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Sabre Nationals: racing is underway in pleasant conditions

Sabre start line for the 36th Australian Championship. (Image courtesy of Terry Dodd)

Sabre start line for the 36th Australian Championship. (Image courtesy of Terry Dodd)

Two invitation races were sailed Sunday in breezes 15 –18 knots with cloudless skies. Local sailor Scott Olsen (WA – A Salt Weapon) secured first place in both races.

Heats 1 and Heats 2 sponsored by Boating Hardware Prosail were raced Monday winds were 10 – 15 knots. Scott Olsen once again secured first place.

Heats 3 & 4 were raced on New Years Eve sponsored by Silkwood Wines in breezes of 15 – 18 knots. The first race of the day got underway after 3 general recalls (one under a black flag). Scott Olsen won the race once again with Garry McClennan (VIC – Artful Dodger) coming second over the line. The third race Scott had to work hard after suffering gear failure and lost the lead, however he got the lead back and won the race with the broken main sail ratchet and Andrew Graham (VIC – Loitering with Intent) coming in second.

The regatta was officially opened by City of Perth Deputy Lord Mayor Mr Rob Butler. The City of Perth are a major sponsor of the regatta, along with MUSTO and Ronstan. Mr Butler was thrilled to see the regatta in Perth and wished all the competitors a successful regatta.

All age groups are competing in the nationals with a strong fleet of juniors and grand veterans (70 years and over.
Results are as follows.

Invitation Race 1 Results
1st Scott Olsen (A Salt Weapon) (WA)
2nd Mark Soulsby (Therapeutic) (SA)
3rd Russell Rooney (Outawood) (VIC)

Invitation Race 2 Results
1st Scott Olsen (A Salt Weapon) (WA)
2nd John Rondo (Blue Rondo) (QLD)
3rd Daen D’Orazio (String Theory) (VIC)

Heat 1 Provisional Results
1st Scott Olsen (A Salt Weapon) (WA)
2nd Mark Soulsby (Therapeutic) (SA)
3rd Daen D’Orazio (String Theory) (VIC)
4th Gary McLennan Artful Dodger (VIC)

Heat 2 Provisional Results
1st Scott Olsen (A Salt Weapon) (WA)
2nd David Arnold (SA)
3rd [insert name here] (Michael Arnold) (SA)

Heat 3 Provisional Results
1st Scott Olsen (A Salt Weapon) (WA)
2nd Gary McLennan Artful Dodger (VIC)
3rd Serendipity Nick Mouat (VIC)

Heat 4 Provisional Results
1st Scott Olsen (A Salt Weapon) (WA)
2nd Andrew Graham (Loitering with Intent) (VIC)
3rd Daen D’Orazio (String Theory) (VIC)

Overall Provisional Results (after Heat 4)
1sf Scott Olsen (A Salt Weapon) (WA)
2nd Gary McLennan (Artful Dodger) (VIC)
3rd Mark Soulsby (Therapeutic) (SA)
4th Nick Mouat (Serendipity) (VIC)

For full results, go here.

By Chelsea Baker


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