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The sailing season at Connells point is well underway, and Sabre numbers at the start line are steadily climbing back to previous season numbers. At this stage, there are no new

members however that has not dampened competition as each week’s race continues to surprise with good results throughout the fleet. At this stage there are 20 Sabres at CPSC and hopefully John Atkins’ “X Factor” when sold will remain at the club. As far as we know, the number at Bayview remains at 2 and Big River SC and Wallagoot SC have about 8 each.

Our two juniors, Daniel Simpson and Cameron Gordon continue to improve and given the opportunity, will continue to surprise the rest of the fleet. Well done and good luck to you both, we are proud to have you sail a Sabre.

The 38th National Titles this year in Hobart are set down for sailing on the upper Derwent from 28 December to 03 January. Hosted by the Derwent Sailing Squadron, any Sabre sailors interested in attending need to be an association member and lodge their entry on the prescribed entry form available on the Sabre Sailing Association of Australia website. Entry fees start at $230.00 and can reach $450 with a jacket and presentation dinner. Prospective entrants need to be mindful of availability of space on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service from Melbourne to Devonport. During December and January, twice-a-day services are available, one daylight and one overnight. Dates in December for double sailings Melbourne/Devonport are 19 to 23 December, then26 to 29 December. On the way back, double sailing dates are available Devonport/Melbourne 03 and 04 January, then 07-08 January, 10-11 January and 17-18 January. The Bass Strait crossing is always heavily booked and relatively expensive, the addition of a trailer increases the fares considerably. Extra height created by the addition of a cartop Sabre will also add to the fares. All details are available on the Spirit of Tasmania Website.

The NSW State Titles are set down for the weekend 20/21 February at Connells Point, there will be two races each day to decide the State Title holder. I have already circulated information on the titles to the two regional clubs, Big River SC at Maclean, and Wallagoot SC near Merimbula. Neither have indicated any attendance as yet so we will wait until the Notice of Race is notified and see if we get any starters. Sabre sailors please note, your association will be seeking your assistance to make the title weekend a success.

 

The SSANSW plans to continue their effort to promote Sabre sailing in the Sydney area by conducting invitation days at other clubs such as Bayview Yacht Racing Association, Georges River Sailing Club and hopefully Concord Ryde Sailing Club. We will set a date for each of those clubs and hopefully see a few Sabres on the water to promote the class. The new CPSC website looks great and will only continue to improve our exposure. In addition, Brett Holly of the Sailboat Shop (Mobile 0422 082883 – email brettholly@tpg.com.au) has new Sabres available as well as spars and fittings  for anyone interested.

 

In all, the SSANSW is looking ahead to another enjoyable and competitive season’s sailing and encourages all Sabre sailors to share the pleasure and camaraderie of Sabre sailing.

 

Peter Whitton

President Sabre Sailing Association of NSW, October 2015

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