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NSW State Sharpie Championships

Notice of Race now available for NSW State Championships, Round 2 (comprising of Heats 6,7,8 and 9), to be held over the weekend 24-25 February 2018. The Regatta will be conducted from Georges River Sailing Club (GRSC), Sanoni Ave, Sandringham in Sydney, New South Wales. NOR here


ACT heads for the Nationals at Yeppoon, QLD

Irish Frog

The "Frog" team training for the Yeppoon Nationals. Notice the rolling seaway and stiff breeze. Team shirts were bought out of hibernation. The last time used in the Qld Nationals at RQ 6 years ago. Same crew hopefully older and wiser.


NSW Sharpie Champs - Round 1: 4-5 November 2017

Great weekend in Canberra for heats 1 and 2 of the NSW State Championships. We ended up with 13 Sharpies sailing, although not on both days. Congratulations to Irish Frog sailed by Chris Ablett and crew Eric and Craig who took out the championship on a count back from son Marc sailing Blur with Tim and Mick.D as crew. Ian Richardson on Space Monkeys was a close third. As an indication of how close the racing was, all of the five races had a different heat winner and even the top three boats had placings outside the top 5.

Sunday was dominated by the youth with Eamon GrayÓrla GrayJoseph McCauley recording a 4,2 to get 4th overall in the ACT Dinghy Titles. Massive result for a 16,17 and 18 Year old crew. Also a mention to the Roos family with Daniel Roos, Patrick Roos and Daryl Roos for winning the final heat on sunday in an awesome performance! Again not bad from the young guns under 16 (excluding Daryl)! The future is awesome and potentially 4 junior boats heading to Yeppoon from NSW.

With Blur, Smoke & Irish Frog all pretty close on points we hope everyone is gearing up for a great next event at Port Kembla Sailing Club on the 25/26th November for the next three heats of the NSW State Championships (2nd race on Sat. afternoon, and last two races on Sunday to count towards championship).

Great work from everyone involved over the weekend was a great effort!

ACT2017 titles

Round 2 of the NSW State Titles will be hosted by Port Kembla Sailing Club, sailed on Lake Illawarra in conjuction with the Kembla Klassic, last weekend of November 2017.

2016/17 NSW State Titles

Heats 4,5,6 & 7
Georges River Sailing Club

Saturday 25 February 2016 – Sunday 26 February 2016

Round 2, hosted by George's River Sailing Club had great winds, great racing and over a dozen sharpies on the water. Congratulations must go to Truck, with Todd Curry and team winning all four races to take out an unassailable lead for the title. Was it fun on the water? For sure. Did GRSC put on a show for afters? You had to be there. Full results Round 1 & 2 NSW State Titles out now.

GRSC at dawn

NSW team at the 2016/17 Nationals

NSW Team competed in Melbourne are as follows:

ANU Sailing Club

  • N824 Too Easy Virtue, Kelsey Hanrahan, Anton Sasson, Jules Kirk (placed 25th outright)
  • CONGRATULATIONS TEAM on taking out the National Women's title!!

Canberra Yacht Club

  • N812 Rocket Fuels, Chris Buchanan, Sam Horne, Steve Hart (placed 32nd)

Port Kembla Sailing Club

  • N902 Maniacs John Richardson, Amelia Richardson, Rod Nairn (placed 20th)
  • N869 Space Monkeys, Ian Richardson, Michael Marzano, Jack Leyton (placed 18th)
  • N751 Proud Aussie Rick Shortridge, Max Rosenbaum, Frank Marzano (placed 28th)

YMCA of Canberra Sailing Club

  • N883 Smoke, Michael Forster, Andrew Forster, David Mole (placed 11th)
  • N831 Deep Sea Racing Prawn, Kevin Rosenbaum, Andrew Comber, Bruce Comber (placed 30th)

Round 1, NSW state titles 2016/17 was held as part of the Kembla Klassic on Lake Illawarra, hosted by Port Kembla Sailing Club, 26 - 27 November 2016.

Results here

Little bit of LBG action ...

Irish Frog bearing away big time

Chris Ablett bears the Irish Frog away from a Sabre during a club championship heat on Lake Burley Griffin. Photo courtesy Bill Kerrigan

YMCA of Canberra Sharpies Club Championship Round 1

With the breeze pumping in from the NW (top gust recorded 24.9 Knots). RO James Clarke ably assisted by Tyco with young Josh Forster on Flags set a ripper of a sharpie course for the first round of the Club Championship. The natural amphitheatre of Lake Burley Griffin provided spectators with a birds eye view of proceedings. The reaching legs along the shore had the crowd on Experts point applauding the action and provided a tremendous ride for the Sharpie Sailors. Results were on a knife edge until the finish with "Smoke" Michael Forster, Andrew Forster and Darrell Molyneau getting home by 4 seconds from "Irish Frog" Chris Ablett, Eric Hine and Craig Murphy with "Deep Sea Racing Prawns" Kevin Rosenbaum and father and son crew Bruce and Andrew Comber third. Great to see Steve Hart, Jack Leyton and Chris Buchanan in "Rocket Fuels" joining the fleet from Canberra Yacht Club and Grant Warner in Chilli Factor" sailing out of the ANU Club with a new ANU crew on board.

