12m² Sharpie

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12m² Sharpie
12m² Sharpie insigna.png
Class symbol
Sharpie 12m2.svg
Current specifications
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 (Vintage Yachting 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.

12m² Sharpie

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 Vintage classes for the 2016 Vintage Yachting Games.

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

When racing in a mixed fleet, the 12m² Sharpie has a Portsmouth number of 1026.[5]



Games Gold Silver Bronze
 ‹See TfD›
1956 Melbourne
 New Zealand (NZL)
Peter Mander
Jack Cropp
 Australia (AUS)
Rolland Tasker
John Scott
 Great Britain (GBR)
Jasper Blackall
Terence Smith


  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. ^ "Sharpie Club (Portugal)" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  5. ^ "RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme 2007" (PDF). Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 21 August 2012.