A COUNTBACK decided the winner of the 2012-2013 NS14 Australian championships that ended at the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club at Beauty Point on Thursday.
New South Wales crews Bryce Edwards and Amanda Stern and Rohan Nosworthy and Sophie Holt both finished on a net 11 points after Nosworthy won the final race in a brisk 14-15 knot breeze.
Each crew had won five races, but Edwards and Stern, from Cronulla Sailing Club, had five seconds to three, deciding the countback in their favour.
The championship went right down to the line with Nosworthy and Holt winning the final race by 1 minute and 19 seconds but the win was not enough to clinch the title.
Third place overall went to Tasmania's Peter and Karen Davis on 26 points, and fourth to their children, Katherine and Matthew on 48.5 points, with another NSW crew, Ross and Hayden Ansen, in fifth place on 50 points. The family crew title went to the Davises, and the junior championship to their children, with Katherine also receiving the trophy for leading female skipper.
Peter took out the Masters skipper trophy.
The NS14 Australian championship has been a highlight of Port Dalrymple Yacht Club's 60th season.