WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SHARPIES
In Western Australia, the class is sailed at multiple clubs in WA mostly on sunday afternoons. Please contact email@example.com to find a boat to sail with.
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WA State Titles - Geographe Bay Yacht Club (GBYC) to host the series across the weekend Saturday 25th March to Sunday 26th March 2017. Notice of Race out now
The WA Sharpies Presentation Luncheon will be at East Fremantle Yacht Club on Saturday 29th April starting 12 noon.
MBSC Opening Day 2016/17
WA Sharpies AGM was held on Sunday August 7th, at Mounts Bay Sailing Club.
HONOR ROLL OF Western Australian Life Members
After some work, the WA Division committee has compiled an Honour Roll of WA's Life Members, winners of National Championships and State Championships.
The WA Sharpie association has truly got a great history in Western Australia and we wanted to make sure the record book is there for everyone to see. It's now uploaded at www.washarpies.com by following this link:http://www.washarpies.com/p/about-class.html#honour
Alternatively, go direct to the website and click on 'About' at the top of the page.
If you spot any errors or omissions, please let us know as soon as possible so we can correct it immediately. We have tried our best to capture things accurately. If you have feedback about how it can be improved or changed, let us know too.
Thanks to those members who have assisted us with this work.
Neil and Rhyss.
WA Sharpies contested their States at Cockburn sound this year on the 13-14 February with The Cruising Yacht Club of WA hosting. Cockburn Sound is one of the best pieces of water for sailing in WA. The sea breeze comes over Point Peron producing flat water and it's usually 5 knots harder than the River. Interest in the series was high with ex 16 Foot Skiff sailor Scott Glaskin purchasing a Sharpie especially for the event. Scott is the son of one of WA's iconic Skiff sailors Bruce who campaigned "Athene" against the great Jack Cassidy 6 times National 16 Foot Champion in the 60's and 70's
Well done to the podium finishers for the series.
ASSA AGM - AGENDA ITEM FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The WA Division put forward a Motion at upcoming Australian Sharpie Sailing Assoc meeting in Hobart, which you can read below.
There's no doubt it was well debated, but that's a good thing. A decision will be announced throughout 2016.
PROPOSAL FOR ‘CENTRAL NATIONALS' EVERY SIX YEARS
To benefit all Australian sailors, the Western Australia Division of the ASSA proposes a modification to the operating model for annual national titles, to introduce a 'Central Nationals' every six years, in the geographically central location of South Australia. South Australia would retain its SA Nationals event in the sequence. While it is acknowledged that the rotating sequence of Nationals in States has served the class well for over 40 years, times have changed. Australia is a very large country geographically and it is possible to make it cheaper and easier for more Sharpie boats to compete at more National titles, more often.
WA considers there are significant benefits to all Sharpie sailors in making this adjustment and relatively few disadvantages to sailors or State associations. Most importantly, this is about making the class itself stronger nationally.
While the proposed arrangement may appear at first glance to favour South Australia, this is neither the intention nor the actual case: WA argues such a change would strengthen Sharpie fleets in all states, by making it more achievable for all to participate in Nationals more often. It would make for larger and more exciting national championship fleets in many cases, and assist in 'future-proofing' the class nationally. Over time (and over the full 7-year cycle of Nationals in particular), it would also deliver significant cost-savings to sailors competing in Nationals, no matter where they are from.
It is believed this model has been adopted successfully by at least one other Australian dinghy class. As an example, due to sheer distance, just one WA boat is competing in Tasmania this year, out of a State fleet of about 20 regularly-sailed boats. That campaign is costing more than $8000 which is the sole reason for the lack of other competitors. For the Perth Nationals, only one Queensland boat was able to travel to Perth and that is very understandable. Other States regularly have similar stories to tell, when it comes to travelling across a very large country to compete and the creation of a Central Nationals is unlikely to make other States’ national events weaker than they are now. One strength of Sharpies right now is a strong national fleet and that feature should be nurtured and built upon.
THE PROPOSED MODEL
Under the model proposed by WA, every sixth year would be known as the 'Central Nationals', adding one year to the full rotation cycle around the States.