Chris Ablett
Sharpie Sailing Rep YMCASC.

New ANU sharpie getting a facelift ahead of the up coming season

N824 sanding deck

Grant Warner and Chris Ablett working on Too Easy Virtue, new acquisition for the ANUsailing club


NSW State Titles 2016

Erks Boat

Danny Keys, Michael Babbage and Daryl Roos on Air Tight (formerly Erk's Boat) take out Heat 8, Bateman's Bay

Truck takes the 2015/16 NSW State Titles!!

  • Round 1 - Lake Illawarra: Port Kembla Sailing Club
  • Round 2 - Botany Bay: Georges River Sailing Club
  • Round 3 - Bateman's Bay: Bateman's Bay Sailing Club

After 10 seasons of unprecedented domination and fantastic sailing from the Smoke team, Team Truck skippered by Todd Curry Brad Curry and Haydos finally broke through for their first State Championship win, finishing 1 point ahead of Smoke over the 9 heat series, after 2 drops.

What a season it has been for the NSW fleet with over 20 boats contesting the title over the 3 rounds. The class is now sailing in ever increasing numbers fuelled by an amazing culture formed by the people involved. Congratulations to the winners and everyone who made it an unforgettable series

Full results here: NSW Sharpie Championships 2016

Handicap results here: NSW Sharpie Championships Handicap 2016

Wrap up for Batemans Bay and the 2015-2016 season

The last round of the 2015-2016 NSW Sharpie Championships was held at the Bateman’s Bay Regatta on the weekend of 23 and 24 April 2016.

Races 1 and 2 of the regatta held on the Saturday counted as Races 8 and 9 of the state series.  Racing kicked off in the early afternoon with lighter breezes of less than 10 knots and a fleet of 12 Sharpies competing.  Around the end of the first lap, the breeze kicked in, resulting in a decent 15 knot breeze which increased slightly during the afternoon.

The first race was won by Danny Keys, Michael Babbage and Daryl Roos on Air Tight, with Todd Curry, Hayden Sellers and Brad Curry coming in 2nd on Truck and Dean Souter, Tim Rodwell and Derek Sheppard on Blur in 3rd. The second race was won by Truck, with Blur in second place and Smoke, with Michael Forster, Andrew Forster and David Mole in 3rd.

Racing on Sunday was held in lighter breeze with two races back to back starting in the late morning.  Race 3 saw the positions as Air Tight, Truck and ShazamRace 4 had Zulu in first place, followed by Truck then Smoke.

The overall results for the regatta for Sharpies saw Truck in first place, followed by Air Tight and then Blur.  Some great photos and full regatta results can be found on the Batemans Bay Sailing Club website:

The 2015/2016 NSW State Sharpie championships series consisted of 9 races, with 2 drops allowed.  The final series results were as follows:

1st – Truck, Todd Curry, Hayden Sellers and Brad Curry
2nd – Smoke, Michael Forster, Andrew Forster and David Mole
3rd – Blur, Dean Souter, Derek Sheppard and Tim Rodwell

The regatta and final results ends the long standing winning streak of Michael Forster and crew.  Michael has won the last 10 years of the NSW State Sharpie Championships, so the boys on Truck have done well to come out on top this season.  Congratulations to Todd, Brad and Hayden for their massive win this year. We are all wondering if Haydo is still smiling.  

The handicap results for the season are as follows:

1st – Zulu sailed by Derek Milligan, Marc Ablett and Karl Schlimbach
2nd – Blur sailed by Dean Souter, Derek Sheppard and Tim Rodwell
3rd – Mainiac sailed by John Richardson, Amelia Richarson and Kian Parkes

All in all, it has been a great season, and next season should be another cracker if we keep up the fleet and competition.

Tara Ducker
NSW Publicity Officer

The AGM for the NSW Division of the Australian Sharpie Sailing Association was held on Saturday 23rd April at the Bateman's Bay Beach Resort BBQ area. Keep in touch as the NSW Association consider subsidising the those seeking to purchase one of the new sharpies....

Slide show - NSW Sharpies at the 73rd Nationals

Photos by Lou Hollis, compile by Mary Tulip. Enter full screen mode and enjoy (and play your own musak...)


