VICTORIAN SHARPIE SAILING ASSOCIATION
Vic Sharpies have continued to see success as 2017 continues with 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.
Victoria to host the 74th Australian Sharpie National Championships
Download the 74th Sharpie National Championship Notice of Race here
Visit the Mordialloc Sailing Club website to enter now!
A message from the Vic Sharpies President
Victorian State Titles - 19 - 20 November 2016, Mordialloc Sailing Club
VSSA are hoping to get as many boats to as possible to the 2016 Vic State Titles, and word on the street is there may be some interstate boats coming across to get some practice in for the upcoming nationals!
Download the Notice of Race here.
Please let Jake know if you are interested in competing at this years state titles and if you need any help and he will do his best to help get you what you need!
New improved vic sharpies website
Head to http://www.vicsharpies.com/ to check out the new and improved website which has a calendar and all the information you will need to keep up to date!
With not too long to go before hosting the Nationals, the Victorians are focussed on getting out there and getting boats on the water!
VSSA 2016 - NEW SEASON'S RACING PROGRAM OUT NOW
Hope everyone is well and has recovered from the long and cold winter!
I am very happy to be sending out the program that will take us through as a class to the end of the year (and on into our nationals!).
Download the 2016 VSSA racing program here.
There has been a lot of hype interstate and locally about the upcoming nationals and a lot of the ground work is being done behind the scenes to make sure it's a good one.
The biggest thing we need to ensure we do now as a final push is to get as many local boats as possible sailing regularly, so that a, we keep competitive and b, once the interstaters hear that this is happening they will be keen to come and have a crack at us (both on and off the water!)
Please feel free to contact me if you need help with anything and I will endeavor to accommodate, be it a ride, a crew, a beer or just someone to laugh at.
Looking forward to an awesome season,
2016 VICTORIAN STATE TITLES - Parkdale Yacht Club
Victorian State titles were sailed at Parkdale Yacht Club, on the north east of Port Phillip, on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd April. We arrived on the saturday morning to an 18 knot south westerly, and the delightful Port Phillip chop to about 1m. Messy. All credit to RO Rob and his terrific team for getting 3 windward/leeward races in.
Many stories were told over a great BBQ hosted by PYC for the weary sailors and friends.
Sunday saw us having one triangle morning race in a 12 knot breeze, followed by 2 windward/leeward races after lunch (in slightly more wind) to coincide with club racing. We generated lots of interest in our wonderful class, as there was one PYC boat in the fleet - Chemical Imbalance - sailed by Chris Hewitt and Marcus & Aaron De Fina. A huge thanks to these guys for staying overnight at PYC to keep an eye on our boats on the beach.
Starts were pretty tight and hard fought. There were a few entertaining capsizes and some very fast action. Did the PYC team get any good pics of the great action? Hope so.
Ostentatious has been up front in the last few state titles, and Jon Newman with Craig Garmston & Jono Neate kept us busy chasing them again. Dave Bretherton with his crew of Greg Shapcott & Graeme Fisher kept them on their toes, and Rage Factor (Peter Stuchbery, Rohan Allen & Jason Willis up front) came back from an untimely swim to totally seal their third spot. Yours truly coaxed Dale Collings back into a Roo, this time to steer rather than his old spot of wiring.
Most interestingly, the results did not change at all after the drop.
Our thanks to PYC for their excellent hosting of our 2015/16 titles. We hope to drop in on them sometime soon. Friendly club, hot showers, great food and coffee (yes, proper GOOD coffee!), exciting racing - who could ask for more?
Lou HollisSharpie State Titles 2-3 April 2016 provisional results
Ballarat Bertie 2016
Ten Sharpies took to the water on 20th February for the annual (when Lake Wendouree has enough water) Ballarat Bertie. Ballarat Yacht Club hosted us, and in usual form the start lines were true for a fraction of the time, as were the beats, reaches and runs. Challenging to say the least for any Race Officer. If you have never been to Lake Wendouree, you have certainly missed out. It was the venue for the rowing for the 1956 Olympics, and is still one of Victoria’s major rowing hubs.Sailing-wise, the race area is about 2 hectares (well, it feels like 2ha) with interesting boundaries including a large reed bed, a peninsular with a flag pole, the shore, and the rowing lanes. The city of Ballarat surrounds the lake, so wind shifts of up to 40 degrees are normal in all breezes. BYC is very friendly and makes visiting Sharpies most welcome each Bertie, which is sailed in conjunction with their own Saturday afternoon racing....read more, with full results here
73rd Nationals, Hobart - I think it's quite safe to say that Team Vic had a bloody ripper time both on and off the water getting 4 boats down, which was good to see but about to get bigger. The racing was good fun regardless of being shifty for us simple folk. On shore I think we left an impression lasting enough to leave everyone riddled with excitement for the upcoming nationals at Mordialloc Sailing Club from the 29th Dec - 6th Jan, where we'll have the home ground advantage. Included in this excitement is the Victorian girls team taking home the Chug-a-lug trophy for the second time in three years.
