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Sunday, January 30, 2011

States Preparation

9 Sharpies braved the squally conditions at MBSC Sunday afternoon in one of the last hit outs before the upcoming State Titles. 3 Short races saw a few retire with torn heart muscles, one broken rudder box, a vang fitting pull out of the bulk head, one main exploding and a set of lowers giving way was some of the damage. Obviously a bit of neglected maintainence and poor form due to a few large hangovers. This was a good result though as one less race allowed for more drinking time.

The big winner for the day was class stalward Paul Main who had the old girl moving nicely managing three seconds.
Keysie was easing himself back into to Perth groove and looks a winner with his new sailing jumper, the old one was christened in 1971so was due a spell. Craig Mann o Impact was sporting an additional 5kg on the belly and looks more more prepared for a twighlight regatta than dinghy sailing, lucky the crew are on the ball and managed a little self disipline over the christmas period.

With a couple of weeks to go all is in readiness for the States, 25 startes looks a secure and although unlikely we could get to the magical 30.

Saturday Night is a Roast beef and pork rolls with salad, beers and drinks from the Sharpie Bar, with Heath Marshall cranking the tunes. $25 bucks covers the meal and entertainment, please confirm with  your numbers as we are almost sold out.
I can add to the catering 7 days prior so let me know or go hungry soon.
I will do a kids meal deal if you email me.

Send your entries in early as it will be busy on Saturday morning.
Find the entry forms on the downloads page or here:

Basic format:

First possible start 1000 sat and Sunday.
Canteen open 12 noon
Bar 1300 Sharpie Bar approx 1600
Band 1800
Meal  1700
Drink and Party to very late.
Sleep were you fall and sailing from 1000 Sunday
Hopefully Beers By 1300 


Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011 Swansea Worlds at CYC (Camel Yacht Club)


Back with popular demand is the SWANSEA WORLDS!

Set on the magnificent waters of Great Oyster Bay, Swansea, Tasmania. These waters over the years have seen some of the best sailors going head to head on and off the water! After a five year absence the biggest weekend in March is back on. So start planning now, with only 7 weeks till the starters gun fires! Entry to this magnificent regatta can be lodged with the email addresses at the bottom of the notice of race. So check those wheel bearings, or book those flights, and come on down to see how a regatta should be run!

Please forward on to all interested paries, and hope to see you there

All the best from the

Swansea Regatta Office


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happy Birthday RHYSS

The team from vita brevis

GBYC Since christmas

Hi all
Apologies for the laxness of reports but the grapes are agrowing and the gear to pick them needs to be ready (busy with work)

GBYC has run a few races over the last three weekends with good conditions for sailing, the regular boats are as competitive as they have ever been sharing the wins. Suicide blonde won the first long race of the year with guest skipper Hoppy of bullit fame coming up with the goods as "regular" skipper craig had family comittments. Short course series was the next one with snow sheeting for mozz on the uninvited again the results were spread around standout performance was spiny norman wetting the kangaroo in each of the three races, Merv claims the crew lost concentration causing him to drop the tiller, this may be open for dispute.

Last weekend saw the club Australia day regatta with three races over the two days, with "regular" skipper craig out with family comitments 125 sailor Jordan was enlisted to sail on Suicide Blonde and did a sterling job with two seconds and a third. His only fault being taking notice of "master" tactition brownie no one usually listens for good reason, Suburban boys took out the honors for the weekend. Greg from spiny norman filled in on the uninvited and was excited to only have one capsise from three,vast improvement.

This week sees the club heat so all will be primed for that.
Looking forward to the state heats some chance Kym in bullit may be a starter.
need some info regarding times ect if possible as unable to locate it on the website.

Pete C

Monday, January 24, 2011


So how was Christmas for everyone?

Surely there was someone wetting a sharpie over the break (Besides the Nationals). Post your stories in the comments section on what you have been up to over the holidays or send them in via email. I'm sure we are all sick of my Nationals write-ups what have been happening around home.Especially since the States are nearly here.

I know MBSC have had a couple of short course series. Wheres our report?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nationals Chug - A - Lug

WA Tried hard but I believe it was TAS who won eventually. Also check out the girls teams having a go.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

68th Nationals Photos

Blacksun Goes for the kite around the top mark Photo by Terrence Benade
My Name is Brendon

Some Photos here

Thanks to Terrence Benade

Unfortunately most of us were on the water sailing hard so there is a lack of photos this year.

2011/12 Nationals: Shortened Format

Next Years Nationals have been promoted at the the recent 2010/11 Nationals with a shortened program being passed at the National Conference.

The Venue for the National is : Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly, Brisbane. (Not sure if it was flooded or not?)

