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40th Sabre National Championship at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club after Race 4

by Chelsea Baker 2 Jan 2018 05:16 PST 29 December 2017 – 4 January 2018
Sabre National Championships at Perth Dinghy SC © Jennifer Medd

55 Sabres swarmed the Swan as the 40th Sabre Nationals got underway on 30th December and run through to the 4th January 2018 at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club on Matilda Bay.

After four races WA sailor David Meehan from Safety Bay Yacht Club is currently in the lead, after Scott Olsen who has won the previous three heats was scored maximum points, after breaking the start in Heat 4 under a "U" Flag. Scott unfortunately didn't realise he scored a UFD and completed the race in 1st place well ahead of the second boat. Craig McPhee from South Australia is overall second followed by Murray O'Brien in third from Victoria.

It's a family affair for Murray with his son, Liam also competing in the regatta. eight female sailors are competing, with Megan de Lange from Victoria in 1st and Laura Baker from South Australia 2nd and 3rd Narelle Thomas from WA.

Winds have been intermittent over the regatta with the invitation race 20 – 25 knot and all other heats struggling to reach 15 knots. Race Officer Robin Olsen and his Team are expecting winds to strengthen for the last heats, ensuring a thrilling finish for the regatta.

PDSC and the Sabre Association of WA has a wonderful reputation for hosting great regattas and this regatta is no exception with great onshore social events and a wide range of sponsors including City of Perth, 4Branding and Boating Hardware.

Results after 4 Races:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelm NameStateClubDivisionR1R2R3R4Pts
1st2023FuseDavid MeehanWASBYCSeniors622111
2nd1832Basic NightmareCraig McPheeSACBBCGrand Masters344213
3rd1743Purple PatchMurray O'BrienVICMcCYCGrand Masters285621
4th1897A Salt WeaponTony CarrWAPDSCGrand Masters963321
5th2080NortherlyEd BannermanWAMBSC/FSCMasters536923
6th2057Back in BlackPete CoopWAEFYCVeterans1859739
7th1935Blue RondoJohn CampbellQLDRQYSGrand Masters13158440
8th1994Cold ShotPaul GiadrescoWASBYCGrand Masters151311544
9th2065PanacheBruce AbbottVICBRYCGrand Veterans179101147
10th2000Fly In Fly OutAshley HoodWAEFYCMasters1012151249
11th2099Sea‑N‑BlueSteven DouglasVICBRYCVeterans1210141450
12th2089ISPMegan de LangeVICMMYCSeniors/Ladies420131653
13th2059Can't Shake ItScott OlsenWAFSCMasters111UFD59
14th2102CrackaRussell HanrahanWAPDSCGrand Masters3311121369
15th2079ComancheRobert DepiazziWAPDSCGrand Masters/Over 90kgs2114191569
16th1889Dark HorseGavin DaviesWAPDSCGrand Masters1916221976
17th2002The President Who InhaledRussell RooneyVICBRYCGrand Masters87OCS1081
18th2096Prickle FootIan JamesWAPDSC/RPYCVeterans2423172185
19th2050Crisis? What Crisis?Andrew GrahamVICBYSGrand Masters2722201786
20th2043The RoosterCarl GirolamoWAPDSCMasters7DNF16887
21st1840Blue SwedeLiam O'BrienVICMcCYCYouth2619261889
22nd2097Lime in the CoconutBrendon GreenWAMBSCMasters/Over 90kgs3017212391
23rd1936Unfinished BusinessClayton ErwinWAPDSCGrand Masters14187DNF95
24th1986TigerDean FrancisSABSYCGrand Veterans1128233496
25th1900Slippery When WetBill ManningVICSBSCMasters2024272798
26th1795AeroRichard MartinWAPDSCVeterans16293124100
27th1773Still Miss B HavenLaura BakerSABSYCMasters/Ladies/Over 90kgs32211829100
28th1909 Liam WilsonWARFBYCSeniors22332536116
29th2092Into the BlueMichael DeanWAPDSCGrand Masters28363022116
30th1876SOSSimon WalkerWAEFYCVeterans23313628118
31st1967RampagePhilip BalcombeVICWYCGrand Masters42342420120
32nd2052AceIan ArberWAPDSCGrand Masters40262826120
33rd1873FormidableJohn WallaceVICAYCVeterans36273230125
34th1942StilettoRobert HowesWAWYCVeterans29304225126
35th1951Remain CalmPeter WheatlandWAPDSCGrand Masters31323331127
36th1625A RandomKim ShortWARPYCGrand Masters38353532140
37th1870ScrimitarTerry GauntWAMYCVeterans392529DNS149
38th1346ToucheRyan MirigliottaWAEFYCYouth/Under 60kgs37413737152
39th1852Double TroubleNarelle ThomasWAPDSCMasters/Ladies48373933157
40th1841MintoxHeidi MillerWAPDSCMasters/Ladies/Under 60kgs44403835157
41st1874Irish MistFiona WilcoxSABSYCGrand Master/Ladies343834DNS162
42nd1926Silver WingsRussell StrangerWAPDSCGrand Veterans43394339164
43rd1912Fly on the WallWilliam ThomasWARPYCYouth/Under 60kgs254344UFD168
44th2040Kat in a HatKate BestWARPYCMasters/Ladies/Under 60kgs46444040170
45th2042C3Chris HolydayWAMYCVeterans414241DNC180
46th1901En GardeSarah LiddiardWAEFYCGrand Master/Ladies52464741186
47th1317Young BuggerJeremy BrownWAPDSCMasters/Over 90kgs47484944188
48th2073Life of BrianCroften DawsonVICESCMasters3545DNCDNC192
49th1867Against the WindPaul StampVICESCSeniorsDNF474842193
50th1818Why So Serious?Paul CornwellWAMYCMasters/Over 90kgs5051DNF38195
51st1982Combat 2Leone PriceWAPDSCMasters/LadiesDNF504643195
52nd2036Dementia AdventureRobert TailorWAPDSCGrand Veterans514945DNS201
53rd1701PoppySusan HextellACTCYC/DPSSVeterans/Ladies455250DNS203
54th1891Sacrifice 15Trevor HolmWAWYCVeterans/Over 90kgs49DNFDNSDNC217
55th2104 Simon BarwoodWARFBYCGrand MastersDNFDNCDNCDNC224

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