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2017/18 NSW State Sharpie Championships

Notice of Race now available for NSW State Championships, Round 2 (comprising of Heats 6,7,8 and 9), to be held over the weekend 24-25 February 2018. The Regatta will be conducted from Georges River Sailing Club (GRSC), Sanoni Ave, Sandringham in Sydney, New South Wales. NOR here

NSW State Titles 2015/16

After 10 seasons of unprecedented domination and fantastic sailing from the Smoke team, Team Truck skippered by Todd Curry Brad Curry and Haydos finally broke through for their first State Championship win, finishing 1 point ahead of Smoke over the 9 heat series, after 2 drops.

What a season it has been for the NSW fleet with over 20 boats contesting the title over the 3 rounds. The class is now sailing in ever increasing numbers fuelled by an amazing culture formed by the people involved. Congratulations to the winners and everyone who made it an unforgettable series

Full results here: NSW Sharpie Championships 2016

Handicap results here: NSW Sharpie Championships Handicap 2016

Susanne Souter took some great photos of ROUND 1 of the regatta, held on Lake Illawarra. See the Kembla Klassic Facebook page.


SA States wrapped up on the 6-7th February at Wallaroo on the Yorke Penninsula. This is a favourite venue for SA Sharpie sailors so much so that newly crowned National Champion "Sam" McCloud has a house there. The club has been rebuilt and has excellent facilities, ample rigging and ex-sharpie sailors who know how to please the competitors. It was a great weekend - check out Jibe Mark on Carnage Corner, with this video by David McCloud going viral....

The first round of the South Australian Sharpie States kicked off at Largs Bay in the middle of November and sailors were met with some ripping breezes. Three races were sailed on Saturday in a belting south-westerly sea breeze, which put every boat to the test.

Chris Went in Trump with Tom Manhood and Simon Hill were the standouts on the day finishing with a fourth in race one and two bullets in races two and three.
Mal Higgins in Focus with Sam Sanderson and Andrew Chisholm also had a consistent day finishing with three second places.
Geoff (Sam) McCloud in Warpig with Sam Flint and Mark Beaumont also had a good day out winning the first race and finishing second in the second race however were forced to retire from race three due to a breakage.
The breeze lightened off for the the first of two scheduled races on Sunday and it was sailed in a moderate westerly breeze around 10 knots and quite shifty. There was one question on a few people's minds, #wheresbear?
Robbie Deussen skippered Don't Poke the Bear in the absence of Tony Turton with Andrew Dallison and Mark Kretschmer and was around the mark all weekend.
However a couple unfortunate results including a DNF (did not finish) in race two on Saturday and a black flag disqualification in the first race on Sunday did not help him at all.
Focus was able to take the win in Sunday's first race ahead of Warpig in second.
Luke Stephens skippering Pre-Mature with James Flint and Harry Fisher snuck in to third place after the disqualification of Don't Poke the Bear.
Following a rather long postponement between the last two races of the weekend, the sea breeze came in and picked up to make the final race of the weekend yet another exciting one.
Warpig capped off a consistent weekend, with the exception of the DNF on Saturday to pinch the final race only seven seconds ahead of Don't Poke the Bear in second and Focus in third.
There were some great performances throughout the rest of the fleet across the entire weekend as well.
Jason Heritage in Bread Run with Cameron Larkin and James Hughes finished the weekend with four fourths and a shitter and have put themselves in a strong position to have a crack at a podium finish.
Peter Higgins in Moe's also sailed consistently and finished with some good results while Dave Snoad in Beer Nuts and Luke Stephens in Pre-Mature were around the mark all weekend.
Some heartbreak for young guns Ryan Kelly, Sean Keen and Tom Schnaars in Nude who suffered a broken lower and boom in the first race of the weekend resulting in a bent mast and five unfinished races. Although their quest for a state championship this year is no longer possible, expect these guys to come out strong for the nationals in Hobart in January.

Overall a very successful weekend and once again it looks like Focus will be the boat to beat, yet again. Read more on the SA Associations Facebook pages


The WA Sharpie Association States titles were held at the prestigious Fremantle Sailing Club over the weekend of Feb 9 and 10. Andy Curnow and his trusty start crew from MBSC and Kev Tidy from EFSC ran a great regatta with a skeleton crew - and sometimes it's just blantanly obvious what a bit of tidy sailing can do.... read more



The second stage of the Queenlsand state titles was held at Sandgate Yacht Club on the 9 and 10 April 2011.

On Saturday the breeze came in around 14 – 16 knots, probably the best wind we’ve had all this season. Having an inkling the wind was going to be light on Sunday, we crammed in 3 short 40 minute races on Saturday, and it was all great fun.

Elke, Sam and Rowan on the Gingerbread Man gave us all a great lesson in boat speed on the Saturday, and came from behind to win the light heat on Sunday proving excellent consistency and skill to win in the testing 5 – 7 knot breeze for Heat 8.
The local guys on Ullman Sails skippered by Jonno Freeman were also consistent, getting mostly second places, with Damian from Yeppoon performing well to grab 3rd place overall.

We were all thankful for the great courses and organisation by the Sandgate Yacht Club crew, including the hot snags and cold beers after the races.

SERIES RESULTS - download here

Rick Outhred

2011 Western Australian State Titles

12 February 2011, Saturday saw Peter Chappel in the Lizard a little below brilliant, by the Sunday he was on fire. 27 boats out and two on the beach - the WA target for next season is 40. The regatta format of two lap windward leewards worked well at around 30 to 40 minutes in duration... read more


2008/09 NSW State Titles

Tod Curry brings Mr Freeze into Corrigan's Beach at Bateman's Bay
Surf-lifesavers eat your hearts out!

Visit Rob Owe-Young's Gallery of Photos from Round 2 at Balmoral - poor visibility limited the number of shots that could be taken!!

Visit the Gallery for photos of Heat 1 08/09 NSW titles

2007/08 NSW State Titles

Smoke, skippered by Michael Forster with Daryl Roos and Tara Ducker as crew (pictured below) took out the NSW State titles for 2007/08.

More info and full RESULTS - follow the link for a full tally of each heat.


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