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The Australian Sabre class continues to prove itself as one of the most accessible forms of sailing on offer, with the Victorian fleet recently bringing a land-loving Spaniard into its ranks and introducing him to the sport.

 It was a long way from Barcelona to Black Rock and a big challenge developing his sea legs, but after Luis Mata moved to Australia with his family he quickly found himself regularly enjoying the beach at Half Moon Bay.

 He began watching sailors launch their boats at the Black Rock Yacht Club (BRYC) ramp and wondered if he might be capable of mastering the sea.

 After getting started in the BRYC learn to sail program, Luis quickly found that sailing was for him and soon mastered the basics. Left with the decision of where to next with his on-water endeavours, he set his sights on a single-handed dinghy with the Sabre being his first choice.

Luis Mata has discovered Sabre sailing after moving from Barcelona to Melbourne 

“Everyone agreed that the Sabre fleet was a really friendly bunch,” Luis said, as Sabre Association boats were up for loan allowing him to rapidly embrace the challenge.

 “The Sabre was amazingly fun and very forgiving of my lack of experience.”

 Luis said the challenge confronted by many new sailors outside the learning of basic skills was boat maintenance – and after the generous donation of a 40-year-old wooden Sabre hull, Luis’ dinghy lessons were as steep on the water as they were off.

 A complete renovation was on the agenda, so Luis was joined by some veterans of the class and masters of ‘boat magic’. Together, weeks were spent sanding, gap filling, repairing, varnishing and finally applying the ‘wing commander’ blue to the newly streamlined hull.

During the boat work phaseLuis had a lot of assistance from Geoff Dresser and Harold Medd 

Generous donations of sails, a beach trailer and all manner of important ingredients, highlighted that the newly renovated Sabre was indeed a testament to collaborative effort and community.

 “It was a steep learning curve for me and I’m still amazed at how we pulled it all together in such a short period of time,” Luis laughed, looking back on the project.

Luis working on his boat

 “Everyone helping was so patient in explaining the theory behind the decisions they were making and showing me how the work needed to be done.”

After a recent move to Black Rock, Luis can be seen regularly sailing on Port Phillip Bay with his Sabre friends, while his exceptional confidence and enthusiasm as a beginner has set a solid trajectory for his future sailing successes.

“I’ve heard a few times that it’s relatively straightforward to learn how to sail a Sabre, but that it takes a lifetime to learn how to sail it well,” he said.

Luis sailing out in front of Black Rock Yacht Club

Pursuing this long-term goal, Luis plans to stay focused on improving his skills in all weather, seeking the fun in every sail, and encouraging his family to join him in his new endeavour. 

 When asked what advice he would give to anyone learning to sail or renovate a boat, he enthusiastically said: “Go for it! It’s absolutely worth it. Learning from others has been truly inspirational.”

For more information on BRYC learn to sail programs visit https://www.bryc.com.au/sailing-school/

The 2020 Queensland Sabre State Championships will be held at Humpybong Yacht Club between 7 and 8 March 2020.

Please click here to download the Notice of Race.

The 2019-20 Sabre Sailing Association of WA Boating Hardware WA State Championships were held on the 14th & 15th March 2020 at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club
30 Sabres entered the fleet. Day 1 only one race was held due to no wind. Day 2 there was a slight breeze and 3 races were held.

For full results click here

Thank you to our sponsor Boating Hardware

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1st Scott Olsen
2nd Tony Carr
3rd  Clayton Erwin (Missing from photo)

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1st Heidi Miller
2nd Anne Gaunt
3rd Narelle Thomas

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Images Sails On Swan - John Chapman

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Images Sails On Swan - John Chapman

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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