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Welcome to the Official Australian Sharpie Sailing Association website!
It seems that once you start sailing these iconic three person dinghies you can't give them up - it doesn't matter what age you are, sailing Sharpies is just so much


BARGAIN accomodation in Yeppoon for the Nationals has just come up for more
Boats and boat bits are coming up for sale... see the Boats4sale page for more info.

Can Queensland Sharpies break the longest Title drought since the America's Cup?

1965 cane cutters

It's been 53 years since John Cuneo tasted victory for Queensland in Adelaide in 1965. This year presents an opportunity for the Queenslanders to break the drought. They have two good Keppel Bay boats in "Spent" sailed by present State Champion Sarah Rice and long time Sharpie stalwart Danian Byrt in"Storm Bird" . Leading the southern boats is evergreen Ric Outhred in "Silent Butt Deadly", "Jess" Andrew Wells and "Gingerbread Man" to be sailed by former National 505 Championship winners Kevin Cameron and Sam Heritage. All well credentialed and capable of winning a heat if not the Championship.

Leading the southern invasion will be strong teams from SA, NSW and Victoria. There's also the best from the West Ashley Gabrielson, Mark Lewis and Peter Ivanac sailing "Purple Circle" Ash has had seconds and thirds but not the big one. Rumor has it they've been sponsored by Twiggy Forrest and are coming boat and all in a 707 along with physios and massage tables.

No word from Tassie. However looking at the "Showdown" weather you'd think they would be flocking north.

Pictured above: J. Cuneo, A. Martin (F) and J. Shaw (S) with Daring III at Adelaide, 1965


Mordialloc Sailing Club

Mordialloc Sailing Club, Victoria - venue of the 2016/17 National Championships

Sharpie Showdown

Two Tasmanian sharpies fronted up for the annual "Showdown" put on by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. "Gangbusters" Nick Flemming and "One Hump or Two" Drew Latham were the starters. Before placing my bet thought I'd get the inside running on track conditions so I put a call in to "Camel" Johnson forward hand on the "Hump". The report was 25knots from the west with a light dusting of snow. Anybody who's sailed in Hobart that means artic conditions and wind strengths from 10-40 knots. How tough are Tasmanian Sharpie Sailors.


75th National Sharpie Championships at Yeppoon - Accommodation update!
KBSC have kindly done a ring around on accommodation options and advise people to book as soon as possible as it is peak tourist season....
find out more.

ACT2017 titles

ACT Dinghy Titles and Round 1 of the NSW Sharpie States

Great weekend in Canberra for heats 1 and 2 of the NSW State Championships. With Blur, Smoke & Irish Frog all pretty close on points heading to Port Kembla Sailing more.
Photo above of racing on Lake Burley Griffin shows Canberra's arboretum in the background, by Bill Kerrigan


Rumble in the Reach is on for WA Sharpies! Find out more, visit
WA States Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions out now!

Why love a Heavyweight Sharpie? Check out this video from the other side...

New committee for WA
WA AGM went well. Paul Main was elected President, supported by a mostly re-elected team of Trevor Date vice-president, Neil Stanbury secretary, Kim Taylor treasurer, Rhyss Edwardes assistant secretary, Peter Cuthbert, Pete Ivanac, Gary Swan and Dave Lightfoot. Well done all on making your contribution.  A great team to lead us into the new season!!!! Sun's out....time to start working on your boats!

Cockcroaches head into Cane Toad Territory
Veteran NSW 505/Sharpie sailor Sam Cronin sailing "Voodoo" from the Port Kembla Sailing Club will arguably take one of the oldest crew combinations on record to the up coming Nationals in Yeppoon. The total age of the crew which includes 505/Contender Journeyman "Crazy" John Mclean and regular forward hand Kev Whitbread will be 185 years. With a new main and kite ordered from SA Sailmaker John Clifton the boys will be competitive especially in the "Erky Mitton" for over 50's. Erky was all about participation and this crew typifies that spirit. Who can forget that iconic photo of Erky's "Free Booze" blasting out through the Keppel Bay surf in the 1982 series at Yeppoon.

On the other side of the coin young YMCA Sailing Club combination of Eamon Gray, Joe McCaulley and Orla Gray with a total age of 52 years sailing there new acquisition "Sharp as a Tack" could represent the youngest combination. There have been younger sailors participate from NSW - the Marzano boys spring to mind. Both were nurtured by Ian Richardson from Port Kembla. Alex made his debut at the Hobart Carnival in 2009 at age 12 years while brother Michael followed up in 2015 again in Hobart and again with Ian at age 12 years.

WA State Titles to be held over three days - the first being a blockbuster short-course spectacular at East Freo. Day 2 the following day at Mounts, then the clincher in Mandurah on 3rd Feb 2018 ... read more.


QLD State Titles - Yeppoon April 29 - 30 2017
Great to see Q844 "Spent" from Keppel Bay sailed by Sarah Rice, Naomi Fee And Damon Stover take the title from two well credentialled Brisbane boats Q906 "Jess" Andrew Wells runner up and Q903 "Silent Butt Deadly" Rick Outhred 3rd, local boat Q924 "Storm Dog" Damian Birt was more

South Australian Sharpies have finished the season in fine style - full results for the 2016/17 season out now.