Significant Dates:

Thursday 29th Measuring / registration
Friday 30th Invites back to back
Saturday 31st Heats 1 and 2
Sunday 1st Lay day
Monday 2nd Heats 3 and 4
Tuesday 3rd Heat 5
Wednesday 4th Heat 6
Thursday 5th Heat 7/ Prize night.

I have heard out treasurer Pete Ivannac has already booked his accommodation. The New format will be trialled in Queensland which hopefully captures the changes in all of our lifestyles. (Busy Busy Busy) I have started the counter once again, Time is ticking! 

National Conference

The National Conference was held during the Nationals at Black Rock over the Christmas New Year period.
Several ideas have been tossed about over the past few months. Although not able to attend in person the
general discussion keep coming back to a few key points:

  1. There is no substitute for the sailors and association/s promoting our class and sailing if we want to keep strong fleet numbers.
  2. The National Association will assist with funding to promote more junior and female participation in future National Championships.For QLD National all states will receive $300 for the first ranked Junior and or Female skipper to assist with travel costs.
  1. There is support for the shorter formatted series in QLD (9 days) and plans to develop a 7 day option.
  2. A National Website will be developed with state sites linking from this.
  3. Carbon Poles and Booms will be trialed in SA over the next 12 Months. These are now cheaper than Alloy options. A report will be tabled in 12 months.
  4. The Constitution needs up dating as it was last done in 1996.
  5. The Boat ownership and measurement certificate system has been allowed to lapse. If you have recently purchased a second hand boat you may not have a valid measurement certificate. IE Impact has been measured at 4 nationals and had two owners since the certificate was last updated. This will help keep track of boat ownership and any measuring issues.
WA can boast having the National Country Champions with Dave Meehan, Rhyss Edwards and Brendon Green taking out the title.
Keysie was surely the best placed over 60 finishing 9th over all in a stellar performance on and off the water.

The States Titles are quickly approaching so prepare your boats and crew for Feb 12th  and 13th.
Saturday will be a big night at MBSC so come along with friends and family.
Meals will be available, to avoid disappointment pre book with

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Final Race Report

After 10 days of competition the final day of racing at the nationals was upon us.
We were met with light conditions a few of the boats that had battled to survive the strong wavy conditions now had a chance to prove their skills and speed.
The first start we lined up for was a general recall, our first of the series, and true to his word the PRO used the Black flag on the second start.
The second start was clean, but the breeze has shifted left during the sequence, so it was a pin bias.
A flukey first beat saw the fleet split, and at the top mark Vita Brevis was in 2nd, in close proximity to 2 mc's and a Dj, and Pig Out.
Positions on the shy reaches stayed fairly stable, but the next worked proved as tricky as the first with 20 to 30 degree shifts to try and take advantage of, whilst the wind was still moderating left.
The run saw the fleet bunch again and saw the leaders skip through the pack to their rightful position, All Scooped Out, One Hump or Two and Pig Out led the fleet around the leeward mark just ahead of Vita Brevis and 2 MC's and a DJ.
The PRO had finally decides the the breeze had tended far enough left to warrant shifting the top mark. The tricky conditions still prevailed, but it seemed that boats that sailed for the pressure seemed to do best, and the positions around the next didn't change much but a couple of the local Vic boat wise to the tricky conditions closed in on the top few. Not much changed until the final work, Pig Out had the lead in the light conditions, and Sam did not look back, 2MC's, One Hump or Two and All Scooped out battled for the minor places. Whilst Vita aimed to hold of the local Victorians. It was a close finish between second, Third and Fourth, with All Scooped Out beating One Hump or two and  2MC's and a DJ dropping back to Fourth. Vita Brevis and local Vic Boat Ostentatious battled to the line, but as the breeze clocked further left at the finish, Ostentatious managed to squeeze through the line from below Vita Brevis pipping them on the line. Keysie on Blacksun was the next WA boat across the line in 7th, Loaded dice slipped back a bit in the light conditions but had had a great regatta.

The series results are below, Black Rock Yacht Club hosted an excellent Regatta. The sailing conditions were challenging but fair, and the venue was and hospitality were second to none.

Also it was great to see 3 WA boats in the tops ten. Loaded Dice, Blacksun and Vita Brevis all battled hard in the windy conditions and have proven the Sharpies in WA are truly alive and kicking and are up there with the best in the Nation.

