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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

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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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The Victorian championship is fast approaching and is a little earlier than normal.
Elwood SC is very keen to host a large fleet of Sabres and have worked with SSAV 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 8th Feb 2019 - no exceptions.
The requirement for boats entered to have a valid measurement certificate will be rigidly enforced.


Online ENTRY

Victorian Membership

 For those who have not yet paid your 2018-19 membership fees, please do so by clicking on the following TryBooking link. Victorian Sabre sailors must have membership to compete in the Victorian State Championship.

Adult membership is $30, Youth (18 Yrs and under) is $25 or Family membership is $35.
Life and Honorary members should still register, though no fee is payable.
Please renew or join for the first time, using our online facility at Trybooking.com


McCrae Yacht Club will be holding a major regatta on the 26th and 27th Jan 2019, sponsored by Ronstan. The NOR is yet to be published however it starts on the Saturday at 13:30 with three heats on the Saturday and on Sunday. Sponsored by Ronstan there are good prizes to be won. A pies and lamingtons lunch from 12 noon is available which must be booked prior to the event. https://www.trybooking.com/book/event.There will be a BYO BBQ after racing Saturday. Regatta entry is $30 until Dec 31st or $50 after that. Booking by Try Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event

It will be a great run up to the Sabre Vic States to be held at Elwood SC on 9,10 February 2019 - so get your entries in to both fun regattas.

Australia Day Regatta

Black Rock’s Sabre fleet ran a coaching day last Saturday in some interesting wind conditions. Jarka Kluth and Bruce Abbott, ably assisted by Steve Douglas, Geoff Dresser and Harold Medd, drew upon their sailing knowledge and techniques to focus on sail set up, boat speed and handling. It started with a short classroom session followed by two on water sessions, all supported by two RIB’s with Jarka coaching from one with Steve and Bruce in the other.

14 Sabres, including two Vic Association boats took part and were joined by 125’s. Participants covered a broad range of experience, ranging from quite recent through to seasoned sailors. In the morning’s light northerly, we sailed between four in line buoys, focussing on roll tacking, gybing and 180’s. It was a short, busy race course, full of boats; good experience in preparation for the Vic State Championships next February where we expect some 60 participants.

After a lunchtime debrief accompanied by Geoff’s delicious sausages, the team was again about to take to the water when a 30knot front came through from the north. This would have been an interesting time to test our heavy wind sailing techniques however, caution prevailed and the session was postponed for 30 minutes.

The front subsided again to a light breeze which progressively swung into the west. We organised three short windward return races. Unfortunately for Glen Abbott, there were no prizes for first. Particularly in the case of the newer sailors, considerable improvement was seen.

Overall, the day was well received and attended and continues to build on our sailing capability. Our inclusive, welcoming and sharing culture aims to get the back of the fleet to improve its skills and challenge the fleet leaders. Thanks to the volunteers who made it happen.

Further sailing tips can be seen on the Sabre website: http://www.sabre.org.au/about-us/sailing-tips-youtube-clips






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