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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fwd: WANTED URGENTLY


WANTED:  Need new or near new rudder blade and stock, hopefully by this Friday 24th October 2014.

Attached photo shows what happened on Geographe Bay today.

Please contact Laurie (Snow) Francis 0438935261

Friday, August 22, 2014

GBYC Exciting news

Hi All
Neil asked if there was any news from Busso, didnt think there was anything to tell,
that was untill I was driving and heard a radio replay of the gold medal final at the commonwealth games in the 10 metre air pistol.
As you can imagine there was suddenly plenty of exciting news!!

Having not seen too many Busso sharpies I will tell what Ive heard, some of the following may not be completely accurate.
Suicide Blonde has almost finished a major refit (washed and covers fitted)
Crew positions finalised, Jeff signed up and sent to Kalgoorlie to limit his exposure to alcohol.
Greg went on a sabattical to the desert to refocus and then on to Adelaide to watch the Eagles
Pete has been playing golf to help with mental stimulation under pressure

Not sure about the other boats as winter maintenance is under cover
So any one who wants us to know should give me a ring!

Several of the team have got Tasars for the worlds
most just want to beat Datey, Greeny, Ash and Dave
should be a good series!

Not much else ATM
keep you all posted as news comes to hand
Cheers
Pete C
Busso

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Season 2013-14 Trophies, Results

Hi All

Season 2013-14 Trophy Winners were announced at a small gathering of Sharpie Sailors for the AGM at EFYC last Sunday. Congratulations to all the winners. Results are below



TRAVELLER SERIES
1st            SIR SHANE PALTRIDGE MEMORIAL - Perth Pathology, Paul Schneider
2nd           ASSOCIATION TROPHY                   - Blind Date, Trevor Date
3rd            ASSOCIATION TROPHY                   - Vanquish, Peter Ivanac

VIV DOWNING TROPHY                          awarded to the most consistent on handicap in the Traveller Series.
 Perth Pathology, Paul Schneider

ARCUS FAMILY TROPHY                         awarded to the boat gaining most fastest times in association events.
 Blatantly Obvious - Vern Tidy

PETER FLOWER PERPETUAL                 awarded to the best performed West Australian representative.

Lizard - Peter Chappell



DAVID PARIS TROPHY                            awarded to the best-performed country boat in Association events based on results “over the line”.
Amber Dreams - Laurie Francis

COUNTRY CONSISTENCY TROPHY          awarded to the best-performed country boat in Association events based on Handicap results.
Norma - Craig Francis

MOST IMPROVED TROPHY   

 Perth Pathology - Paul Schneider

GOLDEN OLDIES                                     skipper in the State Championships aged 50 or over (on the day of the 1st heat).
Blatantly Obvious - Vern Tidy

MASTERS                                               awarded to the first boat in the State Championships with a combined crew age of 120+ yrs.
         Blatantly Obvious - Vern Tidy, Alan Tidy, Matt Jenkins

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

1ST           ALAN O’GRADY PERPETUAL   - Blatantly Obvious - Vern Tidy
2nd           KELLY BROWN PERPETUAL    - Perth Pathology - Paul Schneider, Peter Schneider, Martin Sale
3rd            TREVOR DATE PERPETUAL     - Loaded Dice - Kym Nisbett, Mal Hopkins, Michael Smith
     
CANON COPIERS TEAMS TROPHY          awarded to the best performed Club in the State Championships based on the lowest point score of the best three boats.
Mounts Bay Sailing Club 

