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

Saturday, January 1, 2011

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

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