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The 2016 Sabre Sailing Association Western Australia “Opening Days Series” will be held on various dates (with five heats and the best of three heats to count). The races will be conducted by East Fremantle Yacht Club, Perth Dinghy Sailing Club, Maylands Yacht Club, Safety Bay Yacht Club and Royal Perth Yacht Club on their Opening Days. 
The purpose of the regatta is to help promote the Sabre class at Yacht Club Opening Days and encourage participation in the Opening Day races. 2016 is the inaugural series and we are anticipating this will be a recurring series for the Sabre class.
All Sabre Sailors are welcome and no entry requirements apply.
For the Notice of Race please click here
Notice to Competitors - Change to Orignal Notice of Race click here
EFYC Racing Commences 2.30pm
SBYC Racing Commences 2.00pm
MYC Racing Commences 2.00pm
PDSC Racing Commences 2.30pm
Opening Day Series Poster Web

A cold day and late morning rain put a dampener on racing but 3 hardy Sabre souls, a handful of Lasers and a Mirror faced two starts in a good south/south east breeze. The finishing order looked to be the same in both races - Pete Johnston, Steve Knight, Bruce Lee. Steve was able to get in front of Pete in race 1 only to be passed downwind. Pete and Steve had some good close tussles in both races with Bruce keeping in touch all day too.

Chris Holyday

MYC Winter H3 3

MYC Winter H3 1

MYC Winter H3 2

Winter Centreboard Racing at EFYC
For the first of the Winter Series races to be sailed, on Saturday 11 June (the May scheduled race was cancelled due to stormy weather), 10 Sabre dinghies came to the starting line. They included 3 visitors, from Perth Dinghy Club, Safety Bay SC and Trevor Holm all the way from Walpole.

Two races were sailed in light to moderate ENE winds. The first race saw the fleet beat from the Club start line to Blackwall Reach mark, then to Mosman Buoy, back to Blackwall, then returning to Mosman Buoy, after which they returned to the finish. The forecast shift of the wind to the North did not eventuate, so the Blackwall/Mosman leg became a reach, rather than the hoped-for beat. First was Scott Olsen (SBYC), followed by Pete Coop and Bill Gilham (PDSC).

The second race was shortened with the windward leg to Blackwall and back to the Outer Start mark, twice, as the wind steadily dropped. This saw Pete Coop reverse the placings in the first race, with a convincing win, followed by Scott Olsen in second place, while Simon Walker sailed a gritty race against Scott, securing third place.
The final result for the day was Scott Olsen and Pete Coop sharing 1st place (they were 1st and 2nd in the State Championships, while Scott was the National Champion 2 years ago). Simon Walker took 3rd place.

Sabres at EFYC

The Sabre fleet remains strong at EFYC. We have been having average of 5 boats in training races on a weekday and also at weekends, with a record of 8 one weekend, in the winter. This enthusiasm is reflected in the improvement that we see where sailors sail regularly.
There have been some recent changes of boat ownership. At present there are only a few Sabres available for sale. Josh Preston, who was a keen sailor until injuries and commitments to his daughter Isobel, took over, has put his Sabre on sale. Scott Olney has a new Red Tip Sabre for sale at a very competitive price. Contact him to negotiate this.

Two new sailors will be joining us next season, Ed Bannerman is having a boat built by Craig Nyland and another ex-catamaran sailor has bought a wooden boat from PDSC.

We are looking forward to an exciting and competitive next season.

Peter Johnston

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