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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.

The 39th Sabre State Championship is being hosted by Somers Yacht Club (SsYC) on Westernport Bay 22nd to 23rd February 2014.
This is an ‘open’ championship and any 2013/14 financial member of a State Sabre association may enter and be eligible for all prizes.

Entry is by registering through Trybooking or by returning a hard copy entry form in the Notice of Race (NOR).

Link: http://www.trybooking.com/73288

If you are Victorian and are not a 2013/14 financial member (website membership DOES NOT constitute being a Financial member) then you may renew or become a financial member of Sabre Sailing Association of Victoria through the following Trybooking link. http://www.trybooking.com/58633

 

DOWNLOAD THE NOTICE OF RACE

DOWNLOAD THE SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

CURRENT LIST OF ENTRIES (21/02/2014)

RESULTS

Thank you for your time put into considering the proposed rule changes.
All proposals were passed…generally by a very clear majority.
The closest voting was proposal 4 (mast step material and moveable mast step) which passed 8 / 4.
Interestingly, the mast step material would have passed 100% based on verbal feedback if separated from the moveable step which was the contentious part of that proposal.
While it is officially only 2 delegates per State that can vote, State committees put a lot of effort into discussion and guidance to the delegates on how the State wished to vote.
Vic, Tas and NSW voted yes to every proposal.

The new rules will be effective 1 Feb 2014.
Once the rules have been updated, the complete set will be published on the website and of course will still be issued with new boat number allocations.

The big task now is to get the rules updated which I can assure you is very time consuming.

Link to Review of Sabre Rules - Voting Results

Click here to download - Sabre Rules…Motions to be considered by State Associations

The need to review our construction and measurement rules was signalled by immediate past National Measurer Phillip Johnson and current National Measurer John Dixon over a year ago. John conducted the initial review followed by input from experienced people from each State over the past 12 months. Professional builders and sailmakers were invited to provide input but no formal responses were received. Some ideas provided verbally by a few builders have been included. There are 42 motions to amend the Construction, Fit out Notes and Rules of measurement. None of the proposed changes are intended to affect existing boat measurement status. One of the objects of the review was to tie measurements and methods of measurements to ISAF guidelines where feasible.

Members of State Associations are invited to review the attached motions for amendment to our rules and provide feedback to their State Associations (to State Secretaries). A Special General Meeting has been called for 30 November 2013 (postal voting cutoff). Each State has 2 votes by delegates appointed by their State association and motions are carried by simple majority. The National President in his capacity as chair of the SGM may cast a deciding vote in the case of a tied vote.
Whilst close of voting is 30 November 2013, it is intended that carried motions will not come into effect until 1 Feb 2014 after the WA Australian titles.

"Note: Motion number 6“ Gunwales and overall length measurement (proposal 10) was withdrawn on 22 October 2013. See the revised motions for amendment to the rules…link below

Barry Eastgate
Secretary SSAA

Click here to download - Sabre Rules…Motions to be considered by State Associations

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