Welcome to the Official Australian Sharpie Sailing Association website!
February - Sharpie Month in Australia
The month of February will see bumper fleets participating in various Sharpie regattas around Australia.
Starting with the wrap up of the SA States on the 6-7th February at Wallaroo on the Yorke Penninsula. This is a favourite venue for SA Sharpie sailors so much so that newly crowned National Champion "Sam" McCloud has a house there. The club has been rebuilt and has excellent facilities, ample rigging and ex-sharpie sailors who know how to please the competitors. it'll be great weekend.
WA Sharpies will contest their States at Cockburn sound this year on the 13-14 February with The Cruising Yacht Club of WA hosting. Cockburn Sound is one of the best pieces of water for sailing in WA. The sea breeze comes over Point Peron producing flat water and it's usually 5 knots harder than the River. Interest in the series is high with ex 16 Foot Skiff sailor Scott Glaskin purchasing a Sharpie especially for the event. Scott is the son of one of WA's iconic Skiff sailors Bruce who campaigned "Athene" against the great Jack Cassidy 6 times National 16 Foot Champion in the 60's and 70's.
NSW will complete the month with the second round of the States on 20-21st February at Georges River Sailing Club on Botany Bay. GRSC has the best facilities and sailing conditions in Sydney. The series is likely to generate a lot of interest especially with good results obtained by NSW boat Zulu in the recent Nationals at Sandy Bay. Georges River ran a great carnival for us in 2014-15 and are keen to see us back on the Bay.
Not to be outdone Vic Sharpies will travel to Ballarat on the Saturday 20th February to contest the "Ballarat Bertie". An annual event with a long history that celebrates the sacred figure that appeared on the bottles of Ballarat Bitter produced by the Ballarat Brewery which like most of these iconic local Breweries has ceased to exist however is celebrated annually at the Ballarat Yacht Club by the sharpies to honour "Bertie". A truly great event not to be missed.
In conclusion I would say that we'll have around 65-70 sharpies competing in these events in February which will be a great result.
Warpig takes 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
Photos and more detailed stories will emerge, in the meantime full results can be found on the Sandy Bay Sailing Club website.
Sponsors of the 73rd Sharpie Nationals: Many thanks must go to the Sandy Bay Sailing Club for putting on such a great regatta and PINZ for its major sponsorship. Other sponsors included Killala Welding, Tassal, Tavern 42 Degrees South (T42), Prince of Wales Hotel, Down Under Sail, Gerard Horsman Photography, Fish Frenzy, Steve Walker Sails and Nutpatch.
Victorian Sharpies to host the 74th Sharpie Naitonals for 2016-17: preparations are underway to sail out of Mordialloc with the regatta running from 28 December 2016 to 6 January 2017. Victorian calender for 2016 out now, keep 2-3 April clear for State Heats, to be held at Parkdale .... read more
Queensland Sharpies have started planning for their 75th Nationals, with Keppel Bay Sailing Club at Yeppoon the venue for the 2017/2018 titles, following the clear preference nominated in their recent national survey. ... read more
NSW Sharpies State Titles - Round 2 at GRSC will be over 20-2 February 2016 - Round 2 NSW State Titles NOR now available....read more
SA Sharpies - January and February SA Sharpies newsletters out now
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.
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
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.
Updated By-Laws now available