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PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperDivAggrRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4

11610OutabalooW BatesSNR311[3.00]1

21564The Sea Drift SocialA RileyMAS722[7.00]3

31639Rattle and HumA LittleMAS83[4.00]14

41611Big Day OutB EastgateGMAS943[5.00]2

51675VanquishD WoodVET14[5.00]545

66.0S1593Whichway NowR BatesMAS23698[48.00C]

71551Cut To The ChaseD EdwardsGMAS2377[25.00]9

81596Sealed SectionF McCullochL SNR24[22.00]6216

91513FishballsR RooneyMAS259[21.00]106

101446About TimeC KeilMAS26108[19.00]8

111490Road RunnerJ ClarkSNR288119[19.50]

121376SkateawayA MorrisonVET3213[23.00]613

131555EndorphinP ReidGMAS331110[13.00]12

141275MillieJ DickVET341215[17.00]7

151445OutaredA BradshawSNR42141414[15.00]

161624Southern AuroraA GrahamMAS4618[20.00]1810

1712.0S1629DrumbeatA RileyVET49211612[24.00]

181688Cool BananasP CookSNR49151321[48.00Q]

1911.0S1575RavenG AbbottGMAS5123[48.00F]1117

201277End GameA PendrighSNR51161223[48.00F]

211447PossumJ ThompsonMAS55[25.00]171523

221642AtenL RaymondGMAS561926[30.00]11

2314.0S1580Force 4M WebbSNR6026[32.00]2014

241146RiposteJ DixonVET6020[22.00]2218

251640Out of My WayR BatesJNR60.51724[31.00]19.5

261506WhateverT BatemanJNR632418[29.00]21

27298Sandy JF McKenzieL SNR69[39.00]192426

281550PlumbobM NeesonL MAS79[36.00]351628

291258AphroditeC MastersVET802827[37.00]25

301606RakaliP WebsterL GMAS82[42.00]253522

311621ShimmerC MastersL SNR84[38.00]282729

3226.0S1552HelbentD BennettVET88[33.00]302632

331360MainwareV DacyGMAS882929[39.00]30

341510Aquila VK Binns-SmithL MAS912731[36.00]33

351647Sea BeatA KeilGMAS93[37.00]333327

3628.0S928Just A MinuteD FrankeJNR100[43.00]362836

3730.0S1612Piece Of CakeM SkewesMAS1003039[42.00]31

381061TeparaA ParkinsonSNR10032[34.00]3434

391511Excuse Me TooP JohnstoneGMAS1033137[41.00]35

401562SuperstringR GrahamJNR109[44.00]383239

411613Never Say NeverS EarlyGMAS11535[43.00]4337

421010Perfect ScoreL WatsonL JNR11640[42.00]3838

43970Big Red BoatS JohnstoneJNR122414140[48.00C]

44682Shore ThingA KeatsGMAS125[45.00]404540

451132SkywalkerL SkewesJNR13034[48.00C]48.00C48.00C

461187MoveJ MorganL JNR137[48.00C]454448.00C

471104Bottoms UpS NaismithL SNR140[48.00C]4448.00S48.00C

Progressive Results

 

 MSCASCSSCSSCASCSSCSSCASCASCBRYCBRYC 

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperAggRace11Race10Race9Race8Race7Race6Race5Race4Race3Race2Race1

11146RiposteJohn Dixon1241(7)C(7)C11221(6)(5) 

