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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Nationals Progressive Results

Nationals - Photos

There are plenty of lenses on the water to capture those awesome and awkward moments.
Peter Kovesi has been out on the water taking photos.

Peter's gallery can be accessed on here

Lou Hollis has also been on the water each day aswell as roaming the rigging area.

Lou's photos are now online on google photos

Monday, December 30, 2013

Results - Day 2 - Race 1

Sharpie Nationals Perth 2014 Day 1 Video

2 minutes of entertaining carnage as well as some pretty good backdrop shots Thanks to Chris Bell for staying up late last night

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Results - Day 1 - Invites

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Nationals Support Boat Regulations

Please see attached regulations for support boats for use during the National Champioship.

Support Boat Regs Final.PDF

Andy Curnow
Principal Race Officer

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Latst minute nationals charter? yellow boat.

"Cut the Mustard" WA839 (aka the Yellow Boat) is a respectable windrush sharpie in the right hands.  Incapacitation of  skipper due to belly wounds means she is available at this last minute for anyone who is keen to be a part of this great series at MBSC. Willing to lease for a token sum (5 cartons), with option to buy also for a token sum (22 cartons). Singing female sheethand negotiable....(lifetime supply of rum, or similar offer)

Contact Chris Bell;

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nationals Event Tickets

Online sales for events have now closed. Event Tickets can be purchased from the regatta office.

Monday, December 16, 2013

GBYC short course series 3

Hi all

Saturday at gbyc saw the running of the short course series
With Abbots ramped up attempts to "stop the boats" in full swing
the breeze died away just at the start allowing the fleet of five to drift towards the first mark.
before the start in 10ks of wind the length looked a tad short but in zero breeze it was a long way off.

luckily the breeze filled in to about 12k and gave some respite from the heat and took the minds off shark watch!!

The lads on Amber Dreams again lead the way to win narrowly from Uninvited, Suicide Blonde,The Asylum and Norma.

Race two was a rabbit start leaders choice, or so it appeared to us as we missed the briefing.
The Asylum was the rabbit and was the first one to a mark, this is the leaders choice part where the leader gets to choose the next mark, Amber Dreams took over the lead and threw in a new dimension by going around the opposite way,
creating so,e fast gybing and drops to get on the right side. with the breeze dropping Suicide Blonde succumbed to the call of the bar and the tree of knowledge and went ashore leaving the others to fight out the last lap,
some chaos ensued as again Amber Dreams changed the rounding procedeure, interesting to see two brothers not taking a backward step and going head to head the opposite way to each other, neither gave in or weent back and proceded to the finish,

The winner in the end was Suicide Blonde as we were two coronas up and in the shade.

On the water i think Amber dreams beat Norma The uninvited and The Asylum.

Next week sees the club heat and xmas party
till next week
Pete C

Thursday, December 12, 2013

71st Nationals Sailing Instructions

Sailing Instructions for the upcoming 71st Sharpie Nationals hosted by Mounts Bay Sailing Club (WA) has been released.

28th December 2013 - Saturday 4th January 2014.

Download it here:
71st Nationals SIs Final 121213.pdf

GBYC Update

Hi all

After a few weeks of no breeze the sailing returned to the bay

The last three weeks have seen some varying winds but winds just the same
the racing has been close as usual with only minutes seperating the fleet,
the lads in amber dreams have been unstoppable, with mozz in the uninvited
with good turns of speed. Dean has the Asylum wound up in the lighter stuff.
Craig in Norma has shown flashes of brilliance only to be undone by a bit of bad luck.

Saturday saw a good breeze of 20+ for most of the day resulting in some good reaches and some
huge carts in the puffs, Craig lead at the last gybe only to get smashed early into the last reach
which let Snow and Pete through for the work to the finish,
as usual the tree of knowledge was open for business and stories were swapped and beers drunk.
A pleasing sight is to see a few juniors hanging around the sharpie fleet and not the lasers
hope for the class in the future.

This saturday is a short course series starting at two oclock not one as thought,
for those that turn up at the last minute this is thirty minutes before normal time (jess n jeff)

till next time
good sailing
Pete C

Sunday, December 8, 2013

MBSC Sharpie Update

Hi All,
Hughie was on song over the weekend.
A good 20 knots both Saturday and Sunday afternoons on the river.
Now I preface my commentary with I had so few mates I was left on the beach Sunday with no wireman or woman.
Saturday afternoon was spent with many of the Sharpie crew at Dave and Sarah Lightfoots for a BBQ and carbo loading. I snuck of for a windsurf at Leighton late afternoon and it was smoking.
Sunday for me consisted of Nippers Surf Club, measuring sails, boat work on Impact before heading out on the slalom gear to watch the boys racing. Ash and the boys on Bullit were on fire early leading at club and stretching the lead further at Addison, Robins and Addison. Apparently at this point Lewie made several rigging errors and reset the rig to 25'9". In 20 knots this is, even with 120 kg on the wire a little less than optimal. After discussion between all three it was decided to leave the rig as it was all messed up in the boat and they could hold off PC who was a good 2 minutes behind. Ash and Grinder ranked Lewie at 4 out of ten for the day. Themselves of coarse we in the 9.5 range!@#$%^&*(.
PC was a little off his usual pace as Nick D invoked the "Im hung over as hell and not hiking rule". After a few chirps from PC he coped and elbow to the face and decided I was not worth the dental bill and let Nick cruise. In the end they pegged the lead back to about a minute.
Pete Ivanac not far behind until he mixed up Brewery and Quarry allowing Greg Creeper to squeeze by. Perth Patholgy, Don McCracken and mainie rounded out the finishes, several others 907, 916 and 800 with drew half way around.
Next weekend is the last Club scheduled racing however we plan to sail the following weekend in Melville water east with a few planning mid week training sessions in the at the bar.

Datie does the drain pipe

Monday, December 2, 2013

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Monster Sharpie Weekend

This coming weekend is shaping up as huge for Sharpies around the country.
South Australia will hold elimination heats at Adelaide Sailing Club "Area Construction" and "All Scoobed Out" look to be the stand outs. Both are going to Perth for the Nationals.
Western Australia are holding the last State Selections at Mounts Bay Sunday. With Vern Tidy and PC both missing previous heats it was hard to see WA knocking off SA in the teams event without those two on board.....BUT a last minute update from Craig notes that WA has the President's Picks - so Vern and The Lizard may well be in full swing leading the West's charge.
Queenslanders will head to Lake Cootharaba for the Monomasters/States. Damian Byrt will be down from Yeppoon to stir up the metro boats.
NSW will be at Lake Illawarra for the Kembla Klassic/States. The newly acquired "Truck" Todd Curry is looking good on home turf fresh from a win in the ACT Dinghy titles a fortnight ago.
The Victorians will head to Black Rock to send off their interstate team.
And I'm sure Camel and the boys will be training the house down on the Derwent.
Remember to take advantage of the early bird entry put your form in by the 2nd December. Juniors are free and will receive travel subsidy. 

