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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


New Class Patron - Sir James Hardy

We are honoured to announce that one of our sport's true icons, Sir James Hardy, has been appointed as the Patron of the Australian Sharpie Sailing Association.

He is best known in the class for his Heavyweight Sharpie National Championship victory on Tintara at the 1959 Perth carnival and his storied rivalry throughout the 50s and 60s with our former Patron, Queensland's John Cuneo.

Sir James will be in attendance at the upcoming nationals at Adelaide Sailing Club as a special guest for our Legend's Lunch, which will be held during the invitation races on December 29. Please contact SA Sharpiesif you know of a legend that would like to join.

Sir James Hardy

Photo: Sir James Hardy pictured with Sharpie President Harry Fisher during an interview at Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club in January 2017.

WA Sharpies AGM - 1.45pm on Saturday August 25th at East Fremantle Yacht Club.

Victorian Sharpies fleet is getting pumped for Sail Mordy in 2 weeks 25/26th August. Hoping for 7-10 boats and get some weather like we did Sunday, 12 August 2018! Photo below from Drew Henry on a cracking day off Mordialloc Sailing Club.

Mordialloc sailing

76th NATIONALS SCHEDULE - 28 December 2018 to 6 January 2019

Sailing Program
28 December - Measuring and Registration
29 December - Invitation Races x2
30 December - Race Session
31 December - Race Session
1 January - Lay Day
2 January - Race Session
3 January - Race Session
4 January - Lay Day
5 January - Race Session
6 January - Race Session

The plan is for a total of nine races over six days of championship racing with some back-to-back days and some single race days.

Registrations now open for 76th Sharpie Nationals, SA.

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

WA Sharpie State Presentation Lunch

Talk about a 'feel good' event! Saturday's WA Sharpie Presentation Lunch at East Fremantle Yacht Club was all about the vibe, as Darren and Floss showed. The sun shone, the river sparkled and the trophies did more...

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.

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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