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This edition of the constitution and rules were derived in 1996 by editing the previous documents into the current format. They are now arranged into 7 sections:



which defines the powers of the governing Australian National Sabot Council (ANSC), and how it manages the constitution, bylaws and rules for the Sabot Class Dinghies.

Section 3 - Appendix 1:


Section 4 - Appendix 2: Draft copy of


for use at the National Championships and suitable for other Sabot Championships and Regattas, incorporating the requirements of the Sailing By Laws.


to which a valid Sabot must conform.



for provision by the Council and its Member Associations, to assist members or potential members in the construction of Sabot Class Dinghies.







These papers are issued as Controlled Documents to each Member Association. Amendments and updates, when initiated under the procedures defined in the Constitution, will be issued by the National Secretary, with the amendment number and date appended to each amended page. Each Member Association Secretary shall maintain their copy in an up to date condition, and record amendments in the table provided.

Uncontrolled copies of all documents may be issued by Council and the Member Associations, for the promotion and development of the class. All copies will carry the date and revision number in the footer of each page.


15/4/96 issue one all P. Stevenson
1/7/96 A all ANSC
2/10/96 B nil (as approved) ANSC
6/01/97 C 1996/7 conference ANSC


Amendments are highlighted with a vertical line in the right margin







The title of the governing body shall be the Australian National Sabot Council. (ANSC)



The objects shall be:

(a) To govern and control the Sabot Class Dinghy in Australia, provide designs, rules, and specifications for the construction of boats of the class.

(b) To further and encourage the sailing and racing of the class.

(c) To assist in the extension of the class throughout Australia and to do all acts and deeds which may be deemed conducive to the interests of the class.




(a) "Annual Conference" shall mean the Annual Meeting of Council at the time and place of Australian Sabot Championship competitions.

(b) "Council" shall mean Federation of Member Associations, as represented at Annual Conference.

(c) "Member Association" shall mean an affiliated Association of an Australian State, or defined area of a state, which has Objectives consistent with the ANSC, within its area.

(d) "Member" shall mean any person who is a member of a Member Association.

(e) "Delegate" shall mean a member duly appointed, in writing, by a Member Association.

(f) "Class" shall mean Sabot Class Dinghy, or National Sabot Dinghy.




The composition of the Council shall be, a National President, Vice-President, National Secretary/Treasurer, Minute Secretary, Race Secretary, Measurer and two Delegates for each Member Association.

The National President, Vice-President, Minute and Race Secretaries and Measurer shall be nominated from members of the Member Association holding the forthcoming Australian championships. Each shall have a voice at any meeting of the council, but not the power to vote, unless appointed Delegate, except in the case of National President, who may, in the event of an equal vote, exercise a casting vote.

The two delegates of each Member Association shall be entitled to one vote each, provided their Member Association is financial. If a Member Association is represented by one delegate, such delegate shall be entitled to exercise two votes, provided his Member Association is financial.

In the event that any Member Association deciding not to send a delegate or delegates to a meeting of the Council, it may, in writing, appoint as proxy, a delegate of another Member Association and such appointee may exercise at such meetings, the voting power of the Member Association not present.

In the event of any Member Association failing to send a delegate or delegates to a meeting of the Council, and not being represented by proxy, such Member Association nevertheless shall be bound by any resolution of such meeting, provided always that such meeting is properly convened and constituted.

The National President shall be Chairman of each meeting of the Council, in his absence then the Vice-President, in their absence, the Council shall elect an Acting Chairman.



The Annual Conference may, by resolution, elect as an honorary member any person who is deemed eligible and to have rendered special services in furthering the objects of the council. They may attend annual meetings and participate in discussion but may not move a motion or have any voting powers unless a delegate. Honorary life members shall only be elected by unanimous vote. Notice of motion in writing for nomination of honorary life members shall be forwarded at least 12 weeks before the annual conference to the National Secretary/Treasurer including a resume of the nominee’s attributes for all members’ information before the Conference.



The resolution of the Council and the rules it makes from time to time shall govern the policy and activities of the Member Associations. The Council shall have the power:

(a) By resolution at its meetings and in accordance with Rule 7 to make, amend and/or rescind any part of the constitution and/or by laws, rules, make, amend, clarify and/or vary the plans and/or specifications and/or designs of sabot class dinghies, provided that such resolution is carried by two-thirds majority of Council.

