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

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The Australian Sharpie is a highly competitive yet social class with a long history of attracting and developing champion sailors. Past champions to have passed through the ranks include Sir James Hardy, John Cuneo, Rolly Tasker and John Bertrand.

Rolly Tasker won Australia’s first sailing medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne when he and John (Huck) Scott won a silver medal in their 12m Sharpie.

The Australian Sharpie, or Lightweight Sharpie, was founded by the Addison brothers in Western Australia and is a much lighter version of the original 12m, or Heavyweight, Sharpie. The one design aspect of the class keeps costs to minimum compared to other classes while locking in the performance aspects of the design.  Along with a performing design the class also boasts an impressive social side with some sailors joining the fleet for that reason only. The sharpie combines hard racing with desire for a nice cold corona when arriving onshore.

The Australian Sharpie is sailed in all Australian States and the National Championships are held each year in December/January.

The National Championships rotate on a year by year basis with the titles last in WA in 07/08. The Rotation then moves in the following order. WA, NSW, TAS, VIC, QLD, SA then restarts. Thus the next time the National championships will tour WA is 2013/14.

In Western Australia, there are fleets at EFYC and MBSC in Perth, GBYC in Busselton, GYC in Geraldton and MOFSC in Mandurah.

The Western Australian division of the National association is  incorporated by the Department of commerce and follows its constitution.

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Class Contacts

Patron
Lyall Gerring
Vice Patron
David Paris
President
Gary Swan
Mob: 0432 613 987
president@washarpies.com
Vice President
David Lightfoot
Mob: 0499 888 123
v.president@washarpies.com
Treasurer
Kim Taylor
Mob: 0417 944 252
treasurer@washarpies.com
Secretary
Neil Stanbury
Mob: 0413 701 357
secretary@washarpies.com
Measurer
David Meehan
Mob: 0421 765 601
Assistant Secretary
Rhyss Edwards
Mob: 0407 080 251
a.secretary@washarpies.com

WA Division Honour Roll

National Honorary Life Members

Les Addison
Bob Addison
David Paris
Leigh Davis
Fred Murdoch
Western Australia Division Honorary Life Members
Les Addison
Bob Addison
Wren Beste
Jim O’Grady
Mark Michlin
Neil Fogarty
Lyall Gerring
David Paris
Leigh Davis
Rube Gabrielson
Phil Prosser
Eric Ablett

National Champions
Heavyweight Sharpies


1952
Melbourne
Rolly Tasker
Falcon III
1953
Perth
Rolly Tasker
Falcon III
1954
Sydney
Rolly Tasker
Falcon III
1955
Adelaide
Rolly Tasker
Falcon III

Lightweight Sharpies


1983
Bunbury
Rod Beurteaux
Phantom XV1
1988
Brisbane
Peter Chappell
Sticky Fingers
1989
Ceduna
Peter Chappell
Sticky Fingers
2001
Port Lincoln
Peter Chappell
The Lizard
2002
Perth
Peter Chappell
The Lizard
2006
Lake Cootharaba
Rod Beurteaux
Origami Underwear
2008
Fremantle
Wade Henson
Vicious
2014
Perth
Peter Chappell
The Lizard




 Western Australian State Champions



1957-58
Hovea
Geoff Mather
1958-59
Margaret II
Cliff McSharer
1959-60
Ajax II
Ken Beurteaux
1960-61
Phantom VI
John O'Grady
1961-62
Phantom VI
John O'Grady
1962-63
Joy
Eric Ablett
1963-64
Rojemar's Image
Viv Downing
1964-65
Rojemar's Image
Viv Downing
1965-66
Villain
Terry Gaunt
1966-67
Rojemar's Echo
Viv Downing
1967-68
Phantom X
John O'Grady
1968-69
Margaret VII
Cliff McSharer
1969-70
Phantom VI
John O'Grady
1970-71
Margaret VIII
Cliff McSharer
1971-72
Bold Lady
John Muhling
1972-73
Bold Lady
John Muhling
1973-74
Phantom VIII
John O'Grady
1974-75
UPYZ
John Doig
1975-76
Bold Lady
John Muhling
1976-77
UPYZ
John O'Grady
1977-78
Dorrit
Colin Thorpe
1978-79
Piper
Peter Fogarty
1979-80
Dynamo Hum
John Muhling
1980-81
Entertainment Machine
Peter Chappell
1981-82
Magic Bus
Peter Chappell
1982-83
Rock The Casbah
Geoff Backshall
1983-84
Tchaikovskey
Graeme Keys
1984-85
Blockbuster
Geoff Moore
1985-86
Cocktails at Six
Peter Chappell
1986-87
Cocktails at Six
Peter Chappell
1987-88
Sticky Fingers
Peter Chappell
1988-89
Sticky Fingers
Peter Chappell
1989-90
Screaming Green Lizard
Peter Chappell
1990-91
A Date At The Races
Trevor Date
1991-92
Bit Stiff
TonyJohnson
1992-93
Glamour Cowboys
Vern Tidy
1993-94
Mirage Technology
Tim Reger
1994-95
Mirage Technology
Tim Reger
1995-96
Mirage Technology
Tim Reger
1996-97
Mirage Technology
Tim Reger
1997-98
Party Frock
Rod Beurteaux
1998-99
Multiplex
Simon Prosser
1999-00
Spiny Norman
Tim Reger
2000-01
The Lizard
Peter Chappell
2001-02
Origami Underwear
Rod Beurteaux
2002-03
Origami Underwear
Rod Beurteaux
2003-04
Beer and Pizza
Alan Tidy
2004-05
Origami Underwear
Rod Beurteaux
2005-06
Origami Underwear
Rod Beurteaux
2006-07
Vicious
Wade Henson
2007-08
Five
Tim Reger
2008-09
Five
Tim Reger
2009-10
Vita Brevis
Dave Meehan
2010-11
The Lizard
Peter Chappell
2011-12
The Lizard
Peter Chappell
2012-13
Blatantly Obvious
Vern Tidy
2013-14
Blatantly Obvious
Vern Tidy
2014-15
Blatantly Obvious
Vern Tidy
2015-16
Bullit
Ash Gabrielson


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