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Friday, March 5, 2010

67th Sharpie Nationals Report: Vita Brevis

This year’s Sharpie National Championship was sailed out of Sandy Bay Sailing Club on the Derwent River in Tasmania. The 9 race series was held over 10 days during the Christmas break with MOFSC represented by Vita Brevis helmed by David Meehan and crewed by Brendon Green and Rhyss Edwards. There were 27 entries for the series with 3 WA boats making the pilgrimage as well as last year’s National Champion and several well known competitive sharpie sailors.
The Derwent River provided an excellent host for the championship with Mount Wellington in the background, fleets of yachts competing in the Sydney to Hobart and Launceston to Hobart yacht races passing by our race course and plenty of onshore festivities.
A mix of different weather conditions was sailed in, ranging from nothing to 25knots and one day was postponed due to a 57knot gusts (The bear) coming over mount wellington. These conditions proved tough to sail in with a mix of different boats at the top end of the fleet. Vita Brevis sailed consistently throughout the series to finish 11th overall with results ranging from 3rd to 19th place. The series was won for the second year in a row by Malcolm Higgins and his crew on ‘Blur.’ The win was contested until the last day of racing with Jason Heritage and Crew on ‘Bread Run’ claiming an early lead to the regatta.

The 68th Sharpie National titles are scheduled to be held at Black Rock Sailing Club in Victoria next Christmas and it highly likely that WA sharpies including Vita Brevis will be there to contest them yet again.

Many thanks to all the people who were involved in running the regatta (SBSC). It was nice to see a dedicated volunteer group and off the water events were entertaining. We hope to see lots more boats representing WA in Victoria


Team Vita Brevis

Host Club: Sandy Bay Sailing Club
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Pictures: Jane Austin Photography Flikr
Webiste: Team Vita Brevis
Next Nationals: Black Rock Sailing Club
Victorian Sharpie Association

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