(b) To elect at each Annual Conference a National President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Minute Secretary, Race Secretary, Measurer and Auditor, who shall hold office from 31st January following their election for a period of 12 months.

(c) To transact any other business which the Council deems to be in the interests of the class.




(a) When it is proposed by a Member Association that Annual Conference should frame any new rules or amend or rescind any existing rule or make any alteration to the Constitution, Plans, Restriction or Measurement Form of the Sabot Class Dinghy, then such proposal shall be forwarded to reach the National Secretary/Treasurer by certified delivery 12 twelve weeks prior to the date of the Annual Conference.

(b) The National Secretary/Treasurer shall provide all Member Associations with a copy of such proposals at least ten weeks prior to the date of the Annual Conference; then such proposal shall be considered to be an agenda item for the Annual Conference.

(c) All other items of business which Member Associations may wish to submit must be in the hands of the National Secretary/Treasurer at least six weeks prior to the date of the Annual Conference.

(d) A meeting may include such subsequently submitted motions to its agenda, upon a formal motion supported by at least two-thirds of the voting strength of the Council.

(e) The National President shall submit a report to the Annual Conference on the year’s activities.

(f) The National Secretary/Treasurer shall submit a statement of the Council’s accounts for the twelve months preceding the Annual Meeting.




(a) The Annual Conference shall be held, if possible, on the night of the invitation race day and may be adjourned to a convenient date and time, prior to the last day of competition for that championship.

(b) A meeting of Member Association Measurers and the National Measurer shall be held, if possible on the night of measuring day, but prior to the Annual Conference. The meeting shall report to the Annual Conference, and raise items for consideration of the Annual Conference. See Paragraph 17.

(c) Special General Meetings may only be convened as follows:

(i) By a requisition in writing to the National Secretary/Treasurer by at least (3) three Member Associations.

(ii) By decision of the President.

Notice of Special Council Meetings shall be given to all persons entitled to be present at an Annual Conference. Notices shall state the business to be considered and no other than that for which the meeting has been called shall be discussed.

(d) All Council Meetings shall lapse if there be no quorum within half hour after the advertised commencing time of the meeting.

(e) At all Council Meetings the accepted rules of debate shall apply.




At least four (4) weeks’ notice, including an agenda, shall be given of all meetings to all Member Associations except an adjourned meeting.



Council Meetings shall constitute a quorum when a simple majority of Member Associations is represented and more than half the full voting strength of the Council is present, but not otherwise.



Motions may be submitted and resolved by the Council, by correspondence, subject to the following conditions:

(a) Each motion shall be despatched by certified delivery to the National Secretary/Treasurer who shall then forward copies to all Member Associations.

(b) Thereupon each Member Association shall lodge by certified delivery its vote with the National Secretary/Treasurer within 60 days after the date of such dispatch, otherwise they shall be deemed to have refrained from voting.

(c) A motion shall not be deemed carried unless it is approved by two-thirds of the voting strength of the Council. Results of such postal votes shall be immediately despatched to all Member Associations by certified delivery.




The National President shall be the chief officer of the Council and shall be entitled to preside at all meetings and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees. The president shall take all necessary steps to carry out the resolution of the Council and shall generally further its well being and objects.



The Vice-President shall assist the President in carrying out the duties of his office and shall carry out the duties of Chairman of Meetings when the president is absent.



The duties of the National Secretary/Treasurer shall be:

(a) To attend to correspondence and keep records of same, generally act according to the directions of Council and carry out all customary work of such office.

(b) To keep the register of certificates of all boats competing in National Championships.

(c) Shall receive and take charge of all monies belonging to the Council and shall within seven (7) days of receipt of same, deposit such money to the credit of the Council in an approved account. The books are to be kept posted and always be ready to lay before the Council.

(d) They shall prepare a financial statement for presentation to the Annual Conference incorporating the whole of the financial transactions of the Council and shall forward audited copies of the Financial Statement to Member Associations within sixty (60) days of the end of the Council’s financial year.




