Sabre Australian Titles BRYC - Notice of Race
28 December 2016 – 3 January 2017

Organising Authority Black Rock Yacht Club Inc. on behalf of the Sabre Sailing Association of Victoria Inc.




Black Rock Yacht Club Inc. (BRYC) on behalf of the Sabre Sailing Association of Victoria Inc. (SSAV) invites entries in the 39th Sabre Australian Championships (the Championships) to be sailed on Port Phillip Bay in December 2016/January 2017 under the following conditions –

1.     RULES

  1. The Championship will be governed by The Rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
  2. YA Special regulations, Addendum “A” Part 2 (off the beach boats) will apply.


The racing rules of sailing (RRS) will be modified in accordance with RRS 86 as follows: RRS 41, Outside Help, will be replaced by : “A boat may receive outside help as provided for in RRS 1.1 and, in addition, where the Organising Authority deems that the vessel and its crew require assistance in order to right a capsized vessel and/or return its crew to the vessel in order to continue racing.”


  1. Advertising will be in accordance with ISAF Regulation 20.
  2. Boats may be required to display event sponsor's name(s)/logo(s) and bow numbers. If required, the Organising Authority will supply these items and they shall be affixed and/or worn as detailed in the Sailing Instructions.


  1. The Championships are open to boats of the Sabre class that comply with the class rules of the Sabre Sailing Association of Australia Inc and whose helms are current financial members of a State Sabre Association. Competitors must also be a current financial member of a club affiliated with a State or National Yachting Authority.
  2. Eligible boats may enter on line at In addition, a competitor declaration (and Parent / Guardian consent if applicable) must be lodged at registration to complete the entry.
  3. Entries received after Friday 2nd December 2016 and up to Wednesday 28th December 2016 are to pay an extra fee of $50 (Late Fee). Entries received after 2nd December 2016 may not receive the regatta clothing item/size ordered. Entries received after 20th December 2016 will be at the sole discretion of the Organising Committee.

5.     FEES

  1. A non-refundable early bird entry fee of $260 is payable as part of the online entry for all entries received by Friday 2nd December 2016. This price includes one ticket to each of the welcome night, New Years Eve entry and the presentation dinner.
  2. Additional tickets to social events (Welcome night, NYE party & Presentation diner) will be available for sale online as part of regatta registration. A limited number of tickets may be available at the registration desk during the regatta. For the cost of additional tickets please refer to the online booking system.



  1. Regatta Schedule
Date Event  and proposed number of races Time/Warning Signal
Tue 27th Dec 2016 Registration 1030 to 1600
Wed  28th Dec Registration
Briefing session
Invitation race (1 race)
Welcome night
0930 to 1045
Thur 29th Dec Racing (2 races) 1330
Fri 30th Dec Racing (2 races) 1330
Sat 31st Dec Racing (2 races)
New Year’s Eve Party
Sun 1st Jan 2017 No Racing  
Mon 2nd Jan Racing (2 races) 1330
Tue 3rd Jan Racing (1 race)
Presentation Dinner
  1. The maximum number of races shall be nine (9).
  2. Two races are scheduled for each day except for the last day, when only one is scheduled, and 1 January when there will be no racing. Extra races may be scheduled on a race day but only to catch up lost races, not to go ahead of schedule. No more than three races will be conducted on any race day, except for the last day when a maximum of two races may be sailed. Any change is to be made according to instructions in the sailing instructions.


  1. Equipment inspection will take place at BRYC.
  2. Each boat must hold a current “A” Sabre class measurement certificate which may be evidenced by an “A” class sticker on the boat.
  3. Except in circumstances prescribed by cl 7.6 each boat shall use a maximum two sails, one centreboard and one rudder during the Championships.
  4. Competitors will be required to present sails and foils at registration that show evidence of measurement by their state measurer at any time prior to this regatta. Any measuring of sails or foils undertaken during the regatta will incur an additional late fee of $20 per boat (unless undertaken as per 7.5 below
  5. The class measurer, or appointed delegate, may conduct random measurement checks on boats and equipment before, during and after the regatta at the discretion of the Race Committee.
  6. Damaged equipment may be replaced on written request to and approval by the race committee.


