HEAVYWEIGHT & INTERNATIONAL SHARPIE NEWS!
Heavyweight Sharpie - 53rd European Championship
Lightweight Sharpies heading for England
The boats (known in Australia as Get Smart and Sleezy Wine Bars) join at least two others. In 2005 Rob Turton built a sharpie for a sailor named Teddy Maufe in England, which was registered number 913. It featured a yellow hull and mist grey deck. It was packaged in a container with another sharpie on a road trailer (SA863, The Other Woman), as a second boat and guide for modern rigging layouts.
The president of the Dutch Sharpie class, Daan Versteeg (www.sharpie.nl) has been in touch with the following information:
In June 2016, the wooden Sharpie will compete in the vintage yachting games in Weymouth, UK. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Vintage_Yachting_Games). The vintage yachting games is an event for discontinued olympic classes and is organised at the Olympic Venue of the London 2012 Olympics.
I am promoting the vintage yachting games for the Sharpie class, as I think it is a good way, next to our annual European Champioenship, to keep the Sharpie heritage alive. We expect competitors from the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Portugal, Spain and Austria.
As Australia is such an important part of the Olympic history and present of the Sharpie, I would like to invite Australian Sharpie sailors to contact me if they are interested to compete in the Vintage Yachting Games in 2016. If we know in time (2015) if any Australian sailors are interested, we are able to arrange competitive wooden sharpies, to join the vintage games.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Three Heavy Weight Sharpies (HWS) were at MSC on Saturday 28th February 2015.
Weather permitting Steve Edwards, Tony Quirke and Stephen Fankhauser (Bowling for Burgers V829) were to sail Heavyweight Sharpie Cheyenne as one of the 3 HWS participating in the Mordialloc SC around the bay event. Stephen says their leg was to be short Mordialloc to Frankston then return to Chelsea YC, or if they got sick of pumping then just Mordialloc SC to Chelsea YC. The start for the event was at Mordialloc SC at 1000 am on Saturday 28th February 2015 at Mordialloc SC.
Australian Sharpie Sailing Association
(ASSA) Official Log Book
Sharpie Legends 1936 -2015 - get yourself a copy of this spectacular book, a history of both Heavyweight and Lightweight Sharpie class champions. The book is designed as the ultimate sharpie sailor's coffee-table/bar book, (example imagery on the right). Download Order Form here.
Graham Brown's heavyweight sharpie, Havoc, taken on the beach at Freshwater Bay. This photo of Havoc was taken at Freshwater between 1954-57.