The best thing this nationals had to offer was the amount of young faces around that could make even Grant Nichols feel young again! Great new crew down at Tazi and hoping that they'll keep it up and even drag some of their mates into it and we see them all up here next Christmas period.
Follow this link to find the calendar of essential events that we're hoping to get boats to at this point obviously trying to get as much in as possible at Mordy in the lead up to the Nationals. Hope to see as many of your pretty faces at as many of these events as possible. The states is one of the big ones and this year we're hoping to have some boats from other states attend ours as well as try and get out to theirs if possible.
If you need any information or have any questions feel free to email Jake Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorian Sharpie Association Committee - AGM and new committee
Victorian AGM resulted in a great blend of youth and experience with the
President – Jake Nichols
The Old the Lonely & the Forgotton take out the Victorian State Ttitles for 2015!
The States were sailed on the 14th and 15th March at Royals in Williamstown. 8 Sharpies made the effort to turn up with 7 sailing on the Saturday and all 8 hitting the water on the Sunday. On the Saturday the wind was generally from the North ranging from about 10 to 15 knots. There were some lighter patches and the odd stronger gust. The last race for the day was sailed in a breeze reaching about 20 knots at time. The course was a triangle windward return with downwind finishes for all races except race 3 which had an extra windward return but still with a downwind finish. It was really good to see the number of younger faces around the boat park. In fact every boat except Rage Factor had at least 1 crew member under about 22.
The Old, the Lonely and the Forgotton getting it on for the 2015 Victorian State Titles. Photos (incluing sidebars) courtesy David Wallace
Six Sharpies arrived at the Ballarat Yacht Club on for the annual Bertie series. V563 Footloose, V642 Breakaway, V720 Kanga Crusher, V823 Chemical Imbalance, V840 Furnace of Affliction and V878 Rage Factor. We were greeted with about 5 to 1o knots with the very odd gust of a bit more and quite a bit more of less than 5 knots. The wind was generally from the south but swung anywhere from south west to south east. After the race we checked the compass and saw that Rage Factor had a top speed of 12.5 knots which would have been in race 2 on the return.
Who could imagine a better way to spend New Year’s than at one of the infamous Sharpie Carnivals, and I have to say this year’s is one to go down in the history books. First and foremost congratulations to Mal Higgins, who has claimed his seventh win equalling John Cuneo’s record and is looking to break the record for most wins in Sharpie history next year. Besides this momentous victory, the off-the-water entertainment has more stories than the amount of brain cells I have left.... read more of Jacob Nicols account of the 72nd Sharpie Nationals
Weather permitting Steve Edwards, Tony Quirke and Stephen Fankhauser (Bowling for Burgers V829) will be sailing Heavyweight Sharpie Cheyenne as one of the 3 HWS participating in the Mordialloc SC around the bay event. Stephen says their leg will be short Mordialloc to Frankston then return to Chelsea YC, or if they are sick of pumping then just Mordialloc SC to Chelsea YC. Start at Mordialloc SC is 1000 am on Saturday 28th February 2015 at Mordialloc SC...read more.
Victorian Sharpie Association season program is now posted on the web. Check it out at www.vicsharpies.com and we will see you on the water .
Victorian Sharpies Winter 2014 Newsletter – read all about the Victorians at the 71st Nationals in Perth, the Ballaarat Bertie, Victorian State Titles, Easter regatta and more…download here
Saturday March the 1st and Sunday March the 2nd saw the sailing of the Victorian Sharpie State Titles. The event was sailed out of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown. Three races were scheduled for each day with the first start at 1.00 pm each day. 11 Sharpies arrived on Saturday and it was really good to see Rab Radnell turn up with Fig Jam. Rob made a quick dash to SA on the Thursday before the states to pick up the newest addition to the Victorian fleet.
Race 2 was very much like race 1 with the wind strength and direction. Ostentatious had another win with The Old the Lonely and the Forgotten in second and Rage Factor third.
