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16 Sabres braved the annual Albert SC regatta, held in an invigorating 13 degrees midwinter Melbourne. We were part of a big mixed fleet of sailing craft, making for testing but friendly mark rounding. Officials ran three minute rolling starts, often coping with 20 degree wind shifts.

Sailing conditions ranged from a 5kt south westerly during the two Saturday afternoon races and a 10 to 15kt northerly for the four races on Sunday. Close racing ensured with the first three Sabres in one race finishing within one boat length.

Results favoured the local ASC boats with Geoff Saliba edging out his club colleague, Anthony Berger by one point overall. Then a gap to third skipper, Bruce Abbott followed by Geoff Dresser and Harold Medd, all from Black Rock.

All agreed that the conditions kept us on our toes with positions changing through each race. Wind holes and swings made each skipper work hard to hold their position and capitalise on others misfortunes. It was a great test of tactics and alertness and added to our store of knowledge and cunning!

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Although winter conditions are now upon us, Sabre sailing doesn’t stop. Keep sailing to maintain your fitness and enthusiasm; also to bring you up to speed. It’s a great opportunity to sail against boats that you’re not used to and to again meet up with old friends.

Here are the sailing dates and regattas of note that are coming up.

Black Rock YC Icicle series: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May, 3rd June.  

The first race each day is at 1330. Sabre coaching is planned for the mornings of 13 and 27 May, details yet to be decided. Entry fees for non BRYC members are $10 each day. The NOR will shortly be on the BRYC website http://www.bryc.com.au

Zhik Sorrento SC regatta: 10th, 11th June.

This is a multiclass 10 race short course regatta with coaching. Entry fee including a beanie is $20 for each boat. Briefing on Saturday is at 1030 and the first race starts 1200. Race details here and the NOR can be seen here.

Albert SC Winter Regatta: 24th and 25th June. Details on ASC website in May.

Mordialloc SC Winter Regatta: 26th and 27th August. Winter Trophy presentation.

Teams Racing

Victorian Sabres had their annual teams race on Saturday 18 March at Mordialloc Sailing Club. The successful team members were Phil Balcome, Susannah Gillam, Fiona McCulloch and Megan Delange, who had to leave before the team photo. As well as good looks, Phil provided additional strength and direction to the team, and the ladies were prepared to grant him the title of "defacto lady".

Prior to the racing, Russell Rooney, our Vic Sabre President, gave an interesting and informative interactive talk on areas for Sabre sailing improvement.

In the afternoon, two races took place in a light and variable sea breeze and overall results were decided on placing of the top three of each four member team. Teams were selected to include skippers in each team from various clubs, each with a wide range of experience and abilities so that we aim for even racing across the spectrum.

The ladies team won comfortably on points, or as Fiona said, "we smashed em'.

It was a very enjoyable event and thanks to Peter White and the Mordialloc Sailing Club for their organisation and hospitality..

This is the event for everyone where anyone can be a winner.  Its all about having fun and meeting other Sabre sailors.  Whatever your ability come along and join in.  You will probably get a bit of help on the way. 

Put it in your diary.  Entry details later

Congratulations to Black Rock’s Tim Van der Veen on winning the Victorian Sabre Championship at Somers Yacht Club on Westernport in a 60 boat fleet. Tim dropped a second placing to finish with an unbeatable four firsts. BRYC’s Gary McLennan was second on countback from Murray O'Brien of McCrae Yacht Club who was third overall.

It was a windy weekend of sailing with all five heats held in the 15 to 22 knot range. Taking after her father, Kiera Bates performed well in the heavy conditions to win the Ladies division. Ethan O’Brien won the well contested youth division.

Thank you to all the officials and crew at Somers Yacht Club for putting on a fantastic regatta!

Click here for full results

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