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Revised May 2021

Despite a concerning forecast and the rush to change the date due to the lockdown, the Sabre State Championships held at McCrae YC last weekend was an outstanding event. All who participated commented very positively on the way it was conducted and how much they enjoyed regatta sailing. Big fleets are different and great fun.

It’s not too late to share in the enjoyment by participating in the following events, the last for this season. But first you need to enter:

Winter Sailing at Lysterfield Sailing Club – Starting 5th of June with Saturday afternoon racing every fortnight – click here for more information!

Don’t put it aside – enter now!

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.


Another new Sabre ready for delivery from Sly Boat Building. Nice one Martyn! ... See MoreSee Less
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Olympic 49er FX rep Jaime Ryan gives a big rap to Victorian Sabre sailor Adrian Finglas for getting her started on her Olympic journey. We are certainly very fortunate to have someone of Adrian's standing in our fleet! ... See MoreSee Less
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Feedback behind the SSAA decisionBased on feedback we received from the trials and survey of sailors, there were several different bodies of opinion and we’ll try to summarise them.1. New sail – apparent modernisation and speed. - Let’s show that we have ‘modernised’ and are not stuck in the past. - A new sail can slightly increase the Sabre’s speed and pointing ability, particularly in light to moderate conditions. - We feel that the slight sail area increase will not significantly affect our current Sabre cohort.- The change should help to bring in some new sailors.2. Current sail - status quo. - We have a very popular class that continues to grow. It has attracted a broad group of sailors and we don’t want to shake up a successful formula. Why do we need to have the disruption and cost of change? - The Sabre is often the only class that can successfully race in 20 plus knots and large seas, conditions that often occur in the southern states of Australia. Let’s not risk losing this capability. - We have received feedback that some sailors believe that the increased area at the top of the sail will make the boat less stable on a square run in strong breezes. If so, this may put some current sailors off wanting to sail Sabres. - Adoption of the trial sail may mean that a stiffer mast may be needed and it might also affect other parts of the boat.- It’s likely that the trial sail will cause the fleet to spread out more and this goes against our desire to have close competition throughout the fleet.Following extensive discussion, SSAA decided that for the foreseeable future, the sail design will not change. ... See MoreSee Less
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New Sabres being built in Tasmania! Get your order in!Sabre moulds gel coated for hull number 1 we are looking at $7200 for a bare hull. ... See MoreSee Less
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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.