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VICTORIAN SHARPIE ASSOCIATION

News Archive

December 2013

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.

sharpies sailing

November 2013

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.

Regards
Peter Stuchbery

Peter

October 2013

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.

The first race started in about 8 knots and Psycho Therapy led from start to finish. Jason, Mick and I tried out the new boat – 878 Rage Factor. We showed good turns of speed once we worked out which rope did what. We finished 2nd in heat 1. Pete Roberts in Riff Raff got third and it was good to see him put a junior on the boat for the day. Jake Nichols and the young blokes sailed Three Blind Mice but had some sail issues – both main and jib issues and didn't finish the race. They also didn't make race 2, but it is really good to see some young blokes sailing Sharpies

Race 2 started in about 15 knots with Rage Factor getting a bit over excited and jumping the gun and having to go round the pin and start again. We passed Riff Raff about half way up the first work but Nicho, Slug and Max had a good lead. On the second reach Psycho Therapy dropped early to get up to the mark but Rage Factor managed to hold onto the kite and sail a bit higher and closed the gap. Psycho Therapy held the lead for the next work and run. Going into the last upwind leg Jason, Mick and I thought we had nothing to lose being just behind Nicho and the boys so we started throwing tacks in. As the wind got a bit softer with Psycho Therapy covering us with each tack we started to make some inroads. I don't know if the old blokes really liked doing all those tacks but we had fun. After both Psycho Therapy and Rage Factor overshot the finish line, Grant held on to record a second win for the day. Rage Factor was 2nd and Riff Raff 3rd.

All in all it was a great day to blow out some cobwebs and we are really happy with the new boat.

Looking forward to seeing ALL the Vic Sharpies on the water soon. The next Sharpie event is Black Rock Open Day on Sunday the 27th October.

Cheers

Peter Stuchbery

August 2013 - The Victorian Sharpies Spring newsletter is now out, including the calendar of events for 2013-24 - download here (8.4mb file).

Also, membership form for the coming season now available. Download membership form in word format here.

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

Vic SharpiesPhoto by David Wallace

Series Results for Sharpie Victorian Championship
Low-Points Scoring Results - Drop 1 race.
Last Racing Held on 7/04/2013 at 14:40.

Sail

Yacht

Skipper

1

2

3

4

5

6

Total

Standing

V745

Ostentatious

John Newman

3

1

1

3

1

[3]

9

1

V847

The Old Lonely and the Forgotten

-

[7]

4

2

1

2

1

10

2

V835

Physho Therapy

G Nichols

1

2

3

4

[5]

2

12

3

V823

Hasta La Vista Baby

P Staff

6

5

[7]

5

4

5

25

4

V813

Princess Fiona

Gary Prestedge

5

3

5

6

10

[12]

29

5

V842

Three Blind Mice

Harison Croft

8

[9]

4

7

6

6

31

6

V852

Crewd Control

Mark Fleming

12

12

[12]

2

3

4

33

7

V762

No Name of Boat

Colin Beanham

2

7

6

12

12

[12]

39

8

V592

Riff Raff

Calum Girvin

9

8

[9]

8

7

7

39

8

V840

Furnace of Affliction

M Wright

4

6

10

12

12

[12]

44

10

V744

Brewers Droop

Lucy Fowler

[11]

10

8

9

8

9

44

10

For more information and pics, go to www.rycv.yachting.org.au

Off the Beach Westernport Challenge
Vic sharpies again featured in this event sailed between clubs on Westernport Bay. Richard Jagger V848 led Merricks Yacht Club to victory over Westernport Yacht Club with Somers Yacht Club third.

Results overall out of 46 boats:
2. V848 Richard Jagger/Tom Wild/Simon Webster (Merricks Yacht Club)
4. V762 Colin Beanland/M. Beanland/Louis Beanland (Point Leo Boat Club)
7. V818 Richard Campbell/Tobi Rechner/Stu Boxer (Merricks Yacht Club)

In Division 3 (fast dinghies), 21 starters saw the sharpies at the top end of the fleet:
1. V848 3. V762 6. V818

City boat claims country classic

Ballarat Bertie

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.

Ballarat Bertie
As the afternoon progressed the breeze moved more westerly. Race 2 was again like race 1 with many a lead change. Hasta La Vista Baby was in front at the end of the 1st triangle and Psycho Therapy was bring up the rear in 6th. However by the top mark again it was Psycho Therapy in front with Hasta La Vista Baby bring up the rear. Psycho Therapy went on to win heat 2 with Break away in 2nd.

Ballarat Bertie

Race 3 got under way with a very soft breeze. Again every boat had their moment of glory for a short time. With the breeze dying right out, this race was shortened at the end of the second work, with just a run to the club finish. Psycho Therapy hung on for the win giving Grant Nichols, ex WA sailor Tony Aisbet and making his first appearance in a Sharpie for many a year Craig 'Slug" Macaulay the series win.

Ballarat Bertie

We all enjoyed the hospitality of the club after the racing and laughed about Lake Wendouree living up to all we had forgotten it could be. The water level was good for Sharpies and the weed situation was the best I can remember with only having to clear the rudder a couple of times. Many stayed on for the BBQ and enjoyed the fellowship of Sharpie sailing.

A big thank you to Ballarat Yacht Club for running this event.

Hope to see you all in Ballarat next February.

Calendar Dates

Race 5:-Black Rock Yacht Club Saturday - 9 March 2013

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.

V852 sharpie

Victorian State Titles

Royals Saturday and Sunday 6/7 April 2013 (T.B.C)
Following feedback from members it is proposed to hold the states titles over one weekend so all of the country boats can attend. There will be three races per day. Races starting around 1.00pm with a social gathering either Saturday or Sunday evening.

Rod
Members@vicsharpies.com

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.

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Photos above courtesy Chris Murray

 

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