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Premises were found on the edge of Fremantle and, in 2005, Gage Roads' first brew - Pure Malt Lager - hit the shelves in WA. A PILS and the famed Pale Ale came not long after.

Gage Roads - the shipping channel off Fremantle - is the source of the great breezes that will power the 2012-13 Australian Sharpie Nationals and Gage Road Brewery will be there too, as one of our major sponsors. The Australian Sharpie Association (WA) is grateful and proud of the brewery's support of the sharpie fleet, who's sailors will quench their thirsts with Gage Road beers this summer.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sharpie Nationals - Video update 3

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sponsors secured for 2013/14 Nationals

Great news Gage Roads has jumped on board with a significant sponsorship package for the Perth Nationals. Some great work by class legend Peter Chappell will see us drinking the magnificent Gage Roads beer over the regatta. A full Media release will follow this week.

Last weekends action:

Vern took out First and Fastest at EFYC, with Swanny and Renners second and third. Craig will hopefully post re Busso results.

A dozen sharpies hit the line on Sunday at MBSC , many with new sails and eager crews looking for good results.
PC had a star studded line of Peter Nicholas, Mike Duffield and the boat which is in it's best shape for many years. Keysie, Perth Pathology and Wise Magic had the new 2013 Walker sails on boat and they look flash. Note all were fast on the day.
With the breeze struggling to find its legs early we would start in 5 to 10 knots from 240 to 260. The first attempt was a general so we all got to cool our heals for a bit. Start two saw a 20 degree shift to the left with 20 seconds to go and a big right hander a minute later so the fleet was spread like brown cows. As always PC wiggled up the middle, Perth Pathology did similar and Ash pulled a big left hander late to lead at Club Bouy. The rest of us were mostly out of phase and trailed by 25 seconds to a minute.
PC got past Ash by Addison, but the big mover in the fleet was Perth Pathology on the work to Deepwater. The boat was high, fast and in the groove, gaining a good 30 seconds on PC and leaving the rest of us scratching our heads. Keysie also made huge gains with his new sails.
Down hill the fleet spit right and left and those that went left or down the middle made huge gains on the three leaders that slipped down the south shore. Then out of no where PC and Perth Pathology rounded the wrong mark and headed south while the rest headed for Addision. A bugger really as having 6 or 7 boats within a minute would have been sensational.
Ash the craft devil had followed the two leaders and only gibed away when they had rounded and headed of to the south shore. Now 15 seconds separated Ash, Impact and Keysie to fight out the lead. PC and Perth Pathology were limping back to Addison to fight out for Mainie for last spot.
To cut a long story short, at the finish it was Ash who had our measure, Impact 15 seconds behind and Keyise the same to Impact. No Regrets sailed a ripper finishing 4th with Moona the wind whisper on board, there best effort for the season. Wise Magic was a close 5th. The dozen boats finished with in 8 minutes so all had a good close racing.
There was plenty of competitive banter in the bar after as crews continued to jockey for position in both sailing and drink.

Saturday we have 3 short races at EFYC as part of the state selection races. This will have the best of the metro boats on the water so make an effort to be there and test you skills in the drain pipe. Early forecast is for a moderate SW. 1400 start. Remember to Pay your association fees and enter the Nationals.

Good sailing and see you Saturday.


Craig Mann

Friday, November 15, 2013

Weekly Sailing Update

Hi All,
Great to see the Busso boys and Mainie supporting the KBYC Opening Day.
Lets hope Warren can get the fleet started again. I have fond memories of the "old days" when 16's and Sharpies made the trip down and we camped in the caravan park. 4 decades moves fast!!!!

Renners in Who Let the Dogs out made it home in front of Swanny, I think the others were elsewhere.

The first round of state selections at MBSC fielded 15 starters, notable non starters The Lizard and Blatantly Obvious deciding to keep there powder dry and give the rabble some false hope.

Race one had Blind date putting on a clinic with a great start off the pin, blistering speed and first to a big left hander to lead from start to finish. Who let the Dogs out Be Bop and Bullet were in the mix rounding out the top Four.

Race two once again had a blanket over the fleet around the top mark. This short course racing is great for boat skills and mark rounding's. Miss your opening and you loose several places. The Dogs lead early before Impact took the lead on the bottom mark rounding and made good gains on the windward work.

The breeze had rotated right creating some interest for race three as each race had seen quite different shift patterns.

The fleet was spread heading up the first leg of the third and final race and all converged on the top mark at once. Bullet, and the Dogs lead from Impact and Keysie. The rest were on this groups hammer. At the bottom mark with bows touching dudgeons it was Bullet, Dogs, Impact and Keysie. Impact was first to get on to port a move that proved a race winner. Impact, Bullet the Dogs and Keysie took the top spots.

With Heath Marshall pumping out the tunes and 5 buck coronas, there was a fair bit of carnage at the Sharpie Bar. Rumours (photos) of female pants down action at bar later in the night and a dozen cars left in the car park shows the locals are in training for the off water festivities.

Provisional Placing where;
  1. Impact                          8
  2. Dogs                            8
  3. Blind Date                   14
  4. SBD                            15
  5. BeBop                         15
  6. No Regrets                  17
  7. Vanquish                     17
  8. Bullet                          21
  9. Shake n Bake              25
  10. Mainiacts                     30
  11. Meat n Two Vege          31
  12. Mona                           34
  13. Cut the Mustard            40

This weekend has MBSC, Club Heat 2.

Nov 23 is the next round of State selections at EFYC.
With 3 short courses planned this is a great opportunity to test the boat skills in the drain pipe.

Craig Mann

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Return to Bunbury

Sharpies made their return to Koombana Bay Sailing Club on Saturday after too many years away. Seven boats made the start - five from Busselton (a top effort guys), Warren Drew and Keith Bryce of KBSC aboard Just Suburban Boys with Warren's 10yo son Will making his sharpie debut on sheet. Mainiacts from Mounts Bay rounded it out.

A 10-15 knot southerly made for some great kite runs out and around the harbour marks. Laurie Francis in Amber Dreams pulled away on the first leg, but later had to hold off Mozz and Craig Francis, finishing in that order.