21596Sealed SectionFiona McCulloch336C37C7C(12)C(13)C(11)C3(22)F52 

31644ShearwaterPhilip Johnson366C(16)C7C7C2(13)C11C12(26)L(26)L

41495The BoatRoss Mulchay436C57C7C3(13)C11C(19)C4(26)L(26)L

51511Excuse Me IIPhill Johnstone456C16C2212C34(40)L(40)L(40)L(40)L

61677First & lastDavid Wood466C(16)C7C7C12C(13)C11C(19)C(25)C21 

71655Power of OneTrevor Naismith46116C7C7C12C21(40)L(40)L(40)L(40)L

81550Plumb BobMargaret Neeson486C(11)7C7C(11)F(13)C(11)C9874 

91611Big Day OutBarry Eastgate496C(16)C7C7C12C(13)C11C(19)C(25)C33 

101639Rattle & HumAndrew Little506C47C7C12C11F3(40)L(40)L(40)L(40)L

111513FishballsRussel Rooney536C(16)C7C7C12C(13)C11C(19)C(25)C46 

121613Hello BuoysMaree Early546C(16)C7C7C12C(13)C11C(19)C(25)C110L

131490RoadrunnerJason Clark546C(16)C7C7C12C(13)C11C56(26)L(26)L

141062PanaceaJim Glover556C67C7C12C(13)C11C6(22)F(26)L(26)L

151427Stirred & NotAllen Devlin566C16C3512C77(40)L(40)L(40)L(40)L

161552HellbentDoug Bennet576C97C7C(12)C(13)C11C(12)(22)F98 

171289Rows AheadNollene Howitt576C77C7C613C11C(19)C(22)F(26)L(26)L

18449Cab SavHarvey Sabine576C16C5F712C65(40)L(40)L(40)L(40)L

19508MobiFrank Landy576C16C4612C58(40)L(40)L(40)L(40)L

201061TemparaAshley Parkinson586C(14)7C7C12C(13)C11C(13)(22)F87 

211606RakaliPam Webster586C107C7C12C(13)C11C(19)C5(26)L(26)L

22168FusspotMike Simpson586C(16)C7C7C713C11C7(31)L(31)L(31)L

23733LeapwaveTim Falkiner586C16C7C7C83C11C(19)C(22)F(26)L(26)L

241612Piece of CakeMichael Skewes586C16C7C7C12C46(40)L(40)L(40)L(40)L

251624Southern AuroraAndrew Graham596C(16)C7C7C12C13C11C(19)C3(26)L(26)L

26735FiedermausJamie Thomson606C(16)C7C7C12C13C11C4(31)L(31)L(31)L

271083Lady LuckRon Parish636C(13)7C7C12C(13)C11C119(26)L(26)L

281217Beatrice TooGerd Beier636C127C7C12C(13)C11C8(22)F(26)L(26)L

29427Aileas JBob Finlayson636C(15)F7C7C12C13C11C(19)C7(26)L(26)L

301438Itz SkitzKathy Rayson666C(16)C7C7C12C13C11C10(31)L(31)L(31)L

31551The Meaning of LifeTony Schalken686C(16)C7C7C12C13C11C12U(31)L(31)L(31)L

321607MaybeJohn Need686C16C7C7C12C11F9(40)L(40)L(40)L(40)L

33283JNMalibuJim Nye696C16C7C7C12C11F10(40)L(40)L(40)L(40)L

341524PunkyImke Beutmann716C157C7C12C13C11C(17)F(22)F(26)L(26)L

351647Sea BeatAndrew Keil71516C7C7C12C13C11C(19)C(22)F(26)L(26)L

36491WattleI Dunne726C16C7C7C12C13C11C(17)F(31)L(31)L(31)L

37149MedusaLes Pieper726C16C7C7C12C13C11C(19)C(22)F(26)L(26)L

38933BluebottleDavid Simpson726C16C7C7C12C13C11C(19)C(22)F(26)L(26)L

391169RhuneyAnne Kaczorowski726C16C7C7C12C13C11C(19)C(22)F(26)L(26)L

40270CharlieAndrew Misson1266C16C7C7C443L43L(43)L(43)L(43)L(43)L

411021TimfoGeoffrey Saliba1276C16C7C7C543L43L(43)L(43)L(43)L(43)L

42108ASCBrian Chapman1336C16C7C7C11F43L43L(43)L(43)L(43)L(43)L

431268UlyssesNiel Sargeant1596C16C1145L45L45L(45)L(45)L(45)L(45)L

441283SerindipityNorm Dodds1656C16C5345L45L45L(45)L(45)L(45)L(45)L

45526QuarkHans Brocker1666C16C5F445L45L45L(45)L(45)L(45)L(45)L

461682BluesetteMike Simpson2386C246L46L46L46L46L(46)L(46)L(46)L(46)L

471594PugwashRichard Skinner2446C846L46L46L46L46L(46)L(46)L(46)L(46)L

481399Mexican WaveDavid Moate302250L50L50L50L50L50L(50)L(50)L(50)L(50)L

491535Imperial RedPhil Hansen303350L50L50L50L50L50L(50)L(50)L(50)L(50)L

501277End GameA Penchigh3066S50L50L50L50L50L50L(50)L(50)L(50)L(50)L

 

