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Friday, December 31, 2010

Nationals Heat 2

Note to self: Keep the mast pointing in the air.

Black rock once again turned on great sailing conditions with the standard Southerly dropping in just in time for racing. The swell built constantly through racing and proved challenging to negotiate.

Keysie was once again up in the results with an 12th with Gordo just holding him off to finish in 11th place. Vita Brevis finished in 8th place after rounding the bottom mark behind both keysie and gordo and taking the left hand side.

The moral of the story being that Vita once again went for a swim when going for the kite drop at the bottom mark. Mistakes like those really hurt. Gordo was impressed with his teams effort in the race saying that he stepped outside the box and tried some different sail trim which worked a treat in the swelly conditions.

Today we have WA like weather forecast with 40 degrees and most likely a high land breeze that the seabreeze will not be able to fight out. The locals say in these conditions can prove very shifty.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Nationals Heat 1

Black rock once again turned on some spectacular racing conditions with the sea breeze coming in right on queue. From there the swell built rapidly and while we were racing reached close to 1m in parts of the race course (particularly at the gybe mark). It was on for young and old both uphill and downhill with some of the best testing the water temperature.

From the pin at the start it looked like many boats were OCS at the start however only 1 was pinged by the race committee. Working into the waves uphill was a constant battle of whitewash. The steerer had to be alert. The main had to keep boat surging and the trap had to make sure he avoided getting washed backwards from his position. After the 5th wave in a it gets hard to maintain that rhythm.

Downhill you hang on for the ride. And make sure you keep it upright.

Keysie was up there in the results with a 6th and Vita Brevis 8th place by half a bow. Both recovering well from capsizes early in the race. Gordo was right next to Keysie until the last top mark when they went for a swim resulting in a 15th. Once again Camel showed the fleet how to do it followed closely by Geoff McCloud and Dave Higgins.

Today lighter conditions are forecast with a large high pressure system lingering to the east.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Invitation Races

The fleet took to the water yesterday to warm up and shake off the nerves before the real national series starts with 2 invitational heats. Black rock turned on some perfect sailing conditions with 16-20 knots from the south which did not move around too much during the day either.

Keysie proved he's still got it with a 6th and 9th positions. Gordo got off to a good start with a 12th and 15th. Vita Brevis bent a spinnaker pole in the first race. We figured we must have run over a china man on the way here. However we quickly recovered running back in to get our spare and making it for the second race. The second race we picked up a few positions on the last leg to finish in 5th place. Aisbett managed to make it round the course finishing ahead of a couple of boats in the second race.

Results here

The podiums for the day were dominated by Camel and Dave Higgins finishing 1 & 2 in both races proving they will be hard to beat through the series.The first heat has similar weather conditions forecast with a high still in the bight.

Afterward we all shared a few (some too many) beers in the bar. Although the sharpies are conventionally Corona drinkers we have given them up in favor of the sponsored Broo Beer with carton after carton being drunk by thirst sharpie sailors at the low price of $4 ea over the bar. We managed to break Brendon out of his round before it got messy and took a ride down to the local pizza shop for dinner.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Committed Stupid Dumb idiots

Was the call from the Gallery in the bar.

There were 4 of them who decided that a warm up was worth it in waters off Black rock yacht club. The conditions were exhilarating. Maybe that's the stupid coming out in me as Vita Brevis was one of them.

All WA participants have successfully arrived at Black Rock Yacht Club ready for the start of the 2010/11 Nationals. Although not totally in one piece they are now ready to race. At the moment a SSW has set in around 20 knots. Which on the bay in kicks up a bit of swell. We estimate around 2.0m.

After out practice session a couple of brews were enjoyed back at the club. The new flavor of the month is the sponsored Broo beer which is walking out the door at $4 a pop. I think they might need to order more.

Tomorrow looks to be light on the bay for the invitation heats.

Monday, December 20, 2010

GBYC club heat 3

Saturday was club heat 3 and with a promise of 15 to 25 knot breezes all was set for a epic showdown between the four contenders, all skippers were nervous in the rigging area as the pressure was on them to get their boats away to a good start. On the way out to the start the breeze filled in to about 15 to 18 from the s/e swinging a bit to the west but holding reasonable pressure.

On the start Suicide got away first closely followed by Suburban and the uninvited and spiny norman, problem the gun didnt sound till Mozz got to the line and merv went the wrong side of the start boat due to a barging incident,Mozz in the uninvited cotinued up the first work while the others set about restarting.

Heading to windward for the second time it was Uninvited from Spiny, Suicide and Suburban. With the exception of mozz the places swapped with each tack and the lead mozz had was down to a few boatlengths on the run.

Into the breeze for the third time Mozz in the uninvited lead from Spiny Norman and Suicide Blonde with Suburban Boys close behind. Suicide hung left whilst Spiny and Suburban went right with Uninvited trying to cover both options. At the mark Suicide had closed the gap to be in second with a bit of a gap to Suburban and Spiny. The breeze had gone west a bit by now making the first reach square and the second to tight to fly a kite.

Into the breeze for the last time it was Uninvited, Suicide Blonde, Suburban Boys and Spiny Norman.The breeze being s/w meant it was a one tack run to the line, Mozz, Dean and Jess in The Uninvited held on to win. Suburban Boys made good use of stand in forward hand Pete 118kg Ravenscroft to be all over Suicide on the beat to take second and Spiny in fourth.

Nothing like a good race to finish the year, makes relaxing analysing the race with a few beers whilst the sheet hands wash and pack up most enjoyable.


1st The uninvited
Mozz, Dean and Jess
2nd Just Suburban Boys
Snow, Rob and Pete
3rd Suicide Blonde
Craig, Pete and Brownie
4th Spiny Norman
Merv, Neil and Greg

With 3 different winners so far the race for club champion is alive and well
as there is no sailing till the 8th Jan Hope everyone has an enjoyable Xmas
Good luck to those going to the Nats

Pete C

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Boxed in Sharpies

After a long afternoon on Tuesday all 3 Sharpies travelling to Melbourne in the sea container are successfully stowed. The packing exercise was relatively smooth with master chippy Gordo building the frame in the container to stack the boats. Keeping the plumber away from the construction site with his sledge hammer was a challenge, but once Boogs was tasked with Corona logistics (Supply of Corona's to Rhyss and David who were somewhere in the container trying to strap boats down) he had a job to do that he seemed extremely experienced at.
Also congratulations to Paul in 862 for your win at MBSC on Sunday, the results were;
Paul Main

Fiddle Pigs
Micheal Liddle

Run to Paradise
Tony Aisbett

Good luck to all crews competing at the nationals this christmas. More updates will follow so watch this space for more news.

Monday, December 6, 2010

MBSC Club heat 2


The last couple of weeks has seen a fair bit of banter between State Presidents in the lead up to the Nationals and National Conference. Some interesting ideas and some great input from the active associations and some more left field ideas from the less active States. Nothing that has not come up before or again in the future.

