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The SABRE was designed in 1974 by Rex Fettell who also designed the MINNOW and as at May 2004 close to 2,000 boat plans have been issued.

It is arguably the largest single-handed non olympic class in Australia with 36 clubs sailing the SABRE in Victoria and strong fleets in South Australia Western Asutralia, Tasmania, NSW and QLD.

The largest fleets in Victoria are at Black Rock YC, Blairgowrie YS, Mordialloc SC, Albert Park YC, Albert Park S.C., McCrae YC, Elwood SC and Williamstown SC.

The Class has contributed significantly to the sailing scene, particularly in Victoria, as one of the most active supporters of V.Y.C. activities. As a training class for future world class sailors the Sabre is second to none.

Sabre sailors who have done well on the world sailing scene;

- Owen McMahon

470 Olympic rep, Australian sabre champion 1988.

- Stuart Wallace

Laser World Champion & Olympic rep (x3)

- Sarah Blanck

World Womens Laser Radial Champ 1997, World Europe champion 2002 and Olympic rep 2004 (Europe).

- Melannie Dennison

Olympic rep 2000 (Europe)

- Stewart Rose

LW Sharpie Australian champion 3 times.

- Krystal Weir

Lasre Champion, Olympic Rep Yingling Class 2008

The majority of young skippers in the VYC State Squad for the past 10 years have been SABRE and ex-SABRE skippers. The Sabre has been the most represented class at the annual schools regatta over the past 10 years.

Class Championships cater for all age groups with trophies awarded to the first 5 places in the OPEN category as well as the first three places in the following categories:-

OPEN - Overall

LADIES - Ladies Overall

JUNIOR - Less than 18 years old

SENIOR - 18 and less than 40 years old

MASTER - 40 and less than 50 years old

GRAND MASTER - 50 and less than 60 years old

VETERAN - 60 years and less than 70

SUPER VETERANS - Over 70 - The most impressive class in the fleet !

Division trophies are also generally awarded in championships when there are appropriately high entries. Divisions are usually determined by results in the first two or three races.

In the past few years entries in the Victorian State Championship have ranged between 50 and 100 boats and the 2004 Australian Championship hosted by Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron attracted a record equalling 100 Sabres

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