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Go for Gold proved to be a very testing event worthy of the title.  Race 1 stopped before it started with a dash for the shore amidst a wild squall, reduced visibility and the wind well above acceptable levels.  The race eventually got underway an hour and a half later in a fresh wind and a very lumpy uncomfortable sea.  Nick won a closely fought battle with Chris.  The start of race 2 saw the wind increasing and the sea becoming very steep.  Some top end sailors ( names withheld for legal reasons) were seen to be enjoying a swim on the downhill leg. This enabled some of us to get a bit further up the leader board than would normally be expected.  The race was won by Pete with Chris again being the bridesmaid.  Race 3 was postponed to another day as the wind increased and the rescue boats were fully occupied.  To her credit visiting flyweight Susannah finished both races leaving some of the heavier crews wondering where they went wrong.

Read more: GO FOR GOLD Regatta - As Seen by Harold Medd

Sabre Team Racing Regatta is on at Mordialloc next Saturday. The challenge is on to see if anyone can take the trophy away from Black Rock. This is a good chance to get some larger fleet action in preparation for the Nationals or States as well as catch up with old friends. Measurment will be held on the Saturday morning starting at 10:30am.

An inter-class rules trivia night for everyone to have some fun and brush up on the sailing rules before the big summer regattas!!!

Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm start    

Cost: $10 per head. All proceeds to go towards Mordialloc’s Junior Development Fund.

The bar will be open, bring some nibbles, your sailing buddies and a competitive spirit for a night of blowing the dust off the rule books!!!    

Please book via email at alliciamsc@hotmail.com 

Interclass Rules Flyer

Go for Gold remains Australia’s only true ‘coaching’ regatta where recognised coaches can be in the race area during the entire event. This gives sailors and coaches the unique opportunity of immediate feedback and improvement from their coaches in a real race environment.

This year, the Sabre class have arranged on-water video in the form of both in-boat (GoPro cameras onboard) and rescue boat footage during racing.  Gary McLennan and Chris Dance will be collecting the video footage and conducting a debrief  after racing each day.  A good Sabre fleet is expected and sailors are encouraged to enter the regatta this week.

Notice of Race and Online Entry Form on Black Rock Yacht Club Website www.bryc.yachting.org.au

The Victorian Association will be hosting the Rex Fettell Cup at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron on 12 November 2011. This is intended to  be a warmup race for the Nationals so it would be great to see as many Victorians as possible experiencing the National Titles waters and taking the opportunity to prepare for the big event. It will also include the Sabres sponsoring a race for the Victorian Minnows fleet which Rex also designed and which has supplied many of our Sabre Youth sailors. Race start time is 2pm, hope to see you there.

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