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The morning started out with terrible conditions but with the forecast of a steady 15 knot breeze 12 boats arrived for the afternoon race. By the time the official opening was done the promised conditions arrived.

The starboard rounding course was a 4 lap triangle-sausage-triangle- triangle with short legs and a downwind finish. The steady breeze made for quick upwind sailing with fast reaches riding the light swell.

Scott Olsen quickly got into the lead and showed his usual fast form finishing with half a leg in front of his nearest rival. Close racing was had amongst the rest of the fleet with positions changing regularly. Only a few seconds separated 2nd, 3rd and 4th place with the rest of the fleet following close behind. 

Final places were- Scott Olsen 1st, Tony Carr 2nd and Ed Bannerman 3rd.

A great day sailing was had by all and Safety Bay Yacht club is eagerly looking forward to the Sabre fleet returning soon for the first state championship heats in November.

Craig Nylund

Current Opening Day Series Overall Results 

 

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A record fleet of 19 Sabre dinghies came to the starting line at the first Opening Day of the 2016/17 East Fremantle Yacht Club season on the Swan River.

The large fleet was in part due to the rapid growth in popularity of these 3.7 metre singlehanded dinghies, with fleets in 5 metropolitan sailing clubs and one in the country. Of the 19, seven were visitors, from Perth Dinghy Club, Maylands YC, Safety Bay YC, Fremantle SC and one all the way from Walpole.

Another reason for the numbers (representing around a third of all Sabres in WA) was that it was the first heat in the "Opening Day" Series of races, to be sailed at the 5 metro clubs over the following weeks.

There was a gusty south westerly at the start, in front of the Club, with the course taking the competitors on a close and shifty reach to the first mark, Mt Lyall Buoy. Current State and ex-National Champion, Scott Olsen (FSC) took an early lead, as the fleet returned past the Club, up river to Blackwall Reach Buoy.

Scott maintained his lead, followed by David Meehan (SBYC) and Tony Carr (PDSC), although a sudden capsize slowed him Current EFYC Champion Pete Coop hit a slack spot on the run and dropped 4 or 5 places.

Scott maintained his lead to the finish, finishing 2 minutes 30 seconds ahead of David Meehan, while Pete Coop made a strong recovery to finish in 3rd place, only 17 seconds behind him. They were followed by Tony Carr, Graham Hill (EFYC) and Stacey Arnold (EFYC). In the middle of the fleet, there were numerous place changes, showing how close and competitive the racing is in these exciting dinghies, which make up the largest Centreboard fleet at East Fremantle.

Peter Johnson

Full Results

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