Sailing Instructions will be available on the BRYC website prior to the regatta and at registration.


9.     VENUE

BRYC is located at Half Moon Bay, Black Rock Victoria. Racing will be conducted on the waters of Port Philip adjacent to the club.

10.       COURSES

The course/s will be as detailed in the Sailing Instructions

11.       SCORING

  1. The Low Point System of Appendix A shall apply.
  2. Scoring for determination of results by division will be determined from the results of the overall fleet
  3. Four (4) races are required to be completed to constitute a series
  4. When fewer than six (6) races have been completed a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores.
  5. When six (6) to seven (7) races have been completed a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score
  6. When eight (8) or (9) races have been completed a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two (2) worst scores.

12.         SUPPORT BOATS

  1. All support boats shall register with the Organising Authority before the first race of the regatta, stating the name of all persons aboard and the sail number of all boats they are supporting.
  2. Support boats, such as coach boats etc, must be registered with the Organising Authority and shall be identified as required by the Organising Authority.
  3. A Support Boat Registration Form will be provided by contacting BRYC Inc. at XXXXX. Support boats must carry a VHF radio capable of operating on channels 71, 72, 73 and 77.
  4. No overnight mooring facilities will be available at BRYC or within Half Moon Bay
  5. Team leaders, coaches and other support personnel shall stay at least 50 meters outside areas where boats are racing from the time of the preparatory signal for the start until all boats have finished or the race committee signals a postponement, general recall or abandonment.
  6. Support boats shall be marked by displaying flag W of a minimum size of 400 by 500mm, conspicuously at all times.
  7. The crews of all support boats shall attend the Championship Safety Briefings.
  8. Support boats are required to monitor the safety radio frequency at all times and shall be required to undertake safety duties at the direction of the Race Officer.

13.         BERTHING

Boats shall be stored in the BRYC storage yard and in the carpark in front of the club. Note boat storage is provided at owner’s risk.


A boat shall neither make radio transmission while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. The restriction also applies to mobile telephones.

15.       PRIZES

Category Prizes awarded to:
Open 1st to 10th
Ladies Champion 1st to 3rd
Youth Champion (Under 18 years) 1st to 3rd
Seniors Champion (18 – 39 years) 1st to 3rd
Masters Champion (40 - 49 years) 1st to 3rd
Grand Masters Champion (50-59 years) 1st to 3rd
Veterans Champion (60 - 69 years) 1st to 3rd
Grand Veterans Champion (70+ years) 1st to 3rd
Over 90 kg’s 1st
Under 60 kg’s 1st
Average female 1st
Average male 1st
Allocation of prizes in all categories remains at the discretion of the Organising Authority and is dependent on the number of entries.


  1. Competitors participate in the Championships entirely at their own risk. See Rule 4, Decision to Race.
  2. The Organising Authority will not accept any liability for material or property damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

17.         INSURANCE

  1. Each boat is required to hold adequate third-party insurance, and it is the owner’s, or owner’s representative’s, sole and inescapable responsibility to ensure that such insurance is in place and is adequate.
  2. All boats competing in the Championships shall have third party insurance cover of not less than AUD $5,000,000 (recommended AUD $10,000,000) or equivalent thereof in any other currency for any accident.
  3. All owners/competitors who enter online are deemed to have made a declaration that such cover is held and current for the duration of the Championships.


Barry Eastgate - Secretary/Treasurer, Sabre Association of Australia and Victoria
0419 000 572
Russell Rooney – President, Sabre Sailing Association of Vic
0417 357 077
James Read – Manager, Black Rock Yacht Club Inc’
03 9598 0570




By participating in the Championships a competitor automatically grants the Organising Authority, the Sabre Sailing Association of Australia Inc, the Sabre Sailing Association of Victoria Inc. and their sponsors the right in perpetuity to make use and show, from time to time at their discretion any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproductions of him or her during the period of competition without compensation.