Further back, The Asylum and Mainiacts had a tense inshore battle on the last leg, after both boats recovered from capsize and kite problems respectively, with the inmates just tipping out the Paul Main green machine. All agreed it was a great day, nicely finished off with a few beers while taking in the harbour views.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

'Back to Bunbury' road trip

Craig, has already mentioned this, but don't forget that Saturday November 9th is Opening Day at Koombana Bay Sailing Club in Bunbury and we're hoping for a good showing of sharpies please.

KBSC Treasurer Warren Drew's bought a sharpie and the WA Sharpie Association is keen to see the class - which was one of the founding classes at Koombana Bay - back in action there. They've been off the water too long down Bunbury way, the club down there is clearly supportive and it would be great to see the class kick-started there again, especially in our Nationals season.

A little support from us will make all the difference. It'll be a day out or an overnighter for the metro guys, and a half-hour run up the road from Busselton for the GBYC brigade. So.........can I have an indication please if you can make it? Paul Main's got the ball rolling and has commtted to taking his boat down.

Kim Taylor, Rob & John Radnell at a secret training session in Victoria

GBYC Club heat one

Hi All Well saturday saw the breeze return to the bay, with a steady 18 to 20 knot s/e and five sharpies on the lawn all was ready for a cracker of a race and it did not dissapoint! With a few new crews there was an air of nervous tension about, but once the gun went everyone seemed to settle down and go about the business of racing. All boats got away well with no real winner, good boat speed displayed across the fleet. At the first mark it was Snow from Pete,Dean,Craig and Mozz. The places changed a few times on the first reach which was a bit loose so good for all to find their feet, Deano took a swim on the gybe and the rest had a blinder, it was a shame to have to drop at the mark but the race goes on. The rest of the race was nip and tuck all day with an order of placings hard fought only to be undone in the last few hundred metres bringing the fleet back together on the short run to the line,whew!!! Final results Amber Dreams Snow,Rob,Josh The Uninvited Mozz,Phil,Jess Suicide Blonde Pete,Greg,Jeff Norma Craig,Dereck,Brownie The Asylum Dean,Paul,Will The fleet all finished in a few minutes with 1st to 4th seperated by 1 min 30 till next week cheers Pete C busso

Monday, November 4, 2013

Weekly Sharpie Update

With only 7 weekends before the Nationals it is time to crank up preparations.
10 Sharpies competed in the Squadron opening day in a typical dying Sou Easter.
Plenty of shifts, most of them from the south, making the course a bit one sided. I will make up a new easterly track next year.
Perth Pathology (OCS) and No Regrets (returned) jumped the fleet and with the commodore of PFYS parking his 60 footer in the bailed out zone most of the fleet were in bad air or shunning waters. Impacts skipper made a botch of the start and took a couple of minutes to get over line which in one regard was good as she had clear air!@#$%^&*.
After a poor start The Lizard made up ground by mark two and hit the lead as the fleet made it back to the top mark (PC remember next time it is Smith, Lucky Bay not just Smith). Perth Pathology was second, Keysie third and Impact scooting back to within a minute of the leaders. After good first legs Mainie and Wise Magic must have stopped for a picnic on the Applecross bank. Bullet was clearly sandbagging to improve her handicap standing.
In the end The Lizard took out first, Perth Pathology was 30 seconds behind (OCS) and Impact (30 sec) and Keysie (60 sec) behind that.
The high light of the race was watching a cat with scantily clad cultural dancers run aground on Pelican Point. Ash Gabrielson was quick to render assistance offering to take the women and children to safety.
A few intrepid travelers are off to Bunbury on Saturday then back to MBSC for the first three state selection heats Sunday afternoon.
Craig Mann

Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekly Update

Butch belts them at EFYC.
I managed to catch the end of EFYC race on Saturday. Butch had a good margin over Vicious, young Renners and older Renners.

Bullet belts them at MBSC.

Glamour crew of past champions and self confessed greats Ash Gabrielson, Mark Lewis and Grinder blitzed the dozen Sharpies that hit the water yesterday. In a gpleasant 12 to 15 knot sou wester the in form crew of quickly made up for being OCS winning by a minute from Impact that also restarted, unnecessarily as it turned out.

With only a minute or so separating the fleet at Club bouy the reach to Addison set up many of the positions. Bullit took a commanding minute lead, Greg Creeper had a rate poor reach an later retire with a broken third stay. Some have suggested he pulled a heart muscle and retired to the bar early!!!! By Deepwater the places were very much set and not a lot changed although the racing was close. Paul Schnieder had “Almost a Skiff” going well, Keysie was closer behind, Wise Magic snapping at there heals and Matt Jahn on Origami Underwear trying to sail the coffin like a 49er.

In the end Bullet with a comfortable win, second Impact and third to Almost a Skiff.

Next Sunday is the Opening of PFYS, which is the first heat of the Travellers series.
Can we get 20 boats on the line!@#$%^&*()
Please email me if you plan to race as I need to do an entry list.
I will try to get the SI and courses on the web soon.

Please complete PFSYC's entry form and return 
Sailing Instructions are here

Please note SI 3 - You must sign on in the Bar.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

GBYC rained out

Saturday saw the fleet assemble on the lawn around the tree of knowledge, boats were rigged crews sorted the rain started and continued for the day, the breeze departed leaving the crews to unrig in the rain and go home, at least all boats got a wash. Untill next week, cheers, pete C busso

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sharpie Update

Hi All,
The weekend tossed up some interesting sailing conditions. East Freo boys had every season in one day, Pete Ivanac filled in with Swany, well done as he left my place Friday night barely able to talk let alone walk!@#$%^&*

Mounts Bay had SSE moving 30 degrees or more and from 5 to 15 knots. This made for some big wins and losses along with a few spectacular swims. Dave Mann sailing Vanquish smashed the fleet in race one, the Lizard improved every race proving the most consistent boat taking out the 3 race series with Greg Creeper second, a broken trap wire resulting in a Stone Motherless Last in race 3 cost Dave Mann a chance at piping the Lizard for top spot.

Another reminder to pay your association fees and enter the Nationals. This
will assist with our pre regatta costs. So far the response has been extremely disappointing.

Saturday November 9 is the Bunbury Yacht Club Opening. We are trying to organise a few to head down as Warren Drew has purchased Suburban Boys and is making efforts to get the fleet up and running again.

There are a couple of units being held at UWA if anyone needs some accommodation during the nationals. Contact myself if you are interested approx $160 a night.

Craig Mann

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

71st Nationals NOR - Ammendment No1

A small mistake has been corrected relating to SI 11.2

The Ammendment can be downloaded here

71st Nationals - Ammendment No1

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sharpie nationals video update 2

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Measurement certificates

To All Skippers

A reminder that to compete in this years nationals you need to have a valid measurement certificate. This can be sent in with your online registration or witnessed on registration day.

