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20160422Sabre Sailing National
 
 29th December 2017 - 4th January 2018
 
We look forward to welcoming you to Perth once again. 
If you missed out in 2013/2014 now is your chance to not miss out again on a great regatta!

 
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Venue: Perth Dinghy Sailing Club
 
Perth Dinghy Sailing Club (PDSC) is the perfect location for the Nationals. The club has hosted numerous state, national and world championship events since its inception in 1903. PDSC also hosted the successful 2013/2014 Sabre Nationals. Those from Black Rock VIC will also recognise the name of Andrew "Willo" Wilson who will be Commodore of PDSC in 17/18. 

Why come to the Nationals at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club
  • Great race management by experienced team
  • Family Atmosphere club
  • Perfect location - Very close to the city, on the way to the beaches & Fremantle, up the road from Kings Park Botanic Garden
  • Plenty of reasonable priced accomodation located across the road.  
  • Safe sailing area - racing will be held in Matilda Bay on the Swan River
  • Grassed rigging areas and close container storage area.
  • Easy beach launching access
  • Plenty of free parking
  • Spectators can watch the racing - close to shore/bay racing
  • Get a group together and organise to transport your Sabres in a container. 
  • Great social events planned
  • Put your bike in the container with your boat and go for rides around the extensive cycleways around the river, or ride into the city.
  • Book your flights now, the earlier you book the better the price.
  • Make a holiday of it and stay a few extra days prior to or after the regatta and visit the South West of WA or many of Perth's other attractions.

You may have heard there is construction going on at the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club.
Yes there is currently construction going on in the University of WA Car Park, behind the yacht club. This is Forrest Hall and when finished will be additional university accomodation. Please note however PDSC is still operating as normal and plenty of parking is available on club grounds. There is also still plenty of space for shipping container storage. Contruction will not affect this event and parking will not be a problem.

Accommodation Booking Information 
Click here to view accomodation booking information flyer.

St Georges College Booking Form

 Should you require assistance or additional information, please contact us via sabreswa1@iprimus.com.au 

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Each state will be holding State Championships and details including Notice of Race can be found in the State section of this website.

Alex McKinnon Photography has done a great job catching action shots of the regatta, even on the Invitation day when it was blown out! A selection of photos can be seen on http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com/sabre201617

Alex has also emailed shots for sale of their boat in action to individual competitors. A great compilation video of the action can also be seen on YouTube video https://youtu.be/tnOBG0ieoVI

The weather from the start of racing was interesting and varied to say the least. The invitation race was cancelled due to a strong northerly and gale warning. The first race of the series on Thursday 29 December took place in remarkable conditions with constant wind changes in direction and pressure; the heavens opened, boats filled with rain and the local suburbs were flooded. To add to the confusion, in the 65 boat fleet there were four black flag starts and 18 boats suffered maximum points for this misdemeanour.

The planned second race of the day was moved to the following day, giving three races in medium strength sea breezes. Following some strong advice by race officials, the subsequent starts were orderly, mainly under a U flag.

Day three saw a frustrating beginning when boats returned to shore due to the lack of breeze, but the planned two race sequence got underway some two hours later.  The completion of six races so far allowed one race to be dropped. This made some significant changes in the overall placings since several of the top sailors were able to drop their black flag points.

With three races of the nine race series to complete, the top positions in the 65 boat fleet were still well open.  In his first season in Sabres, youthful Black Rock Yacht Club sailor, James McLennan, led with a consistent first, two seconds and a third placing. Then followed South Australian, Mark Soulsby, Western Australian Scott Olsen, and James’ father, Gary McLennan in fourth place. Jon Holroyd of Victoria lay in fifth place and made up the three previous national champions in the top five positions. Many in the top 15 places were national champions in other classes.

The next day comprised two races sailed in a stronger sea breeze, with big seas providing plenty of thrills and some spills testing both boats and crews. This saw James McLennan edged out of his regatta leadership position, by double seconds from Western Australian, Scott Olsen.  A first and second place by Victorian Jon Holroyd put him in third position.

The final days racing was sailed in a 12 knot SW breeze and led to a thrilling finish.

Staring at 1pm in a building breeze, the race was taken out by Jon Holroyd. This gave Jon a one point lead for the series over Scott Olsen in second place with James McLennan in third and Gary in fourth. Then followed two South Australians, Ben Knoop and past national champion, Mark Soulsby.

