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Sabre Vic Championships 2020

Gary McLennan and Bruce Abbott of BRYC setting off on the reach at high speed”

69 Sabres lined up for the weekends racing with competitors coming from many of the clubs that sail Sabres in Victoria.  The series was won convincingly by Alan Riley of McCrae following up his success in the Nationals held in January 2020 at Wallaroo, SA. Then followed Gary McLennan of Black Rock who won the title last year, just edging out McCrae’s Murray O’Brien who finished third. James Nolan of Black Rock was fourth followed by Callum Burns of Blairgowrie. A previous National Champion, Callum returned to Sabres to sail this series.

The Ladies group was also hotly contested, won by Mt Martha’s Michelle de Blaquiere, who also came 12th overall followed by Kiera Bates of Blairgowrie and Jarka Kluth of Black Rock.

Fantastic to see the youth contingent perform so well. Blairgowrie 17 yo Edward Warner was 10th overall and 1st in the Youth division followed by fellow BYS 14 yo, Sam Backwell who finished 13th overall. 3rd Youth was 15 yo Hamish McColl from SBSC. These lighter weights held their own against much heavier competitors in the gusting 25 Knot Sunday race.

Apart from the competition up front it was good to see some new faces who spoke highly of the benefits of close competition sailing in the big fleet and the advice they received from the more experienced sailors.  All appreciated the social interaction off the water and the great organisation and friendliness of the Mt Martha club members and volunteers.

MMYC and the RO’s, Col Dods and Al Watson (both from McCrae YC) have set a new benchmark for Sabre championships.

It was also good to hear of the growth in Sabre numbers in Victoria and in particular in certain clubs. The support and coaching of these Sabre fleets has contributed to their success.

Saturday three races back to back were sailed in moderate and shifty SW breezes. The planned two races on Sunday commenced in 20+ knot winds leading to exhilarating reaches and numerous capsizes. In this race, Sabres showed their seaworthiness and pace. Clearly the only damage was to wounded prides.  As the wind increased, the Race Officers wisely decided not to start the last of the five race plan and all came ashore for the trophy presentation. 

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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