Header File

LW Sharpie National Championships 2010

Hosted By Black Rock Yacht Club

Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score Race 7 Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1 T900 One Hump or Two Drew Latham O 10.0 3.0 1.0 3.0 1.0 [3.0] 1.0 1.0
2 SA909 All Scoobed Out Dave Higgins O 12.0 2.0 [36.0F] 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
3 SA877 Pigout Geoff McCloud E 14.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 [4.0] 2.0 3.0 2.0
4 SA831 2 MC's and 1 DJ John Heywood O 27.0 4.0 3.0 5.0 3.0 [36.0F] 7.0 5.0
5 V847 T.O.T.L.A.T.F Rod Allen E 37.0 10.0 4.0 [13.0] 5.0 7.0 4.0 7.0
6 V745 Ostentatious Aaron Hirst O 39.0 5.0 8.0 1.0 7.0 [36.0F] 9.0 9.0
7 WA910 Vita Brevis David Meehan C 39.0 6.0 7.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 8.0 [8.0]
8 SA915 Don't Poke the Bear Anthony Turton O 41.0 13.0 6.0 8.0 [36.0F] 5.0 5.0 4.0
9 WA873 Blacksun Graham Keys E 45.0 7.0 5.0 11.0 [20.0] 4.0 12.0 6.0
10 WA879 Loaded Dice Gordon McKercher E 60.0 [18.0] 11.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 11.0 15.0
11 SA896 Moe's Tavern David Snoad G 69.0 17.0 9.0 [23.0] 13.0 10.0 10.0 10.0
12 V887 The Fat Controller Peter Isaacs O 77.0 11.0 12.0 18.0 [23.0] 9.0 16.0 11.0
13 N902 Maniac Ian Richardson E/C 78.0 9.0 [19.0] 17.0 11.0 12.0 15.0 14.0
14 SA925 Under the Radar Peter Kirk G 79.0 8.0 14.0 19.0 19.0 [36.0S] 6.0 13.0
15 SA830 Sugar Daddy Brad Windram J 89.0 16.0 16.0 [20.0] 10.0 16.0 19.0 12.0
16 V835 Psycho Therapy Grant Nichols E 89.0 12.0 15.0 12.0 18.0 14.0 18.0 [36.0F]
17 SA817 Nightmare Bronte Flint C 90.0 14.0 17.0 10.0 16.0 [36.0C] 17.0 16.0
18 N819 Irish Frog Chris Ablett E/C 91.0 19.0 13.0 [24.0] 9.0 17.0 13.0 20.0
19 N812 Rocket Fuels Marc Ablett C 103.0 [31.0] 10.0 14.0 22.0 15.0 20.0 22.0
20 SA914 The Fox Hat Ken Smith E 104.0 20.0 21.0 9.0 15.0 [36.0S] 21.0 18.0
21 N751 Proud Aussie Rick Shortridge E/C 104.0 15.0 [36.0F] 15.0 17.0 11.0 27.0 19.0
22 Q903 Silent Butt Deadly Rick Outhred E 128.0 27.0 23.0 [36.0O] 12.0 13.0 29.0 24.0
23 V851 On Tour With the Bea James Simmons O 134.0 21.0 36.0F 21.0 14.0 18.0 24.0 [36.0F]
24 V852 Crews Control Mark Fleming E 140.0 22.0 36.0F 22.0 21.0 [36.0S] 22.0 17.0
25 V823 Hasta LaVista Baby Peter Stuchbery G 143.0 29.0 25.0 16.0 27.0 [36.0S] 23.0 23.0
26 V813 Princess Fiona Tom Fowler E 163.0 32.0 18.0 28.0 24.0 36.0S 25.0 [36.0O]
27 V840 Furnace of Afflictio Michal Wright G/C 164.0 23.0 22.0 27.0 26.0 36.0S 30.0 [36.0C]
28 T610 Head Dave Golding O 166.0 24.0 36.0F 26.0 25.0 19.0 36.0F [36.0F]
29 N815 Road Kill Nicholas Marzano J 178.0 30.0 20.0 25.0 36.0F 36.0S 31.0 [36.0F]
30 N918 Shazam John Fisher E/C 179.0 36.0S 36.0S 36.0S 36.0F [36.0S] 14.0 21.0
31 V592 Riff Raff Peter Roberts G 179.0 25.0 24.0 30.0 36.0F 36.0S 28.0 [36.0F]
32 N773 Sheet Faced Kevin Rosenbaum C 183.0 28.0 36.0F 29.0 28.0 36.0S 26.0 [36.0F]
33 V829 Bowling For Burgers Stephen Fankhauser E 202.0 26.0 36.0F 32.0 36.0F 36.0S 36.0F [36.0F]
34 WA734 Run to Paradise Tony Aisbet G 204.0 33.0 36.0F 31.0 36.0F 36.0S 32.0 [36.0F]
35 V61 TBA (Heavyweight) Tony Coulter O 216.0 36.0F 36.0F 36.0S 36.0F 36.0S 36.0F [36.0C]

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Nationals Heat 6

Hi All

The Web page may not get updated with results as Rhyss Edwards media officer and sheet hand on Vita Brevis is on his way home to Perth. Unfortunately his father has suffered a stroke this morning, we trust he is ok.

