75th Sharpie Nationals 2017-18 - QLD
Close fleet sailing inspired the national television networks to cover the 2018 Sharpie Nationals being held in Yeppoon -Channel Nine was giving daily 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 dominating performance at the nationals. Read more about It’s All About Me and this family’s success in the Port Lincoln news
Full 75th National Championship Series results – follow this link
74th Sharpie Nationals 2016-18 - VIC
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.
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:// www.mordiallocsc.com.au/ 74th-sharpie-nationals/
73rd Sharpie Nationals 2015-16 - TAS
Full results for the 73rd Sharpie Nationals can be found on the Sandy Bay Sailing Club website.
By Harry Fisher, Down Under Sail, Photo above by Lou Hollis
AUSTRALIAN sharpie class stalwart Geoff “Sam” McCloud, with crew Sam Flint and Mark Beaumont in Warpig, has taken out his maiden national championship in a resounding win on the Derwent River in Hobart, Tasmania in early January.
McCloud, who has sailed sharpies for a number of decades and has achieved some great results in the past, clinched his first-ever national championship, which had always found a way to elude him in the past.
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.
Photos: Colleen Darcey took great photos at the Nationals in Hobart, more available through her Facebook album. Lou Hollis’ fantastic range of action shots across the Heats is also available to public access on Facebook.
72nd Sharpie Nationals 2014-15 - NSW
Mal Higgins writes history, winning the Sharpie National Championship for the 7th time!!
Full results of the 72nd Sharpie Nationals available here Read more on Down Under Sail Slideshows of each heat, with photos by Lou Hollis and Korinda Laine are available on Gallery page. Hartas Productions, one of the Regatta sponsors, captured the action with this stunning wrap-up video.
72nd National Championship Sponsors: Swan Signs, Steve Walker Sails, SilverStar Campers…. CBR Brand CANBERRA, Project Portfolio Management, Baracoota Sails, Sheerline, Marineline, Tony Dillon Yachting, Harrison Friedmann Surveyors and Hartas Productions.
70th Sharpie Nationals 2012-13 - SA
69th Sharpie Nationals 2011-12 - QLD
68th Sharpie Nationals 2010-11- VIC
Tasmanians Drew Latham with Nick Carter and Nick Johnston took out the 2010-11 Nationals. Bank of New South Wales Trophy for Overall Handicap went to New South Wales courtesy Marc Ablett in Rocket Fuels, with Michael Denny and Ben Phillips on the wire.
Some photos are available from Terrence Benade’s Gallery
67th Sharpie Nationals 2009 - 10 - TAS
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.
NSW boys Todd and Brad Curry and Hayden Sellers have taken out the Country title in Mr Freeze (N885). Dean Souter, Mark Ablett and Michael Denny in Rocket Fuels (N812) were on equal points for the Junior title, but tipped out by Ellen Fisher’s fantastic 5th placing in Race 6 in Pre-Mature (SA884) – beauty and brilliance really does conquer brawn and consistency – and old man emu Derek Milligan has the 50plus factor, with help from John Fisher and Andrew Breen on board Roger Ramjet (N747). A more detailed account will be available after the NSW team make their way back home.
Sandy Bay Sailing Club turns on the hospitality for the 67th Nationals …
66th Sharpie Nationals 2008 - 09 - NSW
Lake Illawarra provided the perfect setting for the 66th Australian Sharpie Championship. Port Kembla Sailing Club organized an excellent regatta based around a friendly family environment that was enjoyed and appreciated by all.
Mal Higgins, Sam Sanderson and Andrew Chisholm sailing “Blur” from South Australia with sensational boat tuning and handling were the catalyst for an impressive race record winning all bar one of the seven heats. Not since the days of John Cuneo, Sir James Hardy and John Bertrand was there such a dominant display.
1 “Blur” ( Mal Higgins SA )
2 “Smoke” ( Michael Forster NSW )
3 “Gingerbread Man” ( Elke Hacker QLD )
4 “Moe’s Tavern” ( David Snoad SA )
5 “Suicide Blonde” ( Derek Milligan NSW )
6 “Jess” ( Andrew Wells QLD )
7 “Chilli Factor” ( Kip Tanner NSW )
8 ”The Fox Hat” ( Peter Kirk SA )
9 “Pre-Mature” ( Ellen Fisher SA )
10 “Pi to Infinity ( Heather Sutton QLD )
65th Sharpie Nationals 2007 - 08 - WA
While WA and SA battled it out for the top positions, NSW/ACT (the only other state to attend) was respresented by Suicide Blonde and Mr Freeze. The Blonde, skippered by Derek Milligan with Kevin Rosenbaum on main and Paul Cohen up front came in 24th. Chris Ablett injured himself in a practice session on Mr Freeze before the series started and, on doctor’s orders, had to retire and handed the tiller over to Mary Tulip. With Max Rosenbaum on main and Marc Ablett on the wire they found they were rather light at 190 kgs, but had a lot of fun and brought Mr Freeze home in 35th.