If you dont have a certificate please contact the national measurer: Rob Turton who can assist in issuing a new certificate. Best to do so early to avoid last minute hassles

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

3 Coronas off the beach winter series wrap up GBYC

Hi Sailors The last event of the winter series at busso on sunday For the first time in the history of the series all boats entered the finals tied on points so any one could win (this being because the other three heats were cancelled) Four boats fronted the starter in ideal conditions for a first sail 10 knot SW sunny day. Two races were scheduled being olympic course with a .5 nm windward leg. Race one saw the boats start where they left off with no one having a real edge the lead changed often but the final place saw 1st Coming out Snow, Rob and Josh 2nd Suicide Blonde Pete, Craig and the invisible man 3rd The Uninvited Mozz, Phil and Brownie 4th The Asylum Dean, Paul and Geoff Race two saw a similar contest with again many lead changes in the end bad luck prevailed allowing Coming Out to pick up an unlikely wind shift to rob Suicide Blond of victory. The Asylum turned the tables on Uninvited to nail him on the line Overall results were Coming out 1st Suicide Blonde 2nd The Asylum =3rd the Uninvited =3rd the fleet then returned to the tree of knowledge for a few coronas and to hear how good Craig was on the wire. the day was lost on him as Pete endeavored to show him how a skipper could make life easier by doing a few small things different In the words of a famous man "Such is life" Looking to the start of the season cheers Pete c Busso

Monday, September 9, 2013

Glamour Boys off to a flying start

The Glamour crew of A Gabrielson, Grinder and Mark Lewis began their Nationals campaign by wheeling Bullit into the MBSC shed and moved straight to the upstairs bar for a solid session. Several tales of past glory followed, many to do with WA100 The Bat Boat. They will be on the water next weekend and all are invited to join in on there secret training session.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

2013/14 Subscriptions

Hi Sharpie Sailors

2013/14 WA Association subscriptions can be paid online (via paypal) using the membership form here

Please support your association by paying subscriptions upfront which will help us manage cashflow for the nationals.

Saturday, August 10, 2013


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Post your details here. Use the list below and get in touch, contact the, if you want to have your name removed from the list.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Entrants List

WA Sharpie Nationals - news update #1

WA President Craig Mann gives us an update on planning for the Perth Nationals

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 AGM

Hi All

The 2013 AGM has been set for the 21st July at MBSC 12 noon.

Sailing afterwards for the brave or silly enough!

Please come along to help your committee. We have alot of work to get done to host the Nationals this year and any help will greatly reduce the workload on your committee members.

Monday, June 24, 2013

GBYC update

Hi all
Just an update on GBYC winter series to date
The scheduled rerun did not happen with light breezes and people away and boats not ready it was decided to wait till the next scheduled race on the 7th July with start times to be advised as the day draws closer
will keep you informed
Pete C

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MBSC Winter series - This weekend!!

MBSC has its second winter series race on this Sunday!!

If you have an itch to get out sailing then there are a few Sharpies planning to get out and have a go. Gordo is planning on wetting the hull with Peter Ivanac desperately trying to find a crew to join him.

Race starts at 1400 with a 10kt Westerly forecast.

An open invite is out to anyone from other clubs who wants to come and race!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

RIP Cheryl Green

Nanako, Andy & Cheryl onboard Lady Mounts Bay
The Sharpie Association was saddened to hear of the passing of Cheryl Green. Cheryl has supported the Sharpie Association by helping Andy run races at MBSC. She also loved to attend National Titles to support Brendon and catch up with Family and being ready with Coronas for the boys at waters edge. Her smiling face will be sadly missed.

Sunday Cheryl lost her ongoing battle with Cancer. Our thoughts are with Brendon, Paula, Graeme and family.

A Funeral will be held for Cheryl on Monday 17th, 3pm at Seasons Funerals, Albany Hwy Kelmscott, followed by a wake at Central Mundijong football club.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

GBYC 3 coronas off the beach winter series

Sunday saw the first scheduled race of the winter series.
A good fleet gathered under the tree of knowledge to prepare, with one notable exception THE BREEZE
so all went home to reconvene next sunday!

Only changes to the format will be an 11 oclock start, so snow can have an extra coffee.
Thanks to Craig (the skipper) for naming the series and maybe he will be supplying the prize???

Dont forget AGM tonight at GBYC club house 1900hrs (7pm)

Pete C

Friday, June 7, 2013

GBYC Winter series

Hi all
Just a quick note to advise that the GBYC winter series is on this sunday starting at 10 to 10.30 am
Looks like a few starters including the new addition to the fleet "uncle arthur and friends"
unfortunately "ss Minnow" * (Norma) is still out of action. Should be a good day, Sailing is from the yacht club as easier to launch than port geo Snow has it all in hand!!
See you there
Pete C

*ss minnow is a reference to an old TV show that saw the crew stranded with a similar size hole to Norma.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Nationals Volunteer Registration

A Regatta cannot run itself. Please volunteer your time (or Boat!) to help us run this event. If you know anyone who wants to help please direct them here! Enter your details below and we will be in contact.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Nationals Entry Form

Entries open. Remember enter before 2nd December to avoid late fee

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

GBYC Club heat 7 Suburban boys take chocolates

Saturday saw the culmination of the GBYC season with the last club heat.
Although Suburban had wraped up the title with one race to spare it was all go to go into the winter with bragging rights as the last winner. Four boats faced the starter in a 15 knot sout easterly, after last weeks race where the fleet split and those who went left came out with a not to be headed lead, the boats all stayed fairly close. The lead changed several times with all having a crack at glory.
In the end on the aproach to the last mark Norma looked the goods only to fall for 101 sailing error by not covering to the end to allow the ever slippery Suburban boys to take the lead and run to the finish.
Final placings
Suburban boys  Snow Rob and Josh
Norma              Craig, Anton and Andy
Uninivited          Mozz, Jess and Phil
Suicide Blonde  Pete, Brownie and Paul

Once again the fleet was only seperated by 50 to 100 meters
Well done to all contestants who enjoyed a few beers under the tree of knowledge.
The next event is Prize night on the 25th may hope all can attend

the winter series starts in June Format and dates will be advised later.
Word has it that Snow Rob and Josh have to return Suburban Boys to the owner
so have purchased the aptly named "Uncle Arthur and friends" from Pete Simpson
also a bit of noise from some cruiser people about a boat but only time will tell.
The need to push these people is important as it must be dull as s##t sitting on the deck of a keeler watching us go past having fun. also the right to drink under the tree of Knowledge must be enticing, if only they knew what the disscusions were like!!!

