State Championship

The Notice of Race has been released for the New South Wales Cherub sailing season, which includes major title sponsorship from Ronstan. It is fantastic support that helps make the four weekends over six months possible.

The four rounds of this year’s state championship will be held at the following clubs…

  • Round 1 – October 29, 30 – Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, long term stop for the states.
  • Round 2 – November 26, 27 – Drummoyne Sailing Club, final round before nationals
  • Round 3
    • February 4 – Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
    • February 5 – Vaucluse Amateur Sailing Club, the newest Cherub club
  • Round 4 – March 4, 5 – Teralba Amateur Sailing Club, returning after a successful closing round last year.

The state championship provides a fantastic format for the cherub class in New South Wales. The travelling regatta creates a strong community amongst the New South Wales fleet and due to the small size of boats and trailers, the burden of travel is reduced.

The sailors get to experience different conditions, from big breeze on Lake Macquarie to light and shifty in the western Sydney Harbour. Not to mention the fantastic social side that provided by the clubs as 30 or so like-minded sailors enjoy some stories from the day over a beverage.


One of the brand new Cherubs sailing in both the state and national championships this season.

National Championship

Preparations are well underway for the 2016/17 Cherub class national championship, which will be held from December 27 through to January 5 this summer at the Drummoyne Sailing Club in New South Wales.

Details for the event are as followed…

  • 27 December 2016 to 5 January 2017
  • Title sponsorship from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, well know for their long-term support of the Sydney 18 Footers
  • 50-plus boats expected
  • Permission to use local reserve area for trailers and boat storage
  • Fantastic social calendar including:
    • Harbour cruise
    • New Years Eve celebrations at the club with views of the Sydney fireworks
    • Trivia and Movie night.

Brendan Jenkins’ new boat, ‘Between the Sheets’, will debut this season.

New Boats

Last year saw the successful development and launch of 2 new Bartley Mk I hulls by Michael Bartley Specialist Shipwrights in Woolwich. Short, Tired and Emotional and Action both appeared at the states and nationals last season with Alison Chapman and Andrew Stephenson winning the state championship.

During the off season, another two hulls have been put together and launched in the last couple of weeks. Both based out of Drummoyne, a stones throw from the jig they were laid up on, Matilda Lang will be helming for Brendan Jenkins on the new Between the Sheets, formerly sailing on Dirty Jobs, while Davin Conigrave and Jess Stephenson saw their boat Rope City head over to Vaucluse and will be competing in a brand new boat this season.

As Brendan and Davin have both taken a large role in the construction of their respective boats, it will be interesting to see what unique touches they have added to a relatively new design.

For more information about the Cherub class, head to the official Cherub website.