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Sharpie Showdown

Two Tasmanian sharpies fronted up for the annual "Showdown" put on by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. "Gangbusters" Nick Flemming and "One Hump or Two" Drew Latham were the starters. Before placing my bet thought I'd get the inside running on track conditions so I put a call in to "Camel" Johnson forward hand on the "Hump". The report was 25knots from the west with a light dusting of snow. Anybody who's sailed in Hobart that means artic conditions and wind strengths from 10-40 knots. How tough are Tasmanian Sharpie Sailors.


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 held over the weekend. The Championship was a close affair with The Hump" having to wait until heat 3 to have a heat win. Young guns Oliver Burnell, Toby Burnell and Josh Brown won the first heat in "Bonfires" with heat 2 going to former junior Australian Champion from Port Cygnet Yacht Club Lewis Golding on "Dump Truck" with Fletcher and Dave on board. This meant at the end of day 1 the three boats were locked up on equal points.

Day 2 started with a heat win to "Bonfires" and an upset looked immanent, however "The Hump" won the next two to take the Championship. "Dump Truck" and "Bonfires" were locked together on equal points however "Bonfires' took second on a countback.

Previously in Tasmania....

Fly a Roo in 42

Dates for 2015-16 National Championships -hosted by the Tasmanian Division:

  • Thusday 31st December 2015 - Measuring / Welcome Night
  • Friday 1st January 2016 - Lay day
  • Saturday 2nd January 2016 - Invitation races / more measuring before racing!
  • Sunday 3rd January 2016 - Heat 1
  • Monday 4th January 2016 - Heats 2/3
  • Tuesday 5th January 2016 - Heats 4/5 (with states night that evening)
  • Wednesday 6th January 2016 - Lay Day
  • Thursday 7th January 2016 - Heat 6 (possibly another heat / re-sail)
  • Friday 8th January 2016 - Heat 7 (possibly another heat / re-sail) -
  • Presentation Night

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The Tasmanian 2014 State titles were conducted as part of the 150th Port Cygnet Sailing Club Regatta. Although Cygnet is not a known dingy sailing club however over recent years they have been very supportive of a junior sailing sailing program and were very excited to include Sharpies in the 9day program for the 150th Cygnet Regatta.

We had 5 boats out on the water in some light to moderate brezzes over the two days of racing. It was especially great to see some new faces there in Alec Bailey and his team in the Bonfires and Nick and Jasper racing sharpies for the first time with me on the Head. Also Lewis press ganged his girlfriend into sheeting due to foredhand failure on the Dump Truck during the second day of racing.


Racing was very tight with postions changing regulary due to the shifting wind however Drew with Nick and Cyril were just able to hold off a fast finishing Smoke with Maddy Salter on the helm to claim victory. Bonfires 3rd, Head 4th Dump Truck 5th...

Thanks to all who attended and especially the starter Mike Golding and Stephen who conducted the racing ... and the Port Cygnet Sailing Club for holding the event.

Race starters

With racing on again this weekend and a few new faces about we look fwd to building the class and geting more boats out on the water on a regular basis

Dave Golding


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67th Sharpie Nationals, Derwent River, Hobart TASMANIA

7 January 2010 ...

Blur wins 67th Sharpie Nationals! Mal Higgins, Sam Sanderson and Andrew Chisholm break the Hoodoo of the Derwent and, for the second consecutive year, take out the national championship title (SA893). Fellow South Australians Jason Heritage and Dave Higgins brought Bread Run (SA920) and All Scoobed Out (SA909) home in second and third, respectively. Final results here

Photos from the 67th Invitation races here.



Video of the Invitation Races, 67th Sharpie Nationals, hosted by Sandy Bay Sailing Club.





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