Race 3 saw the breeze slightly increase but it was very up and down. Rod Allen chomped at the heels of Ostentatious and Grant Nichols came home in third. Flash as a Rat and Rage Factor had a great tussle down the last run with Rage Factor getting 4th by just a few boat lengths.
Race 4 started in about 12 knots from the South. The Old the Lonely and the Forgotten and Ostentatious had a great dual both upwind and down. Rage Factor hung in there for the first triangle but half way up the second work the adjustable rope on the starboard trap wire broke. After a quick circle to pick up Jason who went for a swim we started back up the work trying to fix the trap wire. We dropped back to 6th at this stage. Rod Allen went on for the win with Ostentatious 2nd with Psycho Therapy 3rd. The young blokes on Screaming Eagle sailed a great race to get 4th. Rage Factor managed to pass Flash as a Rat to record a 5th. The boys in Waiting on a Balance managed to rip the centre console out of the boat so headed home for the rest of the day.
Race 5 started with the breeze picking up to about 15 knots form the south. As the wind strengthened it became a lot truer. Again The Old the Lonely and the Forgotten and Ostentatious had a great battle with Rage Factor not far behind. Rod Allen got the win with John Newman 2nd. This meant that going into the last heat Ostentatious had 3 wins and 2 seconds whilst The Old the Lonely and the Forgotten had 2 wins and 3 seconds. The most pleasing thing about this race was the efforts of Fig Jam, skippered by young Sally Radnell, who showed some great speed and sailed a great race to come home 4th.
Race 6 was sailed in about 18 to 20 knots. Again it was Ostentatious and The Old the Lonely and the Forgotten having a great battle. The tacking duels kept on happening. Rage Factor was again sailing around in 3rd. Grant and the boys in Psycho Therapy showed some great downwind speed (no weight helped with the dead runs!). Dave Youlden had Flash as a Rat flying as well. The State Title was going down to the wire with the last run to go. The Old the Lonely and the Forgotten went to pull up the kite and the halyard pulled through the actual block and fell to the deck. This left Ostentatious to sail on to record their 4th win for the series and give them their 3rd consecutive State Title. Rage Factor popped the kite to sail over The Old the Lonely and the Forgotten down the last leg to record a 2nd . Rod Allen managed to hold onto 3rd which gave him 2nd overall and Rage Factor came in 3rd for the series
Ballaarat Bertie 2014
Background about the Bertie
Kevin & Ross Wilson won the first Bertie in the 1976/77 season sailing Pussyfoot. The Bertie was sailed every year in February until the drought dried the lake up. We missed 8 Bertie's with a dry lake. It was a HUGE event sailed on the Sunday with a morning and afternoon race. Many a visiting Sharpie would come up to Ballarat and sail the club race on the Saturday, stay for a big night on Saturday and sail the Bertie on the Sunday. Even more boats would come up either Saturday evening or Sunday morning. We would have had around 40 odd Sharpies in the hay day. As a 15 year old I remember Drew Kettle when he had Arunga V62, from Colac sitting at the bar when I left the club on Saturday evening only to return Sunday morning and see Drew still perched at the bar! I think my first Bertie must have been the 2nd one – 1977/78 season when I was plucked off my Arafura Cadet to sail on Typhoon(probably round the V20's or V30's) with the Pages. I would think that Dave Youlden has probably sailed every Bertie except 1 or 2 which is a great effort. The club has a long association with Sharpie's and they really support the class well. I was good to get 8 boats but I am aiming to crack the 10 before too long.
Three boats from Victoria competed at the Nationals in WA and if we exclude Grant Nichols average age was around 22. They had a great time camped at Pelican Point Seascouts next to the Mounts Bay Sailing Club, and took out the men and womens Chug-a-lug. Sharpie stalwart Chris Ablett reportedly got a great kick out of seeing the old "Z" turn up - apparently it was better than the boat they were going to bring. He’s not sure how many lives a Sharpie gets, but this one has had a few. "Z" - V694 was listed as ‘free to good home’ at the start of the season and performed pretty well at the Nationals, especially in the last race they were 7th around the first mark.
68th SHARPIE NATIONALS AT BLACK ROCK, VICTORIA
Tasmanians take out the 2010-11 Nationals in One Hump or Two, skippered by Drew Latham with Nick Carter and Nick Johnston - full scratch Series Results here.
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.
Photos above courtesy Chris Murray
NEW ARCHIVE - On the official sharpie website we try to keep as many history and posts online as we can - visit the Victoria Archive pages