NSW Sharpies are building the fleet ... The final round of the NSW state series saw more boats coming out .... Sam Cronin and Kev Whitebread are getting " Voodoo Lounge" on the water with Patrick Roos on Sheet, Wendy Emerton from the ANU is sailing one of their boats. Wendy's been sailing in the YMCASC Tuesday Night races has got a lot of drive and she's shaking up the ANU Club. Also rumour has it that Blake Molleneau and "Mr Freeze" are keen to go to Yeppoon. Photographer John Reed was in action at the recent End of Season Regatta at Bateman's Bay and caught a whole heap of Sharpies in action... check out the BBSC gallery of the event.


WA Sharpies Presentation Luncheon was at East Fremantle Yacht Club on Saturday 29th April starting 12 noon. 

Vic Sharpies have continued to see success in Regional Regattas around the state. Richard Jagger, Simon Webster and Derek Hollander sailing " Beer & Pizza" won the monohull section of the Westonport Challenge sailed from Merricks Yacht Club on Westonport. Inland on Lake Burrumbeet 3 sharpies competed in the Burrumbeet Cup with "Rage Factor" Peter Stutchbery 1st, "Breakaway" Peter Coburn 2nd and "Flash as a Rat" Dave Youlden 6th.

75th Sharpie Nationals at YEPPOON - Start planning now!

Get Ready to Get Wet, Get Tropical and enjoy everything Central Queensland has to offer. Read more here, dates are: 29th December 2017 - 5th January 2018

Find out more about the hosts, Keppel Bay Sailing Club and surrounding district.

Queensland Sharpies have started planning for the 75th Nationals, with Keppel Bay Sailing Club at Yeppoon the venue for the 2017/2018 titles, following the clear preference nominated in their recent national survey. ... read more

The last Legends' book will go to the WA Maritime Museum... Stuey Fahey should be proud! After years collecting Sharpie memorabillia - photographs, news-clippings and championship results - Stuey handed over his album to the NSW Sharpie Association which digitised the photos and collated the results, putting together what became the Sharpies Legends book. 170 copies were printed, with most sold to enthusiasts, one lodged with the National Library of Australia and proceeds supporting NSW Sharpies getting to the Hobart and Melbourne nationals. The very last copy of the Sharpie Legends book was given to the WA Maritime Museum in March 2017.

74th Sharpie National Champions!

Congratulations to Jason Heritage, Marc Ablett and James Hughes in SA932 'Maelstrom' on winning the 74th Australian Sharpie Nationals, hosted by the Mordialloc Sailing Club.

It came right down to the last race with four boats capable of winning and Jacko was good enough to hold on, beating Chris Went on 'Trump' by half a point.

73rd National Champions

Final top five results...
1st: Maelstrom: Jason Heritage (SA 932)
2nd: Trump: Chris Went (SA 905)
3rd: Beer Nuts: Luke Stephens (SA 929)
4th: Vita Brevis: Ash Gabrielson (WA 910)
5th: Ricky: Robin Deussen (SA)

Women's Champion: Kelsey Hanrahan (N824)

Full results for the 74th Nationals, follow the link...
http:// 74th-sharpie-nationals/

Lightweight Sharpie Sailing, Walllaroo, South Australian State Heats, Drone Footage by David McCloud

HONOR ROLL of Western Australian Life Members After some work, the WA Division committee has compiled an Honour Roll of WA's Life Members, winners of National Championships and State Championships.

The WA Sharpie association has truly got a great history in Western Australia and we wanted to make sure the record book is there for everyone to see.... read more

Tim Haslegrove and SA Sharpies - Snoady gives five (5) clear reasons why the SA Sharpie Association is backing the production of new sharpies. It's been a long time in the planning, but a new partnership between the SA Association and Tim Haslegrove has put together a package of remarkable quality and plan to build two (2) new sharpies each year.

The boat pictured below (to be registered as No. 932) was just out of the mould and fitted with all the difficult to fit fittings, under the case, side stay and lower pulleys, front tank turning blocks, etc. when bought by Jason Heritage. The next is on its way and can be bought as a fully rigged sharpie with Dolly and Trailer, or there are options for various stages of completion.... read more

Sharpie 932

Interested parties can contact SA President Snoady on mobile 0403 303 303

Sails, boats 'n' bits - check out the Boats for Sale and Sails4sale sections.

Want to build a sharpie? Hints, dimensions and other fascinating tidbits from masters Al Tidy, Barry Johnston, Frank Haselgrove and Kevin Wilson are now available.

National Measurer - bought a Sharpie recently? Built yourself a new one? Get your details to Rob Turton, National Measurer, and he will send you out a Registration Certificate.

New to Sharpie sailing? Check out the Sharpies for Dummies guide - or read up on Performance Tips from past national champions.

Warpig takes out the 73rd Sharpie National Championships, with Sam McCloud bringing the beast home a decisive 8 points ahead of Tony Turton's Don't Poke the Bear. The PINZ sponsored series had everything from strategy and light winds to raging bullets and bearded ladies, and only 15 points separated the top six boats at the conclusion of the seven (7) race series. Read more about how the veteran claimed his maiden on Down Under Sail


Full results for the 73rd Sharpie Nationals can be found on the Sandy Bay Sailing Club website.



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