Women & girls sailing

The Pacer Association is proud to support:

Women's Lake Challenge

Saturday 5th September, Albert Sailing Club, Melbourne

More information hereor at www.womenandgirlsinsailing.com.au.


Sarah Blanck Regatta

Woman & girls Coaching Regatta 7 - 8 November

Westernport Yacht Club, Balnarring Beach, Victoria

About the Sarah Blanck Regatta:

The event is a coaching regatta for Women and Girls, all ages and skill levels; to encourage the involvement of women and girls in all aspects in the sport of sailing: participating, coaching or as an official. The regatta is on/off water coaching as well as racing on both days suitable for “novice", "intermediate" and "advanced" sailors. The regatta provides opportunities for everyone including; leadership, learning, training, networking and just having a good, fun social weekend!
More information here:
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Farewell Les Sharp

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.

Thanks Les.



National Championships 2015-16 - Victor Harbor Yacht Club

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.)

Contact details:
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)

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2015 Victorian State Championships - Williamstown

Latest results updates 7/3/15 

Pacer results

Pacer Pursuit results

Notice of Race with Entry form now available here: NOR & Entry form




National Championships 2014-15 - Chelsea Yacht Club, Victoria

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



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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:

Number Boat Club Skipper Crew Division
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
Eron Love
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
Pacer Pursuit        
Number Boat Club Skipper Crew Division
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

Pacer Queensland newsletter

The Queensland Pacer Association have recently published their newsletter here.


2014 Victorian Championship report

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.

Read more: 2014 Victorian Championship report


National Championships 2013-14 - Results and Photos

Results from the 2013-14 National Championships are available in PDF format.

Photos are on the Christies Sailing Club website.


2013 Victorian Championship report

The 2013 Victorian Championship was an extraordinary event for many reasons. Parkdale Yacht Club proved to be family friendly, extremely well organised and a class act. The weather was hot, the wind fickle and somehow Parkdale managed to conduct all 6 scheduled races which were fair to all competitors without a single protest or gripe. Given the forecast many of us were concerned that we would not even get 4 races in to make a series.

Read more: 2013 Victorian Championship report

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