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Revised August 2019

Victorian Sabre sailors - time to put some dates in your diary! 

Proper planning prevents poor performance (hopefully) – so plan now.  Our current plans for Sabre regattas in season 2019/20.

Club racing is the backbone of our season and for this reason we endeavour to restrict the Sabre regatta schedule. However regatta racingis our opportunity to learn, often with coaching, and string together a series. We recommend that you support regattas at other clubs – and they will support yours.

Open events. 

Mordialloc SC Winter series – (Sundays) – Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 8, 15

Sail Mordi – 31 Aug and 1 Sep

19, 20 October - Elwood SC Sabre regatta

30 Nov, 1 Dec - Go for Gold at Black Rock Yacht Club.

5-11 January 2020 – Sabre National Championships at Wallaroo SC .

25, 26 January 2020 – McCrae SC Australia Day regatta

15,16 February 2020 – Mt  Martha YC - State Championships

7, 8 March 2020,  Vic Labour Day – NSW State Championships/Interstate Challenge, on the south coast of NSW at Lake Wallagoot near the lovely town of Tathra. 

28 March 2020 - Teams race at Mordialloc SC

June 2020 - Albert SC – Winter regatta.

Female only events

14,15 September 2019 – City Sail – Albert Park YC.

14, 15 December 2019 - WOW at Somers YC

In 2020/21

9 – 16 Jan 2021 – Australian Championship at Canberra YC 

Coaching days will be incorporated in some of the 2019/20 regattas, ie City Sail, Go For Gold, Elwood SC. 

Sabre fleets in Vic clubs hold individual coaching days. Other dates to be advised later. At this time, some dates are:

1 February 2020 – Coaching day at Blairgowrie YS (preparation for State titles).

25 Sabres battled it out on Wallagoot Lake for the NSW Sabre Titles, the best numbers for a championship regatta for 35 years in NSW. 8 capable Victorian Sailors supporting the event added to this success. It provided the critical mass and competitive edge we need in NSW to move our sailing to another level. 

There were three outstanding stories. The first one was that our sailing in NSW has a way to go to meet the standards of the top Victorian sailors. The ‘Vics’ took out the first six places Murray O'Brien (McCYC) followed up his second in the recent Sabre Nationals, winning the event with three first placings. The battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th was extremely close with only 0.5 of a point separating them! In the end Liam O'Brien (McCYC) scored 2nd on countback from Bruce Abbott 3rd (BRYC), with Barry Eastgate (MMYC) in 4th.   

The second story was the dominance of our NSW women sailors, with Wendy Atkins the first NSW boat and Aurora Paterson the second, finishing 7th and 8th places overall. There was some exciting highlights. One of my favourites was Aurora Patterson (pictured below) and a few other NSW Sabres battling with Murray in the first run of the first leg, of the fourth and ‘windiest’ race. 

The third story, perhaps most important, was the great spirit of the competition. There were great battles between the front, middle and back of the fleet, meaning everyone had something to fight for. Words of encouragement, openness to share ideas, and getting to know each other was a real highlight. This was helped by the support of Wallagoot Sailing Club’s friendly culture and professional management of the regatta. Thanks also to Jamie Simpson and Pete Whitton for all the background work in organising the event.

This event has given NSW sailors an appreciation of areas in need of improvement and quite a bit of motivation to be more competitive next time. The willingness of Victorian sailors to support us in this is a clear demonstration that the sabre sailing is in a good place nationally. We’d love to see more Victorian boats of all standards join us next time, yet we’d also love to provide some stiffer competition! We also hope to see this event build great interest in the Sabre class across NSW and the ACT. There was some good NSW sailors not at the event, hope they come next time!  

NSW States 19 - 1

Is that some NSW Sabres being a bit competitive with Murray and the other Vics? Go Aurora.

NSW States 19 - 2

Murray deservedly and comprehensively takes home the trophies

NSW States 19 - 3 

Well done Wendy. First NSW Boat in the Championship

NSW States 2019 - 4

Queensland Sabre Sailing Association Inc. will be holding the 2018/19 Queensland State Championships at Cleveland Yacht Club on 27- 28 October 2018.

All measured and certified Sabres are very welcome and the Notice of Race and Entry Form can be found here.

WA Sabre Sailors! Register now for the Sabre Training Day on Saturday 21st September at PDSC. Coach Brien Hennessy is a national champion sailor having sailed in multiple classes of boats including the Sabre. Entry is $20 a boat and includes a sausage sizzle lunch and cold drink.
An opportunity not to be missed!! 

Register now at https://www.revolutionise.com.au/sabreswa/events/44237/

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Sailing and Event Calendar for the 2016/2017 Season   
Event  Date Club Time
Pre-season Training (Day 1) 24/09/2016 Adelaide Sailing Club 9:30am
Pre-season Training (Day 2) 25/09/2016 Adelaide Sailing Club 10:00am
Measurement Night (1) 14/10/2016 Brighton & Seacliff YC 7:00pm
Measurement Night (2) 21/10/2016 Adelaide Sailing Club 7:00pm
State Championships Heats 1 & 2 26/11/2016 Largs Bay Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championships Heats 3 & 4 27/11/2016 Largs Bay Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championships Heats 5 & 6 04/02/2017 Wallaroo Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championships Heats 7 & 8 05/02/2017 Wallaroo Sailing Club 12:00noon
State Championships Heats resails 1 & 2 12/02/2017 Adelaide Sailing Club 2:00pm
State Championship Presentation Function 
Annual General Meeting



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