20.        AMENDMENTS

Any amendments to this Notice of Race will be posted on the Sabre website           


Storage of trailers will be offsite at Black Rock Primary School, Arkaringa Crest, Black Rock.


Half chest size is the measurement from armpit to armpit across the back of the folded shirt.
Competitor polo shirts:
Size                           Half chest (cm)           Body length (cm)
8                                42.0                             60.0cm
10                              45.0                             62.0
12                              47.5                             64.0
14                              50.0                             66.0
16                              52.5                             68.0
18                              55.0                             70.0
20                              57.5                             72.0
22                              60.0                             74.0
S                               53.5                             70.0
M                              56.0                             72.5
L                                58.5                             75.0
XL                             61.0                             77.5
2XL                           63.5                             80.0
3XL                           66.0                             82.5
4XL                           68.5                             85.0
5XL                           71.0                             87.5
Stormtech Jacket Sizing -cm (optional purchase)          
 Men  S  M  L  XL  2XL  3XL  4XL  5XL
 Chest  89 - 96.5  96.5 - 104  104 - 112  112 - 119  119 - 127  127 - 134.5  134.5 - 142  142 - 150
 Waist  73.5 - 81  81 - 89  89 - 96.5  96.5 - 104  104 - 112  112 - 119  119 - 127  127 - 134.5
 Hip  86 - 94  94 - 101.5  101.5 - 109  109 - 117  117 - 124.5  124.5 - 132  132 - 140  140 - 147
 Sleeve Lth  84 - 86.5  86.5 - 89  89 - 91.5  91.5 - 94  94 - 96.5  96.5 - 97.75  97.75 - 99  99 - 100.25
Women  XS  S  M  L  XL  2XL
 Chest  73.5 - 81  81 - 89  89 - 96.5  96.5 - 104  104 - 112  112 - 119
 Waist  56 - 63.5  63.5 - 71  71 - 79  79 - 86  86 - 94  94 - 101.5
 Hip  80 - 87.5  87.5 - 95  95 - 103  103 - 110.5  110.5 - 118  118 - 126
 Sleeve Lth  76 - 79  79 - 81.5  81.5 - 84  84 - 85  85 - 86.5  86.5 - 87.75

Name:                         __________________________       
Boat Name:                 __________________________        Sail Number:   _____________
Sailing Club:                __________________________        YA Number:       _____________
State Association:       __________________________       
I agree to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing, the Prescriptions and Special Regulations of Yachting Australia, the Sabre Sailing Association of Australia Incorporated Class Rules, the Notice of Race (except where any of these are altered by the Sailing Instructions) and by the Sailing Instructions.
I acknowledge that RRS 4 (Decision to Race) places the sole responsibility for deciding whether or not to start or to continue racing on the boat.
I acknowledge that neither Black Rock YC Inc’, Sabre Sailing Association of Victoria Inc, Sabre Sailing Association of Australia Inc, their officers, members, servants nor volunteers shall accept liability or responsibility whatsoever for death or any personal or material injury or damage sustained by a participant before, during or after the Championships.
I am a current financial member of the above-mentioned sailing club and State Sabre Sailing Association. I have a current Third Party Liability and Public Liability Insurance Policy of not less than $5,000,000 AUD valid for the period of the regatta.
SIGNATURE: .................................................... DATE: ........................
PARENT/GUARDIAN AUTHORISATION (if entrant under 18 years of age at time of entry)
I ..........................................., the parent/guardian of .......................................... consent to his/her participation upon the terms and conditions set out above, accept the acknowledgements included therein, and do likewise indemnify the officers and organisers of the above mentioned organisations.
SIGNATURE: ........................................................................ DATE: ............................

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