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

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

States wrap up

A fantastic weekend of Sharpie sailing ended with fitting results.

With only three points separating the first three boats after day one, the racing was going to hotly contested. PC in the Lizard was in the driving seat with 1,1,3,15, however that 15th was a liability unusual to PC's scorecard. Impact with a 2,2,5 and 10th needed a couple of bullets to place the pressure on while Origami Underwear and Blatantly Obvious were all in with a chance having placed more consistently in the top 6 each race.

Race 5
Impact fell for sailing error 101 and was OCS mid line, after returning she was clearly last and could not finder her way back into race finishing 15th. Pete Ivanac had a blinder as did Whisky Tango Foxtrot, however they were also OCS.

Origami continued sailing consistently well and Blatantly Obvious with a "new" 1990's Sheridan headsail out of the Al Tidy locker were on fire. Vita Brevis was back at the pointy end finishing second. However PC in the Lizard nailed the first couple of shifts and was a clear leader, showing his class securing the vital bullet and control of the Championship.

Race 6
It was much the same story with PC leading the way, Blatantly Obvious and Origami in the top spots. Keysie, Poida Ivanac in SS had good finishes in the top half a dozen. Avoiding disaster PC would once again be crowned King of the Sharpies. Seven boats were now in the running for the final two podium positions. Contenders for the remaining places were Blatantly Obvious, Origami Underwear, Blacksun, SS, Vita Brevis and Impact.

Race 7
With the top spots to be won PC, Blatantly Obvious and Origami were all struggling early. Keysie the old dog had streeted the field and lead all the way for a stellar win. Pete Ivanac was having a blinder in second. Cow Rock was with the leaders early before drifting back.  In the end PC worked his way back from 15th early in the race to post a 3rd, capping of a solid series.

One of the highlights of the weekend was Eleanor Green sailing sheet hand on Whisky Tango X-ray. At the ripe old age of 7 yes seven she must rank as the youngest crew member to complete the Sharpie State Titles.

An interesting stat.
Busso boats finished 8th 9th and 10th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Association Trophy Winners

Travellers Blatantly Obvious
Viv Downing  Blatantly Obvious
Arcus Family Trophy  The Lizard
Peter Fowler Memorial Vicious
Dave Paris Trophy Suburban Boys
Country Consistency  The Uninvited
Most Improved Alex Boston
Golden Oldies Peter Chappell
Masters: Blatantly Obvious Vern Tidy, Al Tidy and Matt Jenkins
Mounts Bay Sailing Club won the inter club challenge.

Photos Thanks to Greg Hilton

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