sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Sharpies thrive in windy conditions for Race 1 of Nationals
Sharpies thrive in windy conditions for Race 1 of Nationals

'Sharpies doing their finals preparations for Heat 1 - 70th Australian Sharpie Nationals'    Harry Fisher    Click Here to view large photo

The 66-strong fleet of Lightweight Sharpies took to the water on Saturday the 29th of December at Brighton and Seacliff in windy conditions for the first championship race of the National regatta. A strong southwesterly sea breeze was predicted to come in around the start of the race and the Bureau of Meteorology's trusty forecast came through with the third 20+ knot afternoon breeze in as many days.

The race provided plenty of thrills with some tight reaches and fast paced spinnaker legs and it was once again fiercely contested at the top end of the fleet with many sailors thriving in the strong conditions.

Five-time national champion Mal Higgins in 'Focus' with Sam Sanderson and Andrew Chisholm were once again at their brilliant best taking the opening heat win by only a few boat lengths.

Just behind 'Focus' was Dave Higgins in 'All Scoobed Out' with Rob Turton and Mark Kretschmer who claimed second place after sailing a strong, consistent race.

Not far behind the two leaders and finishing in third was Geoff McCloud in 'Warpig' with Sam Flint and Mark Beaumont. Geoff sailed a great race however an altercation that resulted in a penalty late in the race ensured that he would not be in contention for a top two finish.

The strong conditions still managed to claim a few victims with the second snapped mast for the regatta and also a few other breakages that forced a couple more boats to retire.

Similar but slightly lighter conditions are expected for Race 2 on Sunday the 30th and we're looking forward to what the rest of the regatta holds with some great competition on show in all parts of the fleet.

'Watch Out For The Scooby' doing their final preparations - 70th Australian Sharpie Nationals -  Harry Fisher   Click Here to view large photo

The conditions from the beach at Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club - 70th Australian Sharpie Nationals -  Harry Fisher   Click Here to view large photo


Sharpie Nationals website


by Harry Fisher

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=105117

11:15 AM Sun 30 Dec 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World







International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA
























Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek by Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014,








2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Medals decided in thrilling Tavira conclusion   
7th Annual Swim for Cystic Fibrosis to take place July 21st   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Max Ranchi   
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Day 2 - It just keeps getting better   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT