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The weekend of March 3rd-4th saw a great turn out of 11 female Sabre sailors at the Women On Water event hosted by Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC). In their typical committed fashion the ‘Sabrettes’ keenly attended the training event focused on delivering quality coaching, skills and confidence building, and guaranteed fun for all levels of femal sailors!

SSCBC secured a top line up of experienced and encouraging female coaches and race management, ensuring the event ran smoothly and participants were able to take home some great key learnings.

The weekend proved to be a mix of conditions with some excitement, two up boat sailing and wayward boat retrieving on the Saturday afternoon after a high wind front passed through. One ‘Sabrette’ positively posting her weekend learning on Facebook as,“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship”(Louise Alcott).

Competition was not amiss amongst the friendly natured Sabrettes with the race series top positions going to:

1st Lisa Barrand

2nd Fiona McCulloch

3rd Wendy Wilson

Thanks to SSCBC for a great weekend and all the coaches for sharing their valuable insight and endless encouragement! We look forward to next year.

To learn more about women participation in sailing check out: www.womenandgirlsinsailing.com.au

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The Vic State Championships have been and gone and congratulations to all participants in a big regatta of 74 entries with tricky, often light winds. It again illustrated that for success we should be able to sail in all conditions, not just those we look for each Saturday or Sunday afternoon and against competitors in big fleets. All the best to the overall winner, Gary McLennan, BRYC, second Murray O'Brien from McCYC, third placed the ever youthful Wayne Bates, BSC and Megan Delange, MMYC taking out the strongly contested ladies trophy.

With the build-up regattas to Nationals and States over it's now time to concentrate on one of the many events that makes Sabres 'The Fun Single Handed Dinghy'.

Mordialloc Sailing Club will hold the annual Sabre Teams Race over two or three races on Saturday 7 April, with the information session at 1pm. This year will be somewhat different. The innovative plan is to have the leading two boats in each team sail a longer course in the first lap so that they will have to catch up both to their team mates and other competitors over the remainder of the race. The third and fourth boats in each team will have the experience of being at the front, trying to stay ahead as well as duelling with similar boats in other teams. This format should make for close finishes. Be there and find out.

Come along, join a team and get involved in what will be an engaging and fun day. Entry will be made on the day.

24-25 September - Sabre Training - BRYC

26-27 November - Go For Gold Regatta - BRYC

9-11 December - ISAF World Cup - St Kilda

28 December - 3 Januay - National Championships - BRYC

18-19 February - State Championships - Somers YC

TBA - Teams Racing 2017 - MYC

For national events click here

Some comments from Bruce Abbott - who is the Sabre representative for the event. Updates are in italics.

Our first race will be at 1430 on Friday on the Port Melbourne course, just east of the shipping channel. Yachting Australia have agreed to brief us at 1.30pm with the Minows and Open BIC’s in the Junior Marque. You can thus have a more leisurely arrival! Sailing Instructions are available on the website.

Do it now! You can enter here. 

I’ve already had several queries so here are some comments on specific issues. The SWC website has detail explanations; it does have a wide coverage of information including a good Q and A section. Those boats entered will in due course receive an email which will include a check list covering all the important issues for the regatta. At registration, which in our case is any time before the start of our first race on Friday 9 December, competitors will also receive a show bag with sponsors’ materials to go on to the bow etc.

One issue to understand will be your arrival and departure. See the website for information.

I’ve spoken with Australian Sailing and here are some additional or duplicated thoughts. It has been suggested that entrants drive down from the northern end of Pier Rd, off Beaconsfield Parade, opposite Cowderoy St. The south end of Pier Rd will be closed and the Esplanade will be open to normal traffic including that at rush hour.

Drive south along Pier Rd to a turning circle where you remove the boat with trolley and take it to the boat park, just to the north. The area for Sabres will be marked. Trailers for sailing craft can be stored on site (limited spots available) and it is suggested that cars be parked in a parking area south of St Kilda Sea baths, on the land side of Marine Parade.

When can you drop off your trailer and boat? Most times before you race but bear in mind morning rush hour traffic. It will now be feasible to drop off on the Friday morning after rush hour due to the briefing and start.  Our race area is Port Melbourne which may take 20 minutes or so to sail there from our launch location. Loading on to trailers will be in Catani Gardens lawn area and can be after racing on Sunday and into Monday, however there will be a time on Monday when all boats should be gone. We will get more on this in due course. Also bear in mind that the Prize Giving Party will take place 6-9pm on Sunday.

You will see that seven races are planned during the three days. The organisers have requested that during the event, all queries and suggestions from Sabre competitors be channelled through me. Where possible, I propose to liaise with the Sabre fleet to get their views on significant queries by race management. They have also suggested that we competitors keep the occasional lookout on Facebook since it will be one of the ways that communications about the event occurs.

Hopefully the above covers all issues which should currently be relevant to Sabre entrants. As mentioned, more information will be available as we draw closer to the gun. At this stage I don’t have any more thoughts to share so please look at the website if you have queries. Certainly it will be a busy and enjoyable time. All the best to each Sabre competitor.

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