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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

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


VSSA Racing Program out now - events to be held across Victoria in places such as Mordialloc, Ballarat, Parkdale and Chelsea.... read more or download the VSSA racing program here.

MBSC Opening Day 2016/17 With storm clouds on the horizon, the lawn at Mounts Bay slowly began to fill. A few brave Bics were out early and coping with the squalls that were beginning to become more frequent.

Nine Sharpies hit the water in anticipation of a 1430 start... read more

Great to see some other early season Sharpie sailing around the country. Ralph Stutchbury, Josh Walker and James Van Roon sailing "Lumpy Deck" Q596 in the Lake Cootharaba All Boats Regatta 20-21 August on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. In Victoria two boats tested out the Nationals Venue sailing in the Sail Mordi 2016 Regatta. "Rage Factor" V878 Peter Stutchbery, Jason Wills, Rohan Allan and "The Fat Controller" V887 David Bretherton, Graeme Fisher, Greg Shapcotte. Great to see Greg Shapcotte back in the long boats after a stint in Tasers at Chelsea.

74th Sharpie Nationals: Notice of Race out now!

Preparations are well underway for the 74th Sharpie Nationals, to be held on Port Phillip Bay in Victoria and hosted by the legendary Mordialloc Sailing Club.

Download the 74th Sharpie National Championship Notice of Race here
Visit the Mordialloc Sailing Club website to enter now!
The nationals regatta will run from 29 December 2016 to 6 January 2017.

Accommodaton options - find out more

Sponsorship opportunities The Australia Sharpie is the most popular high performance boat in Australia with fleets of up to 70 boats at previous National Championships.....Find out more about sponsoring the 74th National Sharpie Championships here.

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

Australian Sharpies Legends 1936 - 2015 Book

Interest generated by Peter Campbell's article in the "Afloat" magazine has resulted in a large number of inquiries as to the availability of The Australian Sharpie Legends Book. Due to this, the NSW Executive decided to do a final print run - there are now ONLY 7 left.

For your copy, download the Australian Sharpies Legends Book Order Form here.

Recent purchases of the Legends books by Colin "Porky" Newman "Tramp" V124 and the Bertrand Family "Triad" V68 reflect the halcyon days of Victorian Sharpies. "Tramp" was 2nd in Adelaide 1972 and 3rd in Hobart 1974 while "Triad" was 2nd in Hobart 1967, 1st in Melbourne 1968 and 2nd in Port Moresby 1969. With the next series to be held at Mordialloc Sailing Club 2016/17 we'll no doubt see a few of the Victorian Legends in the boat park.

TRAMPThe TRAMP sailing on the Derwent River in Hobart, 1974, photo courtesy Stu Fahey

A slideshow video of the graphics (up to 2016 and including current national champion, Sam McCloud's "Warpig" SA928) can be viewed on the About Sharpies page.

BEHOLD! The cover of the inaugural Down Under Sail magazine, featuring sharpie legend Sam McCloud! Find out more at

Upset at Bateman's Bay in the Final round of the NSW State Titles - the forecast was for good winds and a big swell. With just three points separating 10 times winner Smoke from equal placed Zulu and Truck, the final two heats of the NSW state titles ....find out more

NSW State

Tim Haslegrove and SA Sharpies - Snoady gives five (5) clear reasons why the SA Sharpie Association is backing the production of new sharpies. It's been a long time in the planning, but a new partnership between the SA Association and Tim Haslegrove has put together a package of remarkable quality and plan to build two (2) new sharpies each year.

The boat pictured below (to be registered as No. 932) was just out of the mould and fitted with all the difficult to fit fittings, under the case, side stay and lower pulleys, front tank turning blocks, etc. when bought by Jason Heritage. The next is on its way and can be bought as a fully rigged sharpie with Dolly and Trailer, or there are options for various stages of completion.... read more

Sharpie 932

Interested parties can contact SA President Snoady on mobile 0403 303 303

Lightweight Sharpies heading for England
Two Australian Lightweight Sharpies have headed to England. The English sail 12 square metre sharpies and two boats from Hobart, Tasmania have gone in a 40 foot container to Norwich England as a trial. The club they are going to sail 12 square metre sharpies, as used in the Melbourne Olympics... read more

Ostentatious shows pace winning the Victorian State Titles 2016, sailed at Parkdale Yacht Club on the north east of Port Phillip.... full results here

Hump Takes Tassie States 2016 - Former Australian Champions Drew Latham and Nick Carter teamed up with Veteran forward hand Andrew "Cyril" Rostron to win the Tasmanian State Championship more

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


Full results can be found on the Sandy Bay Sailing Club website.

Queensland Sharpies have started planning for the 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

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.


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