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The Sabre fleet has been growing steadily at Maylands this season. We lost Raj (Tiwi) to an interstate transfer prior to Xmas - although his boat, Tiwi, has been kept in WA, being purchased by Rob Dipiazzi of PDSC at the eleventh hour!

Welcome to Barry Newell who picked up a very good timber Sabre, number 1417, last weekend and will now be giving Steve Rose some hurry up in the older timber boats brigade.

We have gained two fleet leading sailors this season in Ray Martin and Terry Gaunt Jnr. Both have excellent timber boats, at or near minimum weight, and both know how to keep them moving at all times. Bruce Lee and Chris Holyday now have to fight for the final podium place most weeks.

The Sabres now sail the longer Laser courses and enjoy seeing how much they can beat the Lasers home over a full length race! The Lasers are now finding they are unable to peg back the leading Sabres when they give them 5 minutes head start in lighter winds as the Sabres will continue to start with the Mirrors to even out boat numbers on the start line.

Maylands boats enjoyed great success at the recent City of Bayswater Regatta - Sabres had the largest fleet on the day - 12 Sabres competing with many visitors from PDSC and an EFYC boat.

Maylands skippers, Ray Martin (Jam) and Chris Holyday (C3) headed all fleets home. We were lucky to enjoy local knowledge in coming from behind two PDSC boats, Gavin Davies (Dark Horse) and Clayton Erwin (Unfinished Business), up the final work, by heading for more southerly breeze to the right side of the course. As an indication of the friendly racing amongst all clubs sailing Sabres, the writer was even given some sail tuning tips during the race by Clayton Erwin who himself had every chance of winning right up to the final legs of the race. And C3 was carrying one of Clayton's older sails!


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The City of Bayswater Regatta was held on Sunday and was a great success with a large turnout of boats. 12 Sabres hit the water for the afternoons racing. The course was set close to the club to allow for great spectator viewing. City of Bayswater Councillors went out on Hartley yachts to join in on the race. Even Brian Jones was seen on a Hartley stepping in for the Mayor who was unable to attend at the last minute. Congrats to Ray Martin who was the first boat and the the first Sabre across the line. Chris Holyday followed behind in 2nd. Bob Tailor won the Sabre "random place" prize.

Click Here to view the done footage from Mack Buck Airspace Multimedia

Click Here Footage of Sabres Rounding the Mark 




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16 Sabres made the trip down to the stunning south west town of Walpole.
Our sailors were represented from Safety Bay, East Freo, Perth Dinghy and Walpole.
Our fleet contributed to 140 boats with other good turnouts from the Tasar, 125, Mirrors and Windrush classes

Day one saw 10 -12 knots of breeze - good close racing throughout the fleet.
The top 4 boats of Pete, Ed, Graham and Craig were constantly changing places.

Pete Coop led overnight with Ed Bannerman 1 pt behind.

Day 2 arrived with clear blue skies and an increasing breeze which built throughout the day with afternoon races peaking at 22 knots - 'champagne sailing'. - One dismasting a broken tiller extension and numerous capsizes were among a number of challenges facing the sailors in the flat out conditions.

By the close Ed had taken the regatta by just one 1pt from Pete with Craig completing the podium in 3rd.

The chairman of WA Yachting came down to witness the Walpole experience and spoke at the presentation.
He was blown away at what he saw and said that this event was 'defying gravity' Nationally as a blueprint for how to get huge commitment and interest for a highly successful regatta - the numbers have been growing at 30% per year!!

The unique combination of a community pulling together with Vision, Planning and endless volunteers combined with a stunning geographical backdrop is obviously working when nearly all other events are declining.

Special commiseration goes to Gavin Davies who had to turn back at Bunbury due to mechanical problems with his van - what followed was a 5 hour trip back to his home as he was stuck in 2nd gear only able to go at 35kmph!!

George Coop did a great job with his drone capturing the whole regatta - his footage was shown during presentations and is now online - click here to view

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