The Notice of Race is available for the 2006 State titles to be hosted by Black Rock YC on 25 and 26 Feb.
The championship is open to sailors from all states is being held over a normal weekend as a result of feedback from last year's titles.
Close racing over 2 heats in about 20 knots and big seas was enjoyed by all competitors last Saturday.
Positions changed frequently in both races but despite Wayne Bates winning both races, it wasn't enough to for Blairgowrie to retain the trophy won last year.
The Black Rock team "Oranges and Lemons" that won on 3 previous occasions was very consistent and won the event comfortably. Unfortunately John Dick had to pull out of the Black Rock team on Sat morning and as there was no Team Chic competing this year, Maree Early more than capably deputised for John.
The winning team comprised Maree Early, Barry Eastgate, Phil Johnson and David Wood.
The annual teams race is being held at Mordialloc SC on Sat 26 Nov 05.
A new perpetual trophy has been struck "The John Seeber Memorial Teams Race" trophy to commemorate John Seeber who died in August and who was heavily involved in the organisation of this event.
There will be 2 short course races with teams comprising 4 boats. The best 3 results of a team in each race count. Blairgowrie YS are defending but will get keen opposition from Black Rock YC who won the previous 3 years.
Multiple teams may represent their clubs but you should still attend if not in a team in which case we will put together scratch teams.
Note that Sail and Foil measuring will be conducted at Mordialloc SC prior to the teams race commencing at 10:00
Venue: Black Rock YC
Sat 9:30am - 5:00pm
Sun 10:00 - 4:30pm
The coaching weekend is open to all sabre sailors and is pitched at all levels of competency. The weekend is free and a free lunch is provided both days.
Sailors intending to participate on either or both days need to submit their details to Barry Eastgate by 30 Sept.
An entry form will be mailed with 2006 membership renewal notices shortly or can printed from this website....Coaching & Training weekend entry form
John Dixon has a commanding series lead and has been having very close racing at Albert Park with Phil Johnson and Fiona McCulloch.
Click on Winter series on the side menu for progressive results.
Measurement days/nights (sails and foils)
Coaching and Training weekend
Note: Heat 1 of the Winter series is 7 May at BRYC
The 2005 State championship was ably hosted by Mt Martha YC over the Labour Day long weekend and was basically a light weather series. No racing was possible on the Saturday and we were fortunate to get in 3 short races on Sun and only 1 on Mon. Unlike in previous years, a drop was allowed with 4 races which with the variable weather, was needed by most competitors.
National Champion Alan Riley sailing 1564, "The Sea Drift Social Club" (where do these names come from) won his first State title to cap off what Alan descibed as his best sailing season ever.
Alan was tied with Barry Eastgate 1611 "Big Day Out" after 2 races with a win and third each, but Alan showed his class by going on to a 2nd and first in the remaining heats while Barry could only manage two fifths.
Perennial Veteran David Wood 1677 "First & Last" was third in his new Johnson boat 2 points behind Barry.
Fourth and Fifth places were decided on a count back with first season star, Andy McIntyre 1670 "Rocket Science" from BRYC placing 4th by virtue of a best placing of 2nd from Fiona McCulloch 1596 "Sealed Section" whose best place was a 3rd in the last race.
A count back also decided 6th and 7th with Phillip Johnson "Shearwater" getting the nod from Andrew Graham "Southern Aurora". Phil won heat 3 and led for part heat 1 until a couple of gremlins set in.
Congratulations to Andrew on what has been his best year since returning to sailing and Sabres...perhaps he starting to listen to Wayne's advice.
Racing was extremely close and until Andrew Little surrendered the lead which he had for most of the last race, there would been different winners for each heat.t to experience the joys of Sabre sailing.
At the AGM, members discussed various scenarios for conducting future State Championships.
The 2006 titles will be hosted by Black Rock YC but will not be on the Labour day long weekend. We will trial holding the titles over a normal weekend, probably in the 3rd or 4th week of February.
New category - Double handed
In order to encourage juniors into the Sabre, the 2006 State titles will cater for a 2 person crew division which will be inelligble for the overall championship.
Whilst there will be no age restriction, the expectation is that the category will comprise young sailors out of junior classes such as the Minnow, Sabot and Optimist to borrow a boa