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BR Sabre States 2013

Photo by Roger Blasse

The 38th Victorian State Championships were held at BRYC over the Victorian long weekend of 9-11 March 2013. There were initial concerns harboured  that the impact of the long weekend may reduce competitor numbers, and for various reasons, quite a few of the normally highly supportive Blairgowrie fleet couldn't participate. Yet the Victorian Championship still produced a very healthy 57 entrants of all age groups. Notably for the class there was a beneficial input of sailors from South Australia and for the first time a couple of sailors from Western Australia. Well done to all.

The conditions were trying on all days and unfortunately so trying on the Monday that the boats did not hit the water as the fickle if not non-existent bay breeze and searing heat put paid to any chance of a race.We managed to get 2 races on both Saturday and  Sunday and the Race Management worked hard to earn their coin in an unstable North Easter on the Saturday and an oscillating  and moderating sea breeze on the Sunday. Well done to the PRO and the team for keeping cool heads in the conditions

As evidence of the closeness of the Sabre Fleet we have come to expect, every new race saw a different winner , with guns to Nick Mouat, Jack Felsenthal, Gary McLennan and Scott Olsen through Races 1 to 4. Condolences  to  provisional Race 3 winner Brent Frankcombe who, on not getting the gun, was found to have rounded the top mark incorrectly. He was last seen enrolling for a Masters 101 in the Art of Racing Flags. Tim Van der Veen was last seen to be filling out a cheque for the cost , after having loyally followed the multiple titles winner incorrectly around the top mark

Some notable highlights of the regatta were
Jack Felsenthal finishing Top Victorian in second place, and 1st Youth, Also in the age of fibreglass Jack managed to pull this off in a timber boat
John Dick Winner of the Super Veteran (over 70) Class at the tender age of 83 (legendary performance)
16  Entrants in the Veteran or Super Veteran category

Winners in Categories and Overall Top 10 Were:

Youth                   Jack Felsenthal      BRYC
Ladies                  Fiona McCulloch    BRYC
Seniors                Tim Van der Veen   LSC
Masters                Scott Olsen           PDSC
Grand Master        Mark Soulsby        ADSC
Veteran                 Barry Eastgate      BRYC
Super Veteran       John Dick              BRYC
1                 Scott Olsen               PDSC
2                 Jack Felsenthal         BRYC
3                 Alister Danks            BYS
4                 Tim Van der Veen      LSC
5                 Mark Soulsby            ADSC

6                 Gary McLennan        BRYC
                 Murray Shaw            IHSC
                 Nick Mouat              BRYC
9                 Brent Frankombe
10               Barry Eastgate         BRYC

Link to Victorian States 2013 Full Results

Review by Russell Rooney


The purpose of this edition is to say that boats can be dropped off early to avoid congestion.  We will have Sabre sailors at the club from 2.30 pm Thursday 'till late.  There's a group of Sabres who go out for a sail on Thursday afternoon and you are welcome to join in.  There is also an evening race at the club on Thursday at 6.30 pm and you will be welcome at that too.  The gates will probably be open from about 9.30 am on Thursday as the office is manned all day.  We will have Sabre sailors there on Friday morning and one way or another we will have someone there on Friday afternoon and evening but I don't have a volunteer yet.  There will be no registration until Saturday.

The road down from Beach Road to BRYC can become congested if it looks like a good day for fishing so allow plenty of time.  If there is a problem let us know.

It will be a great event and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone there.


National Champion Peter Hackett's insight into the Sabre Nationals 2012/13

Sabre Nationals 2012/13 - Review by Peter Hackett

2013 Sabre State Titles will be held at Black Rock Yacht Club from the 9th to 11th of March 2013.

Vic Sabre 2013 - Notice of Race

Vic Sabre 2013 - Competitor Declaration

Vic Sabre 2013 - Sailing Instructions

Vic Sabre 2013 - Regatta Poster

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

Vic Sabre 2013 - Entry Form

Vic Sabre 2013 - Entries to Date

Vic Sabre 2013 - Results



Cars – Please observe parking signs.  You will be booked if you park illegally or do not have a valid parking ticket in designated areas including the lower and upper car parks.  Coins required for ticket vending machines - $12 per day.
Free Parking – Is available on Beach Road or in the side streets off Beach Road. Beach Road is a no parking zone from 6am to 10am Saturday and Sunday.
Cars with Trailers – Can only be parked in the upper or lower car parks within the designated areas and with a valid parking ticket. 
Trailers - Unattached trailers must not be left in car spaces.


Boats on beach trolleys only are permitted in the BRYC yard area.  Road Trailers are not permitted due to space limitations. Overnight on Saturday and Sunday nights, boats may be left either inside the yard or in the spaces directly outside the club yard will not be locked, however we have not had problems with security of boats in the past.


The area in front of the Club may be used for boat rigging, however it is important to maintain the “keep clear” area free for emergency vehicles and access to other businesses and the lifesaving club.
KEEP THE CENTRE STRIP CLEAR – No boats or trailers to be left unattended at any time.


The canteen will be open each day before and during racing.
The Club Bar will be open after racing each day.

At the 2012 Victorian Sabre Training Weekend at Black Rock, Chris Dance and Peter Hackett demonstrated their silky boat handling skills with perfectly executed roll tacks and gybes. We're standing on the jetty with the general public and coach Gary McLennan can be heard in the distant background until Wayne Bates' booming voice tells him to move closer!

- Geoff Smith


Highlights from the 2011/12 Australian Sabre Nationals conducted by Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron on Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. A record 130 boats gathered for the event - the largest single fleet regatta held in Australia last summer. Sailors were treated to superb sailing conditions with sunny weather, great breeze and crystal clear water. Enjoy the action from the Invitation Race courtesy of DOP Leon de Petrie and Sony XDCam.

- Andy McIntyre

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron will be hosting the 2012/13 Sabre Nationals from 29th of Dec 2012 to 4th of Jan 2013.

Refer to links below for Invitation Poster, RQYC Video, RQYC Micro Website and other relevant information.

35th Sabre Class Australian Championships Entry List

Sabre Nationals 2012-13 Invitation Poster

Royal Queensland YS Regatta Microsite

RQYS Sabre Nationals Latest Newsletter

RQYS Sabre Nationals Newsletter 03 (14/12/2012

RQYS Sabre Nationals Newsletter 02 (13/11/2012)

RQYS Sabre Nationals Newsletter 01 (9/09/2012)

All regatta competition information will be found on the Royal Queensland YS Regatta Microsite:

  • Regatta information will be added as it becomes available 
  • All racing and competition communication will occur via this site eg NOR and online entry
  • This will be your “go to” before and during the regatta for all racing notifications and results

Sailing Venue, Facilities and Accommodation 

Here you will find additional competitor information such as accommodation options, finding and negotiating the RQYS facility and surrounds, regatta social activities and so on.

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