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We've probably all noticed that there has been quite a drop-off in postings on the Discussion Forum over the past few months. We're not really sure why, although we do notice that it coincides with the compulsory use of logons and passwords that we had to introduce to cut-out the 'bombardment' of illicit postings that we were suffereing.

We thought we'd trial an alternative approach.... If you've forgotten your logon or password, or maybe you'd prefer to actually make an anonymous posting - the we invite you to use this generic logon:

GuestMember
Password1

We'll keep these available for as long as they're not abused or hijacked !

Wanted ! Second hand Sabres for sale....

We go through phases in the Sabre class where we find there is a bit of a shortage of second hand Sabres on the market. Now seems to be one of those times !

If you have a Sabre that is for sale - any state - then let us know by email here Sabre for sale . We'll see how we go at maintaining a table of boats for sale on this website.

New Victorian Sabre builder announced

The Victorian Association is pleased to announce that MartinSly of JL Sly Boatbuilders will be the new Victorian builder of fibreglass Sabres using the mould owned by the Victorian Association. (This is the mould that Botterill & Sons have been using since 1997). Martin is a sailor at Mordialloc Sailing Club, and the Sabre will add to the range of dinghy classes for which he is an official builder. These include the Minnow class (also taken over from Botterill), the 125 and the Sabot.

Martin will be taking over the mould at the end of June, and will be making a prototype boat before commencing roduction of boats ordered by customers. Pricing will be released after that prototype is completed. We will post further details of the new boats as they become available from Martin. In the meantime though, feel free to contact him on 9580 2446 if you want to make preliminary inquiries. 

We are delighted to have Martin on board as a builder given his enthusiasm and reputation as a boat builder, and hope for a long and mutually successful partnership as we grow the Sabre class. 

Sail Sabre polo shirts now available

The Victorian Association has had a batch of polo shirts made up. They are a white shirt with navy tipping on the collar, sleave ang button area. They have the red Sabre sail emblem on the front together with the words 'Sail Sabre'. They're a great smart way to show you're a proud Sabre sailor, and to promote the class. Cost is $20 each if you collect it from a member of the Vic committee, or $25 posted. Available in M and L sizes. Contact Andrew Graham for orders.

 

Victoria lanches the 'e-Newsletter'

It has been 2 years sice the last version of the Rattle newsletter was produced, and in the period since then we've been using this site to keep members up to date. It's time now though to expand our communication with members. The Victorian committee has therefore lanched a new newsletter - but one which will only be distributed by email. The first edition went out in early March. If you are a Victorian member and you did not receive it - can we please ask you to send your email address to barry.eastgate@bigpond.com   Meanwhile, a copy of the newsletter is available here :  The Victorian eSabre news Mar06

We've taken the opportunity to update some of the photos on our site - see the home page, Victorian page, and the Photo Gallery. Photo Gallery 

Some tips from our Tassie friends on improving reaching speed

A great little article posted by Matt from Lindisfarne on the Tasmanian state site

Sail numbers have passed 1700 

And in case you need proof, here is a photo of number 1701 up in Queensland. Queensland's state website This is Anne Mussett's new boat - a Haselgrove from Adelaide.

2005 Australian Championship report by Wayne Bates

Wayne has provided his thoughts on his Australian championship win...it is an enlightening and excellent read, particularly for those of us who didn't have a clue what was going on.

Read Wayne's report. 

Discussion Forum - Urgent Notice 2 Mar 06

The discussion forum is being bombarded by illicit links that are being lodged by the generic "Guest" member. The "Guest" username has been banned from submitting comments on the discussion forum until further notice. For those of you who legitimately want to contribute to the Sabre discussion forum, please register as a forum member.

2006 Victorian State Titles

National champion Wayne Bates added the Victorian championship to his trophy cabinet after winning 3 heats and dropping a 3rd. See the Victorian site for all details and results.

 

Many of you will sad to hear that long-time Victorian Sabre builder Robert Botterill has retired recently thereby ending a 20 year plus relationship with the Sabre class. Many of the fibreglass Sabres that we see in our fleets today were built by Botterill at his premises in Highett in Melbourne. His first mould produced substantial numbers of all-fibreglass boats in the 1100 to 1400 range  in the 80's and 90's, and the more recent mould in 1997 produced boats that included our national champion boat of 2004/05.

The mould that Botterills have been using is actually owned by the Victorian Sabre association, and we have recently collected it from Botterills.

The Victorian Association believes that it is important that we retain a builder of fibreglass Sabres in Victoria, and we are therefore keen to ensure that the mould gets back into use as soon as possible. We are currently seeking expressions of interest from a selection of Melbourne boat builders re use of the mould, and will provide details of the outcome once everything is finalised. With some good marketing, this is a great opportunity for us to give the class a real lift.

If there are any people out there who are in the market for a new Sabre for season 2006/07 - then we encourage you to consult the 'Boats & Equipmemt' tab on this site which lists 5 suppliers of fibreglass or plywood Sabres in Vic, SA and NSW. If on the other hand what you are after is a fibreglass Sabre from the "Botterill" mould - then we would be more than happy to take your details so that these can be forwarded to the new Victorian builder in the coming months. Feel free to email barry.eastgate@bigpond.com with your details.

The National AGM was held in conjunction with the Hobart Nationals. See minutes

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