To keep you all in the loop the main consideration at a Nationals level is the trialing of a Program over 7 days.
Other than SA we seem to be between 30ish and up to 50 for the Championship. QLD has proposed a 7 day format for the 2011/12 series This was accepted last year and has ended up a 9 day series due to a few forced alterations. Most feel a 7 day event would attract more starters and at least than half to cost to both host clubs and competitors. Hard work on the ground is still the key issue and introducing new and recyled sailors to the class.

The Local fleet has a number of relatively new sailors to Sharpies including two junior skippers along with occasional appearance of The Son of Don steering Original Sin when not on 420 duties. After having assisted in Wise Magic changing hands I have received an order for a boat from a past Champion as plans are in place to return for the Perth Nationals.

Wise Magic was out in the morning with TJ doing the official handover and familiarization session with Peter King.

With the breeze West SW and between 8 and 12 knots it was going to be an interesting day. Not just the normal SW pattern. Half way up the first leg we had some big separations. The poor starters had gone west and picked up a massive westerly shift, Impact was pinned by SS and Gordo was forced to the south lay line, and effectively last place. The Pigs had streeted the fleet to lead at club, Vita had bailed early and dug all the way west to be next around and probably a good minute behind the Pigs, the rest were toast and fighting for scraps after one leg.

The reach to Addison was a soft mongrel run. Not unless you have three flee weights on board (Original Sin all of 180kg ringing wet) who flew down full wiring and back into the pack. The Pigs, VB then a gap to SS, Loaded, Original Sin and then Impact at Addison. VB worked west of the rumb line taking the lead and clearing out on the work to Robins, the rest battled it out getting in each others space on the work and run to Addison. SS, Loaded Dice and Impact spent the rest of the race in close contact and pulling away from Original Sin and the Pig’s. With VB at least 3 minutes ahead the race was for second, SS was assisted by the great sheet hand Sam Abbott, Gordo was inspired while Impact had to put up with the incompetent skipper.

VB was cruising to a massive win after a rather lackluster start to the season. All the best in Melbourne.
Fort the rabble the decisive move came late in the race at Quarry where the mark had been replaced by a temporary bouy. Luckily for Impact the alert and knowledgeable forward hand Andrew (Magic Fingers) Gill spotted the mark earlier than SS and Gordo and Impact was able to close the gap. Great calls by stand in Sheethand Allan Thomas (Father of Steve (the God) Thomas) had Impact on winners all the way up the final leg and into second place. The action not over with yet with Gordo having to duck SS on the line rather than inflicting significant damage to SS’s  Starboard midships. Pedro was later found guilty by the Balcony Jury and ordered to buy for the bar or walk the plank and Gordo was fined for not protesting in the allotted time and bought for the now rowdy mob.
This Mob was lead by none other than Graham Keysie Keys (assisted by Scott Glaskin) who had been let down by Drew Mitton not fronting and hence had downed several hundred middies by 6pm. As a reward Keysie hosted a rather entertaining presentation the like that has not been seen since past Commodore Matt Jahns passionate performances. As a result the bell was rung many times including right down to 3rd place getters.
Graham Keys leads the Presentation of flags
On a sad note we mourn the passing of Joe Creeper and pass on or thoughts and sympathy to Greg. 

Next weekend is another short race series at MBSC.

Written By Craig  Mann

Sunday, December 5, 2010

GBYC club heat 2

Well what a difference a week makes!!!
after the breeze dropping out for the start last week this week saw a 15k westerly at 2pm, on the way to the start it built to about 18k swinging to the sw.

At the gun it was Spiny norman at the boat and the uninvited courtesy of mozz's new watch away first followed by Suburban boys and Suicide blonde 15 sec later, it was a drag race to gain accendency by the first mark Merv "the little master" rounded first follwed by Suicide, Suburban and Uninvited close behind.

By the gybe it was still spiny from suburban, suicide and uninvited, some clever sailing from "regular skipper"craig put suicide into second in hot pursuit of spiny.
the breeze kicked in a bit for the next windward. At the top for the second time spiny opened up a lead on suicide and suburban with uninvited a bit back. All boats split tacks for the run closing up the gaps.

As the breeze kicked a bit more the places stayed the same finishing with a good two sail reach to finish, as the gaps were not too great no one risked a kite in fear of being carted off the course.

End results were
1st Spiny norman Merv,greg and neil
2nd Suicide Blonde Craig Pete and Brownie
3rd Suburban boys Snow, Rob and Josh
4th The Uninvited Mozz, Dean and Jess "iceman"

Funny how no one whinges in a good breeze

Pete c

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vita Brevis exerts her influence in the flukey Easterly breeze off Busselton

fluky easterlies
A few beers before bed time

A small band of 4 metro Sharpies joined in with the Busselton regulars to fight out the “New Country Championship”. With BOM forcasting 20 to 30 knot easterlies we were hopeful of some flat water blasting on Saturday and praying we would have some breeze Sunday.

Right on queue as we prepared for a nice afternoon on the water the Sou Easterly slowly died off until It was around 8 to 12 knots for our first start with the famous busso bullets and lulls and 30 degree shifts. Vita Brevis and Suburban boys took the left, Impact the middle and the rest the right. The left paid the middle got hammered And the right was ok. Vita took out first from locals Suburban Boys and Suicide Blonde. Race two had Vita the Suburban Boys and Poida having a good battle. Vita held off the other two as they battled each other on the final leg for a comfortable 2 minute win.

Sunday’s breeze was 8 knots and just managed to hold in until we hit the beach, allowing perfect unrigging weather. Every one had a taste of the action in race one with Impact looking the goods on lap one of the race before Gordo picked two rippers on the down hill legs to chalk up a well deserved win. Vita took a big gamble mid race with a big inshore move paying a heavy price and finishing a long last. One boat length separated 2nd to 5th , Suicide Blonde, Impact, Suburban Boy’s and SS.

With the 6th place from Vita opening up the regatta it was all to sail for in the fourth and final heat. A 30 degree wind shift with 30 seconds to go had Vita favoured and a further shift on the down wind leg set up a soldier course. Vita took the win to wrap up the series and gain a bit of confidence before the Melbourne Nationals from the Suburban Boys and Impact after consistently poor performances by he skipper bringing in Third for the race and series.

Vita Brevis now takes a commanding lead in the travelers series and is the official State Team representative at the Black Rock National Titles. Good luck to Vita, Black Sun, Loaded Dice and Run to Paradise in Melbourne.

The racing was followed by a few quiet beers and a little fence mending by The President. Our thanks to the GBYC, volunteers and the caterers for a great event and sensational Saturday night meal.

Keep the boats on the water and we look forward to seeing you in Perth in February for the State Titles.

Written By Craig Mann

More Pictures

Country Champs Results 2010-11 Season GBYC

Sail # Name Skipper Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
911 Vita Brevis David Meehan 1 1 6 1
807 Just Suburban Boys L. "Snow" Francis 2 3 4 2
821 Impact Craig Mann 4 4 2 3
879 Loaded Dice Gordon Mckercher 5 5 1 5
805 SS Peter Ivannac 6 2 5 4
894 Suicide Blonde Craig Francis 3 6 3 6

Entrants 6 6 6 6 6

Progressive results

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

GBYC Official opening day

Saturday saw the opening day at Busso
A light NE breeze was on offer reported to swing to the west later.

