12 Square meter Sharpie (dinghy)

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Current Specifications
Sharpie 12 m2 drawing.svg
Sharpie black.svg
Class Symbol
Crew 2
LOA 5.99 m (19.7 ft)
Beam 1.43 m (4 ft 8 in)
Draft 0.96 m (3 ft 2 in)
Hull weight 230 kg (510 lb)
Mast height 6.80 m (22.3 ft)
Main & Jib area 12.7 m2 (137 sq ft)
D-PN 109
RYA PN 1026
Former Olympic Class

The 12m2 Sharpie was designed in 1931 by the Kroger Brothers. The peak of the class was in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. To this day, the original design has been preserved, and the class is sailed competitively in the UK,[1] Holland,[2] Germany,[3] and Portugal.[4] The European Championships are rotated between these four countries every year.

The term 'Twelve Square Metre' evolves from the original sail area, though on modern sharpies due to modern sail designs has now reached to around sixteen square metres.

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Past Australian champions to have passed through the ranks include Sir James Hardy, John Cuneo, Rolly Tasker and John Bertrand. Rolly Tasker won Australia's first sailing medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne when he and John Scott won a silver medal in their 12m2 Sharpie.

The 12m2 Sharpie is one of the potential Vintage classes for the 2012 Vintage Yachting Games.

There are still a small number of original sharpies in Australia, though they have not been sailed competitively since the 1960s. In Australia, the original 'heavyweight' Sharpie has now evolved into the lightweight Australian Sharpie.

When racing in a mixed fleet, the Sharpie has a Portsmouth number of 1026.[5]


  1. ^ "British Sharpie Owners Association". Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Nederlandse 12M SHARPIE" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Deutsche Sharpie-Klassenvereinigung" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Title unknown". Retrieved 2012-05-17. [not in citation given]
  5. ^ "RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme 2007". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 21 August 2012.