The 53rd Annual Sabot Nationals and David Short Sabot Week will be held in Hobart from the 27th December 2016 hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. The Nationals is a spectacular event, attracting over 100 of the best young sailors aged 7 to 15, from around Australia each year. The event is a breeding ground for future champions, with many of the past winners going on to International and Olympic success, including 5 of the 8 medal winners at the 2012 London Olympics.
Sabots are the premier junior sailing class in Australia with over 50 years of history. The boat is just under 8 feet long with a single sail. Sabots are sailed in two divisions – senior and junior.
The junior division is sailed by two children under the age of 12, the skipper steers the boat while the crew looks after the sail.
Once the sailors are competent they move to the senior division and sail by themselves.
About the Regatta
Each year a Sabot Club is chosen to host the Sabot National Championships, in 2016– 2017 the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania will host to the regatta. Sailors come from all over Australia to participate in this week-long event.
- 27th December 2016 to 3rd January 2017
- 2 races per day, 10 races in total
- Over 100 junior sailors aged between 7 and 15 from around Australia
- Daily presentations awarding trophies for winners and sportsmanship
Each day various off water activities are held to enable the young sailors to not only build their sailing skills but also their social skills. Sailors represent their state team and there is friendly rivalry between the states with each team regularly singing their ‘war cry’ during the event. There is an inclusive atmosphere which is enjoyed by all.