Due to "regular skipper" Craig "family comittments" constant whinging last week it was decided he needed a week in the reserves to refocus for the metro vist,
teaming up with Ali and Jake in his own boat On the Day for its annual outing.

Suburban boys had the normal line up of Snow, Rob "chopper" and Josh

Suicide started with Brownie "turbo"(never stops whining) Pete and guest front man Jullian on board.

Uninvited had Mozz and Dean with Jessy "the iceman" a late withdrawal.

Spiny norman had only Merv as Greg woke up sick and Neil had to go to perth
Merv then took the opportunity to sail in a 125 for the day.

The course was an all in windward leeward affair, Mozz won the start and had a good break at the first mark with the others all bunched up after the wind swung to the west, at the bottom mark all four were together not sure of the placings.

The rest of the race chopped and changed with the wind eventually going right around to settle back in the NE, made the course layer look famous, at the finish it was the uninvited from suburban boys, suicide blonde and on the day.

A few beers on the lawn whilst the sheethands unrigged and washed down, as Jess was away the Uninvited was still on the lawn when I left.

Well done to Mozz and Dean (looks like Jessy was holding you back) maybe the lighter weight helped, but in all fairness the boys did everything right to take the gun.

Looking forward to next weekend as should be good sailing and a few laughs
see you all then

Pete C

Monday, November 22, 2010

Busselton Country Championships

Hi All,

Busselton this weekend.

The Four races will constitute the WA Sharpie Assc Country Series. The Winner will receive a mystery prize, rumoured to be either a $10,000 sails package and personal instruction from Sharpie Great and custom sail maker  Andrew (Hip's) Harry or more likely the mothballed Metro Trophy (if I can find it ) and a carton of Corona's. Trophy last seen by John Hilton 2007. John Please let me know if you have it?

Heat winners on Saturday will be expected to slide the plastic once the sun has gone over the horizon.

With Three to Four boats out regularly and Kym Nisbett's  boats refurbished and ready to race the Metro Clubs could soon be out numbered and out gunned in our annual pilgrimage.

Planning on windard leeward format as with the last 4 races. With the forcast showing temps in the high 20s' and 15 knot SE winds it will be a great weekend and everyone will be in with a chance.

For those intending to come down for the weekend please let me know so we can organise enough beer and food.

Results of the previous 4 races will be posted on the website this week. It would appear, Vern is the early leader closely followed by Team Vicious and Vita Brevis. All the rest have either had breakages or no shows and are carrying discards.


Craig Mann

Traveller Series Results 2010-11 Season EFYC MBSC
Sail # Name Skipper Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Total
901 Blatantly Obvious Vern Tidy 3 2 1 1 7
891 Vicious Gary Swan 2 1 2 3 8
911 Vita Brevis David Meehan 1 3 5 6 15
821 Impact Craig Mann 6 9 3 2 20
805 SS Peter Ivannac 9 9 4 5 27
904 Who let the dogs out Byron Renfry 4 4 11 11 30
862 Mainiacts Paul Main 9 9 6 7 31
879 Loaded Dice Gordon Mckercher 11 11 7 4 33
737 The cows are loose ? Renfry 5 9 11 11 36
923 Mona Nick Heggart 7 9 11 11 38
734 Run to Paradise Tony Aisbet 11 11 8 8 38

Entrants 11 9 9 8 8

Friday, November 19, 2010

Busselton State selections & Traveller series

Well, we hope you are all looking forward to the Busselton Traveller Series (I know I am). Hoping for a good crowd this year. Nothing like camping out with the boats, and afternoon (or morning)beers on the lawn with your mates. Here's a photo from past years to tempt you. Plenty of ladies making their way down this year so bring the missis along!
ps R.I.P. Trevor (ie the Trevor's Carpets van in the photo)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

State selections & Traveller series hts 1-4

Photo by John Hilton

EFYC and MBSC hosted some great racing Saturday and Sunday, with the first heats of the State Selection and Travelers series.

Thanks to all the volunteers from both clubs and Brendon and Cheryl Green for the use and operation of the boat to lay the course on Sunday.

As I was busy testing the water quality and depth of the reach during race one and later saving the life of a poor ant sailor (possibly some exaggeration), Impact missed heat two I will guess a little at the results. We considered applying for average points however that would have meant some paper work and less time to drink beers so dismissed the idea. Not to mention the average of last is still last!!!!!!!!!!

A good 20 to 25 was on offer in the confines of the Drain Pipe which in itself is fine, it is all the dumb ass pleasure craft drivers that have been on the piss all afternoon that the problem. Race one had Impact and Vern were dueling for the first lap before Vita Brevis hit her straps and took control. Swanny and the boys in Vicious were showing glimpses of promise. Impact and Vern tried to avoid each other and both hit the piss, Vern recovered, Impact was in the pond for a big swim and tangled kite. Driver Error and Owner preparation of equipment was to blame. SS had gear failure, Mainiacs was going well however blew up a spreader and also had to retire along with problems on Mona causing her to come in during race two.

Vita took out the win from Vicious not sure of the rest, probably Vern 3.

Race two and it was very solid, Vita had the lead only to swim at the bottom mark, allowing Vicious to take out the win, Vern piped Vita on the wind when the sails touched the pond again.

Saturday and it was a more comfortable 15 knots give or take from the SW.
Everyone had a turn at leading and both races finished with most of fleet within a minute.

Lot's of fun and a taste of what Busselton and the State Champs in February have in store.

Vern took out both races, Vicious a 2 and 3, Impact a 3 and 2. For those interested Brendon emailed the rule of the finish line and Impact did have room on the boat at the finish. Not that I was sure at the time!!!!!

Great performance by POIDA Ivanac showing what a great purchase 805 was and that is as good as he said he kept telling us. Fantastic to see the Great Men Al Hopping and Wade Henson gracing the sharpies again. Mainie was a happy camper with his team finding their groove, Tony A made it around both races and bar at Mounts shut early due to a lack of staff. Probably a good thing as for once I could drive home.

A great couple of days both on and off the water.

Next weekend looks quite at both clubs due the (PIR) Perth International regatta and the loss of brownie points in many camps, hopefully we will see a good turn out at Busselton. The Mounts Bay boy's plan to camp at the club and the plastic may even make the trip.

Please if you intend to travel or are looking for a crew let me know as this will assist Busso in catering and how much beer to have on order.

The more the merrier and it would be great to support the Busso boy's.


Craig Mann

More photos courtesy of John Hilton

Monday, November 8, 2010

PFSYC Open Day

The Sharpies and 3 5oh's joined up for a good day at the Squadron. Greeted by a switching 12 knot breeze that finally touched 18 knots as we finished.

