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16 Sabres braved the annual Albert SC regatta, held in an invigorating 13 degrees midwinter Melbourne. We were part of a big mixed fleet of sailing craft, making for testing but friendly mark rounding. Officials ran three minute rolling starts, often coping with 20 degree wind shifts.

Sailing conditions ranged from a 5kt south westerly during the two Saturday afternoon races and a 10 to 15kt northerly for the four races on Sunday. Close racing ensured with the first three Sabres in one race finishing within one boat length.

Results favoured the local ASC boats with Geoff Saliba edging out his club colleague, Anthony Berger by one point overall. Then a gap to third skipper, Bruce Abbott followed by Geoff Dresser and Harold Medd, all from Black Rock.

All agreed that the conditions kept us on our toes with positions changing through each race. Wind holes and swings made each skipper work hard to hold their position and capitalise on others misfortunes. It was a great test of tactics and alertness and added to our store of knowledge and cunning!

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Please click here to download the 2017 NSW State Championships Notice of Race.

Hi Sabre Sailors,

Please click here to access the Notice of Race for the 2017 Queensland  Sabre Sailing Association State Championships.

They are to be held on 18-19 March 2017 at Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club.




Jervoise Bay Winter Race

8 Sabres traveled to Jervoise Bay SC for one of their winter series races on Sunday 25 June. 

The setting was beautiful, an open expanse of calm water, with a large grassed rigging area. Most of the contestants were catamarans, apart from the Sabres from PDSC and EFYC and a lone International Canoe (I last saw one of those 60 years ago!).

The first race took place in about 8 knots, but with calm water and steady in direction. Due to the late arrival of 2 Sabres the fleet was somewhat depleted. The first leg to the windward mark was close, with Gavin West, an ex-local sailor in the lead after the wing mark. He was gradually overhauled by Peter Johnston and at the leeward gate, most of the fleet chose to go left, led by Peter, while Gavin and Bill Gilham, went left. This proved correct and Gavin finished well ahead of Peter in second, followed by Bill.

For the second race, 3 more Sabres joined us. The wind had shifted south easterly,  giving a strong port tack bias. Most of the fleet started on the leeward end and tacked unto port, while Peter Johnston found a gap in the middle and tacked early. He and Pete Coop were level, until there was a 10 degree header, which put Peter around the windward mark first. Then the wind died and boats behind crept over the leaders. Gavin got to the wing mark first, Peter in 5th place.

The long downwind leg to the gate saw Gavin move ahead with 4 boats vying for places behind. At the gybe mark Gavin was first, followed closely by Peter and Pete. The beat to the finish saw places change as pressure and shifts helped, though Gavin held the lead. At the finish, Gavin narrowly lead across the finish line, followed by Peter, then Pete and Ian James.

As the wind died, racing was abandoned with Gavin leading with 2 firsts, followed by Peter with 2 seconds.

It was interesting to sail in an ocean setting, with Sabres from PDSC and EFYC. Jervious Bay certainly is an exceptionally attractive place to sail. It is said to be protected from the SWly sea breeze in summer, but who knows? Catamarans love the strong winds, but how would it be for Sabres?  I wonder.

Don't forget the next Winter Series races at EFYC on Saturday 15 July at 2 pm..  Come and end join us and experience the different sailing conditions in Blackwall Reach, they will  challenge your sailing knowledge.

Peter Johnston

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Sailing and Event Calendar for the 2016/2017 Season   
Event  Date Club Time
Pre-season Training (Day 1) 24/09/2016 Adelaide Sailing Club 9:30am
Pre-season Training (Day 2) 25/09/2016 Adelaide Sailing Club 10:00am
Measurement Night (1) 14/10/2016 Brighton & Seacliff YC 7:00pm
Measurement Night (2) 21/10/2016 Adelaide Sailing Club 7:00pm
State Championships Heats 1 & 2 26/11/2016 Largs Bay Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championships Heats 3 & 4 27/11/2016 Largs Bay Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championships Heats 5 & 6 04/02/2017 Wallaroo Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championships Heats 7 & 8 05/02/2017 Wallaroo Sailing Club 12:00noon
State Championships Heats resails 1 & 2 12/02/2017 Adelaide Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championship Presentation Function 
Annual General Meeting



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