Travellers Series Results

WA Sharpie Association

Progressive Results for States Championship

Races = 7. To Count = 6

PositionBoat NoBoat NameSkipper/CrewTotalNett15/02:115/02:215/02:315/02:415/02:516/02:116/02:2
1 901 Blatantly Obvious Vern Tidy 28 13 3( 3) 4( 4) 2( 2) 1( 1) 2( 2) [ 15]( 15) 1( 1)
2 786 Perth Pathology Paul Schneider 27 16 2( 2) 3( 3) 1( 1) 2( 2) 1( 1) [ 11]( 11) 7( 7)
3 879 Loaded Dice Gordon Mckercher 36 29 5( 5) 6( 6) 6( 6) [ 7]( 7) 3( 3) 3( 3) 6( 6)
4 916 SBD Drilling Graham Keys 43 33 9( 9) 1( 1) 8( 8) 3( 3) 10( 10) 2( 2) [ 10]( 10)
5 880 Bullit Ash Gabielson 52 35 4( 4) 2( 2) 4( 4) 4( 4) [ 17](DNS) 8( 8) 13( 13)
6 864 Amber Dreams Craig Fancis 50 36 6( 6) 12( 12) 5( 5) 10( 10) [ 14]( 14) 1( 1) 2( 2)
7 922 Blind Date Trevor Date 51 37 7( 7) 5( 5) 3( 3) 8( 8) 8( 8) 6( 6) [ 14]( 14)
8 855 Norma Craig Francis 48 39 8( 8) 7( 7) [ 9]( 9) 6( 6) 6( 6) 4( 4) 8( 8)
9 856 Vanquish Peter Ivanac 59 45 1( 1) 11( 11) [ 14]( 14) 5( 5) 5( 5) 12( 12) 11( 11)
10 874 Asylum Dean Dixon 67 53 12( 12) 9( 9) 10( 10) [ 14]( 14) 12( 12) 7( 7) 3( 3)
11 821 Impact Craig Mann 71 54 13( 13) [ 17](OCS) 11( 11) 13( 13) 4( 4) 9( 9) 4( 4)
12 837 The Uninvited Merv Forster 69 56 11( 11) 13( 13) 7( 7) 9( 9) 7( 7) [ 13]( 13) 9( 9)
13 873 Shake n Bake Greg Creeper 75 61 14( 14) 8( 8) 12( 12) 11( 11) 11( 11) [ 14]( 14) 5( 5)
14 894 Suicide Blonde Pete Cuthbert 80 67 10( 10) 10( 10) 13( 13) 12( 12) [ 13]( 13) 10( 10) 12( 12)
15 923 Mona Nick Heggart 93 76 16( 16) 14( 14) 17(DNF) [ 17](OCS) 9( 9) 5( 5) 15( 15)
16 862 Mainiacts Paul Main 107 91 15( 15) 15( 15) 15( 15) 15( 15) 15( 15) 16( 16) [ 16]( 16)

last updated on 3/04/2014
By System Administrator


WA Sharpie Association

Progressive Results for States Consistency


Races = 7. To Count = 6

PositionBoat NoBoat NameSkipper/CrewTotalNett15/02:115/02:215/02:315/02:415/02:516/02:116/02:2
1 855 Norma Craig Francis 43.5 31.5 5( 4) 8.5( 8) [ 12]( 12) 4( 4) 5( 5) 4( 4) 5( 5)
2 874 Asylum Dean Dixon 44.5 33.5 [ 11]( 11) 6( 6) 6( 6) 6( 6) 8( 8) 5.5( 5) 2( 2)
3 873 Shake n Bake Greg Creeper 49 34 [ 15]( 15) 3( 3) 4( 4) 2( 2) 11( 11) 11( 11) 3( 3)
4 879 Loaded Dice Gordon Mckercher 45 34 5( 4) [ 11]( 11) 7( 7) 7( 7) 2( 2) 3( 3) 10( 10)
5 864 Amber Dreams Craig Fancis 51.5 36.5 3( 3) 13( 13) 1( 1) 12( 12) [ 15]( 15) 1( 1) 6.5( 6)
6 821 Impact Craig Mann 56.5 39.5 13( 13) [ 17](OCS) 5( 5) 5( 5) 1( 1) 9( 9) 6.5( 6)
7 894 Suicide Blonde Pete Cuthbert 51 40 5( 4) 10( 10) [ 11]( 11) 3( 3) 10( 10) 8( 8) 4( 4)
8 901 Blatantly Obvious Vern Tidy 56 41 8( 8) 7( 7) 10( 10) 9( 9) 6( 6) [ 15]( 15) 1( 1)
9 862 Mainiacts Paul Main 64 48 2( 2) 15( 15) 8( 8) 1( 1) 13( 13) [ 16]( 16) 9( 9)
10 837 The Uninvited Merv Forster 60 48 9( 9) 12( 12) 2( 2) 8( 8) 9( 9) [ 12]( 12) 8( 8)
11 923 Mona Nick Heggart 67 50 10( 10) 4( 4) 17(DNF) [ 17](OCS) 4( 4) 2( 2) 13( 13)
12 922 Blind Date Trevor Date 65 51 14( 14) 5( 5) 3( 3) 10( 10) 12( 12) 7( 7) [ 14]( 14)
13 786 Perth Pathology Paul Schneider 67.5 53.5 7( 7) 8.5( 8) 9( 9) 14( 14) 3( 3) [ 14]( 14) 12( 12)
14 856 Vanquish Peter Ivanac 72 57 1( 1) 14( 14) [ 15]( 15) 11( 11) 7( 7) 13( 13) 11( 11)
15 916 SBD Drilling Graham Keys 80.5 64.5 [ 16]( 16) 1( 1) 14( 14) 15( 15) 14( 14) 5.5( 5) 15( 15)
16 880 Bullit Ash Gabielson 83 66 12( 12) 2( 2) 13( 13) 13( 13) [ 17](DNS) 10( 10) 16( 16)

last updated on 3/04/2014
By System Administrator

Monday, June 23, 2014

AGM and Preso

Hi All,
A reminder the WA Sharpie AGM and prize afternoon is 12 noon 29th June at EFYC.

