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The Nationals at Safety beach saw the 2nd biggest Sabre fleet since 1992 with 80 entrants taking part. It was a very succesful regatta both on the water as well as off the water. Whilst most of the racing was in stonger breezes we still completed all 9 races plus an Invitation race without having to use a single resail session. Competitors were treated to the brand new Safety Beach club house and rigging area, and these equal or better those anywhere else on the bay. The Association also put on 4 social functions during the week, and the great food and live music was a real highlight of the week.


Racing at all levels of the fleet was superb, and no less so than amongst the top 5 place-getters who put on a fantastic display of sailing. The result was not decided until the last beat of the last race, with only a point separating the first two boats, and the next 3 just a handful of points behind that. Elsewhere in the fleet saw a surge in jnior numbers, with 10 entries - a really stong indicator of the health of the class.

The Association would like to thank all the sponsors who gave generously and helped make for a fantastic event via supplying cash and prizes for the competitors. Sponsors include:


  • The Bonnie Doon Hotel
  • Ronstan International
  • Zhik Australia
  • Burke Marine
  • Young Marine Services & Foils
  • Quantum Sail Design Group
  • Irwin Sails
  • Hooper Sails
  • Iecon Boats
  • Frecheville Heaney Boat Builders
  • JL Sly Boat Builders
  • Sport Phillip Marine
  • Wilderness Wear Australia
  • Tucks Ridge Winery

Overall winners were as follows:

1.  Alex Newman BRYC

2.  Callum Burns BYS

3.  Wayne Bates BYS

4.  Alan Riley BYS

5.  Chris Dance BRYC

6.  Russell Rooney BRYC

7.  Matt Westland LSC Tas

8.  John Gratton BSYC SA

9.  Andy McIntyre BYS

10.Dean Francis BSYC

Ladies Fiona McCulloch BRYC

Juniors Robbie Graham BYS

Seniors Alex Newman BRYC

Masters Callum Burns BYS

Grand Masters Matt Westland LSC

Veterans John Gratton BSYC

Well done to all competitors, and we look forward to seeing all competitors when we next assemble in Bellerive in Hobart.

For full results - AVAILABLE FROM evening of 5 JAN refer


Nationals Notice of AGM 2008

The Annual General Meeting for the Sabre association will be held on the 2nd January 2009 (Friday) from 9 am at Safety Beach Sailing Club. All members are actively encourage to attend and participate in the event.

Nationals Social Program and Sailing Instructions

Here is the Social program for the nationals - as you can see - lots of activities planned. Note that the start time for teh welcome dinner will be closer to 6pm not 7pm.   Social Program     and SI's

Safety Beach Nationals latest 24 Dec

We've reached 80 entries and the organisers are breathing a sigh of relief ! We've also wrapping up the sponsorship side of the regatta - and what a wonderful week awaits competitors on that front ! Sails from Irwin & Quantum, foils bag by Hooper, masts & booms from John Dixon at Iecon Boats, a wide range of sailing gear from Zhik, Wilderness Wear and Burke, fittings & gear from Ronstan, wines from premium local winery Tuck's Ridge; foil & gear bags from South Eastern Sails, a rudder blade from Frecheville/Heaney Boats and a huge helping hand from Brett Young at YMS and the Bonee Doon Hotel to fund our 2 party nights - and a rudder and centreboard from YMS for good measure !We'll give some away as door prizes, some as prizes to category winners, and some we'll auction.  Let's just say you need to be there to share in the goodies!



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