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

Thursday, January 13, 2011

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 craig_mann@bigpond.com

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