Thats it for now
Pete C
winter break last year
same again this year

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

70th Nationals Video

BSYC Nationals Summary Video

And some light weather bottom mark action

Monday, April 15, 2013

GBYC club heat 6 deja-vu

Once again the sailing at busso was on for the showdown of the two main combatants for honours in the chapionship.

The day started with the second consecutive easterly but this time a scratchy 5 to 10 knots.
A wind shift 2 minutes before the start meant port/pin was the favoured option.
Snow was keen to control the line but lost sight of Pete in his endeavor to cover mozz and Dean allowing Pete to get the jump at the pin. Whilst we whinge about soldiers courses not a wimper was heard from Suicide for all but the last short leg.
In a vivid re-enactment of state heat 4 Suicide had led all race only to be run down by the fleet as the breeze faded in shore and a slight NE brought the rest down.
Snow in the renamed Suburban boys went on to win whilst Pete with Suicide Blonde managed to narrowly hold of the fast finishing Mozz in the Uninvited and Dean in The Asylum.
At the debriefing under the tree of knowledge I noticed how quick you forget all the good breezes weve had and can only relate to the last one.After a few beers the pain of two wins that slipped away diminished as Brownie explained that if I were to become a Dockers Suporter Id get used to it!
Time to refocus for next week, Need a good result as Greg takes up footy duties for the last race so I need to find a replacement, maybe Merv can be enticed from the clutches of his new love!!

well done to all
final places
Suburban boys   Snow, Rob and Josh
Suicide Blonde   Pete, Greg and "tweaker"Browne
The Uninvited     Mozz,Phil and Andy
The Asylum        Dean, Paul and ?????

Norma did not sail as it is still in the shop for repairs
Craig "hacker" hopes it will be ok for next week
as there are two races left we hope for a full turn out to finish on a good note

On last weeks report Mozz claimed he did not reply as he has only learnt how to turn on the computor unaided, so there is some one out there using his name!

Till next week
Pete C

Monday, April 8, 2013

GBYC 7th april short course series

Yesterday saw the running of the short course series, this was run in the morning in a 10 to 15 knot easterly.
As with easterlys any where this had the crews bursting with excitement. even Snow turned up before 10 am

With Craig still having repairs done to his boat he chose to baby sit to gain some points which he claims he will use one day? This left four starters for the two races. Jessy was playing soccer so Andy was poached from Norma, Merv bailed to sail on a keelboat,(which happens to belong to friend of prospective new woman), so Pete slid back to relax on the tiller having watched all those go-pro movies so how hard can it be?? Greg was enlisted to go on the wire. Dean and Snow had their normal crews.

Race one saw the lead change several times as seems to be the case in club racing of late. Being windward leeward course the pressure was kept on all race and a close finish with a bout one minute between all boats ensured all kept on their toes.

Race two was much the same as race one with again numerous lead changes and all tasting success throughout the race, once again the finish was a close affair. In the end the cream (Suicide Blonde) rose to the top only to be kept just under the surface by a layer of scum  (Suburban boys), only kidding.

Final Results were

Suburban boys 2 wins  crew Snow,Rob and Josh
Suicide Blonde 2 seconds     Pete, Greg and "tweaker"Browne
The Asylun       1 3rd 1 4th   Dean, Ian and Paul
Uninvited          1 4th 1 3rd   Mozz, Phil and "dolly" Andy.

At the end of the race Andy, keen to please Mozz leapt from the boat,raced up the beach and pushed Mozz's "dolly" into the water to retreive the boat. Trouble is Mozz only has a trailer, after much laughter and Mozz whingeing about spending spare time repacking wheel bearing the fleet adjourned to the "tree of wisdom" to reflect on the day over a few coronas and plan for next week.

Next saturday is club heat 6 at the normal start time
Rumours around the club of Craig making an appearence if his boat is ready.
see you there
Pete C

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mainiacts Gybe manouvers

Mainiacts hits the drink during a gybe at the mark.

Thanks to Stanas Productions

Friday, April 5, 2013

71st Sharpie Nationals - NoR

Notice of Race for the upcoming 71st Sharpie Nationals hosted by Mounts Bay Sailing Club (WA) has been released.

28th December 2013 - Saturday 4th January 2014.

Download it here:
71st Nationals NoR Final with Ammendments #1#2

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Irish Rabbits

No Regrets start of as the Rabbits in the St Patrick's day MBSC Club heat. However they have to retire after spectacular gear failure. See slow motion repeat

Thanks to the NoRegrets Crew!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Irish rabbit gets chased down

The Greyhounds lined up for the start while the Irish rabbit chased its tail off to the left. When 2:30 struck the chase was on!
Unfortunately the rabbit (No regrets) was left in the dust as Loaded Dice and Black Sun overtook and scampered away from the rabbit start.  A typical SWer kicked in for the afternoon around 15knots.  Which made the reaches exciting sailing the well known SW course. Loaded dice held onto a modest lead for most of the race however that lead got slightly eaten into on the reach across the bay to university as Creeper made a comeback.
Creeper, Keysie and Craig had a fight for the podium with Craig taking many risks to try and find a winner. No Regrets ripped the clew out of their mainsail and are had to retire. Some footage of this to come!
With only a couple of races left in the season apparently the leader board is quite close. Yet to see any results though. Must be in pre-presentation lock down to keep so the bookies can make a killing

GBYC 23rd march

Hi all once again

Saturday at GBYC saw a promising westerly of around 15 knots with a few holes.
By start time it had steadied to be 15 to 18 and consistant.
Four boats faced the starter with Craig still without his boat relegated to looking on and minding his kids.
Merv called in early in the week as not available so Pete shifted to the helm of Suicide and Greg was enlisted to wire.
The race got under way and the port tack was favoured, the lead changed several times up the first work but it was Mozz in the Uninvited who rounded in front.
Into the breeze for the second time I think Dean led the way in The Asylum with the lead again changing several times. At the top Snow led for the run through the padock with the fleet closing to be separated by meters at the bottom.
The last triangle saw Suburban boys head for the finish in front of Suicide,The Uninvited and the Asylum.
Across the line it was ;
Suburban boys Snow, Rob and Josh
Suicide Blonde Pete,Greg and Brownie
The Asylum      Dean,Ian and Paul
The Uninvited    Mozz, Jess and Phil

The end distance between the four boats was about 40 seconds which makes for exciting sailing.
Followed by ample coronas under the tree of knowledge and many stories of good luck/bad luck.
Why would you sail anything else???

Word has it that Bunbury is trying to restart a fleet, we hope it goes well

Pete C

Thursday, March 21, 2013

GBYC Last few weeks

Hi all

Once again just a few lines on the last few weeks.
 Since my last post a group of Busso crew attended the walpole long weekend/regatta,
Merv took his mirror and I think Neil took his laser whilst mozz took a dingy and Snow took Lynn to do everything. Not sure what happened with the sailing as most reports were clouded by beer!
Merv came back without the mirror having lost it in a card game with the commodore of the Walpole yacht club, or so the story goes, in the interest of a good article I chose not to follow this up. But a good time was had by all.

