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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).

While most Victorians holidayed last weekend, seven Victorian Sabre sailors travelled to Wallagoot Lake Boat Club near Tathra to join in the NSW Sabre State Titles. We all had a great time at a beautiful venue although the winds were probably a bit lighter than most of us had hoped, mainly in the 5 to 8 knot range. Racing was best four of five races over two days.

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. Victorians showed their talent by taking out the top six places. Wendy Atkins and Aurora Paterson led the NSW team, gaining 7th and 8th places.

Positions changed quickly in the very light air in the last leg of the last heat when Liam spotted some pressure to the left and went for it, managing to just win the race and gain 2nd place overall. Thanks to Wallagoot Lake Boat Club and the N.S.W. Sabre Association for having us!

It was a friendly and sharing event, a forerunner of interstate competition in the future. All competitors agreed that they will again travel to the event in March 2020 and will bring others.

Sabre NSW 2019 results

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58 Sabres lined up for the 2019 Vic Championships at Elwood SC. Gary McLennan (BRYC) defended his title taking top honours with three first places from Chris Dance (MAS). Then followed the successful Nationals duo of Alan Riley and Murray O’Brien (McCYC), with Geoff Smith (BYS) in fifth place.

In a close contest, Fi Martin won the women’s title from Michelle de Blaquiere (MMYC), Lisa Barrand (McCYC) and Wendy Wilson (SYC). Liam O’Brien added to his success in the Sabre Nationals by winning the youth division and was 14th overall.

Overall results can be seen here.

Unfortunately the weather conspired against us with 25 knot winds on Saturday gusting up to 40 knots and big seas causing racing to be abandoned. However our time was well used in discussions led by very experienced and successful sailors on how they have been able to win big races. Interesting that Gary and Chris led the discussion section aimed at top of fleet sailors and showed their prowess on the course next day. Coaching discussions were completed around the bar and later during a tasty Indian buffet meal.

By comparison, Sunday provided light and variable winds enabling four races to be sailed and with one drop, the series was decided on the best of three placings.

All 58 competitors complimented the Elwood Sailing Club Organisers, Race Officers and Volunteers for a most enjoyable and well run series in difficult weather conditions. It is very pleasing to see the growth of Sabres in the club, with now some 20 boats registered.

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The Victorian championship is fast approaching and is a little earlier than normal.
Elwood SC is very keen to host a large fleet of Sabres and have worked with SSAV to make it a great titles. It is an 'open' event and interstate entries are most welcome.

Please click on the following links to view the Notice of Race and also to enter via our Trybooking function.

Note: Entries close 8pm Fri 8th Feb 2019 - no exceptions.
The requirement for boats entered to have a valid measurement certificate will be rigidly enforced.


Online ENTRY

Victorian Membership

 For those who have not yet paid your 2018-19 membership fees, please do so by clicking on the following TryBooking link. Victorian Sabre sailors must have membership to compete in the Victorian State Championship.

Adult membership is $30, Youth (18 Yrs and under) is $25 or Family membership is $35.
Life and Honorary members should still register, though no fee is payable.
Please renew or join for the first time, using our online facility at Trybooking.com


McCrae Yacht Club will be holding a major regatta on the 26th and 27th Jan 2019, sponsored by Ronstan. The NOR is yet to be published however it starts on the Saturday at 13:30 with three heats on the Saturday and on Sunday. Sponsored by Ronstan there are good prizes to be won. A pies and lamingtons lunch from 12 noon is available which must be booked prior to the event. https://www.trybooking.com/book/event.There will be a BYO BBQ after racing Saturday. Regatta entry is $30 until Dec 31st or $50 after that. Booking by Try Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event

It will be a great run up to the Sabre Vic States to be held at Elwood SC on 9,10 February 2019 - so get your entries in to both fun regattas.

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