NSW State Titles - ROUND 2, Botany Bay

Heats 4,5,6 & 7
Georges River Sailing Club

Saturday 20 February 2016 – Sunday 21 February 2016

Round 2 of the NSW/ACT state Sharpie championships were held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February 2016 at Georges River Sailing Club (Botany Bay). Saturday was a cracker of a day with wind around 15-20 knots providing some great sailing conditions, although the stronger wind did end up breaking a few bits here and there. Sunday was lighter with wind around 10 knots or so, lightening towards the last race of the weekend.

Race 1 was taken out by Zulu, sailed by Derek Milligan, Marc Ablett and Carl Schlimbach, with Michael Forster, Andy Forster and David Mole (most of the time) on Smoke 2nd and Todd Curry, Hayden Sellers and Brad Curry on Truck coming in 3rd. The boys on Truck did pretty well in this one, given some of the reports of damage. They weren't the only ones experiencing breakages in the stronger winds. A few bent masts, broken bits and pieces were the story of the day.

Race 2 was held straight after race 1 with Truck winning, followed by Airtight, sailed by Danny Keys, Daryl Roos and Michael Babbage. Coming in third was the boys on Smoke. Racing was also competitive at the back of the fleet with some tight battles between the boats left all in one piece.

Race 3 on Sunday saw much lighter winds than Saturday of around 10 to 12 knots and produced much closer racing between the boats. The end result saw Zulu coming in 1st, Blur in 2nd place and Truck in 3rd. Clearly the overnight antics didn't affect the sailors too much!

Race 4 saw the conditions lighten even more with Smoke coming in 1st, the boys on Blur (Dean Souter, Tim Rodwell and Derek Sheppard) in 2nd and Airtight coming 3rd. At the back and middle of the fleet competition remained strong with some great duels between the boats.

The mixed results during the regatta leave the states still open with Smoke, Zulu and Truck making up the top three in that order. Round three in Batemans Bay should prove to be interesting to see if Michael Forster can maintain his impressive state champion title. The boys on Zulu are sailing well this season and a few good races at the Bay could make life interesting.


NSW State Titles - Full results Rounds 1 and 2

Can Zulu bring its nationals heat winning form to the states?

Zulu leads

Zulu wins

Space Monkeys in action on the Derwent River


Previously at the state titles.....

Space Monkeys sending it
Kembla Klassic 2015 - photo by Susanne Souter

Kembla Klassic 2013

NSW State Titles 2015/16 - Round 1, Lake Illawarra

Round 1 of the NSW/ACT state championships was held on the weekend of 28 and 29 November at the Kembla Klassic hosted by Port Kembla Sailing Club.  The Kembla Klassic had 4 races with races 2, 3, and 4 counting towards the states.  Races 1 and 4 were moderate 10-15 knot breezes, with races 2 and 3 being much lighter breezes of around 5 to 10 knots.  A good weekend was had by all, some more so than others on the Saturday night!

15 Sharpies attended the Kembla Klassic, with all the races being very close racing showing the quality of boats sailing.  This included a couple of photo finishes, most notably race 4 with Derek Milligan, Marc Ablett and Carl Schlimbach on Zulu just being beaten by 1 second by the guys on Blur – Dean Souter, Tim Rodwell and Derek Sheppard.

Race 1 was taken out by Truck sailed by Todd Curry, Hayden Sellers and Brad Curry who won over Zulu, followed by Blur in 3rd place.

Race 2 on the afternoon of Saturday 28th was won convincingly by Michael Forster, Andrew Forster and Tara Ducker sailing Smoke.  They were followed by the guys on Truck with Maniac in 3rd place sailed by Jon Richardson, Amelia Richardson and Rod Nairn.

Race 3 on Sunday morning was also won by the guys (and gal) on Smoke with an intense tacking duel with Truck challenging them until the very end of the upwind finish. Coming in at 3rd place was Zulu.

At the start of Race 4 the winds picked up, much to many sailor’s delight.  Race 4 was also close racing, taken out in the end by Blur followed very closely by Zulu and in 3rd place Irish Frog, sailed by Chris Ablett, Cass Schlimbach and David Mole.
Overall results for the regatta were Truck in first place, followed by Smoke, Zulu, Blur and Pleasure and Pain.

The weekend provided a great warm up for those attending the Nationals in Hobart after Christmas.  The season ahead should be great close racing with a good fleet of strong boats.

Full results can be found at:
Susanne Souter took some great photos of the regatta, see below and the Kembla Klassic Facebook page for more.

Kembla Klassic - sharpies on the start line

Drag racing at the Klassic

The Bear


Irish Frog



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