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

Monday, October 22, 2012

GBYC opening day

Saturday 20th October GBYC opening day saw sunshine and a 10 knot northwest wind greet the fleet. After the formalitys and a light lunch boats hit hte water for the first race of the season. The course was a windward leeward set up as all classes sailed int the same fleet. As the interest on these pages is for sharpies no mention of the rest of the fleet will follow. Four sharpies started with Craig Francis away on family comitments so Norm was not out. The uninvited with Mozz, Tom and Phil, Suburban boys with Snow,Rob and Josh, The asylum (woody nook wines)With Dean, Ian and unknown sheethand, Suicide Blonde with Pete, Brownie and new recruit Merv (current club mirror ace) on the helm. Dean led out of the start and crossed in the lead from Merv, Snow and Mozz. Around the top mark it was Merv with a narrow lead over Snow, Mozz and Dean. Although the three boats kept attacking Merv was able to cooly hold his nerve and stay in front. Second time round merv extended his lead and Mozz got through Snow with Dean close behind. Last lap saw the positions stay the same with Merv a comfortabl winner from Moz, Snow and Dean. After some intense contract negotiations Merv signed on for another week on Suicide Blonde and will leave the mirror in the shed for at least one more sail. A few traditional beers on the lawn and most moved inside the club for a nice dinner and more drinks. Next week sees the first club heat so rumors of new sails abound,Craig should be in the water depending on comitments but at this stage no word on Kym. See you all there Cheers Pete C Busso

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