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While most Victorians holidayed last weekend, seven Victorian Sabre sailors travelled to Wallagoot Lake Boat Club near Tathra to join in the NSW Sabre State Titles. We all had a great time at a beautiful venue although the winds were probably a bit lighter than most of us had hoped, mainly in the 5 to 8 knot range. Racing was best four of five races over two days.

Murray O'Brien (McCYC) followed up his second in the recent Sabre Nationals, winning the event with three first placings. The battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th was extremely close with only 0.5 of a point separating them! In the end Liam O'Brien (McCYC) scored 2nd on countback from Bruce Abbott 3rd (BRYC), with Barry Eastgate (MMYC) in 4th. Victorians showed their talent by taking out the top six places. Wendy Atkins and Aurora Paterson led the NSW team, gaining 7th and 8th places.

Positions changed quickly in the very light air in the last leg of the last heat when Liam spotted some pressure to the left and went for it, managing to just win the race and gain 2nd place overall. Thanks to Wallagoot Lake Boat Club and the N.S.W. Sabre Association for having us!

It was a friendly and sharing event, a forerunner of interstate competition in the future. All competitors agreed that they will again travel to the event in March 2020 and will bring others.

Sabre NSW 2019 results

Sabre 4

Sabre 1

Murray Pres

25 Sabres battled it out on Wallagoot Lake for the NSW Sabre Titles, the best numbers for a championship regatta for 35 years in NSW. 8 capable Victorian Sailors supporting the event added to this success. It provided the critical mass and competitive edge we need in NSW to move our sailing to another level. 

There were three outstanding stories. The first one was that our sailing in NSW has a way to go to meet the standards of the top Victorian sailors. The ‘Vics’ took out the first six places Murray O'Brien (McCYC) followed up his second in the recent Sabre Nationals, winning the event with three first placings. The battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th was extremely close with only 0.5 of a point separating them! In the end Liam O'Brien (McCYC) scored 2nd on countback from Bruce Abbott 3rd (BRYC), with Barry Eastgate (MMYC) in 4th.   

The second story was the dominance of our NSW women sailors, with Wendy Atkins the first NSW boat and Aurora Paterson the second, finishing 7th and 8th places overall. There was some exciting highlights. One of my favourites was Aurora Patterson (pictured below) and a few other NSW Sabres battling with Murray in the first run of the first leg, of the fourth and ‘windiest’ race. 

The third story, perhaps most important, was the great spirit of the competition. There were great battles between the front, middle and back of the fleet, meaning everyone had something to fight for. Words of encouragement, openness to share ideas, and getting to know each other was a real highlight. This was helped by the support of Wallagoot Sailing Club’s friendly culture and professional management of the regatta. Thanks also to Jamie Simpson and Pete Whitton for all the background work in organising the event.

This event has given NSW sailors an appreciation of areas in need of improvement and quite a bit of motivation to be more competitive next time. The willingness of Victorian sailors to support us in this is a clear demonstration that the sabre sailing is in a good place nationally. We’d love to see more Victorian boats of all standards join us next time, yet we’d also love to provide some stiffer competition! We also hope to see this event build great interest in the Sabre class across NSW and the ACT. There was some good NSW sailors not at the event, hope they come next time!  

NSW States 19 - 1

Is that some NSW Sabres being a bit competitive with Murray and the other Vics? Go Aurora.

NSW States 19 - 2

Murray deservedly and comprehensively takes home the trophies

NSW States 19 - 3 

Well done Wendy. First NSW Boat in the Championship

NSW States 2019 - 4

Queensland Sabre Sailing Association Inc. will be holding the 2018/19 Queensland State Championships at Cleveland Yacht Club on 27- 28 October 2018.

All measured and certified Sabres are very welcome and the Notice of Race and Entry Form can be found here.

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2018/19 Sabre State Championships

2018-19 Sabre Sailing Association of Western Australia (SSAWA) Boating Hardware WA State Championships will be held over the weekend of 6th and 7th April 2019.  The regatta will be conducted by the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club (PDSC) in the waters of Matilda Bay, Perth, Western Australia.  

Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions - Available Soon
Online Entry 

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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