The Minute Secretary shall attend all meetings and take the minutes and have them collated into a form for the National Secretary/Treasurer to have them printed and forwarded to all Member Associations within twenty eight (28) days.



(a) The Race Secretary should be a member of the club which is to host the next National Championships. Together with the National President and Vice-President they are to ensure that the requirements of Council, as set out in the Appendices, Sailing Bylaws, and Rules of Measurement are followed in formulating the various documentation for running the championships.

(b) To forward notice of race, entry forms and to accept all entries, collate and ensure that they comply with all the Council’s requirements.

(c) To generally act in the capacity and carry out the duties of the office.




The Measurer should be the Measurer of the Member Association which is to host the next National Championships and will be Chairman of the Measuring Committee.


Duties of the National Measurer

(a) To be responsible to the Australian National Sabot Council. To contribute to the Council on the maintenance of, and compliance to the Rules of Measurement.

(b) To co-opt, when necessary, accredited measurers to assist in interpretation.

(c) To cause a member of the Measurement Committee to be present at the National Championships to act as observer and to act, where necessary, to assist the Host Association Measurers on matters of interpretation.

(d) Answer all enquires regarding plans and restrictions from accredited Association Measurers.

(e) To be responsible for co-ordination of measuring committee activities and for liaison with the National Secretary/Treasurer.



Measuring Committee

The Measuring Committee shall consist of a minimum of three accredited Member Association Measurers, one to be the National Measurer, appointed at the annual conference. By preference the two others should be the past and subsequent Host State Measurers.

Their duties include:

(f) To interpret all plans, restrictions and directions from the Australian National Sabot Council - within the spirit of the Council’s intentions - and to see that uniform interpretations are adopted.

(g) All correspondence relating to the Measuring Committee business will be handled by the National Secretary/Treasurer.

(h) Notification of Measuring Committee meetings will be given by the National Secretary/Treasurer.




The Executive Committee shall consist of the National President, National Secretary/Treasurer, Race Secretary, National Measurer, and the Minute Secretary.

The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the day to day affairs of the council. Amendments of Constitution , Bylaws, Rules of Measurement, Approved Plans and Designs and shall be referred to the annual conference.



The Auditor shall examine the books, accounts, receipts and other financial records of the Council for the year following his election and compare same with the financial statement. He shall report the results of his audit of those accounts to the Council.



Each representative to the Annual Conference shall be required to produce proper credentials, duly certified by the President or Secretary of the Member Associations he represents.



No account shall be paid until authorised for payment by the National President, or in his absence the Vice-President. No money shall be withdrawn except by cheque signed by either the National President or Vice-President and National Secretary/Treasurer.

The account is for the exclusive use of the Council and must not be used for any other purpose.



The financial year of the Council shall terminate on the 30th November of each year.



The annual subscription to the Council by each Member Association shall be $50.00, payable on the 1st July each year. A Member Association shall not be eligible to compete in the National Championship races if its subscription is in arrears. (see clause 24). Council reserves the right to vary the annual subscription of Member Associations.

Council has power to impose levies on Member Associations when considered necessary.



Any Member Association whose subscriptions is in arrears for six months after 30th June and/or has not paid in full any levy within six months of the date of being first imposed shall be unfinancial and not entitled to the rights and privileges of the Council.



The Council may be divided into Member Associations as follows:

(a) A Member Association may, upon authority of Annual Conference, be formed in any State, Territory, area or dependency of the Commonwealth and shall be subject to the control and directions of the Council.

(b) The powers of each Member Association shall be defined by the Australian National Sabot Council.

(c) A Member Association may adopt rules for its own government, provided that nothing in any such rules may oppose any rule of the Australian National Sabot Council.




(a) The Council may by a clear two-thirds majority of the delegates present at a Special General Meeting of the Council called for the purpose of considering an allegation against a delegate or affiliated member, suspend or expel any delegate or affiliated member who, in the opinion of such majority, shall have been guilty of misconduct or any flagrant breach of the Constitution.

(b) Four weeks notice of any such intended proceedings shall be given to a delegate or affiliated member who shall be entitled to be heard in relation to any allegations made.





These Bylaws detail the Council’s requirements for the running of National Championship regattas and may be used for other championships and regattas for Sabot Class Dinghies, conducted by Member Associations.

