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Sabre Sailing Dinghy

Australia's most popular one design single handed class. The fun Single hander that is easy to sail but difficult to master.

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For the latest results, please click here.

It’s now time to enter our premier Sabre sailing event in 2019/20. 

The NOR, which includes the on line entry can be found here. In order to focus your attention, the online entry is also here. Act now in case you forget later!

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During 4 to 11 January 2020, Sabres will be gathering at the beautiful, beachside town of Wallaroo on the pristine waters of Spencer Gulf to compete for the title of National Champion!

Come and join in the fun sailing, great food and drink in a location full of history, scenery and family attractions. Lots of things to do for the whole family.

Led by our Sabre Australia Vice President, Ryan Kelly, the Wallaroo Sailing Club is the social centre for the series. For more information visit www.revolutionise.com.au/wallaroosailing The surrounding Copper Coast is a fantastic region and can be seen at www.coppercoast.sa.gov.au and more widely at www.visityorkpeninsula.com.au

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Next move? Talk to your family and mates and make the decision to come and quickly make a booking for accommodation at this popular holiday location. Booking options are at https://www.sabre.org.au/images/nationals/2020_Accommodation_Booklet.pdf


In June, our Sabre National President, Russell Rooney, sent an email to all Sabre sailors and interested people who we have in our system. It discussed a range of topics including our success over the past 45 years, our culture and camaraderie, strategic directions of the class and ongoing development. For those who missed the Newsletter, a copy can be seen HERE.

We were delighted to get an unsolicited email from Rex Fettell, OAM, responding to the above Newsletter. Rex is the father and designer of the Sabre and his email can be seen HERE.



Congratulations go to all participants, organisers and officials for a very successful series. Congratulations especially to our  new champion, Alan Riley of McCrae Yacht Club, who lead the field home in all accept one race. He showed strong boat skills and speed in the ten to thirteen knot Moreton Bay sea breezes. Alan paid compliments to his fellow McCrae sailor, Murray O'Brien, who with a string of seconds, was overall runner up. Alan and Murray had a very  strong build up by finishing neck and neck in their club races.

Tony Carr represented the WA fleet well in taking  out third place overall by securing a first, two seconds and two thirds. Then came the two VIC Black Rock boats sailed by Steve Douglas in fourth and Bruce Abbott, representing the older sailors in fifth. Both sailed boats professionally built by Steve who also made his own sail.

Ryan Kelly (SA) put his foot on the pedal to come in 6th, ahead of his good friend, Tasmanian Chris Kiel, with Peter Ellis (VIC) next.

There was an interesting shoot out between the two junior (under eighteen years) sailors, Liam O'Brien (ninth) who edged out Lucas Upton (10th), particularly on the last day. Lauren Kiel (SA) showed her sailing skills to take out the Ladies Division.

Our thanks go to competitors, organisers and officials for a great series sailed in the usual hard and fair Sabre manner. Ryan Kelly gave a presentation of what will be a very enjoyable series in January 2020 in the seaside town of Wallaroo, SA and we urge all Sabre sailors to come and join in the fun.

Click here to see the results.



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The summer sailing season is now over and many hardy Sabre sailors are competing in winter series races - in preparation for the 2018/19 season. A major highlight will be the National Championships to be held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in January 2019. This was the venue for the very successful 2012 series. RQYS is a great location and venue in the suburb of Manly.

2019 Australian Sabre Championship

5 - 12 JANUARY 2019

Sabre RQYS

We have 9 races scheduled for this Championship between 7 and 12 January. Registration will take place on 5 and 6 January with a Welcome BBQ on the afternoon of 6 January and then our Presentation Function on the evening of 12 January. 


Racing Documents & Entry

Notice of Race – click here
Championship Entry – click here
Entry List – click here

Please take time to view click here to see details of the programme, venue, accommodation options etc

Further Sabre Nationals

So you can continue to plan ahead, we are pleased to announce the timing and venue for Sabre Nationals over the next three years..

They are:

2019 Queensland. RQYS Manly 5-12 January. – see above

2020 South Australia. Wallaroo 4-11 January. – for more details click here.  Please note that you should aim to secure accommodation bookings before Xmas 2018 since Wallaroo is a popular holiday location in January. There is plenty to do and see in this delightful seaside town and some of these and nearby attractions are seen here

2021 ACT/NSW. Canberra YC 9-16 January.

You will see that the Sabre Association have been guided by your responses in our 2017 survey of Sabre sailors. Nationals have been moved from our traditional Xmas/New Year timing and to more family friendly locations.


The Sabre was designed in 1974 and is one of the most recognized and popular classes in Australia with over 2,100 boats worldwide. Its growth outstrips most locally designed classes and the red-tipped sail with Sabre logo is a key feature of its recognition.

Recently a small group of members at East Fremantle YC in WA started using a non-standard sail which is slightly larger in area than a legal Sabre sail and unrecognizable as a Sabre sail. They in fact are promoting themselves as a new class even though they are using everything Sabre other than the sail (what does that tell you about how great is the Sabre design).

No formal approach has been made to Sabre Sailing Association of Australia Inc (SSAA) in respect to this sail.