Vita Brevis was on he way down the ramp when Rhyss was given the news and headed to the airport in his sailing gear.

Given that Vita grabbed the nearest able bodied person, Greg Creeper volunteered but was considered to more disabled than able after several large drinking sessions. Rumour has it he has made Hunter S Thompson look like a Laser sailor with his efforts over the past week. Instead they grabbed Jo Mitton's son and who just finished at the cadet nationals, 7th in a hefty breeze was a good effort.

Once again old man Keysie was on fire with a 5th showing his skill in the wind and waves. Gordo was 11th and continuing the good form after a surf at one of Melbournes famous beaches yesterday. Tony was DNF.

SA lad turned Tassie local, Camel teamed with Drew Latham and Nick Carter to win the title with one heat to go. It looked like Dave Higgins was going to take the race and have the series tied going into the last race however a mainsail halyard failed and they suffered a DNF.

From all accounts the series has been a ripper, with good winds and plenty of cold beer at $4 a stubby.



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nationals Heat 5

Well a change in the weather pattern has finally been observed with the breeze shifting to a lighter SE. It was also very shifty compared to other days with 20 degree shifts observed while racing. The first race start was abandoned. The second start was much better however Vita Brevis was blocked out from the pin and had to bail out and take everyone's stern on port.

Although it looked bleak it was the right way to go as all of the boats who went to shore fell into a hole. Except for 4 of the VIC boats and Vita who was 2nd around the top mark. Go figure! Ostentatious read this shift well and lead by half a leg at the end of the race.

All Scoobed out and Pig Out took the other places for the day after working their way back into the fleet. Currently after 1 drops 3 WA boats are in the top 10 just!

After the racing was states night with the usual suspects turning out to contest the chug-a-lug. The WA fought hard to get into the semi finals however the TAS team were the eventual winners. Photos and Videos are under umpire review and will be posted soon for all to judge.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 States

Monday, January 3, 2011

Nationals Heat 4

Another heat has been completed at Black rock with the halfway point of the series now reached. I'm sure we will see some of the crews loose the game faces and start to relax as the leading pack has jumped to a commanding gap. The conditions once again were pretty much the same as other days 17-20 knots from the south with a building swell.

Vita Brevis got away to a good start taking the left hand side of the course to round the top mark in second place and maintaining it until the bottom mark. Later they lost that form giving the kangaroo a drink at the bottom mark. They fought back to finish in 6th place. Keysie must of been in awe as he too decided to capsize after seeing them and a few more times after that aswell finishing in 20th place. Gordo was consistent and finished in 8th place. Overall results (without drops) puts 3 WA boats in 5, 6 and 7th places respectively.

Aisbett had a spectacular fall over the side before the start with his crew choosing to make him swim for the boat. Later on he broke a rudder so will be making some repairs this morning. Once again the same few are dominating the places with Camel and Higgins on the podium. After lending them a boom 2MCs & 1 DJ had a great day taking 3rd. Once drops are calculated they will be back up there with series results.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010-2011 BRYC Nationals

2010-2011 BRYC Nationals
2010-2011 BRYC Nationals
Google Photos

New years @ Black Rock

After a stinking hot day in Melbourne where the mercury worked its way over 40 degrees at 5pm it was very refreshing to cool yourself down with an amber ale. Being New years eve there was also more cause for celebration. The Victorian sharpie association put on a fun night for all with a dance floor, band and plenty of fun. Keysie showed us his fantastic dancing skills.

Onto the racing. I guess thats why Keysie partied so hard as he came out of the day with a 4th place. Vita Brevis managed a 6th place and after dropping the tiller and loosing Moona over board Gordo still managed an 8th place.

It was disappionting to see many boats chose to not leave the beach with the strong northerly conditions scaring a few people. However as the race continued the conditions improved and the breeze was not as shifty as predicted. The day was not without casualties with the waves taking their toll on some boats snapping preventers and pulling fittings out of the deck.

Word on the street is there are a few very new boats on the market as their owners upgrade to the newly refurbished SA mould. It would be a good time to buy if anyone is interested.
So far we know of the following boats:
  • Blur
  • The Fox hat
  • All Scoobed out
  • Pig Out
  • Moes Tavern

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