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Sabre Nationals 2015/16

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Late last year the National Measurer determined that a particular centreboard case design that had appeared on a total of around 6 Sabres built in 2014 and 2015 was not in accordance with class rules. Owners of the boats were advised to modify their boats and this has involved a simple fix involving teh addition of some packing.Subsequent to then there were some concerns raised about our interpretaion and we elected to obtain an independent opinion. We engaged Andre Blasse to undertake this task. Andre is eminentlky qualified (International & Olympic measurer and YV technical delegate - measurement and is teh world OK president. Andre concluded that the SSAA interpretation regarding centreboard case in GRP Sabres is correct.
 
Issues of measurement are normally resolved between the owner and or builder and the State or National measurer.  As with most other classes it has not been the custom in the Sabre class to inform all members of all issues with individual boats.  The issue of the extended centrecase did cause some concern in the wider membership although it involved a very few boats and a review of my decision and that of the National Executive by an International and Olympic Measurer was requested.
That opinion is published below and supports the decision made by me and the National Executive.
 
Harold Medd, National Measurer
 
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While some one hundred or so yachts came sweeping up the River Derwent at the finish of the Sydney Hobart and Launceston to Hobart races in late December, a swarm of smaller sailing boats were often seen dashing back and forth across the river.
 
A fleet of 35 Sabres, a single-handed adult dinghy, was contesting the Australian championship on the river, conducted ably by the Derwent Sailing Squadron.
 
Despite other commitments, including the Launceston to Hobart and the King of the Derwent, the DSS race management conducted 10 races for the Sabres without any incidents.
 
The weather was kind except for first day when a strong southerly front caused some havoc with the fleet.
 
In the end it came down to the last race on Sunday to decide the overall winner with a duel between South Australians Craig McPhee and Mark Soulsby, the defending champion.
 
McPhee, with four firsts earlier in the series, went into the final race with a three point lead and a second place in the final race was sufficient to give him a two point winning margin and his first national title in the Sabre class.
 
Soulsby, well-known as a former champion Sharpie and 505 sailor, made a spirited bid to retain his title, winning the last two races.
 
McPhee finished with a net 14 points after two discards, Soulsby 16 points while third overall was another South Australian, David Arnold on 20 points.
 
Victorians filled the next two placings overall, Jim Scott on 23 points and Murray Shaw on 41 points followed by the first Tasmanian competitor, Jeremy Fish from Lindisfarne Sailing Club on 53 points.
 
Matt Westland, also from Lindisfarne placed 9th and Matt Pearce 11th.
 
Lauren Keil was top placed female sailor, finishing 20th overall while her father, Chris Keil was 15th in standings. Junior champion was Joshua Eggins who placed 17th overall.
 
Peter Campbell
4 January 2016
 
For a full breakdown of results Click Here
 

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