The Australian Sharpie is a highly competitive yet social class with a long history of attracting and developing champion sailors

Monday, May 10, 2010

Black Adder re-joins the regulars

After picking up Black Adder 805 on the weekend, I'm amazed at the condition of the hull. After 18 years, the boat is still appears to be as structurally sound as the day it was built, and it is a testament to the Sharpie class rules that such an old boat could potentially be bought back to a semi-competitive level (we'll see...). After having seriously considered buying a 49er for the last 12 months(among other classes) , and having seen how quickly they become a jelly bowl, I know I have made the right decision. At the end of the day, the Sharpie fleet is an affordable way to get out there every weekend for some close racing, have fun, not kill yourself, and have a beer with a great group of guys (and gals). Nuff said.

Pink, red and grey is not exactly the sweetest combination of colours I have ever seen (what were they thinking!!!!), but hey, it's nothing a can of spray paint and a roll of pin stripe can't fix. Whoever campaigned the boat in the 90's sure poured a lot of coin in the boat because there has to be a full set of sails for every year from 1991 through to 1996. Wow.  Anyway, 7 out of the 9 mains now reside in the bin, along with 4 of the 6 jibs. The remaining sails, are well.....let's be honest.....are nothing flash (ahh der). Apparently, there are some near new sails floating around that might fit the bill for next year. I'm sure Hips will throw in an  adjustment if they need it (aww...come on!!!!). Other than that, a new set of stays (better safe than sorry), a few new fittings (amazingly, not many needed), and a few new ropes (OK, about 1/4 of them) and she is good to go.

The boat will be a regular on the water next year so throw me a line if you are keen to get out there as crew on a regular basis.

See you out there.


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