New Sabres at Maylands Yacht Club

18 February 2015

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.