The Vic states will be hosted by Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club at Paynesville over the Moomba long weekend in March (7 to 9th). Refer to the attached Notice of Race for details and associated entry form. NOR
The Nationals at Safety beach saw the 2nd biggest Sabre fleet since 1992 with 80 entrants taking part. It was a very succesful regatta both on the water as well as off the water. Whilst most of the racing was in stonger breezes we still completed all 9 races plus an Invitation race without having to use a single resail session. Competitors were treated to the brand new Safety Beach club house and rigging area, and these equal or better those anywhere else on the bay. The Association also put on 4 social functions during the week, and the great food and live music was a real highlight of the week.
Racing at all levels of the fleet was superb, and no less so than amongst the top 5 place-getters who put on a fantastic display of sailing. The result was not decided until the last beat of the last race, with only a point separating the first two boats, and the next 3 just a handful of points behind that. Elsewhere in the fleet saw a surge in jnior numbers, with 10 entries - a really stong indicator of the health of the class.
The Association would like to thank all the sponsors who gave generously and helped make for a fantastic event via supplying cash and prizes for the competitors. Sponsors include:
Overall winners were as follows:
1. Alex Newman BRYC
2. Callum Burns BYS
3. Wayne Bates BYS
4. Alan Riley BYS
5. Chris Dance BRYC
6. Russell Rooney BRYC
7. Matt Westland LSC Tas
8. John Gratton BSYC SA
9. Andy McIntyre BYS
10.Dean Francis BSYC
Ladies Fiona McCulloch BRYC
Juniors Robbie Graham BYS
Seniors Alex Newman BRYC
Masters Callum Burns BYS
Grand Masters Matt Westland LSC
Veterans John Gratton BSYC
Well done to all competitors, and we look forward to seeing all competitors when we next assemble in Bellerive in Hobart.
For full results - AVAILABLE FROM evening of 5 JAN refer
The Annual General Meeting for the Sabre association will be held on the 2nd January 2009 (Friday) from 9 am at Safety Beach Sailing Club. All members are actively encourage to attend and participate in the event.
Here is the Social program for the nationals - as you can see - lots of activities planned. Note that the start time for teh welcome dinner will be closer to 6pm not 7pm. Social Program and SI's
Safety Beach Nationals latest 24 Dec
We've reached 80 entries and the organisers are breathing a sigh of relief ! We've also wrapping up the sponsorship side of the regatta - and what a wonderful week awaits competitors on that front ! Sails from Irwin & Quantum, foils bag by Hooper, masts & booms from John Dixon at Iecon Boats, a wide range of sailing gear from Zhik, Wilderness Wear and Burke, fittings & gear from Ronstan, wines from premium local winery Tuck's Ridge; foil & gear bags from South Eastern Sails, a rudder blade from Frecheville/Heaney Boats and a huge helping hand from Brett Young at YMS and the Bonee Doon Hotel to fund our 2 party nights - and a rudder and centreboard from YMS for good measure !We'll give some away as door prizes, some as prizes to category winners, and some we'll auction. Let's just say you need to be there to share in the goodies!
20th Feb - 1st March includes Sabre sailing and will be held at Geelong this year. Age to enter is 35 plus and fleet of 44 + are expected. Entries close early December so act now to enter.
More info and to enter refer to the website: www.australianmastersgames.com
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