Whilst the Australian National Council does not wish to direct Member Associations, it feels that, by using a standard form of documentation, it will ensure a consistent approach is used in conducting the championship.

Obviously there are some rules and regulations that local authorities insist on in various States; however, it is considered these can be included with little difficulty.

1. CREW AND AGE LIMITATIONS Applicable to all Sabot Class racing.

Junior Sailors

Sailors must sail 2up (i.e. with both skipper and crew). The age limit for both skipper and crew is up to and including the sailing season in which he/she has his/her 12th birthday.


Senior Sailors

Sailors must sail 1up (i.e. single handed). The age limit is from the sailing season in which the skipper has his/her 13th birthday until the sailing season in which the skipper has his/her 16th birthday, both seasons inclusive.

Option: Sailors have the option of sailing "Senior 1 up" or "Junior 2 up" during the sailing season in which they have their 12th birthday, but having sailed as a one up Senior can not return to sailing as a two up Junior as defined above.



(a) The championship is to be held over a maximum of six heats with the best five to count to a yacht’s total points. A minimum of three races is to constitute a championship. An orientation race shall precede the championship.

A handicap series shall be run in conjunction with the heats of the National Championships. Handicap awards shall be made upon handicap performance over the whole series of the regatta. Contestants winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd place on a non-handicap basis shall be ineligible for winning handicap awards in either Junior or Senior divisions of the series.

These races are to be held over the Christmas/New Year period so the furthest competitor does not have to leave their state before Christmas Day. The races should not extend beyond the 14th day of the New Year. Entry fee shall be set by the Host club and should be kept to a minimum. The series may be named after a sponsor if necessary. In selecting a venue consideration shall be made for the availability of accommodation for competitors.

(b) Entry to the Championship shall be open to financial members of a club affiliated with a Member Association, aged as per Item 1, and who is selected by that Association. No more than 12 seniors and 6 junior Sabots, shall represent any Member Association at the National Titles.


Senior Division

Australian Champion - "Fico" Trophy

Champion Team - Australian National Sabot Council Trophy

Orientation Race Winner - "Hilite Marine" Trophy

Series Handicap Winner - Australian National Sabot Council Trophy

Teams Trophy - ANSC Trophy and Medallions


Junior Division

Australian Champion - "J.Armstrong" Trophy

Champion Team - Australian National Sabot Council Trophy

Orientation Race Winner - "Westpac" Trophy (formerly "Bank of N.S.W." Trophy)

Series Handicap Winner - Australian National Sabot Council Trophy

Teams Trophy - ANSC Trophy and Medallions

Teams Trophies in each division, will be decided upon by the best eight placings (seniors), or best four placings (juniors) from each Member Association,, based on total points as calculated by Addendum B2.

(d) The sequence for hosting the National Titles shall be as follows:

North Queensland


Southern Queensland


Southern N.S.W.

Northern N.S.W.

However, if any Member Association is unable to host the titles in any one year the next Member Association in the sequence will take their turn and the sequence will be unbroken. In this event advice must be given by the defaulting Member Association to the National Secretary/Treasurer at least six (6) months in advance of the next conference so alternative arrangements can be made. Written nomination of the Host Club and Officials with a brief resume of the experience and sailing area is to be submitted to the National Secretary/Treasurer prior to the preceding conference (see Item 7c of the Constitution).

(e) If a Member Association is unable to field a full team no substitution of any other boats into that team shall be allowed.




The Host Club shall conduct a handicap series for any other competitors in conjunction with the National Championship, generally to be sailed on the morning before each championship Heat. The Orientation race shall be a combined fleet. Heats of Sabot Week shall not be sailed at the same time and on the same course as Championship Heats. In addition to the handicap prizes, the host club will award prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd outright placegetters in both Senior and Junior divisions for the Sabot Week series. National boats may compete but not be crewed by national competitors.

The series to be called Sabot Week may be named in honour of a person who has contributed to sailing generally. Entry fee shall be set by the Host Club and should be kept to a minimum.


(a) A triangular course incorporating a windward return, starting and finishing on the wind, of no more than 11 km and no less than 8 km in total length shall be set.

(b) All handicapping shall be the responsibility of the Host Club, to be calculated on the series alone; no previous handicaps are to be taken into account.

