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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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Montalto Womens on Water Coaching Regatta, Westernport YC 10th 11th November 2018

Cairn Curran Regatta 17th 18th November 2018

Go for Gold 24th 25th November 2018 Black Rock YC

Sabre Nationals 2019 5th to 11th Jan 2019 Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron

Sabre Victorian State Championships 9th 10th Feb, 2019 Elwood Sailing Club

 Teams Racing at Mordialloc SC 23rd Feb 2019

Sorrento Mid Winter Regatta. Sorrento Couta Boat Club. June long weekend 2019

Albert SC regatta 15,16 June 2019

Please note, coaching this year will be held at individual yacht clubs rather than a central location.

Join us for a fun morning of learning skills related to simple boat repairs. Jim Scott, long time boat builder and repairs expert will be taking us through some common repair processes which will help us take more control of our own boat maintenance!

WHEN: 22nd July 10am-1pm

WHERE: Black Rock Yacht Club

COST: $15 includes a light lunch

RSVP: jarkakluth@gmail.com or susannahgillam@yahoo.com

QUESTIONS?: email Jarka or Susannah!

Numbers are capped to ensure each participant gets hands on training, so RSVP promptly!

The John Seeber Memorial Sabre Teams Race was successfully conducted at Mordialloc on Saturday 7th April with 16 boats divided into 4 mixed teams of (hopefully) equal skills. The weather was light with a 3-5 knot southerly veering to a south easterly that eventually faded to near nothing by the end of the race.

Number 1 and 2 members of each team sailed a slightly longer course on the first lap. This gave the number 3 and 4 team members the experience of being at the sharp end of the fleet whilst giving the more experienced sailors the taste of being in the latter half of the fleet for at least some part of the race.

The fleet was  well bunched up at the end of the first race providing a good result for this type of format.It's a format that would work at club races as it encourages Sabre members in the second half of the fleet to gain experience and continue to turn up each week.

There was only 4 points between 1st and 3rd teams that showed that the team selection process does work.

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The 2018 Sabre Teams Race Winners from the left are:

Harold Medd (BRYC), Rod Dingfelder (MSC), Chris Thorpe (MSC) and Bruce Abbott (BRYC – absent)

The Teams trophy was presented along with the Photo album displaying previous race winners going back to 2014. 

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Name Sail No. Race 1 Race 2 Drop one
First
Harold 2003 13 13 0
Chris 1558 4 5 9
Bruce A. 2065 5 10 15
Rod 1157 7 4 11
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Second
Peter 2103 6 11 17
Wynson 2100 2 2 4
Bill 2046 10 15 10
Greg 1457 17 6 6
37
Third
Colin 1903 9 7 16
Susannah 2039 1 1 2
John 1120 15 16 0
Tony 142 12 9 21
39
Fourth
Geoff D. 2054 3 14 3
Bruce D. 1750 8 3 11
Simon 1312 11 8 19
Geoff Saliba 1333 14 12 12
45

 

The top 3 boats from each team of 4 scores points.

Peter White
Mordialloc 

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