Temptations part IV: a small classic to build and race

The International 12 Square Metre Sharpie class is founded on the winning design in a competition organised by the German Deutcher Segler Verband in 1931, and was quickly adopted first in Germany, and then Holland, England, Italy, Belgium, France and Portugal. International competition followed shortly after – and if my memory serves – for a brief period it was also an Olympic class.

Here in the UK 1931 the Sharpie was introduced by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, which sponsored a fleet of nine boats. Other clubs followed and the class spread throughout England. Within a few years it is said to have become the strongest class in the country. Those days may be long gone, but the Sharpie is still sailed and raced in the UK.

In the last few weeks, the British Sharpie Association has put up a set of FREE BOAT PLANS in pdf form for building a Sharpie, and there’s some very photographic and historical material, as well as all the activities you’d expect from a busy class association.
http://sharpies.org.uk

Sharpies racing at Adelade, 1960

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One thought on “Temptations part IV: a small classic to build and race”

  1. I am looking for a plan for a 12 square metre sharpie to make a scale model i have been to about a hundred websites including the British Sharpie where a plan is available but notable of offsets is included in the plan can any one help please feel free to email me montypeter1@gmail.com thank you

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