Last weekend’s West Australian State championships were predicted to be held in very light wind conditions and so dad thought "why not?". The forecast was not to be though. 15-18knots on the second day on a Sharpie would scare the pants off most kids that age, but not Elanor.
Elanor took to the water with bravery, and even in the confusion of the starts and mark roundings, had the biggest grin I think I have ever seen on a junior.
The grins were all round though as the 20 strong fleet enjoyed a fantastically close 7 race championship weekend. Many mark roundings were very crowded which made the racing all the more exciting and competitive. With only a 3 points separating the top three after day one, the racing was hotly contested. In the end, Peter Chappell and his crew on "The Lizard" took a well deserved win. This just goes to show how competitive a 20 year old boat can remain in the Sharpie class.
The real winner though was the WA Sharpie fleet. Whilst other classes are dwindling away, a Sharpie participation has increased over the last 2 years across Australia. Many are looking forward to a rip snorter of a Nationals in South Australia where 90+ boats are expected.
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