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2017-18: 75th National Sharpie Championships held in QLD

Purple Circle Wins 75th Sharpie Nationals

Western Australians travelled the furtherest to the 75th Sharpie National Championships held in Yeppoon, Queensland with The Purple Circle (WA910) and, with skipper Ash Gabrielson, Mark Lewis and Peter Ivanac, took out the 75th National title. The Purple Circle finished the 8 race regatta on 10 points (dropping their last race), ahead of the South Australians Chris Went, Harry Fisher and Tom Manhood sailing Went Management (SA905) on 19 points and Jason Heritage, Angus Hughes in Maelstrom (SA932) with 22 points.

Close fleet sailing inspired the national television networks to cover the 2018 Sharpie Nationals being held in Yeppoon -Channel Nine was giving dailiy updates and Channel 7 got into the action interviewing race leaders, the organisers as well as the young champ from the ACT - watch it here.

Ashley Dyer took out the women's title, the country championship - and her sister and father to fourth outright in a dominanating performance at the nationals. Read more about It's All About Me and this family's succes in the Port Lincoln news

Full 75th National Championship Series results - follow this link

Full fleet at Yeppoon

Race Start


Wenty and Ash


2016-17: 74th Sharpie National Championships held in Victoria

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:// www.mordiallocsc.com.au/ 74th-sharpie-nationals/

2015-16: 73rd National Championships held in Tasmania

Warpig took 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.

Geoff "Sam" McCloud, Sam Flint and Mark Beaumont in Warpig win the 73rd Australian Sharpie Championship at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club, Tasmania.

WarPig Sharpie

By Harry Fisher, Down Under Sail, Photo above by Lou Hollis

AUSTRALIAN sharpie class stalwart Geoff "Sam" McCloud, with crew Sam Flint and Mark Beaumont in Warpig, has taken out his maiden national championship in a resounding win on the Derwent River in Hobart, Tasmania in early January.

McCloud, who has sailed sharpies for a number of decades and has achieved some great results in the past, clinched his first ever national championship, which had always found a way to elude him in the past.

Sponsors of the 73rd Sharpie Nationals: Many thanks must go to the Sandy Bay Sailing Club for putting on such a great regatta and PINZ for its major sponsorship. Other sponsors included Killala Welding, Tassal, Tavern 42 Degrees South (T42), Prince of Wales Hotel, Down Under Sail, Gerard Horsman Photography, Fish Frenzy, Steve Walker Sails and Nutpatch.

Photos: Colleen Darcey took great photos at teh Nationals in Hobart, more available through her Facebook album. Lou Hollis' fantastic range of action shots across the Heats is also available to public access on Facebook.

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2014-15: 72nd Sharpie National Championships held in NSW

Mal Higgins writes history, winning the Sharpie National Championship for the 7th time!!

Full results of the 72nd Sharpie Nationals available here Read more on Down Under Sail Slideshows of each heat, with photos by Lou Hollis and Korinda Laine are available on Gallery page. Hartas Productions, one of the Regatta sponsors, captured the action with this stunning wrap-up video.

72nd National Championship Sponsors: Swan Signs, Steve Walker Sails, SilverStar Campers.... CBR Brand CANBERRA, Project Portfolio Management, Baracoota Sails, Sheerline, Marineline, Tony Dillon Yachting, Harrison Friedmann Surveyors and Hartas Productions.

72nd National Championship - photo slide shows

Many thanks for Lou Hollis and Korinda Laine for giving their time and photographs so generously.

Set up and Invitation races


Heats 1 and 2


Heat 3


Heat 4


Heats 5 and 6


Heat 7


Past Sharpie National Championships

72nd Nationals at Georges River 16ft Sailing Club, NSW, 2014/15

71st Nationals at Mounts Bay Sailing Club, WA, 2013/14

70th Nationals at Brighton Seacliffe Yacht Club, SA, 2012/13

69th Nationals at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, QLD, 2011/12

68th Nationals at Black Rock Yacht Club, VICTORIA, 2010/11

67th Nationals at Sandy Bay Sailing Club, TASMANIA, 2009/10

66th Nationals at Port Kembla Sailing Club, NSW, 2008/09

65th Nationals at East Fremantle Yacht Club, WA, 2007/08

72nd Australian Sharpie National Championships

Regatta wrap-up video by Hartas Productions - GRSC, NSW

70th Australian Sharpie National Championships

Summary Video - BSYC, South Australia


70th Sharpie Nationals
Sailed in South Australia over 27 December 2012 - 5 January 2013, a fleet of 66 Lightweight Sharpies battled it out in true Sharpie sailing conditions (20+ knots). With three crew per boat, it was one big regatta being hosted by Brighton Seacliffe Yachtclub, Adelaide, SA.


Scratch Results
Handicap Results

Wild rides for the invitation series

Blur, skippered by Mal Higgins with Sam Sanderson and Andrew Chisholm as crew, wins the Sharpie National Championship 2012. Sailed initially in strong conditions, winds eased to become moderate and shifty - perfect for the South Australian crew. The Sharpie Nationals were held on on Waterloo Bay, Manly, hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Great coverage of the racing across online media ...

Blur, Heat 1 on Waterloo Bay, on their way to another Australian Championship. Photo Chris Murray


One Hump or Two takes out the 68th titles!

Tasmanians Drew Latham with Nick Carter and Nick Johnston took out the 2010-11 Nationals.

Bank of New South Wales Trophy for Overall Handicap went to New South Wales courtesy Marc Ablett in Rocket Fuels, with Michael Denny and Ben Phillips on the wire.

Some photos are available from Terrence Benade's Gallery

Photos above courtesy Chris Murray


Blur wins 67th Sharpie Nationals! Mal Higgins, Sam Sanderson and Andrew Chisholm break the Hoodoo of the Derwent and, for the second consecutive year, take out the national championship title (SA893). Fellow South Australians Jason Heritage and Dave Higgins brought Bread Run (SA920) and All Scoobed Out (SA909) home in second and third, respectively.

NSW boys Todd and Brad Curry and Hayden Sellers have taken out the Country title in Mr Freeze (N885). Dean Souter, Mark Ablett and Michael Denny in Rocket Fuels (N812) were on equal points for the Junior title, but tipped out by Ellen Fisher's fantastic 5th placing in Race 6 in Pre-Mature (SA884) - beauty and brilliance really does conquer brawn and consistency - and old man emu Derek Milligan has the 50plus factor, with help from John Fisher and Andrew Breen on board Roger Ramjet (N747). A more detailed account will be available after the NSW team make their way back home.

Sandy Bay Sailing Club turns on the hospitality for the 67th Nationals ...


66th SHARPIE NATIONALS 2008/09, Lake Illawarra, NSW

South Australian sharpie Blur from Brighton & Seacliff YC, skippered by Mal Higgins with Sam Sanderson as sheethand and Andrew Chisholm forward hand dominated the 2008/09 Sharpie Nationals

Sudden squall during the last heat of the Nationals turned the third work into a two sail reach. Photo: M. Tulip

Lake Illawarra provided the perfect setting for the 66th Australian Sharpie Championship. Port Kembla Sailing Club organized an excellent regatta based around a friendly family environment that was enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Mal Higgins, Sam Sanderson and Andrew Chisholm sailing “Blur” from South Australia with sensational boat tuning and handling were the catalyst for an impressive race record winning all bar one of the seven heats. Not since the days of John Cuneo, Sir James Hardy and John Bertrand was there such a dominant display.

Final Results:
1 “Blur” ( Mal Higgins SA )
2 “Smoke” ( Michael Forster NSW )
3 “Gingerbread Man” ( Elke Hacker QLD )
4 “Moe’s Tavern” ( David Snoad SA )
5 “Suicide Blonde” ( Derek Milligan NSW )
6 “Jess” ( Andrew Wells QLD )
7 “Chilli Factor” ( Kip Tanner NSW )
8 ”The Fox Hat” ( Peter Kirk SA )
9 “Pre-Mature” ( Ellen Fisher SA )
10 “Pi to Infinity ( Heather Sutton QLD )

It was anyone's guess for the minor placings going into the final race .....

More photos available through our Gallery pages


65th Sharpie Nationals 2007/08, Swan River, WA

Held on the Swan River in WA and hosted by the East Fremantle Yacht Club, Wade Henson, Sam Abbot and Alan Hopping took home the 65th Sharpie Nationals title with a great performance in Vicious. The Lizard came in second, skippered by Peter Chappel with Marc Lewis and Michael Duffield on board, and the South Australians Geoff McCloud, Sam Flint and Mark Beaumont brought Pigout home in third, albeit on the same points as Malcom Higgins in Blur....

Visit the Gallery for video footage of this gybe, filmed on the Swan River during Heat 1 of the Nationals. Some stills from the heats are available in the Photos section.

While WA and SA battled it out for the top positions, NSW/ACT (the only other state to attend) was respresented by Suicide Blonde and Mr Freeze. The Blonde, skippered by Derek Milligan with Kevin Rosenbaum on main and Paul Cohen up front came in 24th. Chris Ablett injured himself in a practice session on Mr Freeze before the series started and, on doctor's orders, had to retire and handed the tiller over to Mary Tulip. With Max Rosenbaum on main and Marc Ablett on the wire they found they were rather light at 190 kgs, but had a lot of fun and brought Mr Freeze home in 35th.




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