It is proposed the change commence after the upcoming Victorian nationals, as planning has already commenced for these titles. Furthermore, to insert the new “Central Nationals’ at this point in the sequence would result in the retention of a relatively-good randomised geographic distribution of nationals events going forward.
This is how the sequence would work, going forward from Victoria onwards:
FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE MODEL
This proposal will be well-ventilated during December so that there are no surprises and everyone across Australia has had time to think about the pros and cons.
The proposal has also been flagged informally with Yachting Australia which responded by saying it believed the concept had merit, based upon SA’s central location and ‘putting the class first’.
WA puts this model forward in the best national interests of our great class and asks that the National Meeting vote in favour of the motions below.
Submitted with respect.
WA Division of the ASSA.
RECOMMENDATION 1: That the ASSA amend the sequence of National Titles to introduce Central Nationals in South Australia every sixth year, hosted and run by the South Australia Division, with all profits returning to the SA Division.
RECOMMENDATION 2: That the new sequence of National titles commence with the first Central Nationals, in the year immediately after the upcoming Victorian nationals in 2016-17.
Changing of the Guard.....Gary Swan from East Fremantle is the new President after the 2015 AGM at EFYC. Well done Swanny!!!
Dave Lightfoot takes over as Vice President, with Mattie Jenkins also new on the association committee as assistant secretary. Neil Stanbury and Kim Taylor were re-elected as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Lyall Gerring and David Paris were re-elected as Patron and Vice-Patron, though neither was able to attend.
Outgoing President Craig Mann was thanked for his great efforts over a number of years as were Rhyss Edwards and Gordon McKercher for their contributions. Class captains at sharpie clubs are automatically on the committee so that's a valuable tie-in.
More than a dozen sailors attended and took the opportunity to talk about upcoming opportunities. There was a resounding agreement to take a run to Bunbury for a SW sail day, so get your trailer licence renewed (or steal one!).
More news soon....season not far away!
27 September 2015 - EFYC Open Day, East Fremantle Yacht Club
4 October 2015 - MBSC Open Day, Mounts Bay Sailing Club
The 2014/15 season has all but wrapped up.
Once again we had good numbers at EFYC, MBSC and GBYC. 20 boat at the states is encouraging 30 would be awesome. It has been difficult to find a home and dates for next season's State titles. Presently an application is in to SRR for MBSC to host the event on Melville Water over the March long weekend 2016.
Other goals include improving the participation in the state selections, further focus on introducing junior/youth and female skippers and crews to the class and getting to the country clubs a bit more often. Self promotion of our class works and is very cost effective.
The AGM and Association Presentations are likely to be in late July, giving incoming treasurer Kim Taylor time to tidy up the books. There will be a number of positions becoming vacant on the committee, without these positions filled not much happens or a few people become overloaded, please attend and assist where you can.
Cheers, Craig Mann
Key Dates for 2014-15 season on the WA Association calendar were:
Another great WASSA State Titles. Although the SE breezes were not much fun as honking SWers they created good close racing, big wins and, just as quickly, big losses.
If we sailed more in these breezes I think as a state we would be more competitive at a National level. It also shows how weight specific the class either side of 13 knots up hill and that with the windward leeward course less is more downhill.
My pre-regatta prediction (guess) of Vern Tidy taking out the title became reality, however heavyweights Bullit pushed very hard to grab the Silverware. It shows how tough the title is to win, Ash has been contending on and off for 30 years and has not been able to get his name on the O’Grady Trophy.
Great work by Matt Jahn (Vanquish) and crew to be hot contenders after day one. Day two was not so kind however third place was a good effort. We hope to see more of you in the Sharpie class as the 49er thing wears off!!!!!
Vern has shown great resolve this season. With Fat Matt chasing the girls' title on 737 he has even resorted to having myself on the wire at one point. Let it be noted I have not been invited back after some very un-Vern like performances. The well credentialled brothers who have finished 3rd in a QLD Nationals were a model of consistency this weekend sailing well, smart and to the “Sharpie” rules. This had them rarely out of touch with the leaders and in the end taking out the chocolates again in a very tight finish.
