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The Victorian Sabre fleet is set for an exciting season of sailing ahead, with a jam-packed schedule of competitive racing, which recently kicked off on the weekend of 31 August with the Sail Mordi Regatta at the Mordialloc Sailing Club.

With a fleet of Sabres competing, Sail Mordi set the tone for a big few months of local racing as sailors get ready for the 2020 National Championships from 5-11 January to be held in the South Australian country town of Wallaroo.

The excitement has been building for a number of weeks already in Victoria with good turnouts at the Mordialloc Sailing Club’s Winter Series races on Sundays throughout August and even a few boats heading out for mid-week sails to blow the cobwebs out.

Following Sail Mordi, the Victorian fleet will have a strong presence at the Elwood Sailing Club Sabre Regatta on 19 October, and also at the Go for Gold Regatta at the Black Rock Yacht Club on November 30 and December 1.

The action will continue for local Sabre racing this season after the Nationals, with some great events planned including the Australia Day Regatta at McCrae Sailing Club on the Mornington Peninsula, and the State Championships at the Mount Martha Yacht Club on 15-16 February.

The State Championship is always a highly anticipated event on the Victorian Sabre calendar with usually more than 60 boats participating each year.

The Victorian Sabre Association has also inked the New South Wales Sabre State Championship into its schedule with the exciting concept of the Interstate Challenge taking place on the Victorian Labour Day weekend of 7-8 March on the south coast of New South Wales.

On Lake Wallagoot near the lovely town of Tathra, Sabres from New South Wales and Victoria will again go head to head in what is sure to be one of the most enjoyable events in the racing calendar. 

Things don’t slow down right through to the end of the season, which will see a Teams Racing event take place at Mordialloc Sailing Club on 28 March next year, which is now structured to enable sailors of all experience levels to compete on a level playing field. 

There is plenty on offer for the female sailors of the class this season as well with two female-only events happening before Christmas, including the City Sail Regatta at Albert Park Yacht Club on 14-15 September, and the She Sails event at Somers Yacht Club on 14-15 December.

With a forgiving boat design and a class culture that is welcoming and enjoyable to learn in, the Sabre provides an ideal platform for women looking to stay involved in quality and competitive single-handed dinghy racing.

A number of coaching days will also be included in some of the regattas this season with City Sail, Go for Gold, and the Elwood Sailing Club regattas all set up to enhance the quality of the fleet and give more knowledge back to the sailors.

Sabre fleets in Victorian clubs are also holding individual coaching days with more dates to be advised in due course, with the Black Rock Yacht Club pre-season warm up coaching on 21 September and Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron confirmed at this stage to be hosting a coaching day on 1 February 2020 in preparation for the Victorian States at Mount Martha.

With a strong contingent of sailors all taking part in some really competitive racing, as well as a great off-water culture and plenty of action happening behind the scenes, there really is no better time to be racing Sabres in Victoria.


Here's a nice little video filmed at Black Rock last Saturday.

Revised August 2019

Victorian Sabre sailors - time to put some dates in your diary! 

Proper planning prevents poor performance (hopefully) – so plan now.  Our current plans for Sabre regattas in season 2019/20.

Club racing is the backbone of our season and for this reason we endeavour to restrict the Sabre regatta schedule. However regatta racingis our opportunity to learn, often with coaching, and string together a series. We recommend that you support regattas at other clubs – and they will support yours.

Open events. 

Mordialloc SC Winter series – (Sundays) – Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 8, 15

Sail Mordi – 31 Aug and 1 Sep

19 October - Elwood SC Sabre regatta

30 Nov, 1 Dec - Go for Gold at Black Rock Yacht Club.

5-11 January 2020 – Sabre National Championships at Wallaroo SC .

25, 26 January 2020 – McCrae SC Australia Day regatta

15,16 February 2020 – Mt  Martha YC - State Championships

7, 8 March 2020,  Vic Labour Day – NSW State Championships/Interstate Challenge, on the south coast of NSW at Lake Wallagoot near the lovely town of Tathra. 

28 March 2020 - Teams race at Mordialloc SC

June 2020 - Albert SC – Winter regatta.

Female only events

14,15 September 2019 – City Sail – Albert Park YC.

14, 15 December 2019 - WOW at Somers YC

In 2020/21

9 – 16 Jan 2021 – Australian Championship at Canberra YC 

Coaching days will be incorporated in some of the 2019/20 regattas, ie City Sail, Go For Gold, Elwood SC. 

Sabre fleets in Vic clubs hold individual coaching days. Other dates to be advised later. At this time, some dates are:

1 February 2020 – Coaching day at Blairgowrie YS (preparation for State titles).

While most Victorians holidayed last weekend, seven Victorian Sabre sailors travelled to Wallagoot Lake Boat Club near Tathra to join in the NSW Sabre State Titles. We all had a great time at a beautiful venue although the winds were probably a bit lighter than most of us had hoped, mainly in the 5 to 8 knot range. Racing was best four of five races over two days.

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. Victorians showed their talent by taking out the top six places. Wendy Atkins and Aurora Paterson led the NSW team, gaining 7th and 8th places.

Positions changed quickly in the very light air in the last leg of the last heat when Liam spotted some pressure to the left and went for it, managing to just win the race and gain 2nd place overall. Thanks to Wallagoot Lake Boat Club and the N.S.W. Sabre Association for having us!

It was a friendly and sharing event, a forerunner of interstate competition in the future. All competitors agreed that they will again travel to the event in March 2020 and will bring others.

Sabre NSW 2019 results

Sabre 4

Sabre 1

Murray Pres

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58 Sabres lined up for the 2019 Vic Championships at Elwood SC. Gary McLennan (BRYC) defended his title taking top honours with three first places from Chris Dance (MAS). Then followed the successful Nationals duo of Alan Riley and Murray O’Brien (McCYC), with Geoff Smith (BYS) in fifth place.

In a close contest, Fi Martin won the women’s title from Michelle de Blaquiere (MMYC), Lisa Barrand (McCYC) and Wendy Wilson (SYC). Liam O’Brien added to his success in the Sabre Nationals by winning the youth division and was 14th overall.

Overall results can be seen here.

Unfortunately the weather conspired against us with 25 knot winds on Saturday gusting up to 40 knots and big seas causing racing to be abandoned. However our time was well used in discussions led by very experienced and successful sailors on how they have been able to win big races. Interesting that Gary and Chris led the discussion section aimed at top of fleet sailors and showed their prowess on the course next day. Coaching discussions were completed around the bar and later during a tasty Indian buffet meal.

By comparison, Sunday provided light and variable winds enabling four races to be sailed and with one drop, the series was decided on the best of three placings.

All 58 competitors complimented the Elwood Sailing Club Organisers, Race Officers and Volunteers for a most enjoyable and well run series in difficult weather conditions. It is very pleasing to see the growth of Sabres in the club, with now some 20 boats registered.

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