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Locate at "www.steb.com.au"

Click on the "Sailing after June 2005" and scroll down to the Sabre Albums.

The biggest Sabre fleet in a state championship in 14 years turned up at Blairgowrie over the weekend of 24 & 25 February to compete for the 2007 championship. 69 boats competed over the 5 heat series which was won by current national champion Wayne Bates from Alan Riley and Rob Hatnett. A lot of very tired sailors on the Sunday evening, but a great series with good wind - and just so many boats on the start line !

Complete Results........Blairgowrie

Article. State titles 2007


1st    Wayne Bates

2nd   Alan Riley

3rd    Robert Hartnett

4th    Phillip Johnson

5th    Andy McIntyre

Category Winners

Junior                     Robbie Graham

Senior                     Wayne Bates

Masters                  Alan Riley

Grand Masters        Barry Eastgate

Veterans                Phillip Johnson

Ladies                    Fiona McCulloch

Over 85 kg            Mike Simpson

Division B              Russell Rooney

Division C              Chris Schey

Division D             Rob Barrington

Here is your opportunity to get some practice in for the upcoming state titles. There will be an invitation day at Blairgowrie with 2 back to back races starting at 2.45pm on Saturday. We expect 30+ Sabres. Sail & foil measurement will also be available at the club-house on Saturday from 10.30am-12.00.

On Sunday at 10.30, Wayne Bates will be conducting a Sabre training session - open to all Sabre sailors.

Blairgowrie also has normal club racing over the weekend with a twilight race at 7.00pm on Friday night, and a Sunday afternoon race at 2.45pm - for when too much sailing is not enough !

Due to excess wind on the 2/12, the teams racing event has been rescheduled to the 09/12/06 - (Still at Mordialloc Sailing Club).

Race teams will be made up of four boats each with the top 3 boats scores counting. If you don't have enough to make a team from your club, no fear, a number of mixed teams will also be made up on the day.

Teams racing is a good chance to get some large fleet experience and a great days sailing as well.

Racing for the day will be 3 short course races. Racing is expected to commence at 2.00 pm so be there early to ensure you are all rigged and ready to go.

Entry fee for the day is the normal visitor cost at the club which is around $10.

A Measurement Seminar will be held on Sunday 1st October  at 11:00 at 2/15 Kearney St Bayswater.  

The main purpose of the seminar is to train the Gippsland Lakes team so that they can can measure boats locally however any member is welcome to come and it may be especially interesting to members who are contemplateing or engaged in building their own boat.   

John Dixon 
Victorian Measurer 
9729 1188 

Black Rock Yacht Club 7th & 8th October.

Free to Sabre Members. Coaching by National Champions and many more. Details to follow soon.

Click here for the 2006 calendar  2006 Winter Calendar

Click here for progressive results as of end of heat 11 - Winter Series Results Race 11

Click here to access a copy


Congratulations to Wayne Bates on winning the 2006 Victorian championship...adding to his Australian title. It was a comprehensive win with 3 1sts and dropping a 3rd. Only 1 point separated the next 3 placings.

Check out all the results


1st Wayne Bates - 1610 "Outabaloo" - 3 pts

2nd Alan Riley - 1564 "The Sea Drift Social Club" 7pts

3rd Andrew Little - 1639 "Rattle & Hum" 8 pts

4th Barry Eastgate - 1610 "Big Day Out" 9 pts

5th David Wood - 1675 "Vanquish" 14 pts


1st Wayne Bates - 1610

2nd Fiona McCulloch - 1596

3rd Jason Clark - 1490


1st Fiona McCulloch - 1596

2nd Faye Mckenzie - 298

3rd Margaret Neeson - 1550


1st Alan Riley - 1564

2nd Andrew Little - 1639

3rd Russell Bates - 1593

Grand Masters

1st Barry Eastgate - 1611

2nd David Edwards - 1551

3rd Peter Reid - 1555


1st David Wood - 1675

2nd Andrew Morrison - 1376

3rd John Dick - 1275


1st Robert Bates - 1640

2nd Tom Bateman - 1506

3rd Daniel Franke - 928

Russell Bates

This year we broke with tradition by not holding the state championship over the Labour Day long weekend - in favour of a 2-day format. At this stage, we're tentatively calling the change a success, with our entry numbers climbing to 47 up from the average in the past 2 years of mid-thirties. We got 4 of the 5 races sailed - which meant that we not only had a 'series' but it also meant that competitors got to 'drop' their worst race in calculating their result.

We had to cancel racing on Saturday afternoon owing to the thunderstorm activity across the bay. For the rest of the weekend though, we had winds averaging around 15 knots and a nice big swell to provide something different for the many competitors that do most of their sailing on flat water ! All races were over 'short' courses of a triangle / windward-return / half - beat to the finish; with races lasting about an hour each.

It was great to see 4 of the lads from Hobart make the journey up to Melbourne just for the regatta - one ute, towing a trailer with 3 Sabres on it + one on the roof; over on the Friday night ferry and back on the Sunday night ferry. That's commitment !

Special 'congratulations' to our 14, 15 and 16 year old juniors who took part in the series - Daniel Franke (14),  Robbie Graham (14), Louise Watson (15), Johanna Morgan (16) and Tom Bateman (16).  The Sabre is a big boat when you're that age, three races in a day is a fair bit of racing, and 47 boats makes for a lot of boats on the start line. So well done to you all, and we really look forward to seeing you again at our training weekend in October, and next year at the Blairgowrie titles.



The annual Secretary's trophy race will be held at Williamstown SC on Sat 21 Jan. This is competed for on an individual basis and is open to all sabre Assocn members.

Invitation to all sailors to attend a coaching and race day at Blairgowrie YC. Last year we had about 40 boats so lets make it even better. It is the peak of the Blairgowrie season and is a good chance to hear from our new Australian Champion, Wayne Bates on how to master the Sabre.

A measurement session is planned to comeence at 10:30 am

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