Without the results in front of me I am writing with my “normal” slant on things, Al Tidy calls it bullshit, I prefer to call it creative writing. Amber Dreams seemed to be hunting around the top few in most races and had her normal high groove causing havoc off the start line. Vicious had moments, Kurt was all over the shop like a mad women with flashes of brilliance followed by moments of …..
Kim Taylor was reliving the past on Humdinger, Hutch is improving on the Black boat showing good speed and form. Although the Perth Pathology team will be disappointed in their overall result they took out the consistency trophy.
Captain Jack and crew continues to improve. A great showing at the nationals and the 909 numbers were often in the mix over the weekend. Thanks Steve Swallow for the million shots of the racing it is valuable and show how close the racing is. Hopefully we can get them on the WA sharpies site.
A great big thanks to MOFSC, their staff and volunteers, in particular, the Olsens and Trevor Date for taking most of the work off the association.
Thanks to the sailors and the WASSA committee along with a big welcome to Kim Taylor into the treasurer's role. For those that have not completed or paid your entries pay your fees this week or face the wrath of Kim Taylor. or worse.
Looking ahead there are a few boats talking about heading to Tassie for the Nationals. Dates have been altered a little: Dec 31th for measuring, with the regatta finishing on Friday the 8th of Jan.
My 'coaster maths' show a container is still the best option rather than towing a single boat. Double trailers may work. There is no height limit on the ferry but they punish you for length. I think “we” (ie: all of us) need to plan ahead as a group, as it is an expensive trip but in my opinion a great place visit and one of the most world’s most challenging places to sail, not to mention a great place to holiday.
WA Sharpies set course for a big weekend for the WA State Titles!
31 January - 1 February 2015 at Mandurah Offshore Fishing & Sailing Club
The weather looks light and variable again so everyone is in with a chance. Vern and his team of moth magicians must be considered favourites to take out an unprecedented three peat. Dave Meehan on Vita Brevis and Mandurah local Ash Gayboy Gabrielson skippering Bullit are strong contenders with plenty of local knowledge in the kit. Two weeks of Tasar sailing should have both of the in peak performance. Could the fickle conditions play into the Busso boy’s hands as they are constantly sailing in this shifty of shore pattern? The dark horse is heavy weather specialist no turned light weather Guru Graham Keys who appears to have SBD Drilling tuned perfectly in the light stuff. He and the boys put on a clinic last Sunday at MBSC with a massive win in the light and variable easterly.
One thing is certain the beer will taste great as the sun sets on Saturday evening and there will be a winner Sunday afternoon.
December 2014 racing in the West...
The East Freo boys were quick around the track and into the bar on Saturday.
Matt Jahn had a couple of hot shot FX girls on Origami and they were really flying downhill. Just goes to show those extra KGs really hurt in marginal conditions, not to mention adding in some talent. In the end the tight shy across the club was a bit much for the flee weights and the grunt of 3 solid blokes (Mona, and I use the term blokes loosely) slipped by for the win. The star of the day was Chris Bell, scorching around the course with a couple of teenagers on board. Busso report on Facebook page.
As the George Laurens Trophy has not showed up in WA, Trevor Date made a
Trevore is understandably very happy with the way it has turned out. A photo taken by Lou Hollis of one of the starts off Mounts Bay at the last Nationals was traced off by hand (boat numbers removed so that it doesn't date), then printed onto 6mm float glass, then built into a WA jarrah timber trophy and varnished. No engraving plates have been allowed for as it will depend on what the National Sharpie Committee decides to do with it. Trevor (and the Association) are still hoping that the original George Laurens Trophy will turn up.
WA State selection heats at East Fremantle - 22 November 2014
What a cracker of a weekend! On Saturday we had two state selection heats at East Fremantle. Once again the rules, or lack of adherence altered the results significantly and created plenty of lawn and bar talk. Seven boats (all EFYC) hit the Reach in a light to moderate, puffy and fickle seabreeze.
Race One: Byron was dominant and led the fleet for most of the race, cruising to a comfortable win.
