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

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


4 boats hit the water for a start postponed slightly due to an issue finding the key for the rescue boat, but once the rescue boat was on the course the fleet got underway. A short upwind leg to the first turning mark in front of the club, then a flying reach to a wing mark, all boats apart from Vita Brevis carried kites for this leg.

Johnny Hilton on the Bastards hit the piss on the gybe, and damaged their rudder, so that was their day done, the other 3 boats negotiated the next mark and headed to Blackwall, all in close contact for the leg across to PC's. Swanny on Vicous hit the piss approaching PC's letting Vern and VB through. A beat up to north point walter then a flying 2 sail across to Dome. Vern (Blatantly Obvious) was leading coming into Dome with VB chasing them down fast, then a VB got hit by a bullet gust, hit the piss and damaged their main.

A long 1 sail (jib only) back to east freo up the drainpipe. Couldnt get a tow as the rescue boat was busy looking after the 125's that were swimming. Vern (Blatantly Obvious) maintained his lead to win, and Swanny (Vicous) survived to finish 2nd. VB got a buzzer for 3rd, but missed a couple of marks on their long slog back to the club. Anyway, it was good to see 4 sharpies on the water for an eventful day.

D Meehan

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