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Australia's most popular one design single handed class. The fun Single hander that is easy to sail but difficult to master.

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Last week, the office bearers of the SSAA got together for a meeting at which we invited well known Sabre builder Brett Young of YMS to present his views and ideas. Brett has been building Sabres for 27 years, and has a strong background in measurement rules and processes.
Many of you will be aware that Brett has been quite vocal over the past year in relation to his concerns regarding the Sabre measurement rules and the absence of a requirement that builders and moulds be licensed by the Association. We therefore felt that the best outcome was to invite Brett to a meeting where we could hear his input in detail and discuss the issues.
It was a good meeting with quite a lot of ground covered and it was good to see that we had consensus with many – indeed most of Brett’s ideas. Others will need more thought. Obviously any new proposals or rule changes will need to go to the state associations for voting. Click here for the minutes of the meeting & Brett’s material presented ahead of the meeting.

This is very important.  The Sabre Association Constitution has some problems and needs to be rectified urgently.  We need to have a quorum at the Annual General Meeting to pass a special resolution to put things right. For timing of the meeting see the next item 'Sabre Coaching BRYC'.

Link to Notice of AGM 2014

Entries have opened here http://www.westernport.yachting.org.au

NOR here http://www.westernport.yachting.org.au

There are limited places with a great list of coaches- hope interested Sabres will enter before the Lasers and Opties take all the places!


There appears to be a degree of misunderstanding regarding the 40 amendments to rules that came into effect in Feb 2014.
This in part seems to stem from comments at the Perth AGM and from various website forum posts.
 
The facts are that a properly constituted Special General Meeting of SSAA held 30 Nov 2013 and conducted by post, carried  motions to amend the rules of the Sabre Dinghy.
Although passed, the amendments consciously did not come into effect until 1 Feb 2014 and in two cases, 15 Feb 2014.
A note was put on the website before the WA Nationals to this effect which also seems to have been missed or ignored.
 
Stocks of the Building Notes, Fit-out Guide and Rules manual that were printed in Aug 2011 still exist. This manual plus a printout of the 40 rule amendments have been issued to every new build applicant this calendar year.  The amendments will be incorporated in the next re-print of the manual.
As an aside, 31 sail numbers have been issued this year, of which 18 (58%) are for self-built timber boats, the majority of which are in Hobart.
 
Please see -

Link to Rule amendments that were effective Feb 2014

Barry Eastgate
Secretary SSAA

To
Secretaries and Presidents of State Sabre Associations of NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
SSAA Committee of Management.

A Special General Meeting is called to vote on a proposal to change the Rules of Measurement of the Sabre Dinghy; please refer to the attached Notice of the SGM which contains the proposal and to the attached voting form.

Background is included in the preamble to the Notice in the attachment.
State associations should consider the proposal and advise their two delegates on how their State wishes to vote.

The SGM will be conducted by email or mail (preference being email).
I suggest that State Secretaries scan both delegate voting forms and return to me by email; preferably before the designated time and date of the SGM.

Link to formal Notice of Meeting and proposed amendment

Kind regards
Barry Eastgate
Secretary, SSAA

The Sabre Class has a proud and passionate history that stretches back to 1975. It has seen many custodians at National and State levels over the years who have tirelessly, faithfully and freely given their time skill and dedication to making the Class stronger and ensuring the legacy of the Sabre continues. The current custodians are no different; a group of genuine like-minded individuals whose collective will, intellect and integrity is intended to safeguard the class.

All current Sabre officials, be they measurers, delegates or committee members always act with one single purpose in mind: To act in the best interest of the class and for no personal gain.

With that in mind, it is with extreme disappointment that the website forum has been overwhelmed with posts from some particular individuals that do not share these values. It is a sad state of affairs that members have deemed it necessary to contact both National and State Committee members to either formally or informally express their concerns over the tone and ‘non-sabre values’ that have appeared on various parts of the forum since Nov 2013; to a point where some have questioned if they still want to be members.

Some of these posts are personalised, immature, vitriolic and, most importantly, baseless in their statements and content. The Sabre class has been very successful in recent years but with that success challenges will invariably arise.

Importantly, positive challenge is healthy; however the current activity within the group is far from that. Despite repeated statements and notices from the Sabre National and State Groups to be clear, transparent and collaborative in their implementation of processes to prevent the construction of boats that will damage the class, we continually see factual manipulation to suit personal agendas and the commercial interests of some individuals.

The Australian Sabre Website is hosted by the Sabre Association of Australia (SSAA) and is heavily subsidised by the Victorian association (SSAV). Despite an expectation that sanity would eventually prevail there appears to be no end to the immaturity and misinformation that is being posted to the forum.

The National Executive has decided that the forum requires careful moderation to ensure only factual information and non-derogatory comments are posted. Therefore we are making the following changes:

  • ‘Guestmember’ access is removed meaning that people wishing to post to the forum must register as Sabre Website members (this is quite separate to being a member of your State Association). Although a pseudonym may be used, administrators reserve the right to publish names against posts considered against the ‘spirit’ of the class.
  • We reserve the right to remove forum posts considered detrimental to the Class.
  • We reserve the right to deny access to individuals who continue to use the forum in a negative fashion towards the intent of the class and/or association.
  • Provide more regular website official communication to members.

The South Australian Sabres are running an open regatta in conjunction with the AIRS regatta held at Adelaide Sailing Club in March. We would encourage interstate sailors to consider heading over to Adelaide as a lead up to the next nationals.

Accommodation will need to be booked early as it's a long weekend in Adelaide and also what we refer to as "Mad March" (not alot happens in little ol' Adelaide, except in March...haha). There is a link to accommodation on the Adelaide Sailing Club website but if anyone has any problems please let us know and we will be happy to help.

Further information is here.

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