Indicative of the close racing, first places in individual races were shared by five of the top seven finishers.

The strong contingent of 12 female skippers was tied on points by Black Rock’s Susannah Gillam and Fiona McCulloch, with Susannah edging ahead on countback.

Although the current 65 boats does not match the 130 that sailed in the nationals at the Blairgowrie beach destination in 2011, the quality throughout the 2016/17 series was extremely high and competition for positions was intense.  Sailors enjoyed the close racing and big fleet buzz.

Next year the nationals will be contested on Perth’s Swan River, hosted by Perth Dinghy Club. More information can be seen by clicking here.

As well as the intense but friendly sailing competition at all levels on the waters of Port Phillip Bay, we have lined up a great social program.

We also have excellent prizes and auction items provided by our generous supporters. Please support them when in the Black Rock area or for your general sailing needs.

We plan to have substantial photography and media coverage coordinated by Alex McKinnon Photograhy.

Harold Medd will shortly send directions to reach Black Rock Primary School, Arkaringa Cres where we have arranged trailer parking for the duration of the event. Cars can be free parked in the side streets off Beach Road, 5 minutes walk from the club. Drop your gear at the club, park up the hill and take a short stroll back to your boat.

For Nationals Facebook updates, we plan to use the Vic page of Facebook. On the website front page, click Facebook, then click on the Vic page. Alternatively, click here.

For up to date results throughout the Nationals, please click here.

Sabres participated for the first time in the Sailing World Cup, Melbourne as an invited class. We chose to have seven races on Port Phillip Bay over a three day period with 28 Sabres entering  from three states.  In addition to the buzz of competing in a major regatta, the series was an ideal warm up for the Sabre Australian Championships at Black Rock Yacht Club 28 December 2016 to 3 January 2017.

Friday 9 December started with heavy winds and a forecast that they would reduce later in the day. As a result, the planned 3pm start of the first race was postponed until 4pm. In fact it didn’t get away until 5pm due to a series of general recalls of the preceding 420 and various Laser classes. Although the wind had reduced to 20 knots, big, lumpy seas were the order of the day, making for plenty of thrills and spills.

BRYC heavy weather specialist, Tim Van Der Veen, 1948 took out honours in both races with Nick Mouat in his new boat coming second.  Murray O’Brien from McCrae YC and Gary McLennan from Black Rock shared the third placings. James McLennan (BRYC) stayed in touch with the leaders in the first day with fourth and sixth placings.

After the day’s racing a long, exhilarating reach to shore saw tired and sore sailors arriving back at St Kilda base about 7pm. A big day!

Three races were scheduled for day 2, Saturday. Fortunately the wind had abated to 10-12 knots and the racing was tight. Again, earlier class starts with several general recalls, meant that Sabres spent considerable and frustrating time waiting for their starts. A long day of sailing but not as strenuous on the body! The lighter conditions suited James McLennan to take out first placing in all three races and assume the lead for the regatta. James was in his first season with Sabres and had been a national champion in other classes. No doubt he had been listening to his Father, Gary who was also has national championship pedigree.

Day three had a scheduled start of 11am but we again started an hour later with the first of two races for the day. The sea breeze was some 12-15 knots, making for a range of conditions for the series.  In race 1, James had another win and with a third in the final race, took out first prize for a difficult and testing regatta. Father Gary was second with Nick Mouat (a previous Sabre national champion) , one point behind, third. Murray O’Brien who sailed a consistent series took out fourth position.

A strong contingent of seven female skippers was led home by BRYC’s Susannah Gillam, then Lisa Barrand from McCrae YC and Wendy Wilson from Somers YC.

It was an enjoyable and testing series. The race and series results can be seen here.

black rock Pic The Sabres return to Black Rock for the 2016-17 National Championships -  Dates 28th Dec to 3rd January. Over 100 competitors from all ranges of the  sailing spectrum are expected to attend.

 Whether your first nationals or a seasoned competitor all are welcome to  compete. For more details about Black Rock and thing to do in the wider  Melbourne environment Click here.

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  Congatulations to the Tasmanian Sabre Association and
  the Derwent Sailing Squadron for a great regatta. 
  Racing was tight across the ten races, and the winner was
  only decided on the last race of the last day with
 Craig McPhee eventually able to secure the silverware.
 For full detials Click Here
 

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