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

Friday, January 31, 2014

GBYC Australia day regatta

Hi all
Well the Australia day regatta went off as per usual,
slightly dissapointing to only have the local sharpies present but good close racing was the go!!

The boys in Amber Dreams had a clean sweep in all races though pushed by the rest.Well done lads!

Still get goose bumps from the fast reaches.
With the tasar fleet training for the worlds we were blessed with the company of sharpie sailors hoping to have a crack at the worlds, these were Brendon and kate, Ash and Emma, Dave and Tiffany and the ever talkative Datey and zana,
These people were all drawn to the Tasar branch of the tree of knowledge (which is on the western side and cops the arvo sun).as can be seen in the picture above

the tasar guys had some good racing with Datey victorious over brendan on monday and giving his now customary speech!
Luckily with most having to drive to perth it was cut back to four hours!

With the tree of knowledge fast achieving a cult following (one wedding already booked) it came as no suprise to see Kurt and Belinda rock up to suss out the venue. Not sure if Belinda was as excited as Kurt to have a saturday morning wedding followed by four heats of the states with a reception under the tree catered by KFC !! doesnt get much better!
The tree of knowledge can be booked as a venue from the Busso sharpie fleet for $500/10 cartons coronas, this includes the pleasant suroundings and an instant crowd of sailors to mingle with your guests whilst eating finger food (provided by you)telling heroic sailing tales and sharing the nectar of the tree (coronas again provided by you)
enquiries welcome

Good luck to Kurt if he can sell that one

Thats all for now with normal racing on saturday
hope to see the locals there
amd the rest at the states
pete C

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Thursday, January 23, 2014

State Titles Sailing Instructions - draft

State Titles GBYC Sailing instructions
Download Link (PDF) - draft

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

GBYC club heat

Hi All
Just a quick update on the sailing at busso

Sat saw the running of the club heat 4
sailed in a steady westerly that was slowly building as the day went on with five boats facing the gun.

After reading his xmas book of race tactics Snow on Amber Dreams followed rule #1 as follows

1 To give yourself the best chance of winning you need to be as close to the front at the start.

Amber Dreams were clearly the first boat to start with the others in hot pursuit.
The Asylum lead at the first turn with a close pack just behind.
Amber dreams slowly cut down the lead to start the second lap in front.
At the start of the third it was Amber Dreams from The Uninvited and Norma chasing second.
Somewhere up the last work The Ununvited infringed Norma and had to do penalty turns dropping back to third,
with the fleet still close it was a square run to the finish with Amber Dreams holding on to cross the line first,albeit with no siren.
at this point Snow read from the xmas book rule #2 as follows

2 Make sure you dont cross the line before the start gun as this will require you to restart,
failure to do so will result in disqualification!! This will impede you quest to win.

Final places were

1st Norma Craig,Anton and Andy
2nd Uninvited Mozz,Phil and Jessie
3rd Suicide Blonde Pete,Greg and Jeff
4th The Asylum Dean,Paul and Will
OCS Amber Dreams Snow Roband Jamie

The final washup was carried out under the "tree of knowledge" with the traditional coronas and tales that got better as the corona numbers mounted.
This week sees the running of the Australia Day Regatta over three days
Hope to see all there
Visitors welcome
Pete C

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Australia day regatta GBYC

Hi all
Once again the australia day holiday gives us a long weekend,
This means that the GBYC regatta is on in the original format.
With the possibility of good racing what better way to relax and warm up for the states.
All boats are welcome to attend, there may be room at the tree of knowledge as well.
I have also heard that the Bsn Toastmasters are having an open mic night saturday, Datey might like to prepare a speech for that,
Fortunatly that is NOT held at the club!!
Hope to see a few down here
Pete C

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sharpies reassert themselves as top class: Perth Nationals

The Australian Sharpie reasserted itself over New Year as one of the country’s top senior dinghy
classes, with 44 boats (132 sailors) slugging it out in the National Series, held in Perth’s strong sea
breezes out of Mounts Bay Sailing Club. Of the nine-race series, only one was in light shifting winds,
while the two invitation races on Day One saw unforgiving Fremantle Doctor breezes set the tone for
the week. Australian Sharpie Sailing Association (WA) President Craig Mann said the class continued
to show it had all the ingredients of good racing and a strong social scene to attract new sailors. The
age of sailors ranged from 15 through to 65.
“It was a sensational and physical series on the Swan River and Sharpie sailors both local and
interstate were absolutely stoked. The competiveness on the water and social scene off the water
makes Sharpie sailing so enjoyable, so it was truly a carnival atmosphere, ” Mann said.
There were plans to turn out a number of new boats this winter, further strengthening the national
fleet, Mann added.
“The racing in Perth was close, exciting and brought out the best in how the Sharpie design handles
challenging sailing conditions. To sail a Sharpie really well across a range of conditions is tough, the
fleet racing is superb and that’s why there are so many good sailors who either stay in the class or
come back to it again and again after trying other yachting experiences. WA’s Peter Chappell took out
top honours in The Lizard, which he has sailed for over a decade, taking his tally of National titles to
five. This puts Chappell just two short of all-time title-holder Malcom Higgins of SA, with seven wins.
Chappell is one of the State’s best sailors, known for his world-standard performances in 505s and
Etchells, also having aboard international match-racer Pete Nicholas and Luke Payne. Second was
South Australia’s Dave Higgins in All Scoobed Out. Higgins won the O’Grady Cup for overall
consistency in the series.To take WA to the State Team victory, third overall went to Ash Gabrielson
in Bullit, while Vern Tidy of East Fremantle confirmed his top-order big-fleet sailing skills by finishing
fourth in Blatantly Obvious. Overall Handicap Consistency went also to WAs Trevor Date in Blind
“After several years in which the South Australians have dominated, it was good to see not only the
West Australians get back up there amongst it, but also crews from NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and
Queensland pushing hard,” Mann said. Brighton and Seacliff’s Mal Higgins– brother of Dave – elected
not to compete this series.“A stand-out performance was teenager Lewis Golding from Hobart
winning the Tomlinson Trophy for Best Junior Skipper, in Dump Truck. Lewis typifies the future for
this class – many young sailors are chasing challenging, team-oriented sailing in a high performance
boat that won’t break the bank.” Mann said the only downside to the 2013-14 nationals was not
having a female skipper compete: “We had several women crewing, but next year it would be great
to get some female sailors steering their own boats as we’ve had in the past. We’re happy to do what
we can to get them out on the water,” he said. Next year’s Sharpie nationals will be held on Botany
Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, virtually guaranteeing a strong and highly competitive fleet due to its
central location.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sharpies Going South in 2014

