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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rolly Tasker 1926-2012

Rolly Tasker 1926 - 2012

One of the great members and contributors to sailing has died aged 86, Rolly Tasker passed away last Friday in his Mandurah home. Rolly was a local legend in the local sailing community and a silver medalist in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games in the 12m2 Sharpie Class . 

Rolly was inducted into WA's Hall of Champions in 1986 and the Sport Australian Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1956 he won a silver medal sailing a Sharpie at the Melbourne Games, soon after he won the first world championship in the Flying Dutchman class. Rolly went on to win many championships in his dinghy career before moving to ocean racing. Between 1969 and 1985 his yachts, all called Siska, dominated the competition on the west coast. Rolly became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his services to sailing. 

Rolly established the successful Tasker sailmaking business in North Fremantle before operating a large operation in Phuket, Thailand. In 2008 the Australian Sailing Museum was opened in Mandurah by the Taskers, the museum has since become a local tourist attraction. 

The service and Celebration of Life for Rolly will be held at 2:30 on Friday 29th June at the Christ Church Church in Claremont. The Celebration will be held at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Mosman Park at 4pm. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

WA Fleet Continues to Grow
Congrats to David Littlefoot and Sarah Frame who have purchased "SS" and will be hitting the water this summer, and travelling to the SA nationals.

As a reminder, the yellow boat is still available for a junior or all female crew to use free of charge. The boat is also available for purchase for a tidy sum. With a bit of work this boat would be competitive, so please contact Craig Mann with any enquires and get your kids sailing a Sharpie this summer.

See you all at the AGM.

Monday, June 18, 2012

AGM and Winter Activity

Hi All,
For those that have not heard both Pete Ivanac and Gary Swan have purchased boats from the east and are ready and raring to go.
Busso boys are going strong and could have 6 plus boats on the water next season.
Brendon Green and crew have just returned from the SA Frostbite series in Port Lincoln. Competition was hot and partying was hard.
The AGM is just around the corner Sat June 30 at Gordon and Jane McKerchers home in Mosman Park. Curries provided bring your own Grog. RSVP if you are coming along.
Lot's to do in the lead up to the Perth Nationals in 18 months so join in and help out.
This event is so important Dave Snoad SA President is coming over to assist in the running.

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