Australian Sailing (AS) has advised that this is very disappointing and that the purported ‘class’ has no affiliation or recognition with AS. There are likely insurance ramifications for clubs allowing non-affiliated /illegal ‘classes’ to compete.

SSAA advises that this sail, or for that matter, any other sail that does not meet current Sabre rules of measurement are illegal and not to be used. This means any boat using a non-conforming sail is barred from Sabre racing at national, state and club levels.

SSAA is aware of disenchantment throughout Australia and particularly in WA with the way this group is trying to piggyback the Sabre design and undermine the goodwill of the class built up over the past 44 years. In fact, one major member state association (not WA) has already voted unanimously against adoption/promotion of this illegal sail.

SSAA is conscious that there is a very real possibility that hulls (GRP or timber) may be built to the Sabre design for use with the WA non-conforming sail. Sabre rules require application for a sail/hull number prior to commencing construction and payment of a royalty. A measurement certificate cannot be issued without meeting these requirements, and of course, meeting our rules of measurement.

GRP builders are required to be licensed by SSAA and the first 5 boats are built under a provisional license. After the 5-boat cap is reached and in the absence of a signed license, no Sabre sail/hull number will be issued to that builder or client. The ramifications are that any boat subsequently sold 2nd hand that may be later presented for measurement and with a legal Sabre sail will not have a valid sail number and will not be measured – Buyer Beware.

SSAA emphasises that non-standard Sabre sails are illegal and not condoned in any way.

The effect of this illegal sail on the class is devastating in WA, especially as the class has built significantly from virtually nothing over the past 10 years. SSAA acknowledges this growth and shares the concerns and disappointment of Sabre sailors and reaffirms support for the Sabre concept as it stands.

Click here to download official notice.

Congratulations to Scott Olsen from Fremantle Sailing Club who is the Overall Champion of the 2017/18 Sabre National Championships held at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club. This is the 2nd time Scott has won the Sabre Nationals after wininng in 2013/14. Congrats also to Megan De Lange from Victoria who won the Female Champion.

Other placegetters included. 

  • Grand Masters: Murray O'Brien (VIC)
  • Masters: Scott Olsen (WA)
  • Grand Veterans: Bruce Abbott (VIC)
  • Veterans: Pete Coop (WA)
  • Senior Dave Meehan (WA)
  • Youth: Liam O'Brien (VIC)
  • Over 90kgs: Robert Depiazzi (WA)
  • Under 60kgs: William Thomas (WA)

Full Results are available here

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          Scott Olsen, pictured with Chelsea Baker       Megan De Lange, pictured with Chelsea Baker

A big thank you to all the Sabre sailors that competed in the event. We hope you enjoyed the experience. 

Sabres WA would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped with this regatta. Regattas like these take a large number of volunteers to ensure a successful event and all our volunteers worked very hard and dedicated their time to the event. We had a number of volunteers from the Sabre WA Community, Perth Dinghy Sailing Club and also from other WA yacht clubs and we thank you all for your time, efforts and professionalism.

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Some of our on-water volunteers

Thank you also to our valued sponsors. The high standard of this regatta would not have been possible without the support of these companies. Thank you to our major sponsors City of Perth, 4Branding, ISP Australia. Along with support sponsors Boating Hardware, Ronstan, Extreme Sails, Everett Smith, SQP Enterprises, Sailing Gear for Women and Girls and Shenton Park IGA.

Drone Footage
By George Coop

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Highlights Video - Perth Sailing Photography

Highlights video - by Rick Steuart - Perth Sailing Photography

We were supported by a great group of sponsors. They and entry details to the Perth Nationals are shown here

Following discussions at the Sabre AGM in January 2017, it was suggested that a survey of Sabre sailors in Australia be conducted to gain insights to help us to determine whether we should change the locations and/or the timing of our Sabre nationals to encourage greater participation. This arose bearing in mind the lower than expected attendance in the recent two Nationals in Hobart and Black Rock. Findings will not affect the next Nationals in 2017/18 in Perth.

Questionnaire emails were sent some 500 people who had shown an interest in receiving information about Sabre activities. We were pleased to receive 197 responses from Sabre owners, a good degree of interest. Responses showed that there was a core group of 34 people who participated in most Nationals, an additional 40 who did so only in their own state, 49 who rarely competed (perhaps only when the event was held at their club) and 74 (or 38%) who never competed. Many of the latter group preferred to sail Sabres in club races only or ‘just for fun’.

Although the situation can differ between event locations, it is likely that in most cases our current participation of 65 or so boats in nationals will be made up of most of the first group and some of the second. In order to get increased participation, the most popular response was to change the timing of the event to be in say mid-January, away from the Xmas New year family holiday period. In doing so, we need to be also mindful of national event times of other classes where children of Sabre parents participate. A change of location also scored well, with responses suggesting that we should seek family friendly, low cost places eg those with camping areas, cabins etc. However a high 50% would unlikely to be tempted to participate by any change to the event.

Some 40% of respondents mostly sail in their state championships.

Probably little of the above will come as startling insights to most Sabre sailors, however it does provide us with guidance and confidence in planning future Sabre nationals. We thank all those who participated and provided comments and look forward to their continuing participation and success in Sabre sailing.

As an interesting side issue of the survey, Sabre sailors were asked how they got into Sabre sailing. Their responses can be seen here.

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