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Welcome to the Official Australian Sharpie Sailing Association website!
It seems that once you start sailing these iconic three person dinghies you can't give them up - it doesn't matter what age you are, sailing Sharpies is just so much


Sails, boats n bits - check out the Boats for Sale and Sails4sale sections.

NSW Sharpies - ACT Dinghy Championships are sailed in light and uncharacteristic south-easterlies over 14-15 November 2015 weekend, with nothing decided until the final heat more

Dates for 2015-16 National Championships - to be hosted by the Tasmanian Division - have been released:

  • Thusday 31st December 2015 - Measuring / Welcome Night
  • Friday 1st January 2016 - Lay day
  • Saturday 2nd January 2016 - Invitation races / more measuring before racing!
  • Sunday 3rd January 2016 - Heat 1
  • Monday 4th January 2016 - Heats 2/3
  • Tuesday 5th January 2016 - Heats 4/5 (with states night that evening)
  • Wednesday 6th January 2016 - Lay Day
  • Thursday 7th January 2016 - Heat 6 (possibly another heat / re-sail)
  • Friday 8th January 2016 - Heat 7 (possibly another heat / re-sail) -
  • Presentation Night

Find out more on the Sandy Bay Sailing Club website now.

Fly a Roo in 42

Support for Juniors Travelling to Tasmania - The Executive has decided to support Juniors Travelling to Tasmania for the 2015-2016 Nationals with $300 per boat in travel assistance. This coupled with Tasmania providing free entry to Juniors for the Championship will be a great help to those Juniors attending.

Getting across Bass Strait for the Nationals – made easy!
Spirit of Tasmania has confirmed arrangements for the 73rd Australian Sharpie Championships and an Exclusive Member's Page has been created on the Spirit of Tasmania website and is ready for use by participants of the 73rd Sharpie more

ASSA announce the retirement of the Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy to the South Australian Maritime Museum. The trophy will keep Sir James Hardy's legendary boat Tin Tara company and may be well worth a visit. New By-Laws Part A dealing with the management of National Championships are now available through the About Sharpies - Constitution page.

Victorian Sharpies - Victorian AGM resulted in a great blend of youth and experience being appointed to the new committee.... read more

Queensland Sharpies start planning for 2017/18 with a survey... read more

Flying Circus WANTED! Can you help find this Sharpie? It's wanted for a restoration project. If you have any leads, please contact Chris Ablett

The WA Sharpie Association AGM has been held and it's decided.... read more.

Want to build a sharpie? Hints, dimensions and other fascinating tidbits from masters Al Tidy, Barry Johnston, Frank Haselgrove and Kevin Wilson are now available.

Heavyweight Sharpies take to the water for the Vintage Yachting Games
In June 2016, the wooden Sharpie will compete in the vintage yachting games in Weymouth, UK. ( The vintage yachting games is an event for discontinued olympic classes and is organised at the Olympic Venue of the London 2012 Olympics.... read more

Mal Higgins writes history, winning the Sharpie National Championship for the 7th time!!

Full results of the 72nd Sharpie Nationals available here Read more on Down Under Sail Slideshows of each heat, with photos by Lou Hollis and Korinda Laine are available on Gallery page. Hartas Productions, one of the Regatta sponsors, captured the action with this stunning wrap-up video.

Michael Forster takes out the NSW state titles (for the 11th time) with his 10th win in a row! Some great competition, especially from Danny Keys in Airtight, saw Smoke digging deep to keep the silverware. This fantastic series started in late November 2014 with the Kembla more

Photo below by Rob Owe-Young.

Balmoral sailing

The Old the Lonely & the Forgotton take out the Victorian State Ttitles for 2015! After 6 races Grant Nichols won with 4 firsts and 2 seconds on 6 points (dropping a 2nd) with Rage Factor (Peter Stuchbery, Simon Tedstone and Jason Willis) 2nd with 2 wins and 4 seconds (also dropping a 2nd) on 8 points. Great racing amongst 8 sharpies over the 14th and 15th March at Royals in Williamstown... read more


WA Sharpies - Check out the latest article on about WA sharpies' newest approach to class promotion. A simple method that's picking up speed quickly.

