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

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sailing Anarchy

Just in - WA Sharpies feature on international website Sailing Anarchy.
Get on and take a look while it's still there -

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Kim Taylor Returns

A weekend of watching Sharpies race around the river was too much for Kim Taylor. After selling his beloved sharpie three years ago the pain was too much to for him to resist the offer to skipper Run to Paradise. The old skills came back and the master helmsmen clearly won the start with a magical display on the pin end. With an obvious lack of boat speed the magical talent came to the fore, with Kim opting to bang the left corner and see what happens. As the fleet tried to pick the shifts and thin bullets coming off the freeway Kim and his immense talent allowed him to sail around the bewildered and many disbelieving crews and skippers to hit the lead at Addison. Unfortunately the breeze quickly picked up to 18 plus knots and the boat was left wanting and she was quickly burnt off down hill.

The Three Liddle Pigs were proving troublesome however while attempting to free the kite sheets from the bow suffered a rather nasty nose dive and took a long swim and as week know pigs don’t like swimming.

Impact took control of the race from the ever green Keysie and applied a loose cover on  the work to Anderson. With a good lead and the race under control after some great kite work from stand in wireman Poida Ivanivichische from Croatia (distant cousin but almost identical in looks to Peter Ivanac) on the down hill to Dolphin East, who wever skipper Craig Mann rounded Dolphin Spit not the Buoy. Luckily Dave the sheet hand picked up the error as we slipped on a loose cover on Blacksun and “politely” suggested that I was a stupid, illegitimate child that deserved a close sexual encounter with a wild boar. As we limped back to correct our wrong Keysie took control and had Blacksun firing up hill with Pete Connor and star recruit Alex Cameron on wire could taste victory.

All looked like a precession to the finish as we rounded Anderson Keysie had a 30 second lead and a straight forward reach to Crawley and a short leg to the finish. That was until the breeze increased from 18 to 22 to 20 to 30 with some big easterly squirts. The leg turned into ride of the year and the little drown dog almost came off the leash. Keysie had to drop his kite to make Pelican Pt while Impact staggered past on her ear. Hitting the lead was Great however a 35 footer had anchored in front of Crawley making the approach a little hairy. With the breeze now in the high twenties the drop jibe at Crawley was a little nasty. Both boats made it around with only minor curing, but a lot of ass puckering. Impact held off a rampaging Blacksun for a very lucky 5 second win.

Not to be out done and ever the showman Kim Taylor (Run to Paradise) had a spectacular swim in front of the Club to entertain those watching on the balcony. Kim your skill as a skipper is legend however few can entertain on or of the water to such a high degree, time to get Lex and Sluggie Sampson in shape and on the water.

Next week at MBSC is Family Fun Day, we need half a dozen boats out from mid morning to assist with the day and promote the class.

Sunday 13th is the Three of a Kind.
Lets put in as many teams as possible, always a good day.

Andrew Gill is off to the US (Vegas) for the World under 20 Magic Championships. With a 12 mth working visa we are not expecting him back for a while, good luck and enjoy. I’m sure he will keep us updated.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Chappell Puts on a Clinic

Picture by Peter Kovesi

With the Championship in the balance PC put on a clinic for all to watch. A quick review of the Bible had The Lizard tuned to perfection and she was in a class of her own today. With blistering boat speed and tactical brilliance in the extremely shifty conditions PC and the boys were unstoppable.

A big nasty port and starboard incident that left SS with a shredded main sail hurt Kym early on the first leg and a big switch in breeze caught Kym Nisbett out half way up the first work and he did well to battle back into Fifth.

Tim Reger was finding his straps after struggling to come to grips with The Legends intrinsic characteristics.
Second brought him into podium contention. Heading into race seven it would be a race between The Lizard and Bullet for the silver wear. With the breeze start to fade and the shifts getting bigger anything could happen.

Almost on script PC nailed the start and the first shift and was away to a blistering lead. Bullet was in second however the damage had been done. The breeze soften as the race neared it's finish and many tales of woe where to be told at the Bar.

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State Championships Results Drops = 1

Sail # Name Skipper Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Drop Total
788 The Lizard Peter Chappell 1 3 2 7 3 1 1 7 11
880 Bullit Kim Nisbet 2 2 1 3 4 5 2 5 14
918 Legends Tim Reger 6 4 8 5 10 2 3 10 28
891 Vicious Gary Swan 3 5 5 11 5 11 6 11 35
821 Impact Craig Mann 5 1 9 2 17 12 7 17 36
923 Mona Nick Heggart 15 10 6 6 6 3 9 15 40
910 Vita Brevis David Meehan 7 16 13 4 1 7 21 21 48
901 Blatantly Obvious Vern Tidy 4 13 12 20 2 4 19 20 54
873 Blacksun Graham Keys 9 14 21 10 8 8 8 21 57
800 CowRock  Greg Creeper 11 6 16 8 7 10 28 28 58
894 Suicide Blonde Craig Francis 12 8 14 9 16 6 10 16 59
908 Wise Magic Peter King 8 7 15 17 18 13 4 18 64
922 Blind Date Trevor Date 13 12 3 14 13 19 12 19 67
904 Who let the dogs out Byron Renfry 17 9 20 1 9 15 20 20 71
803 Road Kill Paul Green 22 11 17 12 11 9 16 22 76
879 Loaded Dice Gordon Mckercher 14 28 7 13 15 16 15 28 80
807 Just Suburban Boys L. "Snow" Francis 16 20 11 22 12 18 5 22 82
805 SS Peter Ivannac 10 17 4 15 21 28 28 28 95
862 Mainiacts Paul Main 20 18 28 16 14 20 18 28 106
872 Three Liddle Pigs Mike Liddle 21 19 18 23 22 22 14 23 116
604 Red A Cliff Burton 19 15 19 19 20 28 28 28 120
839 Sweet 16 Keith Swinton 28 28 28 18 19 14 13 28 120
820 Los Trios Bastardos John Hilton 18 28 28 21 28 21 17 28 133
916 Ruthless Tom Batt 23 21 10 28 28 28 28 28 138
787 Rash Decision G Hilton 28 28 28 28 28 17 11 28 140
907 Oragami Underwear Alex Boston 24 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 164
734 Run to Paradise Tony Aisbet 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 168

