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UPCOMING EVENTS

Revised July 2022

 

Enter Vic Sabre regattas for fun and competition against boats from other clubs

 

2022.

 

Mordialloc SC – winter sailing, every Sunday in August and first two in Sept. Also Dinghy champs 27,28 August tbc.

 

CitySail, APYC – Women & Girls Coaching and Racing regatta 10-11 September.

 

Sail Sandy, SYC – 15,16 October

 

Sail Country – 29/30 October at Albury/Wodonga. Entries open 1 Sept.

 

Chelsea YC – FOAK – 19 Nov

 

BRYC – Bill Bell regatta – 26-27 Nov

 

2023.

 

Royal YC of Tasmania. Sabre Nationals – 9-14 January

 

McCrae – Aust Day weekend – January

 

Mordialloc SC – Vic State Champs – 18,19 February

 

Mordi SC – Teams race – March

 

Lake Bolac – Easter – 7-10 April

 

Sail Bellarine – 6,7 May.

 

Looks like a busy and enjoyable season coming up! More information will follow as we get closer to the start of the season.

 

Club racing is the backbone of our season and for this reason we endeavour to restrict the Sabre regatta schedule. However regatta racing is 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.

 

Coaching days 

 

Sabre fleets in Vic clubs hold individual coaching days. Dates to be advised.

 

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Letter from Sabre Designer, REX FETTELL OAMFor your interest.I recently had a request from the Minnow Sailing Association for photos and some comments about the first Minnow.In sorting out Minnow photos, I found photos and some comments about the first Sabre. I am forwarding these photos on to you as The Sabre Association may have Archives - or - just to be kept for general interest.The photo of No 10 is the first “Sabre” I built. It is being sailed by my son David. This boat originally had a mast from “somewhere”, a boom with a sail track and a sail from a Pacer, being the boat I was sailing at that time.This is the hull and Pacer rig that a number of skippers from Carrum Sailing Club sailed in wide ranging conditions to try it out.I had previously sailed it almost daily in quite fresh conditions on the bay at Point Lonsdale, where we had our caravan located for the summer school holidays. The fairly fresh sailing conditions and regular sailing, convinced me that the hull was sound and a sail plan with modifications similar in area to that of the Pacer would be a suitable choice.When I first took this boat to Carrum Sailing Club after the school holidays, it was only for me to keep sailing a single handed boat, which I enjoyed.It was my “fun” boat, Club skippers were curious and before and after Club racing, numbers of them asked to have a sail.The photo of No 10 taken off Carrum Sailing Club was after a new paint job and shows the new sail plan, designed in consultation with Brian Cronin of Supreme Sails and the rig and fittings agreed by the initial list of skippers in the first “building group” who were “more or less” the first Sabre Committee.I had discussed mast and boom section and appropriate fittings with Anchor Marine, who also assisted in the selection of yacht fittings from Ronstan and Fico.I had selected a blue sail for the Minnow so that parents could easily check on their youngsters sailing location, I also wanted a far more “visible” sail for the Sabre rather than just white, hence the red tip. The insignia, a Sabre sword, drawn up by John Bell, was finally designed by Supreme Sails.Initially this new boat was to be called the “Carrum Sabre”, the thinking being that it would only be a few boats sailed at Carrum Sailing Club. Fortunately some wiser skippers cried “too parochial”, we may grow beyond Carrum S.C.How true, Carrum S.C. exists no longer and the Sabre growth has extended beyond Carrum Sailing Club.The photo of No 12 is being sailed by Bill Dooly, a foundation Sabre Sailing Association committee member.No 20 sailed by John Bell, also a foundation Sabre Sailing Association committee member. Photos were taken on Carrum Sailing Club waters. Allocated sail numbers started at No 10.Now, so far many, many years later and 2200 Sabres. Amazing!!!! Never did I ever dream that my summer school holiday singled handed “fun boat” would give thousands of skippers the enjoyment and the challenge of single handed sailing.I commend all Sabre Sailing Association Committees which over all these years have persistently promoted the Sabre. They are the major reason why there are 2,200 Sabres, many sailing from Clubs around Australia in 2022.Sadly my active sailing days are now long gone. At 90 years of age and a balance/walking problem resulting from spinal surgery in 2021, I am still actively following Sabre activities with great interest and pride.Barry I have been very wordy but there may be some new information in what I have given you today.Barry, to you personally my sincere thanks for the time, effort and skills you give to the Sabre Sailing Association and its broader community around Australia.My very kind regards,REX FETTELL. O.A.M. ... See MoreSee Less
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What a great weekend it was but the wind faded and the bay became like a millpond! ... See MoreSee Less
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We had a nice light air training session this morning! ... See MoreSee Less
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VICTORIAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

69 Sabres lined up for the weekends racing with competitors coming from many of the clubs that sail Sabres in Victoria.  The series was won convincingly by Alan Riley of McCrae following up his success in the Nationals held in January 2020 at Wallaroo, SA.