The Pacer Association is proud to support:
Women's Lake Challenge
Saturday 5th September, Albert Sailing Club, Melbourne
Sarah Blanck Regatta
Woman & girls Coaching Regatta 7 - 8 November
Westernport Yacht Club, Balnarring Beach, Victoria
About the Sarah Blanck Regatta:
We regret to announce the passing away of Leslie Donald Sharp on 21 July 2015. Les was the Inaugural Life Member of the Pacer Association of Australia, awarded on the 12 September 2003. To be awarded this honour a candidate must, “be a member who have given outstanding service and exceptional commitment to the Pacer Association and its objectives over a long and substantial part of their life, and who has been held in high regard and appreciation by the membership of the Association during that time”.
Those who have had the privilege of knowing Les are in no doubt of his suitability for this award. Les’s wife Pam, commented, “Les loved the Pacers and the Pacer people and camping with them for titles. I was so pleased for him when it was decided that he should be Life Member No.1, but I think he wondered what he had done to deserve it.”
A very modest man and a champion, winning the 1981 State and Australian Championships in Red Jacket, the first boat he built. Always at the top end of the fleet, he was a highly competitive sailor who conducted himself at the highest standard of sportsmanship, always congratulating his fellow competitors at the end of the race. Sailing until he was 83 years old, he shared his love and skills with many crew.
He started as a child sailing a converted canoe with his brother, and getting rather wet in the process! His introduction to racing was in a cadet dinghy (Red Jacket) at Brighton. Employment, marriage and family meant it was 1968 before he came back to sailing by joining the Beaumaris Yacht Club. His first boat was a Heron, followed soon after by a Pacer. Even while supporting a family of three children, he found time to participate fully in all the many tasks necessary to run a (then) very large club. His formal roles included Committee Member, Membership Officer, Chief Maintenance Officer and Commodore. He was awarded a Life Membership in tribute to his many contributions.
While Les had always built and repaired timber dinghies, after retiring from work, he began buying old timber Pacers and rebuilding them to a high and reliable standard. If you couldn’t afford a Jim French fibreglass Pacer, you would do well to buy a rebuilt Les Sharp Pacer – it wouldn’t let you down & there was always the chance that some of Les’s skills would transfer to the new skipper. It wasn’t only Pacers. Minnows, Sabres and a couple of 125s were also restored to their former glory, his Minnows being highly sought after. A staggering total of over 60 boats passed through his hands in this manner. When Les retired he was sailing Silver Fox. As each new or refurbished Pacer left his garage, he would try to name them in the fox theme. The last boat that Les sailed, which he also built, was Fox Folly.
He was a people person, even his home boatshed opened out onto the side street so that neighbours and friends could stop for a chat while viewing the work in progress. The rear brick drive was always where you parked your car when visiting because that’s where Les would be. If not, it was a short stroll to the back door for a chat in the kitchen over a cup of tea or coffee and one, (or two) of Pam’s delicious cookies. The front door was very rarely used.
At the club and regattas Les would talk to everyone, including the children, encouraging them to enjoy sailing while improving their skills. Always approachable and generous with his time and knowledge when help or advice was requested, it seemed he simply wanted people to get the same pleasure from sailing that he did.
Our next National regatta will be held at Victor Harbor, South Australia.
The Pacer Association has negotiated with Victor Harbor Beach Front Holiday Park to hold 6 cabins and 4 tent sites until April 30th. The available cabins are a little spread out. The tent sites are together.
People wanting to book will need to mention that they are from “Pacer Sailing”. The dates reserved are 27th Dec 2015, leaving on Jan 4th 2016. (8 Nights.)
Phone: 1800 609 079
There are also plenty of holiday homes / apartments that people can book through the list below. We suggest that you book what ever you can by the end of April at the very latest as it is a popular holiday location.
(The Breeze apartments above are 1.1km from the yacht club)
Congratulations to Murray, Anna and Liam O'Brien on winning the Pacer Nationals!
Congratulations also to Jonathan Pulham and Danny Marrinon on winning the Pacer Pursuits.
Final results can be found here:
Presentation night photos here: facebook.com/PacerAustralia
A flyer is available for the upcoming National Regatta at Chelsea Yacht Club, Victoria.
Suggestions for accommodation can be found here.
Notice of Race (with entry form) is now available here.
The entries are rolling in:
|2733||Spyderboat||Parkdale YC||Darren Sherriff||Sarah Blackman||Open|
|3070||Totes Amazeballs||Christies SC||Chris Dean||Ella Dean||Open|
|2195||Wildwood||Beaumaris YC||Phillip Connard||Janette Connard||Open|
|WH22||Pacemaker||Whyalla YC||Neil Ward||Lily Ward||Non-spinnaker|
|3011||Bebop||Beaumaris YC||Peter Kemp||Lauren/Eliza Kemp||Open|
|2943||Patience Is Overrated||Christies SC||Marc Read||Georgia Read||Open|
|2590||Limelight||Beaumaris YC||Paul Hardie||Judie Hardie||Open|
|2901||G-Force||YMCA SC||Orla Gray||Eamon Gray||Junior/Junior|
|2902||G2||YMCA SC||Bruce Gray||Michelle Theron||Open|
|2941||Pocket Rocket||McCrae YC||Murray O'Brien||Anna/Liam O'Brien||Open|
|2461||Flash||Sandringham YC||David Hughes||Lachlan Hughes||Open|
|2695||Dragonfly||Westernport YC||Phil Balcombe||Billy Balcombe||Non-spinnaker|
|9||Warren||Chelsea YC||Rhonda Newman||Yvonne Gillam||Open|
|TBA||SYC||Sandringham YC||Patrick Distefano||Armando Distefano||JS/Non-Spinnaker|
|2152||The Cat's Pyjamas||Chelsea YC||Lynette Williams||Harley Savage
|2940||On Ya Va||McCrae YC||Kate Dunwoody||Cameron Dunwoody||Junior/Senior|
|TBA||TBA||Parkdale YC||Caroline Nagel||TBA||TBA|
|TBA||White Illusion||Parkdale YC||Rachel Pedersen||Elana Pedersen||JS/Non-Spinnaker|
|TBA||TBA||Parkdale YC||George Aulich||Saskia Permezel||Junior/Junior|
|TBA||TBA||Parkdale YC||Luke Aulich||Fiona Scanlan||Non-spinnaker|
|2888||Chase||Flinders YC||Richard Barker||Lucy Barker||Pursuit|
|3018||Contagious||Albert Park YC||Graeme Cox||Harry Cox||Pursuit|
|2970||Spray||Albert Park YC||Jonathan Pulham||Danny Marrinon||Pursuit|
|TBA||TBA||Beaumaris YC||Ian McHugh||TBA||Pursuit|
Beaumaris Yacht Club was the venue for the 2014 Victorian State Championship where 26 Pacers and 5 Pacer Pursuits enjoyed a warm but varied range of wind conditions from the Saturday to the Monday of the March long weekend.
Results from the 2013-14 National Championships are available in PDF format.
Photos are on the Christies Sailing Club website.
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