Bit of a blow on over Botany Bay on Sunday 1 March.... Eight (8) sharpies went to GRSC and set sail on what started out a perfect day albeit pretty light. We got about 3/4 of a race in with the Loaded Dog leading followed by Irish Frog and Blur with everyone super close. Then came the southerly...... 52 knots recorded at the more and check out some photos from the news

Weather permitting Steve Edwards, Tony Quirke and Stephen Fankhauser (Bowling for Burgers V829) will be sailing Heavyweight Sharpie Cheyenne as one of the 3 HWS participating in the Mordialloc SC around the bay event. Stephen says their leg will be short Mordialloc to Frankston then return to Chelsea YC, or if they are sick of pumping then just Mordialloc SC to Chelsea YC. Start at Mordialloc SC is 1000 am on Saturday 28th February 2015 at Mordialloc more.

Victorian sharpies turn up in numbers for the Ballarat Bertie ... pictures and story here.

NSW Sharpie fleets continue to build - with a demonstration day planned for GRSC on Sunday 1 March and boats lined up for Round 2 of the NSW State Titles, 22-23 March 2015 at more

Another great WASSA State Titles. Although the SE breezes were not as much fun as honking SWers they created good close racing, big wins and, just as quickly, big losses... read more

SA Sharpies Boston Bay Sprint Series - Congratulations to Miles Stephens, Wade Gray and Byron Russ on Finger Jam who took out the inaugural Boston Bay Sharpie Sprint Series in Port Lincoln. Only one point separated the top three boats with Ben Kelsey in INXS in second and Paul Watson in Pre-Mature in third... read more in the Port Lincoln Times

SA Sharpies take out the monohulls in the Milang to Goolwa Classic
Australian sharpies were the fastest three monohulls in the Milang to Goolwa (raced on 25 January 2015) all three only finishing minutes apart after 2 hours and 45 minutes. First prize a $500 insurance voucher from Club Marine. The SA boys had several approaches about how to get into sharpies, people could not believe how fast a sharpie was upwind. Sharpie sailors need to put this one on the calendar for next year.....
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Who could imagine a better way to spend New Year’s than at one of the infamous Sharpie Carnivals, and Jacob Nicols from Victoria says this year’s is one to go down in the history books. Besides Mal Higgins' momentous victory (equalling John Cuneo’s record and set to break the record for most wins in Sharpie history next year) the off-the-water entertainment has more stories than the amount of brain cells Jake has left.... read more

National Measurer - bought a Sharpie recently? Built yourself a new one? Get your details to Rob Turton, National Measurer, and he will send you out a Registration Certificate.

Crews wanted! Experienced sailors needed to keep this growing fleet on the water. Check out the wanted ads or send in your details...find out more here.

Updated By-Laws now available
The By-Laws have been amended to include carbon booms, spinnaker poles and how to run National Championships.... find out more

New to Sharpie sailing? Check out the Sharpies for Dummies guide - or read up on Performance Tips from past national champions.


Must be the bargain of the year - this much boat, sails and registered trailer for $800? Or maybe you'd prefer a boat to take on the best of the best for $13,000? Whatever your budget, get onto the Boats4Sale page, get yourself a Sharpie and get sailing. Boats and bits from WA, SA, VIC and NSW are listed on the Boats4sale page ...

John Cuneo as Patron
It was with great pleasure that the Australian Sharpie Sailing Association appointed Olympic Gold Medalist John Cuneo as Patron of the association. John is the class' most successful sailor having won three 12 square metre sharpie titles and four lightweight sharpie titles. Read more about John's background

Australian Sharpie Sailing Association (ASSA) Official Log Book
The ASSA log book lists all the greats of yesteryear and today who have won the various trophies. Some of the names you will recognise as they have gone on to America’s Cup fame and won championships in other classes. 2013-14 version now available.

1950 sharpies

1967 nationals

1978 sharpies

victorian sharpies

Smoke crew




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