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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]

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