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

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
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

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

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