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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

With only three points separating the first three boats after day one, the racing was going to be hotly contested. Peter Chappell in The Lizard was in the driving seat with 1,1,3,15, however that 15th was a liability unusual to Chappell's scorecard. Impact with a 2,2,5 and 10th needed a couple of bullets to add pressure while Matt Jahn in Origami Underwear and Vern Tidy in Blatantly Obvious were all in with a chance having placed more consistently in the top 6 each race.

Sharpies race start

Race one was a clinic from The Lizard, who picked every shift both up and down hill to edge out evergreen sharpie legend Graham Keys in Black Sun. Matt Jahn showed great down wind speed to take out fourth place.

Apart from Matt Jahn, race two was an almost complete reversal of race one. The Lizard and Blacksun were at the back end while Nick Heggart in Mona took first from Craig Mann in Impact. Once again Matt Jahn was in the hunt.

Race Three was a cracker with the first 10 boats finishing within 30 seconds. The Lizard led all the way improving on a disappointing 15th the race before. Matt Jahn was in the mix again. At this point all boats had recorded one good, one average and one poor result.

Race Four did not disappoint with an increase in wind pressure and even bigger shifts. David Meehan's Vita Brevis and The Lizard looked good most of the race until the breeze turned left on beat two leaving them on the wrong side. Impact and The Suburban Boys took the lead with Busselton's' Laurie Francis in The Suburban Boys taking the win ahead of Impact and a fast finishing Lizard and of course Matt Jahn again.

In race 5 Impact fell for sailing error 101 and was OCS mid line and, after returning she was clearly last and could not finder her way back into race finishing 15th. Pete Ivanac in SS had a blinder as did Whisky Tango Foxtrot, however they were also OCS. Origami continued sailing consistently well and Blatantly Obvious with a "new" 1990's Sheridan headsail out of the Al Tidy locker were on fire. Vita Brevis was back at the pointy end finishing second. However The Lizard nailed the first couple of shifts and was a clear leader, showing his class and securing the vital bullet and the Championship.

Race 6 was much the same story with Chappell leading the way, Blatantly Obvious and Origami in the top spots. Keysie and Peter Ivanac had good finishes in the top half a dozen. Avoiding disaster Peter Chappell would once again be crowned King of the Sharpies. Seven boats were now in the running for the final two podium positions. Contenders for the remaining places were Blatantly Obvious, Origami Underwear, Blacksun, SS, Vita Brevis and Impact.

With the top spots to be won in
race 7 the Lizard, Blatantly Obvious and Origami were all struggling early. Keysie, the old dog had streeted the field and lead all the way for a stellar win. Pete Ivanac was having a blinder in second. Greg Creeper in Cow Rock was with the leaders early before drifting back. In the end Peter Chappell worked his way back from 15th early in the race to post a 3rd, capping of a solid series.

Chappel wins sharpie states

L to R: Eleanor Green, Dave Castle, Peter Chappell, Peter Nicholas & Jim O'Grady
Photos: Thanks to Greg Hilton

One of the highlights of the weekend was Eleanor Green sailing sheet hand on Whisky Tango Foxtrot. At the ripe old age of 7 yes seven she must rank as the youngest crew member to complete the Sharpie State Titles.

Results - WA State Titles, 2012
1st: The Lizard - Peter Chappell, RFBYC/ MBSC
2nd: Blatantly Obvious, Vern Tidy, EFYC
3rd: Origami Underwear, Matt Jahn, MBSC
4th: Blacksun, Graham Keys, MBSC
5th: SS, Peter Ivanac, MBSC

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