Helen and Jeff Shipsey

Ann and I met Helen and Jeff on an organised charter in Croatia in 2005, I was the naive skipper. They did not let on that they knew how to sail, after  two days I did not know what to think; either I was a great teacher or they were great learners. These days an older and wiser soul, I tend to listen to what Jeff has to say, especially about sailing, in particular with regard to light weather sailing, an aspect of this pastime that Jeff really excels.

We are pleased that a friendship ensued. We have spent many an enjoyable time with Helen and Jeff. Mostly centred around yachting, cruising and racing on “Sunrise” an Elan 37.

Sunrise is a regular competitor in the Airlie Beach Race Week, and cruises extensively around the Whitsundays. Helen and Jeff introduced us to the Abell Point Yacht Club, through which we have met many more friends.

If Helen and Jeff did not own Sunrise, and introduce us to Elan yachts, I feel sure that we would not have got involved with G-whizz.

Sunrise Elan 37
Sunrise posing with her new sails, Hanna Point (North Molle Is.) in the background.

Update: As usual we partook in the Shipsey’s  hospitality while crewing on Sunrise in the 2017 Airlie Beach Race Week, the news is that not only did Sunrise win the Cruising Non Spinnaker division she also won the award for best performing local boat, a great result for some wonderful people and a tribute to Jeff and Helen’s determination, we feel very proud to be a small part if that result.

Update: It is with a little sadness to us, not to mention Helen and Jeff that Sunrise has been sold, Sunrise was not getting the use that she most certainly deserved so Helen and Jeff took the hard decision to sell her. She has moved to Hamilton Island and will be getting the type of use that gave Helen and Jeff so much pleasure. We will continue to follow her performances in the local regattas although it is a bit disappointing the we will not be part of it. Thank you Sunrise for all the good times; and yes thanks for Helen and Jeff for allowing us to join in.


G-whizz Elan 340