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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. 

Go For Gold Regatta

Last opportunity to sail ln a major Sabre regatta before the January Nationals. Sail Saturday, Sunday or preferably both days.. Enter now

2019 Go for Gold Regatta (the Regatta) will be held on the waters of Port Philip in the vicinity of Black Rock Yacht Club on 30 November and 1 December 2019.

The Regatta is a ‘coaching regatta’ – coaches that register in advance with the Organising Authority will be allowed on course and may coach their sailors during racing


The 2020 Victorian Sabre championship is being hosted by Mount Martha YC on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. We are very keen to host a large fleet of Sabres and have worked with MMYC 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 14th Feb 2020 - no exceptions.
The requirement for boats entered to have a valid measurement certificate will be rigidly enforced.



Entry includes a polo shirt and dinner on Sat 14th Feb after sailing

Online ENTRY

ESC Sabre Invitational Regatta Poster
Elwood Sailing Club is holding an Invitational Regatta for all Sabre sailors on Saturday 19th October. This will comprise of 3 short races starting at 1pm, with registration open from 8:30 am. Entry is $10.00 and can be done on the day.
We have lots of rigging space and a large, wide sandy beach in front of the club. We also have our own area next to the club to store your trailers. There will be prizes awarded after racing.
The Sabre Sailing Association of Victoria will also be holding their Annual General Meeting at 11am on the same day, inside Elwood Sailing Club. Please feel free to attend.
The Notice of Race is available on the Elwood Sailing Club website - www.elwoodsc.com
This is one of the last two Sabre regattas for 2019 (Elwood 19 October and Black Rock Go for Gold 30 Nov and 1 Dec) in preparation for the January 2020 Nationals at Wallaroo SA and Vic States at Mt Martha 15,16 Feb. Be there, don't miss out!
If you have any questions relating to this regatta, then please contact Paul Stamp - Elwood Sailing Club - Sabre Representative
Mobile: 0407 734 455

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