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Photos by Chris Furey

The Victorian Championships were held at Sandringham YC for the first time and this gave plenty of opportunities for sailors to explore the facilities of Victoria’s largest club, its near new clubhouse and its spacious grounds and boat park.

64 sailors entered the series – not a bad result after having had almost 100 Victorians take part in a week of nationals just 6 weeks earlier. Entrants were treated with steady 20knot breezes right through the weekend, with the Saturday adding quite sizable wave conditions as well. With a bit more east in the wind on the Sunday, the waves became better formed and provided delightful reaching conditions. Sabre sailing at its glorious best !

The organisers retained the recent formula of conducting the series over a single weekend which saw 3 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. Doubtless this saw many a tired sailor by Sunday night.

The top end of the fleet saw competition at a virtual ‘nationals’ level with participation by top Adelaide sailors Mark Soulsby and Craig McPhee together with last year’s winner Gary McLennan, (who missed the nationals) and highly competitive Tim Van der Veen and boat builder Jim Scott. Current national champion Chris Dance and Jim Scott were both sailing new boats from the new Formula Sailcraft mould and we suddenly had a ‘boat-builders derby’ on our hand. For good measure, Brett Young of YMS was around over the weekend so this added further flavour to the contest; reminiscent of the ‘Holden vs Ford' battles at Bathurst, Brett Young had flyers out after the final race congratulating the winners and noting that YMS boats finished in the top 6 places, Jim had promptly responded on his website noting the impressive debut of his boats !

Read more: Victorian States 2012 - Sabre Sailing at its Glorious Best!

Mornington Yacht Club is holding the Schnapper Point Youth Regatta on the 3rd & 4th Mar 2012. 

The regatta is open for the Sabre Class sailors of all ages.

Refer to Notice Of Race, Regatta Poster and Entry Form below or the club website for more details.

Schnapper Point Youth Regatta Notice of Race

Schnapper Point Youth Regatta Poster

Schnapper Point Youth Regatta Entry Form

The 130 boat National Titles are over but the 37th Victorian State Championships is at hand...can we get more than 80 entries? 

Sandringham Yacht Club is hosting the titles over the weekend of 11-12 February 2012. 

Vic Sabre 2012 Notice of Race

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS - Vic States

Our preference is for Entries to be made using the TryBooking online facility

Vic Sabre 2012 Entry Form 

Vic Sabre 2012 Entries to Date

Vic Sabre 2012 Results

Vic Sabre 2012 TackTracker Replay

Special parking arrangements have been made to allow for all day parking on Trey Bit Reserve for both Saturday and Sunday.  Please note there will be no requirement to purchase a parking ticket, should you choose to park on Trey Bit Reserve. Trey Bit reserve is halfway down jetty road on the right towards the yacht club. 

Boat drop-off will be available from this Friday. If you wish to take up this option please go to the clubs main reception and advice them that you are dropping off you boat, someone will arrange for the  gate near the off the beach rigging  area to be opened, allowing for boat only drop-off in the off the beach rigging area. Please ensure that you remove your boat trailer after drop-off.

If you choose to drop off your boat this Saturday, please proceed to the off the beach rigging area and drop off your boat only, then proceed to Trey Bit Reserve you may park all day on the Reserve.

For a detailed layout of the club facilities please download Sandringham Yacht Club Facilities Map

For the 2012 State Titles we have a special offer where TackTracker will offer a tracking service to participating competitors. This is an incredibly valuable learning tool and the Association strongly recommends it to sailors of all skills and experience. Tack tracker will manage distribution, collection and charging of trackers over the weekend. They will upload all tracks and publish all races online each day for viewing in any of the TackTracker players for PC, Mac, iPhone or iPad. They will also generate reports showing the relative performance of all tracked boats in each leg of each race.

There are very limited spots for the latest trackers so here is how it will work

Competitors wishing to participate have three options:

1. Use a TackTracker supplied rental tracker:  $25 (there are only 26 of these available so it will be a first in best dressed option)

2. Bring your own QStarz BT-Q1000 or CR-Q1000P tracker (must be charged and ready to go): $10

3. Purchase a new QStarz CR-Q1100P tracker with TackTracker Race Editor license and use for the regatta. Discounted price: $250

Bring cash on the day for options 1 and 2 . Option 3 can be paid by cash or EFT.

More information about TackTracker can be found at www.tacktracker.com/web

Please send your reply for a TackTracker to rusell.rooney@macdow.com.au indicating your option 1, 2 or 3.

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