Hi All

The annual Sharpie State Championships are just around the corner on 15/16th February hosted by Geographe Bay Yacht Club in conjunction with Sharpies WA. The event is on the first weekend of GBYC's Annual Race week so there will be plenty of sailors in Busselton ready for this regatta which first race is on Sunday afternoon.

If your short on a skipper post nationals the please contact Craig as he has some very good sailors looking to steer a boat.

The NOR for this event can be found here

If you want to go deep south then join Trevor Date and his crew for a trip Walpole on the 1st & 2nd of March for Walpole in the Trees Regatta, of course with the Great Southern Sharpie Legends golf day at Denmark on the afternoon of the 3 March 2014. Datie can give you a detailed speech on it 0448040284.

We look forward to seeing you on the water

Monday, January 13, 2014

71st Nationals Perpetual Trophy Winners

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION , Addison Brothers Trophy, Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy, Geoff Augustine Memorial Trophy – THE LIZARD, Peter Chappell, Pete Nicholas, Luke Payne.
RUNNER UP AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION, Alcorso Trophy – ALL SCOOBED OUT, David Higgins, Robert Turton, Mark Kretschmer.
THIRD PLACE CHAMPION, Fred Meyer Memorial Trophy – BULLIT, Ashley Gabrielson, Mark Lewis, Ian Davidson.
FOURTH PLACE CHAMPION, Phil Durham Memorial Trophy – BLATANTLY OBVIOUS, Vernon Tidy, Alan Tidy, Mathew Jenkins.
OVERALL CONSISTENCY CHAMPION, The O’Grady Cup – ALL SCOOBED OUT, David Higgins, Robert Turton, Mark Kretschmer.
OVERALL CONSISTENCY ON HANDICAP, Bank of NSW Trophy – BLIND DATE, Trevor Date, Josha Henshaw, Malcolm Twiggs.
MOST CARNIVAL WINS, Mark Peelgrane Memorial Trophy - THE LIZARD, Peter Chappell, Pete Nicholas, Luke Payne.
BEST COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE, Red Hand Trophy - BLIND DATE, Trevor Date, Josha Henshaw, Malcolm Twiggs.
FIRST NON STATE TEAM COMPETITOR, Don Shields Perpetual – FINGER JAM, Nick Deussen, Byron Russ, Jason Clark.
FIRST NON STATE TEAM COMPETITOR- HANDICAP , George Laurens Trophy - BLIND DATE, Trevor Date, Josha Henshaw, Malcolm Twiggs.
GOLDEN OLDIES – OVER 40s, Golden Oldie’s Trophy - ALL SCOOBED OUT, David Higgins, Robert Turton, Mark Kretschmer.
GOLDEN OLDIES – OVER 50s, Erky Mitton Memorial Trophy - THE LIZARD, Peter Chappell, Pete Nicholas, Luke Payne.

FIRST JUNIOR SKIPPER, Tomlinson Trophy – DUMP TRUCK, Lewis Golding, Ishmael Konstantinidis, David Golding
OPEN INVITATION EVENTS,                                                                                                                               Ray Callard Trophy – 1st Invitation – DEEP SEA RACING PRAWNS, Marc Ablett, Mick Denny, Harry Fisher.
Bretts Plywood Trophy – 2nd Invitation – VICIOUS, Kurt Johnson, Ryan Hudson, Rhys Robinson.

Monday, January 6, 2014

71st Nationals - race 6 video summary

Bullit has kite issues, The Lizard takes unassailable lead in the regatta.
Thanks to Chris Bell for producing the footage

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Results - day 7

Friday, January 3, 2014

Results - day5

71st Nationals on water video - day 4

Thanks to Chris Bell once again for editing so quickly.
Also thanks to Past Commodore Russell Stevensen for taking spectators out on the water and videoing the top mark.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Results - Day 4

Results - Day 3

Race 3 Video footage

Thanks to Chris Bell for Editing this footage while everyone else is drinking at the bar on NYE.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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