PlaceSailSkipperBoatClubSDivH1H2H3H4H5Total

11564Alan RileyThe Sea Drift Social ClubBYSMMAS(3)1214

21611Barry EastgateBig Day OutBRYCMGMAS13(5)59

31677David WoodFirst & LastBRYCMVET(4)43411

41670Andy McIntyreRocket ScienceBRYCMSNR(23)24713

51596Fiona McCullochSealed SectionBRYCFSNR55(14)313

61644Phillip JohnsonShearwaterBRYCMVET6(23)11320

71624Andrew GrahamSouthern AuroraBYSMMAS2(11)71120

81613Maree EarlyHello BuoysBRYCFSNR(8)76821

91555Peter ReidEndorphinBRYCMGMAS7810(17)25

101639Andrew LittleRattle & HumBYSMMAS(22)159226

111655Trevor NaismithPower of OneLSCMGMAS115(16)1026

121275John DickMillieBRYCMVET9(14)11626

13331David MasonStonecutterMMYCMGMAS159(21)933

141642Leon RaymondAtenWSCMMAS(19)10121234

151622Natalie FarrellMiss AppropriationBRYCFSNR17138(21)38

161377Tony SpringTalismanMMYCMGMAS101615(20)41

171513Russell RooneyFishballsBRYCMMAS121713(DNS)42

181506Tom BatemanWhat EverMMYCMJNR161217(18)45

191551David EdwardsCut To The ChaseSSBCMGMAS(24)20181654

201258Chris MastersAphroditeBYSMVET(25)18231556

211358Kate Mason1 DividedMMYCFJNR2122(34)1457

221606Pam WebsterRakaliASCFGMAS2019(26)1958

23473Noel CliffordImpetuousWSCMMAS132125(DNS)59

24270Andrew MissonCharlieASCMSNR14(30)192760

251064Michael BaerM&MMMYCMMAS18(32)292370

261067Ivan KnightCarp DiemWSCMGMAS27(29)202976

271567Rob WilsonPapillonBYSMGMAS292622(DNS)77

281339Jarrad WarhurstMoondanceBRYCMJNR(28)24282678

291552Doug BennettHelbentBRYCMVET(32)25243281

301511Phillip JohnstoneExcuse Me TooSSBCMMAS3327273185

311104Sarah NaismithBottoms UpLSCFJNR2636(41)2486

32970Shaun JohnstoneBig Red BoatSSBCMJNR(36)31312890

331647Andrew KeilSea BeatWSCMMAS(35)28303391

341061Ashley ParkinsonTemparaESCMSNR303332(34)95

35975Jessica MasonChimeraMMYCFJNR31(37)363097

361283Norman DoddsSerendipitySSBCMVET3434(35)35103

371437Stephen EarlyNever Say NeverBRYCMGMAS(38)383336107

381427Alan DevlinShaken Not StirredSSBCMGMAS(39)353737109

39939Mitchell DaltonGeneratorMMYCMJNR37(41)3841116

401629Albert RileyDrumbeatBYSMVET(DNS)DNSDNSDNS123

 

State Ritles 2010 Black Rock
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State Titles 08- Elwood
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State Tiles 07 - Blairgowrie
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2003 Titles Report

Exactly 100 boats entered this series making it the equal largest Sabre Australian Championships ever. What was equally pleasing was that all these were genuine entries and none were put in just to make up the numbers. 17 juniors and 22 females were included in this number. Wayne Bates (Vic) must be congratulated on again being both the Australian Sabre Champion and also the Australian Sabre Senior Champion. Maree Early (Vic) is the Australian Ladies Champion, Andrew Fist (Tas) the Australian Junior Champion, Alan Riley (Vic) the Australian Masters Champion, Barry Eastgate the Australian Grand Masters Champion and David Wood the Australian Veterans Champion. The racing (with the exception of Wayne) was very close in what was a predominately light series. A full report on this and all results will be found later in this newsletter. 

Invitation race.

We started with a General Recall, which for a number of boats was a blessing as they missed the first start due to leaving the beach too late. From our boat it looked like all the usual culprits were in the front pack with Rob Hartnett in the lead following an excellent start. 

