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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


SA Sharpie's Frostbite Regatta success

2018 Frostbite Regatta, hosted by the Port Lincoln Sailing Club, has been a fantastic success with 21 boats and 64 crew taking to the chilly southern waters. Down Under Sail and local media Port Lincoln Times were on hand to provide race reports and celebrate former Port Lincoln local Ryan Kelly taking out his second Sharpie Frostbite Regatta.


Australian Sharpie Sailing Association Offical Log Book updated for 2018 - now available

The Australian Lightweight Sharpie has a distinguished racing history with National Championships dating back to 1960. Prior to that the Australian 12 square metre Championships were fiercely contested - records in the ASSA Offical Log Book go right back to 1938 and provide a fascinating insight to Australia's sailing history. This official version of the log book has been updated to include the 75th Nationals held in Yeppoon, Queensland, 2018.

Registrations now open for 76th Sharpie Nationals, SA.

The South Australian Sharpie Association has put out a most cordial invitation to those wishing to race the long boats at the next (76th) Nationals, to be hosted by the Adelaide Sailing Club and sailed on the Gulf St Vincent, South Australia.

The 76th Sharpie Nationals, The Gulf War, will take place at Adelaide Sailing Club from 28 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 and we want to make it as big as possible with an 80-plus boat fleet. If you're planning on sailing your own boat and are yet to register your interest for the event, click on the following link: REGISTER NOW

Alternatively, if you're interested in sailing but don't have a boat to sail on, follow the following link to our crew register form: REGISTER TO CREW


Harry Fisher, President,Australian Sharpies

Victorian Sharpies continue the legend of the Ballarat Bertie

Three boats from Melbourne joined five others on Lake Wendouree for the annual Bertie. Great write up in The Courier, with Marc Ablett skippering Psycho Therapy for the win. Photo below show's how the The Courier's photographer Luka Kauzlaric has a fine understanding of capturing sharpie's in action.

Sharpies at the Bertie

75th National Sharpie Champions!

Purple Circle Wins 75th Sharpie Nationals

Western Australians travelled the furtherest to the 75th Sharpie National Championships held in Yeppoon, Queensland with The Purple Circle (WA910) and, with skipper Ash Gabrielson, Mark Lewis and Peter Ivanac, took out the 75th National title. The Purple Circle finished the 8 race regatta on 10 points (dropping their last race), ahead of the South Australians Chris Went, Harry Fisher and Tom Manhood sailing Went Management (SA905) on 19 points and Jason Heritage, Angus Hughes in Maelstrom (SA932) with 22 points.

Close fleet sailing inspired the national television networks to cover the 2018 Sharpie Nationals being held in Yeppoon -Channel Nine was giving dailiy updates and Channel 7 got into the action interviewing race leaders, the organisers as well as the young champ from the ACT - watch it here.

Ashley Dyer took out the women's title, the country championship - and her sister and father to fourth outright in a dominanating performance at the nationals. Read more about It's All About Me and this family's succes in the Port Lincoln news

Full 75th National Championship Series results - follow this link

Full fleet at Yeppoon

Race Start


Wenty and Ash


74th Sharpie National Champions!

Congratulations to Jason Heritage, Marc Ablett and James Hughes in SA932 'Maelstrom' on winning the 74th Australian Sharpie Nationals, hosted by the Mordialloc Sailing Club.

It came right down to the last race with four boats capable of winning and Jacko was good enough to hold on, beating Chris Went on 'Trump' by half a point.

73rd National Champions

Final top five results...
1st: Maelstrom: Jason Heritage (SA 932)
2nd: Trump: Chris Went (SA 905)
3rd: Beer Nuts: Luke Stephens (SA 929)
4th: Vita Brevis: Ash Gabrielson (WA 910)
5th: Ricky: Robin Deussen (SA)

Women's Champion: Kelsey Hanrahan (N824)

Full results for the 74th Nationals, follow the link...
http:// 74th-sharpie-nationals/

Lightweight Sharpie Sailing, Walllaroo, South Australian State Heats, Drone Footage by David McCloud

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.... read more

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

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.

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.

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

73rd National Titles

Warpig took out the 73rd Sharpie National Championships, with Sam McCloud bringing the beast home a decisive 8 points ahead of Tony Turton's Don't Poke the Bear. The PINZ sponsored series had everything from strategy and light winds to raging bullets and bearded ladies, and only 15 points separated the top six boats at the conclusion of the seven (7) race series. Read more about how the veteran claimed his maiden on Down Under Sail


Full results for the 73rd Sharpie Nationals can be found on the Sandy Bay Sailing Club website.



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