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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
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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

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