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12 boats sailed in Heat 5 of the Sabre Opening Day Series at Royal Perth Yacht Club. 

Congrats to Tony Carr 1st, Gavin Davies 2nd, Ian James 3rd

Overall Results after Heat 5

On a cold blustery afternoon a good fleet of 12 Sabres greeted the starting line for MBSC’s Opening Day.  The wind abated just before the start. Clayton Erwin took the lead from the start with a handy margin at the first mark. Followed by Tony Carr, and Ed Bannerman.  On the last beat Clayton sailed mid-river hoping for the wind to hook around Pelican Point and Ed & Tony sailed lower to line up with the finishing line.  Then the unenviable happened, Clayton’s dream happened….a wind shift putting Clayton onto the layline to the finish buoy just in front of Ed & Tony.  Dave Meehan finished a credible fourth with no vang, which part company. 

Good to see Paul Cornwall from MYC, Kate Best from RPYC and Rob Howes all the way from Walpole competing.  Thank you to MBSC for hosting the Sabres.

1st Clayton Erwin - PDSC
2nd Ed Bannerman - MBSC
3rd Tony Carr - PDSC
4th Dave Meehan - SBYC

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Unseasonably cold weather finally broke this afternoon in Perth with the re-appearance of the sun and a light sea breeze strengthened a little to around 10 knots - in the gusts. Thirteen Sabres faced the starter, the visiting Sabres (mostly) starting on starboard and (mostly) local MYC sailors starting on port tack. Some serious wind shifts were immediately apparent, but visitors Tony Carr and David Meehan read them best to take a narrow lead at the top mark from Gavin Davies, Pete Johnston and Chris Holyday.

These five boats enjoyed some close racing around the whole first lap, however Tony and Dave gave up their narrow lead when they headed to St Anne's Mark instead of returning to Club buoy to begin the windward and return legs. They quickly realised their mistake but Gavin, Chris and Pete took over the lead. All five boats were still neck and neck on the work back to the top mark and the run back to Club mark with the lead changing depending on who read the wind shifts best.

At the top Mark for the last time, Chris took a narrow lead in C3 from Gavin in Dark Horse with Tony Carr in A Salt Weapon right on their transoms.

C3 held on to its narrow lead on the long final circuit to Aerodrome and Maylands marks and return to St Annes for the final time - two long reaches over that part of our upriver course at Maylands are very testing for visiting sailors, so Chris being the local sailor, held a comfortable break on the run to the finish line - with Tony, Gavin and Pete fighting it out right to the end.

Final top 5 placings were:

1. 2042 C3 - Chris Holyday/MYC
2. 1897 A Salt Weapon - Tony Carr/PDSC
3. 1889 Dark Horse - Gavin Davies/PDSC
4. 1930 On Fire - Pete Johnston/EFYC
5. 1671 Where's Wal - Bruce Lee/MYC

MYC was pleased to host the Sabres, our largest fleet today, and thanks are extended to WA Sabres and those visitors who made the day so enjoyable with friendly racing and fun sailing the hallmark of these wonderful boats.

Chris Holyday

Overall Results after Heat 4

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