
Over a slightly shortened 4 races series due to weather, ELLA sailed by Greg Junk and Ari Damic became NSW State Champions for 2017/18, continuing on with their Nationals winning form.
In the handicap series, class stalwart Brian Reeves sailing PHOENIX with Brendan Yiu sailed extremely consistently, and impressed everyone with their form in race 4, to take the title and become NSW State Handicap Champions.
The places for the Scratch Podium were extremely tight with 5 points separating 2nd-6th. PEGASUS sailed by Gary Reeves and Ross Polhill won Race 1 and stayed close enough to the front in the rest of the series to take 2nd place overall on Scratch.
3rd on Scratch was NEMESIS sailed by Shannon Corbett and Gabby Molin. This is a great step up the fleet for Shannon and Gabby after a few season of showing form but never quite tying a series together.
The Handicap Series podium was completed in 2nd place by John and Milly Caley sailing JET STREAM, with 3rd place NTH DEGREE sailed by Peter and Wil Rivers.
St George Sailing Club Season Report 2017-18
2017-18 season for the MG14 & NS14 Division saw some boats depart for boat storage and other reasons and a drop in the fleet numbers to 14 boats. Nevertheless, this provided excellent racing each week, with fleets of 8 – 11 boats competing most weeks, and providing close competition wherever you were in the fleet. Most races in the first half season were sailed in fresh breezes, which provided tough conditions especially for the less experienced boats and crews. Except for the final Pointscore race, conditions were moderate in the second half season, which assisted all boats to be competitive in most races.
The outstanding performance this season was undoubtedly from Greg Junk and Ari Damic in ELLA, who blitzed the fleet in the Club Championship – winning all 6 heats – and convincingly won both the MG14 Australian Championship and State Championship, as well as finishing 2nd in the Season Pointscore, 3rd in the First Half Season Pointscore and 2nd in the Second Half Pointscore. It goes without saying they had the most fastest times, by generally bigger and bigger margins as the season progressed. I know from experience that any lead over ELLA was rarely enough.
The next outstanding performance was from Shannon Andrew and Claire Stafford in their first season together and first season in BLUES BROTHERS, winning the overall Season Pointscore and the Second Half Pointscore, finishing 2nd in the First Half Pointscore, and just being pipped into 4th place in the Club Championship on a countback. BLUES BROTHERS was the only boat to sail all club races, and with the improved teamwork throughout the season were deserving Pointsccore winners.
Ross Polhill and I in new boat PEGASUS had some good moments and even beat ELLA a couple of times in the first half season, and finished 2nd in the Club Championship, won the First Half Pointscore and held onto 3rd in the Season Pointscore, plus we were runner up in the State Championship. THREE KINGS (David Aylward and Charlotte Holliday) was a bit irregular and a bit erratic, however sailed well when it counted to finish 3rd in the Club Championship. Brian Reeves and Brendon Yiu continued to push the fleet leaders in 26 season old PHOENIX (gee that boat was set up well by its first owner!) and were 5th in Club Championship, 4th in Season Pointscore, 3rd in Second Half Pointscore, winner of the Little & Browne Shield Knockout and handicap winner in the State Championship.
The fresh breezes in the first half season played havoc with Stuart Stafford's plans to sail TEMPEST with young Jack up front, however with Jack sometimes and other crews sometimes had some good if erratic results, including winning the Anzac Day race. BALLISTIC (Geoff Davis and Axel Edworthy) improved progressively and were runner up in the Little & Browne Shield Knockout, very fitting as in many races they had close battles with PHOENIX. John Caley and a few crews had some breakages on JET STREAM and had their best result at the State Championship with 2nd on Handicap.
Stephen and Karin Gorman in MG BLEWTOPIA this year had a challenging start but enjoyed the second half season and won easily on handicap on Anzac Day, only for the trophy to go to the scratch winner. HIGH CALIBRE had some breakages and was hot and cold however consistent enough to win the Australian Championship Handicap, FLY BY missed races and was also hot and cold, AIR FORCE ONE didn't race as regularly, SOUTHERN APE made a few appearances, HYDROTHERAPY tried, and RUSH only sailed first half season.
Finally, as always, the sailors could not be out enjoying themselves racing without the fabulous efforts of our dedicated officials, starters and other support boat crews, finishers and others, and we are very appreciative of their work.
PORT HUNTER 16’ SAILING SKIFF CLUB
2017-2018 MG14 SEASON WRAP UP
Port Hunter 16 FT skiff Sailing is located on the Stockton foreshore and sails on Newcastle Harbour.
The MG division has 6 regular boats and features close competitive. The club boat didn’t have a regular crew this year but was used on numerous occasions by skiff sailors and visitors including some flying ant sailors who had come to the club for a heat of the flying ants states.
The point score and club championship were both strongly contested with both not being decided until the final race of the season.
Club championship results
3rd Scurvey Rascal
This season we also had 2 boats go to the nationals at St George with Scurvey Rascal coming 3rd on handicap and narrowly missing out on a top 10 finish. We also had 4 boats go to the state titles at Great Lakes Sailing Club which had a strong fleet of 34 boats.
This year we had more Flying Ant juniors sailing in the class. Both Mel and Isaac are regulars from previous years but we also had Will and Daniel sailing in the afternoon.
Alyson has continued to introduce a lot of sailors to the class with her contacts at the Yacht club this year they include Belinda, Mark and Zoe.
Overall it has been a great year with more boats consistently sailing and an ever-growing pool of sailors.
Like all clubs Port Hunter relies on the help of volunteers and we would like to thanks Rod and Brett in the rescue boat and Mark for doing the starts.
2017/18 MG14 Australian Titles Results
Congratulations to Greg Junk and Ari Damic on winning the 2017/18 National Titles.