On the second start Rob was pushed down past the pin end mark and was buried by the wall of boats. Maree Early led from early on and was a clear leader from Barry Eastgate and Russell Bates (yes there was a bit of wind). The lead did not change and after a lap and a beat the three leaders turned for the beach not wanting to win the Invitation race and suffer the hoodoo (although one tried to convince us afterwards that he withdrew because he was in shock being ahead of his brother – some families seem to be able to create some wild stories). In the end Wayne Bates won from Rob Hartnett with Sean Hackett third. Has Wayne suffered the hoodoo of winning the series? Is this the end of the Bates domination? 

After sailing we attended the opening BBQ and the first Sabre Calcutta was held. I will not mention who did not sell well but the favorites seemed to be Maree Early and Wayne Bates. Or was this a case of the family support and the friends bidding against each other. 

Sunday 28th December - Heat 1

Well the day has arrived and the serious stuff starts. In the morning we registered our last boats and managed to come up to 100 boats – the biggest ever. After a short briefing the boats headed out to sea for what was scheduled to be 2 races. When the start was almost underway the wind died causing a postponement for an hour. Then the race was started and started and started. It seemed like a dozen general recalls (but I am sure it was less) – even the black flag did not control the fleet. 

Well finally they got away and a huge shift on the first work put those on the left side of in a very favourable position. John Seeber led for the first lap from Shane Navin. The committee decided to shorten the race after the second beat having taken 2 ½ hours to get the race away. Shane won the race (His first ever at a National Championships) followed by John Seeber with Daniel Keil third. 

Monday 29th December - Heats 2 and 3

Well the day for serious sailing had arrived and 3 races were scheduled for the day. The fleet was given a strong briefing by a couple of the sailors about black flags. The fleet went out and the first race for the day was started with only one general recall. Rob Hartnett won the race from Wayne Bates and David Wood. In the second race for the morning Wayne Bates won from David Wood and John Dick. 

The fleet came in for lunch and then went out for the one afternoon race. Fiona McCulloch won this from Wayne Bates who was the leader for most of the race and Phillip Johnson third. After packing up we proceeded to the Prawns, Pizza and Pasta Night where all had a good night. 

Tuesday 30th December 

A nice late start and when we made it to the club – little wind. Soon the fleet was under postponement and it was decided to hold the AGM. Part the way through we were informed that the club had decided to race, so everyone hurried off to rig and get changed. Just as the fleet was about to leave the beach another announcement – a large front was due and racing was cancelled for the day. Back to the AGM and then home. 

Wednesday 31st December - Heats 5 and 6

We arrived early for what we thought would be three races. The wind was light but sailable and the fleet headed out. The committee decided to go for a long course race and it was started with Wayne Bates pulling in front of a pack containing most of the usual culprits. In a fading wind and tide running it was decided to finish the race after the sausage. Wayne made it and the clock started to tick. 

Unfortunately no more boats made the finish within the time limit (30 mins) as a big hole developed before the finish line. Back to the beach on tow ropes and a lunch as the fleet waited for the sea breeze to fill in. 

It did and the fleet was sent out and the race committee decided to again go for the one long race instead of, as everyone was expecting, 2 short races. The breeze was up and Wayne pulled away again to win from Rob Hartnett with Alan Riley third and Barry Eastgate 4th. 

Friday 2nd January - Heat 7

Well the last day had arrived and we turned up hoping to get 3 races in but realistically only expecting 2 races, which would enable everyone to get a second drop. The fleet went out and were underway. In a light and fading breeze Wayne Bates won by a couple of boat lengths from Barry Eastgate with Fiona McCulloch third. Dean Francis, veteran from SA had his best result finishing 4th. Unfortunately a large number of boats failed to finish within the time limit due to the lack of wind and no further racing could be held. The wind did eventually start to fill in on the racecourse but too late to get a course laid and a race underway. All that was left was to total up the points, work out the winners and head for presentation. 

Some observations from the beach 

This was the first Nationals since Lake Boga 13 years earlier that 100 boats had competed at a National titles and only the second time this has happened. This time however all 100 boats were genuine entries…there were a couple of Lake Boga entries were not really planning to compete. 

Lake Boga was the first nationals for a number of sailors. Amongst those competing in their first Nationals were Maree Early, Phillip Johnson and Shane Navin. You may recognize these names as they now make the National Executive. 

The series was again sailed with great spirit with only one protest. Unfortunately both boats ended up being disqualified. 