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Five Down

Five Down Two to Go

With five heats completed in 18 to 25 knot gusty and shift Easterly breeze yeasterday most of the fleet have successfully
rehydrated and will head back onto the water at 1000 today.

As predicted PC was his usual self, managing to work his way to the front in most of the races. Kym Nisbett is like a rollroyce
just turn the key and off he goes. He and his Bullet team, lead in 4 of the 5 races a some point to be right in the hunt to challenge for the title.

Heat winners so far:

Who Let the Dogs out
Vita Brevis

Nick Davis gets and honourable mention for his up wind abilities, as yet he has not mastered the jibing technique of a Sharpie.
A couple of mechanical breackdowns has also hampered his campaign.

Vern Tidy has managed to crash into every sharpie, keelboat and spit post so far, one call during the days was with 6 eyes on the boat how
could you not see us!@#$%*.

Vita Brevis were terrible early however found some form in the last two races.

Skiff "Leg End" Scott Glaskin plans has put together a crack crew during last nights celebrations and will has a run in the final two heats.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Swinton turns to the Sharpies

Swinton Joins Sharpie Fleet

In a last minute deal Keith Swinton has joined the fleet for the 2010/2011
Australian Sharpie State Title Fleet.

Swinton will sail on the Kim Leunig Sharpie Development boat with local Alan Thomas
and International Sailor Chris Plummer from The Royal Tasmainian Yacht Squadron.

We are sure Keiths sailing skills are up to the test but how will be go on Saturday Night.
I suggest he has a lot to learn in regard to old fashion post race rehydration techniques.

States Changes to SI's

Please note the following amendments to the Sailing Instructions. These will also be posted on the notice board.
SI Ammendment 1
SI Ammendment 1 Attachement B
Also Note the booking of race areas on the Swan river SOPYC has booked the following areas
  • MWE Saturday 16:30 Onwards
  • MWW Sunday 16:30 Onwards
See This Attachement for definition of race areas

In Other News the 1st Prize has been changed to the following:
One Day this will be small change.  C Mann
Cya Tomorrow

Thursday, February 10, 2011

WA Sharpies Passes 100 Posts

Looking at the post counter we have officially passed 100 Posts on this website. Thank you very much for reading it!

In other news during the lead up to the states various media outlets have been helping promote the event. So far we have had our president giving his tips to 91.3 Sports FM this morning. If you missed it Listen to the podcast
The Voice has spoken

Also Sail-World Australia has posted this article

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sou Easter takes it's toll at MBSC

Seven Sharpies ventured out into the blustery Sou Easter for Club Heat 3.
Vita Brevis joined the fleet after a short rest after a strong showing in Black Rock Nationals and Tim Reger was out on The Legends preparing for next weeks States.

With the breeze gusting between 18 to 25 and the usual easterly wind shifts Melville waters was to prove a little tricky.
Work one to King had Impact a few boat lengths in front of Loaded Dice with Reger, SS and Vita Brevis close behind.
Impact and Loaded Dice took to the North on the run to Hallmark  while Reger, Vita and SS took headed south and hooked into the gust of the day. Although they looked good all 3 took a spill when it came time to jibe and let the two leaders off the hook.

Loaded Dice handled the reach from Hallmark to better than Impact and moved into the lead. Regers race ended when the trap wire snapped on the reach, Keysies forward hand decided to jump through the main ending his day, Vita Brevis wrote the course on the back tank but in Chinese and they could not work out were to go and were not smart enough to follow the other boats and mixed up a few marks.

After a switchy beat from Armstong to Bond and a similar run to Bartlett Loaded Dice had a hand lead form Impact and SS.
Luck was on Impacts side as both Loaded Dice and SS took a belly fulls of water in the gusty conditions. Impact went onto win from Loaded dice and SS, Vita was lost in action as was Run to Paradise.

But the fun was not over. Gordo in Loaded Dice miss judged his approach to the beach and ran up the boat ramp at around 12 knots and then capsized to windward avoiding serious injury to anyone but his pride. He now has a busy week repairing some concrete rash on the port chine.

Once again beers at the bar solved all the worlds problems.

EFYC Weekend Pics

EFYC Pictures 5-2-10

Pictures By Fiasco.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

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