Club racing resumed the next week in a light and shifty easterly similar to Freo and the river.
Trying to improve his performance Mainy sent Neil to sail with Craig for the day to try and refocus.
Fearing a possible spy on board Craig chose to leave Norma in the shed and refloat Psyclone for the day.
Onto the sailing and not much can be said other than each boat had a share of the lead and the Asylum was unlucky to miss out on a maiden fastest time.
Placings were
Suburban boys
The asylum
The Uninvited
Suicide Blonde.

Club heat five

The day saw good breeze of 18 to 20 knots with the occasional bullet.
Four boats greeted the starter with Craig having Norma in the shop for repairs.
Suicide blonde welcomed Merv back after having been sacked from Suburban boys for undisclosed indiscretions (loosing his mirror in a card game) this made way for Snow to return.
It was sad to see the dissapointment on Rob and Josh's faces when Snow didn't rig up, didnt help pull the boat down or lean.
On the water it was Suburban boys from the start. Suicide made some promising attacks untill a capsise at the top mark for the last time ended their chances.
With a course that had some nice angles and the wind switching a little at the right times som exciting spinaker rides were had by all.
End results were.
Suburban boys
Suicide Blonde
The Uninvited
The Asylum

Tilll next time
Pete C
please note some if not all of the preceding may not be entirely true

Sunday, February 24, 2013

GBYC update

Hi All Just a few lines to keep up with the happenings around the club, appologies for the delay but work and all that stuff. The Australia day regatta was run with lots of boats in many classes. Weather was great and the winds ok, Unfortunatly only the local sharpies competed but the racing was tight as usual. Due to some dodgy scoring system the results were from three races with the sunday morning race not counting the overall winner was Suburban Boys on a count back well done lads.
 the tasars held their state titles over the weekend some familiar faces bobbed up
Brendon and Kate
Ash and Rube
not sure of the results but they seemed to enjoy them selves. Not wishing to depart too far from sharpies they rigged with us Also shared many beers under the tree of knowledge.
The next weekend saw the Bill Steele memorial which is an all in yardstick event, some clowns on a tornado won from more on a couple of keel boats
The sharpies had their own race within the race
First Suicide Blonde Merv Pete Brownie
2nd Suburban Boys Snow Rob Josh
3rd The Uninvited Mozz Phil Jess
4th Norma Craig Anton Andy
5th The Asylum Dean Ian Paul
at this point I would add that only about 2 minutes seperated the 5 boats well done to all
 State Heats
With all five boats attending it was looking the goods After a few phone calls I found that Merv had deserted Suicide in favour of Suburban Boys, apparently Snow was off to hospital to try to rectify a genetic defect that stops him pulling the boat up, leaning out during the race when there is no camera around and rigging. Good luck with that!!
 I doubt if a knee replacement will correct all the problems but get well soon Snow!
 Rob had promised Merv to buy 4 rolls each saturday where I could only do 1.
 Fortunatly rumours were about at the regatta and that well known international metal dealer Ash Gabrielson offered to fill in. The rest is well documented on other pages of this site. Thanks Ash and Brownie for an enjoyable series, many sleepless nights thinking of what might have been!!!! next year.
 Hope all who attended enjoyed it, even though the fickle weather was frustrating the one who whinged the most (Vern) did the best
well done to Vern Al and Matt, also to Tessa Kate and Matt J
 Well that should do for a bit
Till next time
Pete C

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Psycho Therapy Wins Bertie

February continues to be a big month for sharpie racing around Australia.
The past weekend saw the NSW states at Balmoral and Victoria's classic the
"Bertie" revived last year after Lake Wendouree filled after 8 years of

6 Sharpies turned up in Ballarat to contest the 3 race Ballarat Bertie
series. We arrived with about 30 degrees and an 8-10 knot northerly. However
during lunch on the Yacht Club deck we noticed the breeze fading a bit. Race
1 got under way just after 2.00 pm due to a short postponement. V642
Breakaway, V750 Flash as a Rat, V823 Hasta La Vista Baby, V835 Psycho
Therapy VF840 Furnace of Affliction and V852 Crews Control fronted for the
starters gun. V720 Kanga Crusher was a late withdrawal due to medical
reasons. About half way up the first work Furnace of Affliction were hit by
a massive knock and had the dubious honour of being the only Sharpie to have
a swim for the day. With quite a few lead changes during the race and a
shifty up and down breeze it was going to be a hotly contested series. Local
boat Breakaway managed the win in heat 1.
As the afternoon progressed the breeze moved more westerly. Race 2 was again
like race 1 with many a lead change. Hasta La Vista Baby was in front at the
end of the 1st triangle and Psycho Therapy was bring up the rear in 6th.
However by the top mark again it was Psycho Therapy in front with Hasta La
Vista Baby bring up the rear. Psycho Therapy went on to win heat 2 with
Break away in 2nd.
Race 3 got under way with a very soft breeze. Again every boat had their
moment of glory for a short time. With the breeze dying right out, this race
was shortened at the end of the second work, with just a run to the club
finish. Psycho Therapy hung on for the win giving Grant Nichols, ex WA
sailor Tony Aisbet and making his first appearance in a Sharpie for many a
year Craig 'Slug" Macaulay the series win.
We all enjoyed the hospitality of the club after the racing and laughed
about Lake Wendouree living up to all we had forgotten it could be. The
water level was good for Sharpies and the weed situation was the best I can
remember with only having to clear the rudder a couple of times. Many stayed
on for the BBQ and enjoyed the fellowship of Sharpie sailing.
A big thank you to Ballaarat Yacht Club for running this event.
Please have a look at the attached photos and hope to see you all in
Ballarat next February.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Nationals Campaign - Updated

Hi All,

Let's start the campaign to the 2013/14 Nationals now.

Tessa Parkinson will kick us off next with her thoughts on sailing and sharpies.

Thursday 21st  6.30 pm

Venue: EFYC Juniour Room Freo area if numbers allow so RSVP by Saturday the 16th Feb. MBSC will be the fall back.

As a fleet we need to find about 5 minutes around the race course to be competitive the South Aussies. We won't find that in October and November.

Get in or get left behind.


Craig Mann

Japanese meals will be available from 6pm - 9pm at EFYC. Bookings are essential on 9339 8111.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

States - Thankyou's

Picture by -Ampon Saeoeaw
Hi All,
The States was a success thanks to all the volunteers, sailors and supporters and sponsors.

