Sabrettes shine at Victorian Sabre State Championships
by Jarka Kluth/ WGIS Committee
The Victorian Sabre State titles held 17-18 February 2018 at Safety Beach Sailing Club (SBSC) attracted a diverse mixed fleet of 73 entries, ranging across age groups and sailing abilities, from World Champions through to beginners. Fifteen female participants competed strongly throughout the fleet.
The “Sabrettes” as they fondly call themselves, were right in the mix of the competition in a regatta that saw a mix of breezes, shifty conditions and tricky sailing.
Congratulations to Megan Delange for giving the men in the top ranks a real run for their money, attaining fifth place overall and first in the Ladies category. Susannah Gillam, a force to be reckoned with in light airs, placed second in the Ladies, with Fiona Martin close on her stern in third place.
Our youth girls were often up amongst the leaders with Lena Kluth taking out a sixth place in one race and Tori Campbell and Natasha Martin competing consistently throughout.
The rise in women sailing and competing in the Sabre fleet nationally is a testament to the suitability of the one design class to a wide range of sailing abilities and individual goals, as well as the overwhelmingly friendly, welcoming and supportive group of women and men that make up the class. It’s a super fun class, with some serious on the side!
The women’s performances continue to go from strength to strength, as do the numbers participating. Well done to all Sabrettes on a tremendous effort! Full results are available at this link.
The Sabrettes will not be idle for long. The weekend of 3-4 March 2018 sees nine keen female Sabre sailors registered for the WOW Sorrento Regatta hosted by Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club (SSCBC), a training and coaching regatta for both female sailors and volunteers aspiring to acquire race management skills.
To find out more about the Sabre class and opportunities for participation go to the Sabre Sailing Association website.