With the breeze moving through a good 20 degrees the first work was a ripper. It was anyones guess who would make it first to Smith until Poida on SS pull a glamour bit of south and streeted the fleet. The day was now more about winding in Poida than anything else.

Down wind in the marginal conditions the 5oh's had it all over the Sharpies and set about chasing Poida. They did a good job and by Armstron were pretty close. Back to the Sharpies, Impact went west down hill and picked up on Poida but the fleet flew by with great breeze down the middle. VB, Impact, Keysie, Mainie were all close at Armstrong with the 3 Liddle Pigs lost looking for goldy locks. Donnie Mc retired and headed home for a beer and Tony was a bit late to start.

SS was playing it cool and holding a loose cover. The old girl was going well and Poida was having a ball. After another Smith, Armstrong run Vita had wound in Poida and his pizza pirates on SS and Impact was closing. An increase of presses helped as Light weigh Larry on the bow of SS was no match for 100kg Brendon on VB and 95 kg Gilly the Magician on Impact. By Smith it was VB,Impact by a nose and SS. The Pigs were now found and causing some grief to Keysie.

At Hall Mark with just a short beat to the finish it was VB by 10 seconds from Impact and 20 seconds to SS. Impact was all over Vita Brevis and half way to the Squadron had the advantage. it was now just a matter of keeping a nice tight cover. Impact held on to win by 15 seconds from Vita and Poida and his Pirates on SS. Well done Pete you had the old girl wound up and put the wind up the rest of us. Good Work. The flat Hilly main looked a treat!!!!!!!

See those of you brave enough at EFYC next Saturday and the rest of you Sunday at MBSC.

Some photos from the Weekend.
Donnie Mc

Hi Boogz
Images provided by Rick Steuart please contact if you would like to have a look at more or purchase them.

MOFSC Open Day

MOFSC Opened its doors to competitors on Saturday for it Club open day. Mandurah turned on a moderate SW'er with a small swell. Enough for the sharpies to pick up some waves downwind. 2 Sharpies were on the water and 2 505's. Blind Date got off to a good start showing a bit of pace up the first work however Vita Brevis found the right gear to beat them to the top mark. From there on it was a great sleigh ride with blind date trying desperately to catch up down wind with their nice new Sydney swans coloured Hill kite. Vita Brevis extended her lead out to nearly a minute by the end of the race. As for the 505's, well I heard that one got beated by his son in a 420! Hmm a bit of practice needed maybe?

Blind Date is looking ever so red after the winter. With a new paint job one would wonder if Datey actually does any real work...or just spends his time doing sleeping next to his boat! Well done to Datey and his crew. It was also good to see a few Sharpie legends down the club like Rube Gabrielson. Sharpie still runs through his veins.
Thankyou to MOFSC and its voluteers for a great day on the water.

GBYC The Uninvited does the unexpected

Sunday saw the short course series 1. as the cruisers were doing an offshore race sharpies racing was held in the morning with a 10 30 start.
with Brownie away, think he was at the media launch and after party for a new flavor iced tea, my very lovely wife Cheryl was enlisted to fill in, (she sometimes reads these)unfortunately sunday saw her ill and unable to participate.
A few calls to prospective crews drew no response so suicide stayed in the shed. As we were duty boat "regular skipper" craig "family comittments" and I teamed up with Brendon Mozz on the rescue boat.

The start of the first race saw 5 knots of nw building and swinging. At the gun the big suprise was The Uninvited,with Mozz,Jessie "ice man"Sheehan and Dean "mister"Dixon on the line mixing with Suburban boys, Snow "extreemely cocky", Rob "galvanised" Nail and Josh "mister" Beard, and Spiny norman staring Merv "rowdy" forster, Roger "the hard core"Paine and Greg"mister"stewart.Roger HC of Woody Nook Wines had taken time out from his Quest to break all his bones whilst bike riding, to sail, hope to see him back in the sharpie soon.

The racing was tight with all boats having a share of the lead and a wrong tack meant you could lose shitloads but could gain the same with a good one.
Suburban boys took out both races in the end but a good test for rusty crews and to tune boats.

Race two had a nice 12 k nw breeze blowing and the race was much like the first with Suburban taking it out, Rowdy had a few moments with greg reaching on the run, claims to have eaten an off prawn, saw Roger THC ducking for cover and not sheilding rowdy, typical sheet hand
Next week sees the return of Brownie so should have 5 boats in the water as the fleet gathers momentum.

Thanks to Brendon Mozz for his help on the rescue and all the material he shared about his dad (Mozz) which will end up on the site through out the year.

Beers and burgers were the order of the day on the lawn after,and although I was unable to stay I am sure the conversation was about the best display of rescue boat duty to date, the whole fleet kept safe!!

Well done to Snow Rob and Josh on the two wins

see you next week

Pete C

Thursday, November 4, 2010

PFSYC Open Day

 The Perth Flying Squadron Open Day is on this Sunday with the Sharpies invited. I believe that the Sharpie Class has a long history with Perth Flying Squadron with many Sharpies sailing out of there in the past. Come along on Sunday and have a sail and beer at this great club. The courses will be using the fixed river marks.

Revised Start time 1430 for Sharpies.

 Email Craig mann
If you are intending to sail please let email Craig Mann so we can let PFSYC know numbers.

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Cya on the water... or in the bar.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Register for the season

With the start of the Association Races on the 13th November boat owners are reminded to register your sharpie for the season. Registration is necessary to sail in association races and provides the funds to support this association.

The registration forms, NOR, SI's and Calendar are available via the Downloads page

Save our Treasurer some pain and send your documents into him early via email and bank transfer to avoid the hassle on race day.


Your Sharpie Committee

GBYC 1st club heat

Saturday saw the first club heat at GBYC. Wind was a NW at around 12 to 15 knots, Three sharpies faced the starter in Suicide Blonde, The uninvited and Just suburban boys, Merv was going to start but opted to go on a girls trip in a dodgy bus to the races, turned out sailing would have been a better option!

After last weeks debacle of a start "regular" skipper Craig "family comitments" Francis had reread his starting techniques manual in un updated version and was keen to implement it, in what was to be an epic battle of bro versus bro against Snow "a bit cocky" Francis in Suburban Boys. Both boats were on the line with the possibility of breaking the line for a change. The uninvited with Mozz "I got here early so there is plenty of time", still on the bank at the gun getting over the line 9 minutes late.

The other two had a classic duel through out with only a few lengths separating them all day, not sure what it was like on suburban boys but the pressure on suicide was huge. "regular" skipper Craig "family comitments" never shut up all day, fortunatly we had Brownie to absorb all the abuse, showing why it good to have little sheet hands as they must be used to it.

At the end Suicide managed to cross the line a couple of lengths clear of Suburban with The Uninvited closing their deficit to about 41/2 minutes , good race had by all with the customary few beers after whilst the sheet hands unriged and washed down ect

Next week is a Sunday race so if you turn up saturday you will be on your own.
Sharpies are duty class so we need to fill the second rescue crew, if you know any one hanging around give us a call.
Pete C

Sunday, October 31, 2010

East Freo 30th October

With the not enough starters for the Indian Ocean Classic, Mounts Bay on a break for a week the only place left for a sail was at EFYC. We called it preparation for the upcoming State Selections in 2 weeks time. The river turned on a fluky Easterly for Blatantly obvious and Vita Brevis to sail with.

