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Newsletter - 37th Australian Championships Adelaide SA 2014/2015
It is with a great deal of relief that the SSAA can advise that Brett Young has agreed to transfer the trademark over the term ‘Sabre’ to an independent ‘friend of the Sabres’ who will allow unconditional use by the class. This has removed the need for the SSAA to undertake legal action to reclaim the right of the class to manage its own affairs. It concludes a very difficult period for the class and we are grateful for Brett’s goodwill in assigning the trademark in recent days.Additionally, we have been advised by Brett that his 2 moulds are being transferred to Craig Nyland in WA and to Martyn Sly in Melbourne. Brett is spending time with each of Craig and Martyn to explain the techniques adopted in producing the YMS boats as we have known them up until now.As all in the Sabre community will know by now - this has been a difficult period for the national association and for Brett. For those who have not read the detailed material put up on this website over the past month - there are very different opinions between the SSAA and Brett in relation to the adequacy and interpretation of the Sabre’s measurement rules. According to Brett, the extent of these differences and the potential ramifications for the class were sufficiently important for him to trademark the term ‘Sabre’ so that he could have a means of getting these areas addressed. Brett exhibits a passion for the Sabre class and its plywood heritage and does not want to see it drift away from this to its detriment. With the trademark issue having been all-consuming for the past 3 weeks - we are now in a position to embark on what will be a busy agenda for the national body. With a new (initially acting) president Alan Wilson (from Qld), and others joining the committee at the AGM - we are resourcing up well. We will be similarly adding resources to the measurement area to ensure that the time intensive day-to-day operational issues do not interfere with our busy strategic agenda in this area. We want to move quickly to introducing mould and builder licensing for FRP Sabres and will preface this with a round of engaging with all existing FRP Sabre builders around Australia. We also want to re-issue the charter document for a vote after further consideration of issues raised in the months since it was put up in August.There is no denying that Brett has been at the forefront during 2014 in forcing the SSAA to consider areas like licensing, improving copyright protection, introducing a charter document to preface the measurement rules and putting a sharp focus on ensuring that FRP boats can only be built in shapes that can be achieved by measuring traditional stitch & glue plywood Sabres. As most of you will realise - change isn’t always easy, and Brett’s approach to this has not been to hold back. As the national body though it is our job to protect the class and to take input from a broad array of sources - and this has clearly led to areas of conflict with Brett who we acknowledge does bring enormous experience re the Sabres and the measurement process generally. And we remain open to any specific suggestions, proposals or concerns raised by Brett or any other of the Sabre builders.As we have indicated in our earlier update for members - we will be focussing heavily in the period ahead to tighten our measurement rules and other means to ensure that we have adequate protection over the shape of the Sabre. And any new moulds created from mid 2014 onward will be subject to these rules.Stay tuned - we hope to see as many of you in Adelaide at the end of next month as possible - and may this be the start of a great period for our great national class.
On behalf of the committee of the Sabre Sailing Association of Australia. 20 November 2014
NOW THE MORE POSITIVE NEWS FROM THE SSAA
We’d like to take the opportunity to update the Sabre community around Australia on what is happening on the national Sabre front. It’s felt like a very long week since we had to post the news that shocked us all that Brett Young has taken out a trademark over the word ‘Sabre’. The SSAA would again like to reassure the Sabre community that we are taking skilled opinion in relation to the implications of this and our suggested actions. We will be in a position to advise more on this within a week - but we remain highly confident that it will be ‘business as usual’ for the Sabre class and for the upcoming nationals. We are heartened though by the enormous response and support that we’ve had in the past week - the Sabre community has really got behind the national body and has overwhelmingly endorsed the need for us to act as we have.
The national Sabre association has a very busy agenda going forward. We are well advanced on getting our constitution and past rules changes ‘bullet proof’. We will have new members joining the committee, will be using modern technology to have enhanced communication between the SSAA and the states, and have a series of measures planned that will be designed to protect the Sabre class going forward. These include i) moving to a mould and builder licensing regime; ii) introducing a new charter / spirit of the rules section to the rules to give enhanced protection against ‘rule-bending’ techniques; iii) creation of a new set of standardised measurement templates available for builders and measurers Australia wide, iv) new measurement techniques to check that hull curvature is within tolerances and also v) additional hull measurement rules. The mould and builder licensing proposals will be shared with all of FRP builders for feedback ahead of its introduction. Our objectives here are to ensure that FRP built Sabres and indeed all Sabres can only be built in shapes that can be achieved from traditional ‘stitch & glue’ built timber Sabres and that our heritage is retained.
We are going to emerge from this stronger than ever - but in the meanwhile we’d like to thank you for your support. Rest assured - there is a massive amount of work going on to resolve the issue and build solid foundations for 2015. And along the way - we have the annual carnival and celebration that is our national championship in Adelaide in less than 2 month’s time.
On behalf of the Executive committee of the SSAA 4 Nov 2014
(You've had a week to read it - it's now time to move on !)
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Here is the deck after vacuum bagging foam and plywood down.
Here is the hull being vacuum bagged......
Craig with his moulds freshly polished and waxed in his newly set up, climate controlled room in his workshop
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