By Quinton Wilkinson
WELL the Annual Sharpie Ballarat Bertie day, held on Saturday on lake Wendouree, was greeted with very light winds, while rigging, but by the time of briefing was completed and the start commenced the wind picked up, varying from 6 to 12 knots, ideal for the sharpie a very fast and tricky boat to sail and great to see when in full flight with the spinnakers full.
Three races of 2 triangle and windward returns was completed with some great racing and 8 Sharpies sailed for the prestigious trophy, which has been sailed for continuously since late 70s except for the lake drying out in the early 20s.
Five Sharpies were from the Ballarat Yacht club and three from Melbourne.
We haven’t seen one of the Melbourne boats, Kandy, before and Max Nichols brought her up from the Mordialloc Club.
It was great to see Psycho Therapy, skippered by Marc Ablett, taking his first Bertie, well done Marc. Marc is originally from Canberra and spent a couple of years sailing Sharpies in Adelaide until he moved to Melbourne late last year.
It was great to see some of the up and coming Ballarat Juniors and adults taking up crew positions for the race, a great experience for them.
Ben Lodge and Jonah M.
Wise racing with Brian Canny on Footloose, Sarah Porter with Rob Radwell on Fig Jam, Eliza Craig and Jo Luciani with Max Nichols on Kandy and Colin Bailey with Peter Coburn on Long Black .
I expect a great experience had by all. A great credit must go to Eliza Craig who was Helmsman on Kandy; she had never sailed on a sharpie before, well done Eliza.