This series required the work of a large number of people and I believe that some need a special mention. I know I will offend some who I do not mention by name and I apologize to them. First I would like to thank all those who were involved in the measuring before the series. This was a huge job and in particular caused a lot of work for John Dixon and Phillip Johnson. 

Secondly Natalie Farrell, who held off her resignation from the Victorian committee so that she could help make this series a success. She was heavily involved in all aspects of this series and I hope is now enjoying England. 

Andrew Graham did a large amount of the co-ordinating between the club and the association and was a prime driving force for the social functions. 

It would be impossible to go further and not to mention the sponsors for this series and in particular the 3 major sponsors, Maxwell and Williams Homewares, Airport Luggage and Palm Products (Robert Wilson). Without their support we would not be able to produce the series we did without very significant increase in entry fees. 

Finally I must mention the whole Victorian Committee lead by Fiona McCulloch and many other people who did a large number of jobs without which we would not have had a championships. 

The class showed its strength when you look at the statistics. 22 of the sailors were girls (a percentage not matched in many classes) and 17 were juniors. Add to this our youngest sailors were under 14 while our oldest Phillip Briggs (Qld) was almost 89. Let any other dingy class even come close. 

Stephen Early 1437

 

Blairgowrie Nationals revisited

Here is an article written about the Sabre Nationals for Blairgowrie's club newsletter.

The week of racing concluded some 2 years of planning by the organisers which comprised both people from BYS as well as from the Sabre Association. Three separate social functions, setting up a boat park, finding sponsors, marketing the event, designing and organising merchandise, chasing would-be and potential entrants and guiding them thru obstacles like measurement and insurance, organising charter boats, devising and agreeing racing formats, trophies....bit like the Olympics really - all that work, and the event itself is over in the blink of an eye! 

Each year's Sabre championships get remembered for something. Last year was the wispy seaweed that would catch on rudders and centreboards. The year before were the schools of jellyfish and 40 degree heat. 2000 was the cold. 1999 was gales and out of their depth club organisers. Blairgowrie 2003 will therefore be remembered for the unpredictable fickle breezes that plagued the week. The score card ? One race with a good sea breeze, 3 races in light to moderate northerlies, 3 in races where morning breezes died to drifters, and 3 races that never happened. The fact that the Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the following 4 weekends comprised an almost unbroken stream of delightful sea breezes just shows that you can't control the weather !

Fortunately though, we completed sufficient races to not only constitute a series, but also to allow competitors to drop their worst result. And notwithstanding the crazy winds, we still found that the top half-dozen place getters basically comprised the favourites - proving that good sailors are strong in all wind conditions, and don't rely on luck. Congratulations therefore to Wayne Bates for winning 'back-to-back titles, to Rob Hartnett for his second place in what was only his second Sabre nationals, and to Alan Riley for his third place - after just one year in the class ! This result really can't be put down to 'home-town advantage' given the unusual wind and the fact that the race courses were far away from where we conduct normal club racing .

Personally though, I think that just as much recognition needs to go to those BYS sailors who finished in the back part of the fleet. Amongst our 42 entrants were a lot of people entering a championship for the first time. Measurement, mega-start-lines, strange black flags, mass mark-rounding's, back-to back races. For many it was a whole new world, and a daunting one at that. Heart-felt congratulations then to all those who gave it a go, and who have now sampled the special experience of taking part in a major championship. 

A lot of people have commented at how smoothly they thought the event went - but it will be the 3 races where the wind misbehaved that they will remember. No summary of the series would be complete without some summary of those 3 races. Here goes:

Race 1 - sailing out for a 2.00 start in a delightful 15 knot sea breeze. 1.45, and within 5 minutes, the breeze basically evaporates. For an hour the boats bobble around, and some go for a swim. Zephyrs of wind blow from the east, then the north, then the west. Around 3.00pm the sea breeze resumes, but is patchy. The race committee has 15 knots at the start boat, and starts the start sequence. Unbeknownst to them however is that the breeze still hasn't yet reached the far end of the start line. General Recall #1 follows. Attempts 2 and 3 see large 20 degree wind shifts around the 2 minute gun and see large numbers of boats in all sorts of strife and many over early. More General recalls. Attempts 4,5&6 see the tide getting stronger and stronger and the wind getting more erratic. The fleet continues to be sucked over the line as if by a huge suction pump. By now, Bruce Harding has dusted off the dreaded black flag which basically tells competitors that they are disqualified if over the line in the last minute. On attempt #7 we are away. Unfortunately, the wind goes light and fluky, and we had our first encounter with 10 abreast mark rounding's as the fleet bunched up. Those that came down the far left side of the course on the second beat gain a fantastic wind shift - and winners are grinners. Wayne Bates pulls a 22nd.