To all of the volunteers including: Greenie and Larry for providing rescue craft.
Andy Curnow, Cheryl, Jackie, Fred, Luke, Kev and Al, Naniko and Jamie Bell. Thanks to the Committee members for volunteering their time in organising the event.
Thankyou to FSC for their wonderful hosting facilities.

Snap printing have come onboard as a major
Sponsor for the States and this years Nationals.
Thanks to Pete Connor and his team.

Peccavi Wines 
Thanks to Jeremy Muller who are proud sponsors of this event.

Photos Thanks to Ampon Saeoeaw and Jamie Bell for Pictures and Video

Start - Race 6 (2013 States)

Footage of the start of of race 6 from the upper deck.

Thanks to Jamie

Monday, February 11, 2013

Butch Takes Out Title With Come From Behind Win

The SNAP WA Sharpie Association States titles were held at the prestigious Fremantle Sailing Club this weekend Feb 9 and 10. Andy Curnow and his trusty start crew from MBSC and Kev Tidy from EFSC ran a great regatta with a skeleton crew.

Day one was hot, light and variable breeze coming out of the east from around 100 degrees give or take 25.

Race One: The Lizard smashed the start did not miss a shift to have a massive lead by the top mark. The top ten battled it out with positions changing place many time. In the end it was;
1 Lizard
2 Who Let The Dogs Out
3 Vita Brevis

Race Two: Only Who Let the Dogs Out and Vita were able to hold form. The Lizard was 16. It was clear big gains and losses would be made especially down hill. Bejing Olympic Gold medallist Tessa Parkinson was finding her feet with improving from 9th to 6th.

Race Three: The Lizard again. Tessa in Origami Underwear was a close second and Ash Gayboy Gabrielson steering Busselton boat Suicide Blonde had a 6,4,3 to be looking a threat.

We headed to shore as the breeze faded and most believed we would not be out on the water again. Butch Tidy on Blatantly Obvious packed up as he had more important things to do. The Lizard was packed and were heading off to sail Eggshells at Freshie when the seabreeze showed signs of filling in.

Out we went again into a soft south westerly.

Race Four; Ash gayboy Gabrielson looked the goods all race. No Regrets was close by Impact (OCS) was wasting her time at the front end with her third turned into a 22. On the last run gayboy, no regrets and Tessa looked the goods before it all went pair shaped. The middle of the fleet sailed around the leaders and created a lot of smiles and plenty of tears.
1 Suburban Boy’s
2 Vita Brevis
3 Lizard
Going into day two it was
Suicide Blonde 19
Lizard 21
Vita Brevis 21
Vicious 22

The breeze was 12 to 18 and as shifty as hell.
Four punters were in with a real chance while Blatantly Obvious and Tessa could not be counted out to show some hot form.

Race 5
The top mark on race 5 proved critical as the Lizard had a communication issue, dipped Impact only to and be T boned by Blatantly Obvious. Butch came out with no damage while the Kevlar rocket was holed. A normal boat would have been demolished. End of regatta for the Lizard. Butch went on to win. The series was wide open. The top ten was very close in the end it was,

1 Blatantly Obvious
2 Suicide Blonde
3 Suburban Boys
4 Tessa (Origami)

Race 6
Datie lead most of the race with Keysie getting the new boat going and showed he still has a bit of talent when the breeze is on. The race was now a great tussle Suicide Blonde, Blatantly Obvious and Tessa could win.

The race was a cracker. Suicide blonde had a port and starboard, capsize and penalty turn just after the start to end their chance. Blatantly Obvious and Tess were in the top 5 with the first ten all in with a chance. Nat Males was on fire in the Pete Ivanac powered vanquish and hit the lead several times. In the end,

1 Blatantly Obvious
2 Vanquish
3 Origami Underwear (Tessa)
4 Datie
5 Vicious

In the end we headed to the bar late in the day to quench well earned thirsts.

2013 State Championship Provisional Results

Thanks to all that assisted with the regatta.

Vale - John Jamieson (JAMO)

John Jamieson passed away on 31 January 2013. John was a champion Sharpie sailor from Koombana Bay and moved to QLD some years ago.

Many of the old guard will remember John, as does Warren Drew:
John Jamieson was a member of Koombana Bay not GBYC. We had a very strong fleet of sharpies for many decades, I was fortunate to start in the fleet as a 15 year old in the mid eighties at the time when John "Jamo" Jamieson, Ray "Freddo" Leguire, Brett "Scrubby" Harris, Geoff Moore, Kim Jefferies, Phil Slee were the backbone of the local fleet. We sailed in most state heats, and had fierce competition in the form of the Bob Starr cup with GBYC. I see the Francis boys are still sailing, I think it's John old boat "Sandra" which one of the brothers sails.

John had "Sue", then "Entertainment Machine", and then built "Sandra" to have a tilt at the national title.

John was mentored by Colin Goodlad, one of our club custodians who is still active at the club. Colin was a revered sharpie sailor, a generation before the fleet we sailed in. The fleet back then consisted of Colin, Ray Truman, Splinter Armstrong and the like.

Johns father Andy Jamieson was also a local KBSC legend, his massive yacht "Jenny Philp" was an icon in the WA offshore sailing fleet. Andy was a sharpie sailer also.

John was your typical sharpie sailer, loved a drink, and a good after sail party. He is legend for the National title chug a lug, the wombat run (John was about 5 foot high and about 100kgs's so had a very low centre of gravity..haha). He is know locally for his nude bar sliding antics and kicking off pants off parties.

John was geared to have a huge tilt at the National title at Ceduna in the late eighties, but was hit by a car while riding his pushbike to get fit shortly before. This put an end to his title run, and he stopped sailing a couple of years after. He would be well remembered as a very good sharpie sailer by Peter Chappell, Vern Tidy, Graeme Keys, Laurie Chivers etc.
WA Sharpies has sent over the flying Kangaroo flag to be draped over his Coffin.
Famous sharpie party early eighties where they moored an old sharpie and got 12 people on board for an after sail drinking session
WA620 on a reach with John Jamieson in his heyday probably during the late seventies
...then someone moved trying to get to the esky ..
The annual sharpie windup dinner. Dress would indicate late seventies again. Check out "Scrubby" Harris in the chocolate striped number bottom left. Jamo is bottom right.
Jamo practising for the chug-a-lug late seventies, with a yard glass

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Origami Underwear Challenge

Hi All,

A few late alteration to the NOR and SI I scratched together.

All is ready for the States this weekend. The breeze will be fickle so anything could happen.

The challenge is out...heaven forbid.... could a chick win the prestigious Alan O'Grady trophy.

