This New Year, Keppel Bay Sailing Club will be a buzz of activity as they host the 75th Australian Sharpie Championships, from 29th December 2017 to January 5th 2018.
It’s been a while since the Sharpie class descended on Yeppoon, with the last Australian Championships held here in 1994. Over 100 sailors from 40 boats and their families will be visiting the region which is estimated to inject half a million dollars into the local economy.
The Deck Bar and The Clubhouse at the Keppel Bay Sailing Club will provide the perfect vantage point to catch all the action and atmosphere that this event will bring. Sharpies are a fast paced dinghy class with 3 sails sailed with a crew of 3 people. Their lightweight design and sail plan offer action packed racing and are a sight to see, making it a fantastic spectator sport.
Keppel Bay Sailing Club CEO Julie Strudwick is honoured to be hosting this event and says, “As a sailing club we are proud to be able to bring to the area, events of this magnitude. We have welcomed multiple state and national titles and always look forward to showcasing what our Club and the region has to offer.”
These sentiments are echoed by Keppel Bay Sailing Club Sports Coordinator Ella Sagnol in saying, “We have three teams competing and are looking forward to showing our club to the visiting teams. We are unique in our location being right on the beachfront and we usually have good wind and sea conditions around that time of year.”
Having sailed sharpies since he was a teenager, Rear Commodore Damian Byrt is also excited to be having the class that he loves come to his home club. “It’s just a great opportunity to race against sailors from all over Australia and the social atmosphere that the sharpie class offers, always makes it an enjoyable event,” he says.
Keep an eye on the water from December 29th and be sure to check out Keppel Bay Sailing Club for entertainment and promotions during the New Year.