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Coffee Cruise

Another good turn out for today's coffee cruise. 9 boats and 11 sailors and a few members who have come by car. For more pictures and Videos go to the clubs Facebook site. 




Racing – by Peter

Two great races were had in a 15 to 20 knot S-SW breeze with a normal T4 course and some great reaches.

Drew, Bruce and Peter had some close racing with little between them as Drew won the first with Peter winning the second and Bruce consistent with two thirds and close behind.

Rod sailed well with two fourths and for a lot of the race, he was just behind the leading group. At 70, Rod can always be replied on to turn up for a Saturday PM sail and to participate in the Coffee cruises during the season – Thanks for your support and attendances over the years Rod.

Lawrence I think, surprised himself by completing both races in the 15-20 knot S-SW and is progressing very well in the Sabre fleet – good stuff Lawrence.  

Darrell turned up for lunch and a chat as he is still recovering from an operation. Darrell hopes to be back on the water before Christmas.

The long awaited new wooden Sabre built by Mark Rimmington is nearing completion and should be on the water also before Christmas – We are all looking forward to Christening her soon – with Champagne....

Colin and Chris were unable to attend last week but will be back in force this weekend and it is hoped to have 8+ Sabres for this weekend

Lessons Learnt

Again it was a cloudy morning with a moderate breeze that squashed a little enthusiasm , a habit that should not be encouraged. As we have learnt in past weeks, the PM weather has no resemblance to the AM conditions and with that in mind, the rigging area should be full of boats. Here endth the first lesson.  

Sailing Diary

When I started up sailing again, Peter suggested that I start a diary on each race to help re learn skills and tactics I had forgotten. For those of you who have Big brothers you don’t always do what they say, but in this case I did and found it very helpful. It makes you sit down and critically analyse how you go about sailing

Date– Mordialloc

Wind & Conditions   - Light Southerly 5 - 7 knts

No. of boats                       - 8

Result                                    - 3rd

Race 5


  1. oWhat happened in the 5 minutes leading up to the start and the first 3 minutes after the gun. Were you at the correct ed, Clear air, no one immediately to leeward, no faster boats directly to windward etc etc
  2. oWhich way did you go and why, did it work out, where did the top bats go & why? How did you handle the wind shifts and waves. What tactics did you use and did they work?
  3. oTactics, waves other boats, gain or loose
  4. oTactics, waves other boats, gain or loose, has the wind changed direction
  5. oWhich way did you go and why, did it work out, where did the top bats go & why? How did you handle the wind shifts and waves. What tactics did you use and did they work?
  6. oTactics, waves other boats, gain or loose
  7. oThis is generally only a short beat to the finish but quite often you can pick up or loose a place, so Tactics are important

  1st Beat


2nd Reach

2nd Beat



Result              - 3rd

What I did well

  • 5R- Caught the little waves down wind
  • 5B- Found the extra pressure in the east side
  • A5O – Check all cord ends are sealed properly
  • A5O – Fix Main Sheet end
  • A5O – Clear Contact on side Deck, Longer cord on pencils, rule lines for Time and Wind Direction
  • 5P - Make sure you know which start you are.  
  • 5B – Anticipate waves better as was stopped by one when wind died. 
  • 5B – Look for wind on water




  • P = PRE-START [from when you arrive at the club]
  • S = START [includes first 5 minutes of beat]
  • B = BEAT
  • R = REACH / RUN
  • F = FINISH
  • O = OTHER observations eg. How other boats are set up, changes in conditions


Association News

NSW - Update from Wallagoot Sailing Club  Hi all,  There are 11 Sabres at Wallagoot Lake, though we usually only see 4 or 5 on any Saturday.The two stars of the class are Terry Kirby (2067 "let the wind") and Neil Fisher (1539 "windsong"), who race closely on the water and ...

For more see http://www.sabre.org.au/states/new-south-wales/news-nsw/510-update-from-wallagoot-sailing-club

WA - EFYC Sabre News - Nov 2015 On Saturday 7 November we had 13 starters, including Craig Nylund, a regular visitor from Safety Bay and a new visitor trying out the Association boat Tiwi. Two races were sailed in gusty conditions and both were won by Pete Coop. Following closely behind him were….,

For more see http://www.sabre.org.au/states/western-australia/news-wa

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This Week’s Sailing Quote

For the most part, a sailboat navigates through its world of wind and water not leaving a single trace of its passage. Nothing is consumed. Nothing is altered. The winds and the water are left in exactly the same condition for the next user. Sailing is forever.

-- Michael B. McPhee


Commodore Greg Gleason and Club members take delivery of a Hansa 303 from Sailability Victoria's Russell Phillips for their Friday sailing program.


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