Olympic Gold Medalist Tessa Parkinson is steering Origami Underwear with National FX champion crew Kate and Matt Jahn on wire. Matt is self confessed as Australia's best skipper, crew and bar tiger are already boasting it is in the bag and if they do not win all heats on Saturday will sail in matching origami underwear on the Sunday.

With several chicks in the fleet claws are out, sharpened and the male ego at stake.

Bring your A game boys and Girls.



Thursday, February 7, 2013

2013 States Ammendments

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Shake and Bake shorten their Odds for State Titles with another class performance

One slight mistake at the top mark with Craig Mann on Impact taking the wrong mark.
Shake and Bake were off and never headed, with a polished display to take the chocolates.
SO Greg , Shake and Bake!!!

Impact was second and Gordo slipped through on the battle of the day with a tight tussle with Vanquish, and the ever improving No Regrets.

Paul Main lost the mast over the side , bending between the spinnaker clip and the spreaders on a tight reach.

Great to see there was ten boats out and great racing within the fleet.

Will see you all on Saturday at Freo for the states.

Cheers Brendon and Kate
Vita Brevis / Rescue Boat duties

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

States Info

Hi All

The states are getting close now! We require volunteers to make this event run. If you know of anyone who can help out in some way contact Craig Mann so we can co-ordinate.

1st Warning signal is at 1000 on Saturday!


Good Luck

Monday, January 28, 2013

71st Nationals Accomodation

To All who wish to attend the Nationals seeking Accommodation

Below is a Google Map of Accommodation options near MBSC. As it is Christmas holiday it is advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

View 71st Sharpie Nationals Accomodation in a larger map

For those of you wishing to pitch a tent the Sea Scouts next door can be arranged. Please contact Craig Mann to secure your spot.

yellow boat report 27th Jan.

After waiting until about 1.30pm for another Sharpie to arrive at MBSC, we concluded that we must be off the race cancellation mailing list, and decided to go out for some capsizing practice instead, during which we discovered the "lets all hide from the forward hand" technique. (See picture). Fair enough, its Aussie day weekend and perhaps everyone was away, or maybe just still prostrated from the nationals? Hungover perhaps?
Olympian Tessa Parkinson, clearly having nothing better to do, offered to come out and give us some on water coaching and take pics - Our starter Andy also came out in Molly to keep an eye on things, so many thanks to them. I hasten to add that the pictured capsize recovery technique is entirely my own idea made up on the spot and worked a treat. Note the symmetry of our right arms...Being so good at capsizing, we thought we should get cleverer at getting upright again! It relies entirely on the fwd hand not pin-dropping through the mainsail window however (like he did last week). He scooped us up quite effectively today and off we went in a trice, so we like him again. even though it was his fault in the first place.
Tessa then came aboard for her first ever sail in a Sharpie, while Susie took a break in the RIB. When Tessa eventually took the helm, it was interesting for me to see her upwind technique (very low and fast - then building hight) rather than my "middle of the road" approach in about 22 knots. But who knows when there were no other boats to compare and she has never sailed a Sharpie... She said " shit this is complicated" more than once (probably due to the state of the yellow boats chaotic control lines)...but she was surprised at the power of the Sharpie and I definitely learnt a great deal as well. We were absolutely pegging it upwind after some tweaking that's for certain! I retired hurt however, not having hauled on a sharpie main-sheet for 15 years and the salt water stung my eyes too much...
It cleared up my Aussie Day hangover anyway - thanks again to Andy and Tessa and also the 18ft skiff boys.
Chris Bell
Cut The Mustard.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

GBYC club heat4

After the christmas break it was good to have a sail on the bay. The race started in 11 to 15 knot north westerly breeze with four sharpies on the line at the start. all boats were away clear in a near perfect start. This must have been too much for Mozz as for some reason he gybed off and restarted?? with the exception of mozz the boats were all close up the first work with only seconds seperating the first three. This continued for the next two laps when dean had a kite problem letting mozz into third. final results were as follows First Suicide Blonde Merv,Pete and Brownie Second Suburban Boys Snow, Rob and Josh Third Uninvited Mozz, Phil and Jess Forth The Asylum Dean, Paul and Dave After a few drinks under the "tree of Knowledge" plans were made for this weekends Australia day reggata and the upcoming states, just a note on the states they will definately be at Fremantle. Hope a good week is had by all cheers Pete C Busso

Thursday, January 17, 2013

GBYC australia day regatta

Hi all Good to be back in WA after the nationals in SA thanks to Kurt and Ryan for the sail too bad the results did not reflect the true endeavors of the effort put in.
 I will write a report in a few days or so, need to let the stories reach their full potential without being hampered by the truth.
 Have worked out a formula on how to win a national title as we observed the great Vern Tidy rigging next to us and in an accountant factual analyisis of the carnival I now know the secret.
 Reason for the post is to invite all sharpie sailors down to Gbyc for the australia day regatta on, yes australia day. Hopefully we can upload a flyer for more info soon Keep it in mind as it is only a week away.
 Pete C

NOR here

Friday, January 4, 2013

Nationals States Night

WA participated in the annnual states night down at the BSYC. There was a great turn out with all states entering teams in the competition. WA won the best dressed award with the tried and tested Hawaiian shirts making us stand out from the crowd. we lost in the initial round to NSW however with a few subs to the team and an entry into the lucky loser round we won against VIC. However the eventual winners TAS were too strong for WA.

The festivities kicked on later with a band starting upstairs. Congo lines and nude sliding kept some people occupied until early morning.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sharpie President considers career change

After 3 races in the Nationals series so far Craig took the time to consider a career change as a side show act. He fits in well. Thanks to BOB and Craig for putting on a great show.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bring on the new year

In the last two days of racing local knowledge seems to have favored in the results as shifty and lighter conditions caused headaches for many crews.

Heat 2:
Taking off from the beach it seemed a standard day with a good sea breeze making its way in right on queue. However half way up the second up-wind an easterly shift caught many out. From there it was a fight to salvage a result. Some boats even had kites on the upwind. Vita Brevis was the first boat home from WA in 17th Place.

Heat 3:
After the headaches from Heat 2 crews were half expecting the breeze to switch again. However the breeze settled in from the SW (10-15knots). In these conditions a short chop develops which is a struggle to keep the boats moving. The Lizzard sniffed the podium with a 4th place and Vita Brevis managed to jury rig their spinnaker halyard to complete the race finishing 12th.

Progressive Results

BSYC held its New years eve function which packed the club. A highlight of the evening was watching the fireworks on the Brighton peir and some others set off from the beach? There will be some very sore heads this morning as everyone partied well into the new year.

Lay Hangover day today then on the water for heats 4 & 5 tomorrow.

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