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Russell Bates

This year we broke with tradition by not holding the state championship over the Labour Day long weekend - in favour of a 2-day format. At this stage, we're tentatively calling the change a success, with our entry numbers climbing to 47 up from the average in the past 2 years of mid-thirties. We got 4 of the 5 races sailed - which meant that we not only had a 'series' but it also meant that competitors got to 'drop' their worst race in calculating their result.

We had to cancel racing on Saturday afternoon owing to the thunderstorm activity across the bay. For the rest of the weekend though, we had winds averaging around 15 knots and a nice big swell to provide something different for the many competitors that do most of their sailing on flat water ! All races were over 'short' courses of a triangle / windward-return / half - beat to the finish; with races lasting about an hour each.

It was great to see 4 of the lads from Hobart make the journey up to Melbourne just for the regatta - one ute, towing a trailer with 3 Sabres on it + one on the roof; over on the Friday night ferry and back on the Sunday night ferry. That's commitment !

Special 'congratulations' to our 14, 15 and 16 year old juniors who took part in the series - Daniel Franke (14),  Robbie Graham (14), Louise Watson (15), Johanna Morgan (16) and Tom Bateman (16).  The Sabre is a big boat when you're that age, three races in a day is a fair bit of racing, and 47 boats makes for a lot of boats on the start line. So well done to you all, and we really look forward to seeing you again at our training weekend in October, and next year at the Blairgowrie titles.



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