WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SHARPIES
In Western Australia, the class is sailed at multiple clubs in WA mostly on sunday afternoons. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find a boat to sail with.
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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
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.
L to R: Eleanor Green, Dave Castle, Peter Chappell, Peter Nicholas & Jim O'Grady
Full results and more on WA Sharpies website: www.washarpies.com