VICTORIAN SHARPIE ASSOCIATION
Grant Nichols and Peter Stuchbery went to Ballarat for a club race and had 6 Sharpies racing. Breakaway - V642 skippered by Peter Coburn went on for the win with Rage Factor 2nd and Psycho Therapy 3rd after a few lead changes throughout the race. The photo is taken from the Yacht Club jetty showing how close the racing was between the first 3 boats.
Ballarat Open day saw 4 Sharpies face the starters gun. V642 Breakaway, V720 Kanga Crusher, V750 Flash as a Rat and V878 Rage Factor – with Grant Nichols sailing sheet. The race was sailed in a variable breeze of between 5 to 10 knots from the South East. The first work was a very close affair with a blanket covering all the Sharpies and Rage Factor bringing up the rear. The first reach was quite broad and here was nothing between all 4 Sharpies. The second reach was down the rowing channel - the first time I have sailed down there for close on 10 years!. It was very tight. Rage Factor had gybed early at the wing mark and managed to sail a bit higher and longer than the other three boats and got the lead before we all dropped our kites and 2 sailed to the bottom mark. Rage Factor was not headed from this point and went on to win by almost a beat. Flash as a Rat and Breakaway had a great tussle with Flash as a Rat getting second after Breakaway had a collision just before the finish and had to do a penalty turn. Kanga Crusher was not far behind in fourth. The course was a triangle and a windward return constituting 1 lap and 4 laps being the race – very easy to forget where you were with 9 beats done.
Sunday 6 October 2013 saw the first Vic Sharpie event for the season, with four boats making the effort to get out on the water.
August 2013 - The Victorian Sharpies Spring newsletter is now out, including the calendar of events for 2013-24 - download here (8.4mb file).
Your boat MUST be a member to compete in calendar events. Please list the details of the three most regular crew, and anyone else who might like to be in the email loops.
July 2013 - Grant Nichols has taken the helm as President of VicSharpies for the coming season. Grant brings a wealth of experience in Sharpie Sailing and Administration to the role. He'll be ably supported by Vice President Michael Stanley and Lou Hollis as Secretary Treasurer. Race Manager for the Victorian Association will be David Stanley with Toni Nichols taking on Public Relations and Peter Stutchbury and Michael Wright on the Committee.
Funding to get to the 2013/14 Nationals!
One immediate initiative taken at the AGM was to provide funding of $1500 a boat for those travelling to Mounts Bay in Western Australia for the National Championship. Obviously buoyed by their success in Claiming the National Junior Title for Victoria at last years Brighton Nationals they are eager to be in the mix again this year
Photo by David Wallace
Series Results for Sharpie Victorian Championship
For more information and pics, go to www.rycv.yachting.org.au
Off the Beach Westernport Challenge
Results overall out of 46 boats:
In Division 3 (fast dinghies), 21 starters saw the sharpies at the top end of the fleet:
City boat claims country classic
Psycho Therapy wins the Bertie!
February 2013 - Six Sharpies turned up in Ballarat to contest the 3 race Ballarat Bertie series. We arrived with about 30 degrees and an 8-10 knot northerly. However during lunch on the Yacht Club deck we noticed the breeze fading a bit. Race 1 got under way just after 2.00 pm due to a short postponement. V642 Breakaway, V750 Flash as a Rat, V823 Hasta La Vista Baby, V835 Psycho Therapy VF840 Furnace of Affliction and V852 Crews Control fronted for the starters gun. V720 Kanga Crusher was a late withdrawal due to medical reasons. About half way up the first work Furnace of Affliction were hit by a massive knock and had the dubious honour of being the only Sharpie to have a swim for the day. With quite a few lead changes during the race and a shifty up and down breeze it was going to be a hotly contested series. Local boat Breakaway managed the win in heat 1.
This sailing programme has been based on feedback from members stating that they wanted to sail approximately once a month. We have tried to accommodate your wishes in this programme.
Royals Saturday and Sunday 6/7 April 2013 (T.B.C)
Stories from last season's racing online here.
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
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