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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. 

Gage Roads brewing co

Gage Roads Brewery is one of Western Australia's most refreshing exports. Born in 2002 in the West by brewmasters Bill Hoedemaker and Peter Nolin, this pair had the experience and the runs on the board to come through with some exciting beers. They had brewed the beers that had put Fremantle's Sail and Anchor back on the map and were leaders in craft brewing in Australia.Their goal with Gage Roads Brewery was to create natural beers to world class standard using original recipes designed for the Australian lifestyle and climate.

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

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