Race 5 - enough breeze for a start in a light morning sea breeze. Half way along the first reach the breeze starts to die, and only about 10 boats have rounded the wind mark before it basically dies to just a knot or two. The mark is just in the channel, and the tide is reducing their forward pace to a standstill. The race committee puts up the shorten course flag to finish the race at the bottom mark. One solitary boat maintains a small private breeze, and crosses the line. In the next 30 minutes, not one other boat makes it, and all are recorded as 'Did Not Finish' as the time limit expires. Wayne Bates was that solitary boat.

Race 7 - Seven knots of morning sea breeze sees the fleet away. By the first buoy, the wind has died and the fleet spreads out . (Your scribe rounds the top mark in 90th place and gets acquainted with a whole new bunch of competitors). The race committee shorten the course to end after the second beat. Only 27 boats finish within 30 minutes of the winner, and the rest get 'DNF's. Sadly, this means that 73 competitors have to 'carry' this in their results, and the overall results get scrambled for many as a result. The whole fleet gets towed in. Wayne Bates has the big grin however as winner of the race

Race 8 - we never got a race 8. Under our race rules, we weren't able to start a race after 2.00pm on the final day. The sea breeze kicks in around 2.00 with everyone having had to start unrigging their boats already as we wouldn't have made it to the course area in time.

Anyway, the general consensus was still positive - great venue, nice free T-shirts and photos, well-run and good value social functions, well organised regatta office and boat-park, and a buzz about being in such a big fleet. From all the competitors - our huge thanks to those BYS members who gave up their week to man start and patrol boats, and to club members for putting up with all the extra people around the place.

Hopefully amongst the 42 BYS participants there are quite a few people who have experienced the special 'vibe' that comes from participating in a national or state championship and who want to do it again.

Andrew Graham 1624

 

By wife of Sabre 1493. 

One Hundred Sabres: a Repeat of History. 

1990 – Last century – 13 years ago there was Lake Boga and the National Sabre Titles. One hundred boats, and some very hot days. 

2003 – This century – 14 Titles hence. There was Blairgowrie and the National Sabre Titles. One hundred boats, and some very hot days. 

1990 was sailor 1493’s first Nationals. He was eager, new and totally green to this competition. His first sail on the lake was in 45 degrees heat, fully suited up in a wetsuit and only a can of drink to stave off thirst and dehydration. He came fifty “somewhere” in that regatta and lived! 

2003 

It has taken sailor 1493, only, 40 years of Sailing and 14 Nationals to win a race. He was so ecstatic to win a race he wanted to pack up and head back to NSW with his head held high. Only for the fact that a first time Grand Master would never entertain such a sacrilegious thought and he sold himself for $20 at the Calcutta! 

13 years ago his daughter was just toddling. In fact she learnt to take big strides towards the edge of the Lake. Our caravan was parked; you guessed it, right on the water’s edge. I spent 10 days with eyes in the back of my head looking out for sailor 1493’s “Little treasure.” It was at Boga that her joy and love of water was born and I suffered permanent eyestrain. 10 

13 years on and this young lady loves nothing better than the beach. Blairgowrie and the Vic Peninsular provided plenty of sun & surf to satisfy any dryad {water faire}. She made big strides to the surf but even bigger strides to the surf shops and outlets. I spent 10 days with my eyes on my bankcard! 

13 years down the track and you still play the waiting game. Sailors waiting for the wind. Support Crews waiting for the Sailors waiting for the wind. Rescue boats waiting for the sailors waiting for the wind. Control tower waiting for the sailors waiting for the wind, waiting for the rescue boat to tow them in or to commence racing. Waiting … Just waiting. In 13 years – not a lot has changed. 

BUT 13 years on: 

The Camaraderie of the Sabres is still as strong today as it was 13 years ago. Some sailors have moved on to other classes or just…on. The challenge is for the youth of the class to continue on with the strong tradition of the Sabres. To ensure that each year there are Nationals with all the highs and lows experienced by sailors and their support crews because sailor 1493 would really like to improve on 9th place overall and win another race!!! 

He’s still grinning. 

 

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