Race Two: Swanny and Byron streeted the field with Swanny grabbing the chocolates on the finish line. The rest were a rabble..... All Scoobed grabbing third from slow-finishing Mona, Blatantly Obvious, Cows and Kurt, who was still miffed at Swanny and some issue with buoy room during the race. The chatter continued for some time both on the lawn and in the bar.
Bullit put in a clinic in a breeze that built all afternoon - 15-18 knots to maybe a gust of 22 knots late in the day. Ash, Lewie and Grinder were the only boat set up well off the start and the race was over after 3 minutes. Gordo and Wise Magic did well to hold the gap for most of the race until Bullit put the foot down in the bay and doubled her lead. Keysie had a few good reaches but still lacks speed up hill in anything over 15 knots. Hutch, Karina and Stanas in the Black boat tipped over twice on the way to the start and were two minutes after the gun, but stayed hard on Mainy’s stern until the latter stuffed up a kite-set and tested the depth of Melville Water, taking a few water samples for DEC in the process. There was plenty of healthy banter at the bar later, with Ash offering some Pearls of Wisdom to those prepared to listen.
Saturday (22 Nov 2014) saw a breeze of around 10 to 12 knots from the WNW with it tipped to strengthen throughout the day.
Off the line Amber Dreams and Suicide Blonde were neck and neck with about the same speed and height. Half way up the first work it became clear that it would be a two boat race. At the top mark snow rounded cleanly whilst suicide got tangled with a keel boat who was on port but wouldn't make the mark if he tacked so didn't enforcing the three ton rule
Rounding the top mark for the last time and Suicide had a cracker ride and chopped Amber Dreams’ lead to almost nothing only to be undone by the same keel boat as the first mark who had now a good grasp of the rules forcing Suicide to go under them allowing Amber Dreams a comfortable win by around 2 minutes - well done lads.
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For those intending to compete in Sydney, December 2014, please flag your intentions. I have pricing on a 20 and 40 footer, however masts do not fit in a 20. Talks have begun on sharing container space with another class, as always first in best dressed.
One weekend before...WA Sharpies reported on a fantastic atmosphere at Mounts Bay after a short race series. Heaps of boats on the water including a rash of Tasars, great live music, the Oppie Bar doing its thang, woodfired pizzas, kids mucking around on the lawn - Mounts Bay at its best.
Congratulations to the organisers on a great day. Good to see the premiere fleet - sharpies - putting on a performance, with bonus return appearance of The yellow boat with up and coming juniors on board with Chris Bell. Well done fellas. The President's report will be posted soon.
Previously in WA....
EFYC had nine - that’s correct nine boats - on the water, with fierce racing on the water. My spy, Brendon Green tells me Vern got the chocolates with a mad Croatian in the bow from a fast finishing Vicious and it was bumper cars for third a very close finish. Great to see a resurgence in the fleet at EFYC with an almost all-girl crew out on the water, Matty J can go both ways!!!
Young Captain Jack on all Scoobed Out sailed at MBSC on Sunday and looks to be finding his way quite nicely. A little swim with a minute to go before race three slowed them down a bit. Keep it up lads great to see.
MBSC had seven boats on the water, Bullit was a late roll out with Matt Jahn making a guest appearance in the bow. Keysie had a new wireman and showed great promise, Humdinger had rigging issues and the blustery conditions saw them retire early, Kiss my Trannie sank again, the leak in the bow still not fixed, Mainie had a new bee on board and did well other than a long swim in race one and Impact had a Dr from the UK on board that had rarely been on the trapeze in a competitive mode. He did well however we called it a day early when his left knacker was "gently" crushed in the harness and the pitch in his voice raised to that of a member of the Vienna boys choir. Rule number one secure all valuable items before heading onto the water. The Southerly breeze and short race format was fantastic fun with the breeze switching direction and intensity providing plenty of passing lanes.
July 2014 - WA held their AGM on 29 June at East Freo. Craig Mann returned as President and lots of good discussion was had about ways to make the class even better ...
April 2014 - At MBSC we welcomed Kiss My Transom back to the fleet. Daties speech at Walpole inspired a couple of lads to buy one of his previous boats and we are delighted they have chosen to sail at Mounts.