Agenda

  •  Elect WASSA committee positions. Treasurer’s position is vacant
  • Appoint an auditor
  • Table reports from standing committee.
  • State championship program 2014/15 and 2015/16.
  • Association race format and schedule.
  • General Discussion:

Apologies – Gordon Mckercher who has indicated he will stand again as Vice President


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

GBYC update

Hi all

Update on sharpie happenings at GBYC
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So will fill it up with a few bits!

Chocolate night was held and was a great success with a fgood time had by all!
Sharpie team had one long table so all were represented in the same area.
Prizes were awarded
bell was rung and beer and wine drunk
Major winners were Dean and the inmates of the Asylum
Amber Dreams took out the club champion and coveted most fastest times
the rest took out our partners and a few beers
Great night

Not sure if a winter series is on the cards but will inform as more info comes to hand

most boats are in bits for winter maintenence
looking forward to the next season

Agm coming up soon
both club and association
if you want to have a say attend and put your hand up
dont abstain then complain after!!

thats all for now
till next time
cheers
on the green in regulation !!
Pete C
Busso

ps golf is a good alternative for winter

Thursday, March 27, 2014

GBYC update

Hi All
Just a brief update on sailing in the south

apologies for the delay but with recent events the website has been a bit overshadowed.

Hoppy was given a great farewell on friday, many thanks to those who attended or were thinking of Hoppy,
the best wishes were passed on to the family and gratefully received many thanks.
A shot of port before saturdays race was a fitting tribute organized by Mozz, which goes without saying we all experienced what is Mozz's normal rush to the start!!
In what was a good breeze Mozz was victorious over Craig and Snown well done.

In the preceeding weeks mozz took his boat to walpole to compete in the trees regatta enlisting the services of Snow and Merv to put together one of the super teams, Mozz upfront as wireman, Snow leaning his arse out on the tiller and Merv as sheet and inspirational/enthusiasm/positivity coach, apparently gave Datey a run. Word is that the monday presso was a good event though the busso boys didnt hear the end of dateys acceptance speech as the had to come home on wednesday. Hopefully a few more next year.

On the club racing the next couple of weeks saw craig have some success and snow get back into the winners circle,
the rest of us had fun enjoying some good breezes and close racing.

All looks set for saturday with back to back races.
Good breeze forecast
See you there
Cheers
Pete C

Monday, March 17, 2014

GBYC Mal (hoppy) Hopkins

It is with much sadness and deep regret that I must announce the passing of Hoppy on saturday whilst competing on his bike in the cowaramup 24hr Delerium. Mal leaves behind a wife and two lovely children, also a huge group of friends and associates.
Taken too young.
Those who new Mal knew what a fierce competitor he was and gave everything to be victorious.
The world was a better place with Hoppy in it.
We will miss you
Rest in peace
Pete C
Busso

His funeral and service will be held 1000 at Barretts Funerals  Bussell Hwy Busselton Friday March 21st.
Wake at GBYC.
Our thoughts are with his Wife, two young kids and family members.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vale: Eric Ablett

It is with great regret and sadness that we have to inform you that Eric Ablett, a sharpie sailing legend has passed away. We commend his tireless commitment to the Sharpie class.
His legacy will long be remembered by all and is continued by both his son Chris and Grandson Marc. Eric made the trip to the WA Sharpie nationals where he had a great time.

"Sharpie Heaven has a New Resident" - Lou Hollis

Our thoughts are with the Ablett family at this time.

Photos: Lou Hollis

Monday, February 17, 2014

2013/14 WA Sharpie State Titles




Many thanks to GBYC for hosting this year’s event and the PRO Rob Rose and volunteers that ran the 7 races. Leading into the regatta the favourites were Blatantly Obvious and Bullit with the smokey class newcomer and light wind maestro Paul Schneider in Perth Pathology.

The forecast means very little at Busso as the bay creates its own mystical patterns that the locals understand and the rest of us are bewildered by. The PRO’s prediction of  NW at 8 ish knots from 1200 until 1500 and then a SW after that proved almost spot on with the breeze switching to the SW at 1600.

The first three races in the NW set the scene for an interesting regatta with upsets, surprises and a few broken hearts.

