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A cloudy day with a cold and blustery south easter faced a few hardy Sabre sailors plus 3 Lasers and 3 Mirrors for the final Winter Races at Maylands on Sunday 11th September. However, the wind settled down to a steady 10 to 15 knots by race start time and close racing followed. Over the line results went to the Lasers with a Sabre second in both races.

The Sabre placings were also the same for both races:
1. C3 - Chris Holyday
2. Blue Chip - Dave Quinn
3. Estoile - Bruce Lee

At yesterday's final winter series racing at EFYC, 12 Sabres came to the starting line, in light and drizzly conditions. There were 2 visitors from PDSC and one from FSC.

Due to the light conditions, only one race was sailed. Pete Coop took an early lead, which he maintained to the finish. Behind him, things were different. Peter Johnston looked to be in a comfortable 2nd place half way through the first round of two, but slipped back into the pack, which included Scott Olsen, Dave Quinn and Tony Carr.

With Pete Coop well ahead, the following pack rounded the final mark, before the final beat to the finish, in close company. Soon after, Peter's mainsheet attachment broke and this allowed Simon Walker and Ed Bannerman to pass him, but a quick reattachment meant only 2 lost places.

Pete Coop finished a well deserved first, followed by Scott Olsen and Dave Quinn not far behind. In minor places were Tony Carr and a fast finishing Ed Bannerman.

Conditions ranged from very light and shifty to moderate with some of us hiking on occasions. It was a typically challenging race at East Fremantle, with tidal and river flow, holes in the wind and significant shifts. However, the racing was close, keen and highly competitive.

Peter Johnston

The 2016 Sabre Sailing Association Western Australia “Opening Days Series” will be held on various dates (with five heats and the best of three heats to count). The races will be conducted by East Fremantle Yacht Club, Perth Dinghy Sailing Club, Maylands Yacht Club, Safety Bay Yacht Club and Royal Perth Yacht Club on their Opening Days. 
The purpose of the regatta is to help promote the Sabre class at Yacht Club Opening Days and encourage participation in the Opening Day races. 2016 is the inaugural series and we are anticipating this will be a recurring series for the Sabre class.
All Sabre Sailors are welcome and no entry requirements apply.
For the Notice of Race please click here
Notice to Competitors - Change to Orignal Notice of Race click here
EFYC Racing Commences 2.30pm
SBYC Racing Commences 2.00pm
MYC Racing Commences 2.00pm
PDSC Racing Commences 2.30pm
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