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ACT Dinghy Titles - 14-15 November 2015, Lake Burley Griffin

Another ACT titles has been run and won, well done to Michael Forster who took the chocolates in a stirring come from behind win in the final heat in a typically light, fluky, challenging (shithouse) breeze. 2nd place went to the Pros on Airtight with Danny Keys at the helm. Great to see some new sails from a "local" sailmaker getting around. They look great and get hold of Mick Babbage at MEB sails if your looking for some new rags. These guys pipped out local legend Matt Owen in the half re-furbed Shake and Bake, on a countback, it was a seriously tight regatta with 3 heat winners and everyone carrying big numbers at some stage during the regatta.

Highlights from the weekend:
Dereks aerodynamic venetian blinds mast disintegrating up the final work of the last race.
Dean whinging that no-one had ordered the Pizzas then having no money to pay for it..
Shake and Bakes new paint job, maybe the deck will be ready for next season.
Typical Canberra willy willys and back puffs resulting in Swimming practice for at least 3 boats in sub 10 knots, really ideal....

Series results available through the Canberra Yacht Club's results page

Again the strong youth presence is a great advertisement for the class.

Marc Ablett

NSW Sharpies in action

Grass roots sailing in action - we may not all be at the front of the fleet, but we all have a lot of fun.

New season dates for NSW sharpies

NSW Sharpie State Championship events:

Kembla Klassic 28/29 November 2015 - hosted by Port Kembla Sailing Club

Batemans Bay Regatta 23/24th April 2016 - hosted by BBSC
Other State title venue(s) – TBC, possibly 6/7 Feb. or 20/21 Feb. 2016 – Balmoral or Georges River

Other key events:

ACT Dinghy Titles 14/15 Nov.2015
Sharpie Nationals – Hobart 31/12 – 8/1/2016

Photos of the 2014/15 state titles by Rob Owe-Young available on Facebook here.

Round2 NSW state titles - sharpies off the heads

Bit of a blow on over Botany Bay on Sunday 1 March....

Eight (8) sharpies went to GRSC and set sail on what started out a perfect day albeit pretty light. We got about 3/4 of a race in with the Loaded Dog leading followed by Irish Frog and Blur with everyone super close. Then came the southerly...... 52 knots recorded at the airport. 3 boats made it to the sailing club beach. The Bear broke a mast. the other 4 boats got washed onto the beach round the corner. We had SES, Westpac choppers the lot. 9 tasars broke masts out of the GRSC club. Pretty exciting day down the river club. Everyone got back safe and plenty of froffies consumed in the bar that is now dominated by sharpie pictures.

Botany Bay strong winds Wild storm over sydney

Botany Bay blow


More NSW Sharpies in action - hosting the 72nd Nationals

2013/14 - NSW Sharpies racing of the Anzac Day weekend at Bateman's Bay for the final round of the State Titles was incredibly close. Big breeze on Saturday caused the race committee to abandon all racing - just as the sharpies were approaching the bottom mark in up to 35knots. Read more below.


Shazam in action - if they thought it was blowing for Round 2 of the NSW titles, Round 3 at Bateman's Bay was 'over the top' with first two races abandoned. Photo courtesy Robert Owe Young.

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More NSW Sharpies in action

Pleasure & Pain showing style in Race 1, Round 1 2013 State TitlesPleasure and Pain

Great start to the 2013-14 season at the YMCASC

Lake Burley Griffin turned on a classic Canberra nor-Wester for the first round of the club championships and 8 sharpies took to the water - with blue skies and a moderate breeze it couldn't be better. Another 8 boats were out for club's regular pointscore this weekend, including a couple of new crews getting into the action. The breeze - altough shifting from NW to SW, kicked in and there were some great reaches, near island misses, lead changes and tight finishes - as well as a couple of swims to keep the spectators interested. The newly renovated clubhouse on Yarralumla Bay is now fully open and looking forward to host the ACT Dinghy Championships on the weekend of 16-17 November 2013.

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Deep Sea Racing Prawns
Deep Sea Racing Prawns found in Lake Burley Griffin, ACT.
Photo courtesy Daryl Roos

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