Heat One: Petrovski Ivanisonavichskovloski in Vanquinovish pulled off a ripper to lead from start to finish for a three second win. It must have been the late night carbo loading and the shadow theatre he watched pre-race as part of his motivational regime. Perth Pathology were fast and the evergreen Vern Tidy had Blatantly Obvious on track for third. Kim Nisbett was a guest skipper on Loaded Dice showing he still has the touch.

Heat Two: Keysie wins the start and led from wire to wire. The old man still has it and the new boat is slowly getting up to speed. Great to see a wide smile on the great man’s face. Bullit slipped into second, Perth Pathology third and Vern in fourth.

Heat Three: Perth Pathology showed great pace after another good start to take the lead early and have a runaway 18-second win from Vern and the Trevor “Banana” Date, Ash and the lads in Bullit were close behind as was the ever consistent Kim Nisbett in Loaded Dice.

The PRO pulled us off the water for a spell as he anticipated the breeze to die and clock around to the SW. While some thought we should have cracked on, in hindsight it was a great move as we managed two more races that afternoon, all but guaranteeing a 7 race series and an early trip home on Sunday.

Heat Four: Perth Pathology muffed the start and Vern needed make a clearing tack, with Bullit and Datie firing left, it looked like the series could be blown wide open. Showing great discipline Perth Pathology stuck to the game plan of getting left early and got back into the leading bunch, Vern wiggled his way out of trouble again to be in a close group of four with Bullit and Keysie. In the end, Vern got away to a very comfortable 50 second win from Perth Path, Keysie and Bullit.

Heat Five: The wind switched and created a few winners and losers in the process. As the gun sounded the breeze began to clock from NW to SW making the line hard to cross on starboard. Vern and Perth Pathology picked it again and looked good at the top mark. The PRO had made the course change and the fleet bunched back up at the bottom gate. Once again the breeze switched further left and strengthened to 12 and in patches 15 knots. On the run to the finish the leaders (Perth Pathology and Vern Tidy) ran out of breeze and were challenged by Kim Nisbett, who slipped down the middle in a lovely streak of breeze to finish third. Placings were Perth Pathology, Vern, Loaded Dice and Impact.

This gave Perth Pathology the lead after 5 races from Vern, in what was shaping as a two horse race unless Bullit could produce something magical on day two. Perth Pathology, Bullit and several other teams took the coming racing very seriously with several hours of de briefing and planning at the picturesque GBYC with many staying to study the late night wind patterns. The galley worked overtime cranking out burgers and chips for the boys. Needless to say a few sore heads and croaky voices were about on Sunday morning.

With a light offshore SW blowing the day was going to prove challenging. Could Bullit put a cat amongst the pigeons early or would it turn out to be a gun fight between Perth Path and consistent Vern Tidy and his faithful crew?

Heat 6: 5 to 10 knots from 220/230 with shifts and puffs coming from the shore - classic Busso challenges. There were always going to be tears of joy and sorrow on days like this.

A big shift just after the start saw the fleet separate onto the left and right, Busso boys on the left, City boys on the left. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to work out that a big southerly left-hander magically appeared half way up the leg and it was all over for those on the right. This include Vern, Perth Path and Bullit. Keysie was one of the lefthanders and took out another heat win with a local crew on Loaded Dice taking second and Amber Dreams third.

The big deal was Perth Path and Vern having shockers with an 11th and 15th respectively. The titles was down to the wire for first and second and a shoot out for third and fourth between Loaded Dice and Keysie in SBD Drilling.

Heat 7: With it all on the line Perth Path and Blatantly Obvious would shoot it out for the titles and the honour of having there names on the O’Grady Trophy. The left looked good on the first work however late in the leg Mona picked up a puff in the middle that projected her into the lead. Vern, in his usual fashion, worked the centre and was just off the leading pack whereas Perth Path had some work to do.
Vern pulled his ace out downwind, jibing off early and twisting and turning his way down the inside of the fleet. At the bottom gate it was Snow Francis in Amber Dreams and Vern. Vern split the middle uphill and spread-eagled the fleet for an emphatic three minute victory and another place on the trophy.

Local boats Amber Dreams and Dean Dickson in Asylum second and third respectively. Perth Path had to be content with finishing 7th and 46 seconds away (3 pts), ending the dream for Paul and crew of taking the main prize. But, like you, I am sure this will not be the last you hear of them.

In summary, it was two days of great racing in testing light to moderate breezes, with the association’s sincere thanks to GBYC, the Busso boys, PRO Rob Rose and his start and rescue crews. .Well done to Blatantly Obvious, everyone who was involved in the series and I’m sure those sailors who went south at the weekend are glad they did so.

Full results are being calculated and will be posted in due course.

Next years State Championships venue is in the process of being finalised and we hope to have clean ocean water and fresh breezes.

Cheers,
Craig Mann

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