// STATES – NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW State Championships 2015-16
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
Susanne Souter took some great photos of ROUND 1 of the regatta, held on Lake Illawarra. See the Kembla Klassic Facebook page.
NSW State Championships 2008 - 09
NSW State Championships 2007 - 08
Smoke, skippered by Michael Forster with Daryl Roos and Tara Ducker as crew (pictured below) took out the NSW State titles for 2007/08.
More info and full RESULTS – follow the link for a full tally of each heat.
// STATES – SOUTH AUSTRALIA
SA State Championships 2015-16
SA States wrapped up 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 was a great weekend – check out Jibe Mark on Carnage Corner, with this video by David McCloud going viral….
The first round of the South Australian Sharpie States kicked off at Largs Bay in the middle of November and sailors were met with some ripping breezes. Three races were sailed on Saturday in a belting south-westerly sea breeze, which put every boat to the test.
Chris Went in Trump with Tom Manhood and Simon Hill were the standouts on the day finishing with a fourth in race one and two bullets in races two and three.
Mal Higgins in Focus with Sam Sanderson and Andrew Chisholm also had a consistent day finishing with three second places.
Geoff (Sam) McCloud in Warpig with Sam Flint and Mark Beaumont also had a good day out winning the first race and finishing second in the second race however were forced to retire from race three due to a breakage.
The breeze lightened off for the the first of two scheduled races on Sunday and it was sailed in a moderate westerly breeze around 10 knots and quite shifty. There was one question on a few people’s minds, #wheresbear?
Robbie Deussen skippered Don’t Poke the Bear in the absence of Tony Turton with Andrew Dallison and Mark Kretschmer and was around the mark all weekend.
However a couple unfortunate results including a DNF (did not finish) in race two on Saturday and a black flag disqualification in the first race on Sunday did not help him at all.
Focus was able to take the win in Sunday’s first race ahead of Warpig in second.
Luke Stephens skippering Pre-Mature with James Flint and Harry Fisher snuck in to third place after the disqualification of Don’t Poke the Bear.
Following a rather long postponement between the last two races of the weekend, the sea breeze came in and picked up to make the final race of the weekend yet another exciting one.
Warpig capped off a consistent weekend, with the exception of the DNF on Saturday to pinch the final race only seven seconds ahead of Don’t Poke the Bear in second and Focus in third.
There were some great performances throughout the rest of the fleet across the entire weekend as well.
Jason Heritage in Bread Run with Cameron Larkin and James Hughes finished the weekend with four fourths and a shitter and have put themselves in a strong position to have a crack at a podium finish.
Peter Higgins in Moe’s also sailed consistently and finished with some good results while Dave Snoad in Beer Nuts and Luke Stephens in Pre-Mature were around the mark all weekend.
Some heartbreak for young guns Ryan Kelly, Sean Keen and Tom Schnaars in Nude who suffered a broken lower and boom in the first race of the weekend resulting in a bent mast and five unfinished races. Although their quest for a state championship this year is no longer possible, expect these guys to come out strong for the nationals in Hobart in January.
Overall a very successful weekend and once again it looks like Focus will be the boat to beat, yet again. Read more on the SA Associations Facebook pages
// STATES – WESTERN AUSTRALIA
WA State Championships 2011-12
WA State Championships 2013-14
// STATES – QUEENSLAND
QLD State Championships 2010-11
The second stage of the Queenlsand state titles was held at Sandgate Yacht Club on the 9 and 10 April 2011.
On Saturday the breeze came in around 14 – 16 knots, probably the best wind we’ve had all this season. Having an inkling the wind was going to be light on Sunday, we crammed in 3 short 40 minute races on Saturday, and it was all great fun.
Elke, Sam and Rowan on the Gingerbread Man gave us all a great lesson in boat speed on the Saturday, and came from behind to win the light heat on Sunday proving excellent consistency and skill to win in the testing 5 – 7 knot breeze for Heat 8.
The local guys on Ullman Sails skippered by Jonno Freeman were also consistent, getting mostly second places, with Damian from Yeppoon performing well to grab 3rd place overall.
We were all thankful for the great courses and organisation by the Sandgate Yacht Club crew, including the hot snags and cold beers after the races.
SERIES RESULTS – download here