Sunday was Club Heat 6 and what a race. Little more than a minute separated the first three boats for most of the day. Bullit and Perth Pathology are fighting it out for championship honours, so there was a bit of match racing going on.
Bullit lead at Club with Vanquish and Perth Path a couple of boat lengths behind. Both took the high road and sailed around the leader with Vanquish having a good 30 second lead approaching Deepwater. The excitement of leading was too much for the excitable Pete Ivanac and he headed of to the near by Bond Spit. This slip allowed Perth Path to take the lead. A minute further back Wise Magic, Keysie and Black Sun.
The lead changes a few times. After some great work off the wind by the Bullit crew to grab the lead, stand in skipper Craig Mann made a costly error of not covering Perth Path's westerly dig as they rounded Addison the last time and surrendered a boat length lead. Vanquish had made big gains and by inner Dolphin all three boats were within a few seconds of each other.
Sadly Vanquish failed to make the tight reach to uni and dropped out of the tussle. Bullit kept the pressure on and almost drew level with Perth path with 500 meters to the finish however the Perth Path boys squeezed the life of the old girl to take the chocolates, a well deserved win that keeps the results up in the air for race 7.
Two weeks of sailing to go. Remember the final closing day is Saturday 12th of April and will be a Hawaiian theme. Lets have a good roll out and celebrate a good season.
WA video trailer for the 71st Nationals - 2013/14
Peter Chappell brings the Lizard in first and takes out the National Championship!
The 2013/14 Gage Roads Nationals has drawn to a close with some great results. With most WA boats cobbling crews together in very last minute fashion the results in claiming three of the top four places, lots of boats filling the top 15 and sweeping most of the handicap results was fantastic. Massive congrats to The Lizard, Bullit, The Blatantly Obvious Crew and Blind Date.
Thanks to our main sponsors,
WA President Craig Mann's feeling after the regatta is that enthusiasm is high and rather than a big post nationals hang over we have momentum to consolidate, attract new sailors to build numbers.
Thanks to all for pulling together and assisting during the regatta, measuring went smoothly, the nightly activities rolled along nicely and presentation night after a very slow start almost made our target of 200.
Contacts for WA Sharpies:
Mob: 0427 266 265
2013 WA State Titles - provisional results, full report and photos now available.
WA's photographer out on the water off Freemantle Sailing Club to capture all the action of the 2013 WA state titles ... see the photos
ABLETT - Eric Ablett, long time sharpie sailor and supporter, passed away last Saturday 1 March at Batemans Bay. He had attended the recent Perth Carnival to connect with old mates and support son Chris and grandson Marc. He was a Life Member of the WA Association. As Lou Hollis says: "Sharpie Heaven has a new resident".
Eric Ablett, with son Chris and grandson Marc, at the 71st Sharpie Nationals in Perth.
JAMIESON (John Andrew)
Chappell Secures WA Sharpie State Championships
A fantastic weekend of Sharpie sailing hosted by Mounts Bay Sailing Club ended with fitting results. Twenty boats competed providing good competition in the light variable breezes.... read more
WA sharpies at the 69th Nationals in Queensland
An average sailor looks at sailing the 2011/12 Sharpie Nationals… When the opportunity came up to sail the nationals with Pete Cuthbert on Suicide Blonde I was quite excited and thought it was a great opportunity to sail on a good boat in a national fleet competition. I had never sailed in Queensland before so was looking forward to the warm winds and waters ... read more.
Sharpies take out the 2011 Cock of the Canning
The 2011 Cock of the Canning hosted by the Shelley Sailing Club saw the Lightweight Sharpie “Road Kill” WA 803 a clear winner. The annual event which was held on 20 March showcases a mixed fleet of boats racing from the club located on the Canning River in Perth’s southern suburbs downriver to the Mount Henry Bridge and then back upriver to the Shelley Bridge and return.... read more
2011 Western Australian State Titles
February 12, Saturday saw Peter Chappel in the Lizard a little below brilliant, by the Sunday he was on fire... read more
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