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The final leg of the WA Sabre State Championships was held at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club on 21st March.  4 races were sailed in medium to strong winds throughout the day.  

The format this season was 12 races, to be sailed over 3 Saturdays starting at TCYC (Rockingham)  back in November, Nedlands Yacht Club in December and finishing up at Perth Dinghy this weekend.  8 races constituted a series, which allowed sailors to drop a whole leg if needed.

We had races in the mornings and afternoons, to provide a wide variety of wind conditions.

With 35 boats entered, and having around 20 boats sailing on each day, we had some great racing.

The 3 Yacht Clubs involved provided fantastic support and race managment, so a huge thankyou to all involved.

We will review this years format and take any lesons learnt in regards to planning next years events.

We welcomed Sabre Association National Vice President Andrew Graham who joined us for the Saturdays racing.  This was a great opportunity for building relationships between Sabre sailing fleets in the different states.

Below are the final results.

WA Sabre State Results 2014/15 Season

 

 

We have had a stream of visiting Sabre sailors at Maylands. Pictured above, including Craig Nylund from Rockingham CYC, who visited us on Feb 15 with his brand new fibreglass boat, built from his own mould. So we now have a local fibreglass boatbuilder in WA. Craig was the first-placed heavyweight skipper (over 90kg) at the recent Adelaide Nationals, in a fleet of 85 boats, and showed us how to sail fast in flat water, away from his usual open sailing water at Rockingham. He joined Chris, Bruce and Steve, above - Paul Maj.
The fleet is now forming at Maylands. After I brought the excellent Estoile to MYC from EFYC in December, Bruce Lee has now purchased a real flyer from PDSC, a beautifully built and underweight timber boat. We now have 4 Sabres with only one to go for a fleet. Paul Maj has Extreme moving really well and Steve Rose is sorting out Tango, enjoying the space and comfort of a Sabre.
Bruce got his new boat wet for the first time on 1st Feb - Dicostalotta Too. The boat looks fantastic (see photo below) and will be a top performer once Bruce sorts out his set-up and sail trim and some other Sabre secrets that we will only pass on to him s l o w l y because there will be no stopping him once he gets used to a Sabre. Although I have managed to keep in front of him in his first few races, I have already noticed his fast off-wind speed, so once he gets his boat moving fast upwind, too, we are all in trouble in the Mixed fleet.

Great job guys to everyone who packed the conatiner full of Sabres (...and all the bikes/paddleboards/kitchen sink....).  Huge thanks to Clayton Erwin, and our sponsors Patricks, KLine and Pacific National for making this happen.

 

 

The conatiner now awaits us on the shores of Adelaide Sailing Club....look forward to see you all there.   Safe travels and Merry Christmas.

 

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