I'm not sure how long it is since Vern Tidy has last sailed but it is long enough for a blue tongue lizard to find a home in one of the sail bags. When the crew went to open the bag they got a bit of a fright.

EFYC from my memory has been a very sociable club but they are very precise with their start times. The Start box had start signals for the skates up and both of them were still rigging on the beach. Then came the sharpies turn and we were still rigging. It was mostly just a hurry up and the starters reset the sequence for us.

Onto the racing Blatantly obvious got away to a good start and lead all the way to Point Walter. However after surfing a stink boat wake for a while and picking a few nice shifts upwind to miller Vita Brevis took the lead and held it as we sailed back to the club. The last 200m into MtLyall Blatantly obvious kept in pressure and managed to get inside mark rounding rights on Vita. From there it was a struggle to the finish line with Vita taking at the mark and Blatantly obvious weaving through moored boats to find pressure and finishing 10 seconds ahead of Vita Brevis.

Arriving back at the beach Swanny and Ash had arrived to have a chat. And a few beers for Swanny (I'm not sure that a diet of Beers is going to help him loose 8kg in 8 weeks). It was a nice day to be on the water. Thanks to EFYC Volunteers and we look forward to the State Selections in 2 weeks

We also learnt back on the beach that a after a shark attack off Garden Island Fremantle Sailing Club had called off racing at the Indian Ocean Classic. Not only had the sharpies avoided a shark biting them but also the $120 nomination for no Sailing

The sharpies will be on the road again to MOFSC and PFSYC Open days to Sail next weekend. Look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nationals prep

With Nationals at christmas time there are a couple of boats that are keen to hit the road.

Over the weekend our VP Gordon signed up heavyweight grinder (120kgs) for his campaign. So watch out for them on the next tight reach.

Keysie has expressed interest and has twisted Drews arm to sail on the wire for him.

So far that makes 4 boats for the trip over with Vita Brevis and Run to paradise. An offer to share a sea container with the flying ants (who are sailing in Parkdale) will help distribute the costs but if we could fill it with just Sharpies would be a bonus.

Do you need a real holiday over the Christmas?

Not long now

Monday, October 25, 2010

GBYC "family comitments" on hold

Saturday saw the return of "regular" skipper Craig F "family comitments" to the fleet, all was ready for a good race with Snow "cocky",on suburban boys, Mozz on the uninvited and Suicide Blonde all keen to taste victory. A nice NW breeze of about 15knots with a possible swing to the SW later, the start saw the usual jockeying for position, finally the gun went then about 30 seconds to a minute later the fleet started in what would have to be one of the worst displays of starting I have witnessed made more unbearable by being on the last boat! When questioned "regular" skipper Craig F claimed he had read a book on tactics by some bloke called Uffa Fox and by starting last you have the opportunity to go either way unhindered, what a crock of sh%#

First work saw the lead change several times with Suicide coming out on top and holding that for the next two laps. Snow "not so cocky now", on suburban boys stayed close in second with mozz throwing all sorts of strange tacks to try to get by but loosing a bit of ground. The last work and Suicide had opened up a bit of a gap and looked the goods, at this point about 100mtrs from thwe top mark the ever observant forward hand pointed out the large gust coming from what looked to be the SW.
"regular" skipper Craig F "family comitments" acknowledged the gust then both set about trying to make the knowall sheet hand be prepared for the hit. In typical sheet hand mode Brownie dismissed the sugestion refusing to look, probably dreaming of iced tea and ginger nut biscuits, and just sat in the middle of the boat.

When the gust hit it was a header resulting in the boat tacking and almost going in the piss, filling with water but not wetting the sails. After a flogging with the jib sheets and tiller extension Brownie blubbered out he had done nothing wrong he had done nothing!!! exactly!!
Tip for sheethands just because you are allowed to rig and unrig boats, wash them down ect you are not the knowledge on the boat and need to listen to the other wiser crew members, particulary the forward hand.

Suicide was able to get the water out and cross the line in first from suburban boys and the uninvited.
Mozz showed a few patches of brilliance and is to be watched.
Next week is the first club heat so maybe see a few more out.
Pete C

Ronstan Regatta update

As I see it Vita Brevis is the only boat confirmed for next weekend.
The rest of us have (EFreo boys as well) crew issues, or lack of motivation etc etc.
I will wk with Pete Ivanac to see if we can get SS on the water Saturday.
Entries must be forwarded to FSC Wednesday this week.

Impact needs to regroup and do some repairs after ruining two mains and a kite in the past two sails.

No racing scheduled at MBSC for the Sunday.

MBSC Club Heat One resail

With 8 Sharpies lined up and a building seabreeze we were in for some fun, spills and gear failures.

Cowrock had dusted off a seasons cobwebs and with star crew Sarah and Grinder ron the boat were clearly going to fly.
Vita Brevis was keen to put aside some poor form and show there State Title win was not a flash in the fan result.
SS was on the water only to have gear failure to a faulty jib halyard that had been replace during the week. Thankfully the mast was not ruined and Louis is fixing the problem. The Pig were home early as the gold spar tip finally failed. Lucky I have supplied them with a replacement (ex Mainie) and they will be on the water for Squadron Opening.

The first work was tight, Impact leading with Cowrock and Vita on our tail. The reach was a ripper, VB took the lead and it was not long before Cowrock with 120kg plus on the wire found the groove in the 22kn plus breeze. A major mess at Deep water between two S80's a hobie cat saw Impact surrender the lead to Cowrock that picked the gap and ricked life and limb in a tangle of boats and a hobie that had know idea.

Vita hit the piss leaving Cowrock and Impact to fight it out. After some seriously close calls with windsurfers and stink boats Cowrock kept up the good work leading at Addison and Robbins. Keysie, Vita and Gordo were all having a good battle the rest were retired.

Cowrock poped the shute at Robbins 30second and with failing memories and strenght headed for University bouy, missing a complete lap of the course. Impact survived the ball tearing reaches and made it back up to Robbins with a big lead over Keysie.
However disaster soon after with the Impact spinaker blowing apart. Bugger we were to miss the best ride of the day. Keysie would have caught us but dropped his kite early thinking the UNI to Quarry leg was to tight and letting us off the hook. Vita Hit the piss again!!!! allowing Gordo to take second.

The Corona's were very pleasent after the race and we hope to see Grinder again a Cowrock was transformed.



Mofsc Kicks off Season

The OTB mixed dinghy fleet kicked off the season with a Club Championship Heat last Sunday in a fresh 20 knot southerly sea breeze with Lasers, 420, Cherub, Sharpies, 505 and a Hobie 17.

