NSW Sabot Championship wraps up in Teralba

The NSW Sabot Championship concluded over the weekend (March 19-20) with Round 2 being hosted on Lake Macquarie by Teralba Amateur Sailing Club. 

Fleet sailing upwind just after race start, most of the fleet is at the boat end.
Race start. Pic – Col Skelton

The event was sailed over a variety of conditions across both rounds, giving the 43 competing boats lots of opportunities to advance their sailing skills. Round 2 saw some big waves and strong wind on the Saturday, providing the kids with lots of great rides and stories to share on shore.  While sibling rivalry between Marshall and Keisha Day was extremely high in the final results, in true Sabot style, the real winners of the event were the friendships strengthened between competitors and the opportunities for improvement in sailing skills through participation.

The NSW Championship was taken out by Belmont 16s sailor Marshall Day in Speed Demon, who finished one point in front of sister Keisha Day, sailing Holy Guacamole. Port Macquarie SC sailor Charlie Nosworthy in Vitamin C finished in third place, ahead of his brother Aidan Nosworthy, sailing Red Herring.

The Sabot 2-Up State Title was won by Lane Cove and Drummoyne sailors Luke Mercer and Mary Lou Doolan, in White Pearl, who finished three points in front of Aerial, sailed by his siblings Lily and Harry Mercer. Aerial was leading this division after Round 1, showing how close the racing was between the 2-Up Sabot sailors.

Two boats behind each other and almost windward leeward sailing upwind.
1426 Aerial (Lily and Harry Mercer) and 7138 White Pearl (Luke Mercer and Mary Lou Doolan). Pic – Col Skelton

Lane Cove 12 Foot Sailing Skiff Club sailors took out the top handicap placings with Max Nicholson sailing Missing in Action ahead of fellow club sailor Lucas Wood, aboard Adventure Time.  Drummoyne sailor Alex Clark in Spitfire finished third place on handicap.

The Spark Sail division had six entrants and was taken out by Meg Ellis, representing Teralba Amateur SC.  The Spark Sail is a slightly smaller sail, a class initiative aimed to provide the opportunity for smaller kids or those new into the class and preferring to sail 1-Up to participate in events.

The future for sabot sailing is looking extremely positive, with half the competitors in the NSW State Titles being 12 years old or younger.  Additionally, it was really pleasing to see three boats travelled to Round 2 from Coffs Harbour Yacht Club, where an emerging NSW regional sabot fleet is gaining momentum.  Finn Savage from Coffs Harbour competed in a Sabot States for the first time and finished 11th in heat 10, evidence that this new fleet has lots of potential going forward.

For the full results, see: http://www.sailingresults.com.au/ScoreItV2/Public/Templates/Default/index.php?event_id=1115

Speed Demon reaching, bow up.
The 2021/22 NSW Sabot 1-Up Champion – Marshall Day (Speed Demon). Pic – Sam Gong

Round 2 of the NSW State Championship was the perfect lead up regatta to the Lake Macquarie City Council Sabot National Championship and Paul Stivano Sabot Week, to be held at Teralba 9-12 April 2022. The upcoming regatta caters for all levels of sailing skill, with kids newer to sailing participating in Sabot Week, while the more experienced sailors will compete for the National title. 

Sailors registered to participate in the event are travelling from areas including Townsville, North Queensland and Tasmania.  It is exciting that the 11 registered Tasmanian sabots are representing five different clubs, evidence of the strength of the class in Tasmania.  The vast distances families are travelling to compete confirms that Sabot sailing is serious fun.  There are currently 52 boats registered and counting to compete in the event commencing 9 April (39 National Titles, 11 Sabot Week). 

Charter boats are available for the event – see the Notice of Race for details on how to get involved: http://sabot.com.au/australian-sabot-news/

By Holly Norris/Northern NSW Sabot Sailing Association

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