Sharpie success for local sailing family

A Port Lincoln sailing family took out a number of major prizes at the recent Australian Sharpie Sailing Championships in Yeppoon in Queensland after the decision to form a father-daughter-daughter team for the event paid dividends.

Ash Dyer skippered ‘It’s All About Me’ at the recent national regatta with sister Kelsy and father Andy as her crew, finishing fourth overall after the eight-race series from December 28 to January 1.

It was the fourth greatest finish by a female skipper in the 75-year history of the event and the best ever by a woman competing in her first year.

While the team finished the event strongly to claim fourth overall and the first female trophies, they also won the coveted country championship after a close battle with a highly-touted team from Woolongong, New South Wales Blur, skippered by Marc Ablett.

It was the fourth greatest finish by a female skipper in the 75-year history of the event and the best ever by a woman competing in her first year.

The Dyers sailed a brilliant final day earning two second places in moderate conditions to leap frog Ablett and take home a third piece of silverware for the trophy cabinet. 

With success in so many different facets of sailing, the Dyers were proud to be able to sail so well in the national sharpie event, which regularly boasts a highly competitive fleet.

In early March the team will head to Wallaroo for the final leg of the state championship, while next year’s nationals will head back to South Australia, where they will be hosted by the Adelaide Sailing Club.