The start time was 1pm and with a forecast of a strong sea breeze later in the afternoon the starter set a short inshore course which was great for the spectators. Sharpie 'Blind Date' got the jump at the start but capsized soon after on the goabout which opened the door for the 505 and Sharpie 'Witches Couldren' to battle in out around the track. The 505 extended her leed throughout the race with 'Blind Date' moving through the fleet and in the end only seconds seperated them at the finish followed by 'Witches Couldren' and a fast finishing Cherub.

After the finish the sea breeze freshened in with a strong 25 knots with everyone getting back to shore safely.


Near miss @ EFYC

Thanks to John Hilton for posting this video

Monday, October 18, 2010

GBYC 16th oct

Saturday at GBYC saw a light NW breeze around the 5 to 10 knot mark, tipped to swing to the SW during the day. Three sharpies faced the starter, Suicide blonde with Pete (regular skipper Craig F away with "family comitments") Brownie and Greg, Suburban boys, Snow Rob and Josh and the real Uninvited with Mozz, Dean and Jess.Kym, Merv and Roger still to hit the water. Close racing prevailed with only boat lengths separating all three. Suicide led the first lap from Suburban and Uninvited, who seemed to loose their way a bit as the lap progressed, Mozz sugested the lack of marks on ropes played a part (that old chesnut!!). Suburban boys grabbed the lead on the return part of the sausage and held on to win the race in a fading breeze from suicide and uninvited. As the boats headed for the finish the breeze kicked in. Mozz went for a good run whilst the others headed for the shore. Good race after all. Had to decline Brownies offer of an ice tea and ginger nut biscuit, in favour of building fleet morale over a few beers.
Untill next week
good sailing
Pete C

MBSC short race series

With the Perth International just around the corner and the 2011 Worlds in sight MBSC and the volunteers from EFYC had a practice event with all fleets racing in the confines of Matilda Bay. Congrats to all the volunteers as the starts and finishes went off with out a hitch most classes finished 4 races with the Sharpies enjoying a 5th. Starter Andy provided an interesting day with short 2 lap races progressing to a time limit over 2 hours rather than a set number of races. Andy also had both start and finish lines operating which allowed fleets to be starting and finishing at the same time. A 3min start sequence also kept the fleets moving.

We had a nice 14 to 16 knot WSWer with the course legs of around 600m.Race one saw a little confusion as half the Sharpie fleet (6 boats)headed for the RPYC wing mark. Once we had this figured out racing wasa little more orderly. Mainiacs rounded the top mark first, Blacksun somehow managing to just make it to the start line on time then chose to go around a RPYC mark thinking they were the black sheep, Impact and Vita Brevis quickly realised their error and cracked off and followed Mainiacs around.However their glory was short lived with Impact and Vita Brevis quickly passing down breeze.

Vita Brevis and Keysie were looking good in the first two races with Impact, Mainy and 3LP sniffing about. Race three turned out to be the turning point,Impact and Vita were OSC with Impact restarting Vita sailed on the win the race but being punished for her error. With a good results in race 4 and 5  Impact took out the series and vindicated her last place in race 3. Keysie showed his normal style and hit thebar early forgoing race 5 an a crack at the title.

The series was a great success and with more of these scheduled our boat skills will improve.
A special mention must be made of Three Liddle Pigs series, as they were often near or in the lead early and Mikes starting technique is improving every race.



Email your entries asap to me and I will send them in if we can get the numbers.



Monday, October 11, 2010

MBSC Club heat 1: Blownout

Well what a start to the MBSC season. Sunday was a blowout at MBSC as a rain front passed over the race area.
The sharpies left the beach at 20 to 2 and it was a blast of a 2 sail reach down to the start at near addison. Once down there the conditions were difficult to handle with close to 30knot gusts blowing through. Many crews took a swim.
From there the Race committee chose to change to a SW course starting over near Quarry. We played follow the lamb over to quarry. Hoisting a kite and blasting down through the bay. It was a nice ride. Other fleets abandoned their race but the some of the sharpies retired with damage and by the end there wasnt many left to start a race. It was a good choice to retire to the bar.
Next week is a short race series starting at 1400.

Day one GBYC

Saturday saw the first day of racing after last weeks false start. Three sharpies faced the starter for three short races, breeze was around 12 to 15 from the NW. Suburban Boys, Suicide blonde and The Uninvited fought out the day. Mozz and Dean purchased Uninvited from Merv and spent the winter refurbishing it, credit must go to attention to detail to make the boat into an exact replica of the old Sidewinder with a different sail number, The racing was close with plces changing through out with Snow, Rob and Josh on Suburban boys winning from Suicide blonde with Pete, ("regular" skipper Craig F with "family comitments") Brownie and Julian, and Uninvited/Sidewinder with Mozz, Dean and Jess.

Race two saw Mozz win from Pete and snow.

Race three was again close but with the absence of the finish boat there was some confusion over what was the correct finish,Suicide quite clearly went the right way winning by an unconfirmed 12 to 15 minutes, but I did hear Snow and Mozz claiming similar victories in the rigging area after. Good to be back on the water regardless of the result, sailing sharpies is always a buzz.

Next week should see Kym in the water and possibly Marvyn if circumstances permit.

Pete C

Friday, October 8, 2010


Well tomorrow brings us the first race at GBYC for the season, after last week's cancellation due to some under achievers playing a replay footy game all is ready. Looks like a lesser breeze forecast than last week but should be ok. Hopefully see a few starters for the warm up, not sure how many but will report after the event. As with all sharpie reports these will contain a reasonable amount of truth but may be adjusted in the interest of a good story. Take this opportunity to wish a good season to all on behalf of the busso sharpie fleet.
Pete C

Friday Quiz

Who, where and when?

Winner claims a jug on Sunday.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Season Opening

President Craig Mann Hoists the Sharpie
flag to mark the start of the season
5 Boats rigged on the lawn ready to go sailing

Last Saturday marked the start of the season with MBSC and GBYC holding their open days.

5 boats were rolled out onto the lawn at mounts, quickly rigged and it was back into the bar to watch the footy. Half time we worked out it wasn't worth watching any more and it was out to get ready for a sail. At least we had intentions of going out. Pete C reports there was never ant intention of leaving the bar in Busso. So I'm not sure if GBYC has officially started yet if you didn't get your boats wet?

Onto the racing. It was a hot fleet with the lead changing a few times at the top. It was good to see Peter Chappel dust his sharpie off for a sail. Craig Mann had a hot crew also and after a shaky start worked back into 2nd place by the end of the race. Vita Brevis took an early lead around the top mark. But on the second work Chappel took the lead and held it down breeze until a small mistake deciding which side to leave a navigation mark. But quickly recovered. It was neck and neck at the last bottom mark.

1st  The Lizard: Peter Chappel
2nd Impact: Craig Mann
3rd Vita Brevis: David Meehan

Friday, October 1, 2010

New website features

Recent Improvements to the website
Find out what your local club is up to. The calendars of all the clubs which sail sharpies are now posted on this page for easy access.
Tuning articles are available for download (same ones from old website) Race documentation will be posted there soon...
You can now email your sharpie related photos directly to the webpage.
Simply attach the photos in an email to with the subject becoming the caption and they will turn up instantly on the website.

