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The 2020 Victorian Sabre championship is being hosted by Mount Martha YC on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. We are very keen to host a large fleet of Sabres and have worked with MMYC to make it a great titles. It is an 'open' event and interstate entries are most welcome.
Please click on the following links to view the Notice of Race and also to enter via our Trybooking function.

Note: Entries close 8pm Fri 14th Feb 2020 - no exceptions.
The requirement for boats entered to have a valid measurement certificate will be rigidly enforced.



Entry includes a polo shirt and dinner on Sat 14th Feb after sailing

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25 Sabres battled it out on Wallagoot Lake for the NSW Sabre Titles, the best numbers for a championship regatta for 35 years in NSW. 8 capable Victorian Sailors supporting the event added to this success. It provided the critical mass and competitive edge we need in NSW to move our sailing to another level. 

There were three outstanding stories. The first one was that our sailing in NSW has a way to go to meet the standards of the top Victorian sailors. The ‘Vics’ took out the first six places Murray O'Brien (McCYC) followed up his second in the recent Sabre Nationals, winning the event with three first placings. The battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th was extremely close with only 0.5 of a point separating them! In the end Liam O'Brien (McCYC) scored 2nd on countback from Bruce Abbott 3rd (BRYC), with Barry Eastgate (MMYC) in 4th.   

The second story was the dominance of our NSW women sailors, with Wendy Atkins the first NSW boat and Aurora Paterson the second, finishing 7th and 8th places overall. There was some exciting highlights. One of my favourites was Aurora Patterson (pictured below) and a few other NSW Sabres battling with Murray in the first run of the first leg, of the fourth and ‘windiest’ race. 

The third story, perhaps most important, was the great spirit of the competition. There were great battles between the front, middle and back of the fleet, meaning everyone had something to fight for. Words of encouragement, openness to share ideas, and getting to know each other was a real highlight. This was helped by the support of Wallagoot Sailing Club’s friendly culture and professional management of the regatta. Thanks also to Jamie Simpson and Pete Whitton for all the background work in organising the event.

This event has given NSW sailors an appreciation of areas in need of improvement and quite a bit of motivation to be more competitive next time. The willingness of Victorian sailors to support us in this is a clear demonstration that the sabre sailing is in a good place nationally. We’d love to see more Victorian boats of all standards join us next time, yet we’d also love to provide some stiffer competition! We also hope to see this event build great interest in the Sabre class across NSW and the ACT. There was some good NSW sailors not at the event, hope they come next time!  

NSW States 19 - 1

Is that some NSW Sabres being a bit competitive with Murray and the other Vics? Go Aurora.

NSW States 19 - 2

Murray deservedly and comprehensively takes home the trophies

NSW States 19 - 3 

Well done Wendy. First NSW Boat in the Championship

NSW States 2019 - 4

The 2020 Queensland Sabre State Championships will be held at Humpybong Yacht Club between 7 and 8 March 2020.

Please click here to download the Notice of Race.

TG SeniorTerry Gaunt Snr, past Patron of the Maylands Yacht Club, has been mucking about in boats for as long as he can remember – and next week he can claim 86 years at Maylands – also his father, Wally Gaunt's home suburb, when Wally began the Maylands Yacht Club back in the 1940s.

Born into a sailing family, Terry Snr was destined to get to the top of local and Australian sailing competition, achieving national titles in two classes – VJ and Gwen 12. In fact, he won three national VJ titles in the 1950s, including one as a junior when, in one junior heat, he actually lead the senior fleet home – which had started earlier!


Terry Snr said about the above photo: "Taken in about 1947 at Maylands, that was my first boat Villain when VJ's were introduced to Maylands Yacht club. My father, Wally, was skippering the boat (with his foot) as you can see and I was crewing for him."
Terry's son, John, said that his dad had never raced a single-handed boat before – but he added: "Losing is not really part of dad's vocabulary." So no-one was surprised when, last Sunday, Terry Snr decided to take his daughter, Anne's Sabre, appropriately named Vill-Anne "out for a spin."


Anne Gaunt – with her Sabre #1902, Vill-Anne

Joining in the consistency race for Sabres, Terry Snr was soon into his stride – finishing just 30 seconds over-the-line behind the handicap winner, Bruce Lee, who is no slouch having sailed Sabres for 5 years now! Terry's son, Terry Gaunt Jnr, in #1870 Scimitar (fastest time on the day) had a nervous time trying to stay out in front of his dad too!


Terry Gaunt Jnr - #1870 Scimitar

The Gaunt family are now well entrenched in the expanding Sabre fleet at Maylands, with another son John recently purchasing an older timber boat, #1502, Storm Boy, and already finishing within 30 seconds of current club champion – you guessed it – his brother Terry Gaunt Jnr.

Terry Snr is now thinking of having a crack at this week's Championship Heat at Maylands. I think we are all very nervous now too – after all, he will still be a spring chicken being a couple of days short of his 86th birthday!


Sailing and Event Calendar for the 2016/2017 Season   
Event  Date Club Time
Pre-season Training (Day 1) 24/09/2016 Adelaide Sailing Club 9:30am
Pre-season Training (Day 2) 25/09/2016 Adelaide Sailing Club 10:00am
Measurement Night (1) 14/10/2016 Brighton & Seacliff YC 7:00pm
Measurement Night (2) 21/10/2016 Adelaide Sailing Club 7:00pm
State Championships Heats 1 & 2 26/11/2016 Largs Bay Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championships Heats 3 & 4 27/11/2016 Largs Bay Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championships Heats 5 & 6 04/02/2017 Wallaroo Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championships Heats 7 & 8 05/02/2017 Wallaroo Sailing Club 12:00noon
State Championships Heats resails 1 & 2 12/02/2017 Adelaide Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championship Presentation Function 
Annual General Meeting



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