12sq metre Sharpie (Heavyweight Sharpie) for sail in Australia.

A rare beast, a circa 1960s 12 square metre sharpie with some of the original rig is for sale. I am not involved, but in the interests of helping preserve a little bit of Australian sailing and boat design history I would like to help find it a good home. The 12sq metre (heavyweight) Sharpie came to Australia for the 1956 Olympics. NZ first, Oz second. However the boat totally changed the approach to the design of Australian skiffs. Thought you might be interested to read my understanding of the design issues and influence. How the Sharpie name went from the USA to Europe and then to Australia – and how it changed our boats.

OzRacers and PD Racers Marching Around the World

PDRacers abuilding. Well – winter is coming to an end and also it is some time since the Mk2 OZ PDR plan was launched. So quite a few OZ PDRs are appearing around the world. At least as far as registered boats. The fleet in Australia is now a dozen. Not all OZ PDRs but […]

I’ll be at the South Australian Wooden Boat Show

I will be on the stand with the Duck Flat Wooden Boats Staff at the SA Wooden Boat Show over three days 10/11/12 March at Goolwa on the Murray River. It is a great boat show and you can find the details from the article immediately below. I will also be attempting to win the […]

Tasmanian Wooden Boat Show and the Goolwa Wooden Boat Show

Seeing that I am getting the two boats ready for the festival season here is some info about the two major ones. The Australian Wooden Boat Festival – Hobart, Tasmania The Tasmanian Wooden Boat show is definitely bigger but the Goolwa Wooden Boat Festival is much more hands on – as the grassy bit the […]