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

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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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