Monday, September 27, 2010

MBSC Open Day

Well saddle up people Mounts is a buzzing hive of activity at the moment one week out from its open day. The club had a spring clean the other week with club members sprucing up the old girl ready for the season.

The Club Open day is this Saturday 2nd October.

From looking at the MBSC website (also needs a spring clean)
  • Juniors start at 11am
  • Seniors racing is at 2pm. 

If anyone has any further details please let me know.
Come down have a sail, beer and catchup.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ronstan Indian Ocean Classic

The Ronstan Indian Ocean Regatta NOR has been released.  
"This year should be special, P2011 is just around the corner and we are doing our best to attract International competitors to the event as an added bit of preparation. There may be an International flavor to the event" says Nick Jerwood the FSC Dinghy Captain

The Regatta is a great chance for sharpies to taste the real salt water Indian ocean instead of that brown swan river. Its also a a good promotional tool for the class showing the younger generation what a sharpie is all about (We did get some funny looks from the junior kids in the FSC Huck scott). The Regatta is scheduled for the 30th and 31st of October.

The NOR can be downloaded from here

If you are going to attend please let the committee know by using the comment section so we can advise FSC on numbers.

GBYC winter series final

Last Sunday saw the final two heats of the winter series, the conditions were a tad chilly and raining on and off. A good breeze was present around the 15 knot mark with a few gusts. Race one saw Suburban boys with Rob and Josh teaming up with new helm Snow take the lead from the start over Suicide blonde, As “regular” skipper Craig was unable to sail due to “family” commitments Pete and Brownie enlisted first time sharpie sailor Julian to fill in. Training took place on the way to the start, Julian did a tremendous job to overcome the lack of proper instruction from Pete and Brownie. In saying that it was a good race with the boys deserved winners by about 1 min.

Race two started back to back, this time with the polished crew work by now veteran forward hand Julian the racing was neck and neck. The boys rounded first and went left (windward leeward course) whilst Suicide went right in a good gust before gybeing onto a good line to the mark. At this point the breeze kicked to around 30 knots leaving the wise crew on suicide pleased with their decision to delay the kite set till the gybe, the inexperienced Julian was a popular guy about this point, Snow Rob and Josh just had to sit and wait till the breeze hit and with big Josh (71kg) on the wire the rest is history as they say. Suicide went on to complete the next lap with relative ease able to keep the boys in sight behind. A few beers on the lawn at the club after saw the wind strength increase and the winning margins change dramatically dependant on who you listened to.
As always good fun, first shakedown race is oct 2nd. May see Mozz, Mervyn. Kym, Roger and crews out then.
Has been talk of a few sports boat people buying sharpies for the odd sail.
Looking forward to the new season.
Pete C

Friday, September 17, 2010

100 Day National Plan

Today I looked at the Countdown to Nationals and there is 100 days to.

If you were thinking about going to the Nationals but haven't made any plans yet it is a good time to do so. At the moment we are trying to firm up numbers to organise transport. There are still spots available in a Sea Container if we can fill one so please make yourself known if you are thinking about going to Black Rock.

I hope you have your 100 day plan sorted.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

MOFSC Winter series

MOFSC held its last Winter Series last Sunday under blue skys with cold 15-18 SE winds. The mixed fleet consisted of 2 Sharpies, 2 Fireballs, 2 Lasers, 1 420 and 1 Opi as the starters decide to set a Troposide course which was deffinetly different with guest star Gordon Lucas getting the break at the start in the Fireball. The Sharpie 'Blind Date' after missing the start caught the fleet and guide the rest home with the 2 Fireballs contesting a battle behind followed by the Lasers, 420 and the gallent Opi. Afterwards we had presentations for the winter series in the Sundowner lounge with everyone now focusing for the coming Summer Series.

Written By Trevor Date

Monday, September 13, 2010

Spring Cleaning...Just Go Sailing

Its time to start thing about sailing again.

So to all sailors that have not thought about Sailing yet because your too busy...Make time because the Season is just around the corner. In fact if your keen to find out what you forgot to fix last season why not just chuck the boat in the water for the East Fremantle Yacht Club Open Day on the 26th.

After a bit of digging on the EFYC Website...
The Theme for this year’s sail past is “Titanic”. Dress up your boat and crew to be in the running for the “Best Dressed Centreboard Boat”. The judging is usually around midday before the official opening ceremony. The winner will be announced at presentations at 18:00hrs. The official sail past will be at 13:20hrs, Non Consistency race for all centerboard classes at 14:00 hrs.

Not Long Now

If you need more information on an upcoming event try clicking on the event in the calendar. Information about racing will pop up under the description. Such as start times

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Website feedback

Hi everyone.

I'd just like to know your opinion of the new website. There is definitely a crowd of you who check it every day on their lunch break so please give some feedback. Use the comments or email me your suggestions please.
  • Is there a feature you would like added?
  • Is there some part you cannot use properly?
  • Would you like to contribute to the website aswell?
Its your website so speak up please.


Monday, September 6, 2010

MBSC Spring Sailing

Perth turned on the weather yesterday for pre-season sailing at MBSC. A pleasant day was had on the water. Unfortunately "SS" was the only Sharpie to get wet yesterday, but we had fun spanking the Cherubs and 29ers anyway on an informal double sausage course started from the MBSC jetty.
Jarred Mouldy had his first sail on a Sharpie and while we didn't have more than 10 knots, had a good first day. A few more strings to pull than the Laser he normally sails, but seemed to enjoy himself learning the complexities of the Sharpie.
Fiona, Sarah and Greg came down to enjoy the club atmosphere and did their best to entertain, and succeeded as always.
We hope to see Jarred out on the Sharpie for the rest of the season. One windy day should see him turn from the dark side of sailing.
Big thanks to Mike Liddle for coming down and making the test sail possible.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Photos updated for "Psyclone" currently in classifieds.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

MBSC Winter Series Sunday 5th September

Hi Guys/Gals,

This Sunday 5th Sept is the last Winter series at MBSC before the season starts.

Racing starts at 2PM. A few races planned subject to wind strength so would be an excellent shake down for the start of the season.

"SS" is confirmed for a sail, having convinced a laser sailor to have a go.

In the interest of successfully converting this sailor to Sharpies could we please try to get a few more boats on the water?

Please post a response (with your name) if you are able to make it.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MOFSC Results 8th August

A great time was had by all at last weekend's MOFSC winter series. Lovely sunny weather and plenty enough wind.

There was 18 dinghys in the fleet comprising Sharpies, Tasers, 420s, Cherub, Opis and a silly singlehanded Fireball(subsequently punished in the 15knot bullets). 5 Sharpies were scheduled to hit the water however unfortunately one boat's crew was sacrificed to the shorthanded start boat. The day comprised two short, tight races with a single fleet start.

The first race was in gusty 5-10knots, with 20-30 degree wind shifts. A significant sag in the line provided SS the opportunity for clear air start. With the wind on the left side of the course, this proved to be the best way to the top mark. Keeping the boat flat, up to speed and pointing toward the mark was the key, with height being of secondary concern.

At the top mark it was SS, Blind Date, Big Boys Toys and Kiss My Transom with positions unchanged for the triangle and sausage. SS then parked it on the second triangle with the kite retriever badly tangled and caught half up, half down. Several minutes were lost, by which time Blind Date was long gone, showing off superior crew work in the tricky conditions. Wth the course being so short, positions remained unchanged from there on.

Race 2 saw a easterly shift straight after the start, allowing a few lucky punters (including SS) into clean air on port. This proved to be the fastest way up the first beat as the wind swung back south as boats approached the top mark. With a 5-15knot winds, preparing for gusts was imperative. After the first triangle it was SS, Blind Date, and Big Boys Toys. Blind date elected to try something different and gybed out on port for the downwind, but missed the gusts on the other side of the course and was punished. Once again, speed and favoured wind became irrelevant when SS managed to go prawn trawling at the bottom mark, followed by a capsize, and another for good measure. Oh dear. Anyway, Blind Date took an easy win followed by Big Boys Toys and eventually, a soggy SS. Perhaps SS should be short for soggy skipper.

The course offered an excellent training ground, punishing those out of practice.

As always, the MOFSC burgers went down a treat with a beer (or six).

The next MOFSC Winter Series is the 12 Sept which is the last.


Friday, August 6, 2010


For those who havn't seen the better side of our treasurer see below

MOFSC Winter Series 8th August

Hi Guys,

We have 5 boats confirmed and 2 more probable at this Sunday's MOFSC winter series. Two races kicking off from 10am. Conditions look to be perfect (Sunny, 12-14knots SE) so we would encourage anybody else with an itch to come join the fleet. Would be fantastic to see a few more boats to really spice up the racing.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Passing of Mark Michlin

Hi my name is Andrew Michlin.

I thought i should let the A.L.S.S.A. know that Mark Michlin a former member of Mounts Bay Yacht Club and Life member of the A.L.S.S.A. West Australian division since 1979, sadly has passed away.  If any of the old sharpies would like to polish up their wheel chairs his funeral is thursday 5th august at Karrakatta Norfolk chaple at 1.30pm
Andrew Michlin (former Mounts Bay & Royal freshwater bay yacht clubs)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mast Cam

A View from the top... Everyone has probably already seen it but for those who havnt seen it here is the fox hat in action before it was written off.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Website Issues

You may have noticed a few changes lately with the website lately. As our hosting services were up for renewal we decided to clean out the dust and make a few changes.

The blogspot website has now become so you might want to update your bookmarks. The pages from the old website are being moved over to the new website.

I hope you enjoy them and if you have any suggestions please post them here



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Juniors rally your boats

This year the Australian Sharpie Sailing Association ASSA will be offering cash prizes for the Junior boats at this years Nationals in black rock. It is hoped that it will encourage junior sailors to attend the Nationals competition.
Prizes on offer:
1st: $500
2nd $250
3rd $100
Some financial assistance is also given by the state association towards container costs
From the by-laws a junior boat is:
(8) A junior boat is deemed to be one whose helmsman is under twenty-one (21) years of age on 30th June in the year of the Championships completion. Adequate proof of age shall be produced.

Lets get behind the future of our class
Download this poster and post it at your club

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Hi Guys,
F.S.C. have confirmed there will NOT be a HUCK SCOTT re-sail on the 17th July.
So the next race is Saturday 31 July.
The last event was good fun, so we hope to see a few more boats turn up this time. Let us know if you plan to be there. "SS" and "Vita Brevis"are confirmed starters. Any EFSC or MOFSC starters?
Peter I

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

MOFSC Winter Series Heat 2

Three MOFSC Sharpies hit the water of Mandurah last Sunday in the mixed Off The Beach class which consisted of 2 Fireballs, 2 x 420s, 2 x Lasers,1 x 505, 1 x Soling and 1 x Opi. Hitting the water for the first time was Greg Reynolds 'Big Boys Toys' 710, with Ally Boocock 'Secret Womens Business' 724 and Trevor Date 'Blind Date' 922.
At first we had a 'glass out' but later a light shifty 5 knot SE breeze got us all started with Reynolds taking on water from a leaky centreboard bolt did not help as Datey skipped away to an early lead but was overtaken by the lightweight flying Fireballs at the first mark. Note to self a hat is the best substitute for a bailer. By the end of the first triangle all three Sharpies were together out in front but the breeze fickled out, in and out with 'Secret Womens Business' getting a puff from the North and taking the girls around the top mark first. It was then down to the bottom mark with most of the fleet coming down with pressure and catching the Sharpies up with now a traffic jam at the bottom mark. 'Blind Date' and the Fireball rounded on the inside and slid away from the pack with 'Blind Date' then establishing a good lead and finishing in front of a hard fought pack of Fireballs and Sharpies.
Afterwards we all retired to squid and chips over a few beers in sunny paradise MOFSC.
Photo Attached - Dateys young hot crew, Lachlan Date (nephew) and Josh Henshaw.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday Vintage Article

Sharpie vintage. The development cycle comes full circle.
Source: Australian Sailing. Download here
Thanks to Pete Ivanac & Roger McMillan (Yaffa Publishing)
Also do you recognize any of these people. below cast your minds back to the 2003 Sharpie states in Busso.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Daisy all dusted off ready to go

Since I last posted about Blockbuster there has been much speculation over what the boat will be renamed to. Personally I think that renaming a boat is bad luck so I hope that they stocked up before buying the boat. Currently the boat will either be names aquaholic or blockbuster.

The boat has come a long way since it was rescued from its previous owner. The deck has been sprayed and all parts have been located ( a serious challenge). It was rigged today to make sure everything still worked. A little bit of work needs to be done still before the crew hope to sail it in the MOFSC winter series heat this weekend. And i'm sure the project is still a work in progress.

Good luck guys.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Start Marking your Calendars

The AGM has been held and dates are set for next seasons races. Mark your calendars now so you dont miss the action. Date are as follows

Opening DAys
Sept 26 EFYC Opening
Oct 2 MBSC Opening
Nov 7 PFYS Opening

State Selections & Traveller Series:
Heats 1 & 2:    13th November 2010 – EFYC  (14:30 Start)
Heats 3 & 4     14th November 2010 – MBSC (14:00 Start)

State Heats & Traveller Series:
Heats 5 & 6:    27th & 28th November 2010 - GBYC

State Titles:
Feb 12th & 13th MBSC State Titles TBC  

National Championships:  
Dec 28 - Jan 6 Black Rock Melbourne
Other Races
Oct 30th & 31st Ronstan Indian Ocean Classic FSC (dates TBC)
Apr 23rd-25th Easter Regatta MOFSC
Dash for Cash- TBA

Please send us your news, photos, video, links to so we can add it to the website.