(c) Alternative penalties for infringement of a rule shall be used. Appendix B1.1 (720o turns)

(d) Time limit not to exceed 3 hours.

(e) Round the end rule shall apply to all starts. (Rule 51.1 of IYRU Yacht Racing Rules)

(f) Scoring shall be by Addendum B2 Low Point Scoring System, specifying the number of heats to be sailed. see Item 2(a).

(g) Safety - The current A.Y.F Safety Regulations applying to "Off the beach yachts" shall be applicable to the championship series.

(h) All entries shall hold a valid measurement certificate as per Rule 20 of IYRU Yacht Racing Rules.

(i) All Sabots entered in the Championship shall be checked prior to the first race for compliance with the measurement rules. The minimum item to be checked are: Sail, Spars, Weight of hull, Centreboard and Rudder.


APPENDIX 2 Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions



................................................. ZONE SABOT ASSOCIATION


and THE ...................... SABOT WEEK

conducted under the authority of the ................



Date: ..... December ...... to .... January .......



Organising authority:

Host club and

regatta headquarters:

1. Rules: The regatta will be governed by the Current International Yacht Racing Rules, the Prescriptions and Safety Regulations of the AYF, the rules and appendices of the Australian National Sabot Council and by the sailing instructions.

2. Interpretation of Rules of Measurement: In line with precedent set at previous Nationals, the race committee will not accept any protests related to measurement, considered by the National Measurer, to be a minor non compliance with the class rules.

3. Advertising: The Regatta is classified as a Category A Event in accordance with Appendix A3 and the prescriptions of the AYF. Clause 3.1(e) may be applied requiring all competitors to carry event sponsor’s advertising.

4. Eligibility and entry:


Every yacht shall hold, and have available, for inspection, a valid measurement certificate issued by the relevant Member Association. All yachts shall be entered and crewed by financial members or a Yacht Club affiliated with a registered Member Association of the National Sabot Council.

All crews must be a member of a Member Association and a club recognised by its state or territory yachting authority.

Racing will be in two divisions in each event.

Junior division: Sailors must sail 2up (i.e. with both skipper and crew). The age limit foe both skipper and crew is up to and including the sailing season in which he/she jas his/her 12th birthday. Forward hands are to sheet the boat at all times except in extenuating circumstances and in the true spirit of fair sailing.

Option: Sailors have the option of sailing "Senior 1 up" or " Junior 2 up" during the sailing season in which they have their 12th birthday, but having sailed as a one up Senior can not return to sailing as a two up Junior as defined above.

Senior division Sailors must sail 1 up (i.e. single handed). The age limit is from the sailing season in which the skipper has his/her 13th birthday until the sailing season in which the skipper has his/her 16th birthday, both seasons inclusive.

National Championship:

Entry is restricted to Senior and Junior Sabots selected and nominated by the State/Zone Sabot Associations in accordance with the National Sabot Council Constitution and appendices. Each Member Association may be represented by no more than 12 Senior and 6 Junior entries.

Sabot Week:

Entry is open to all registered Sabots and sailors, affiliated with a State/Zone Sabot Association, except that skippers and crews competing in the concurrent National Championship are not eligible.


Eligible yachts may enter on the attached entry form which must be lodged with ................................................................... by ........................... accompanied by the appropriate fee.

5. Fees: The entry fee for all events is $...... per sabot.


6. Schedule of events:




7. Measurements: All yachts must be presented for measurement on either of the two measuring days. Measurements will be taken in accordance with Appendix 1.

Yachts and their equipment, including their safety equipment, may be measured and/or inspected at any time during the regatta by the National Measurer or his assistants. Application to have measured equipment replaced due to damage must be in writing to the National Measurer. The replacement equipment must be tendered for measurement, and if accepted the approval will be in writing.

8. Sailing instructions: The sailing instructions will be available after .................... at regatta headquarters.


9. Regatta Site and Racing area: The Regatta site and approximate racing area is shown in the map at the end of this notice.


10. Courses: Will be approximately 8km to 11km in length. The following diagram shows the course including the approximate angles between legs, the order in which marks are to be rounded or passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left. A port hand course is shown, the starboard hand course will be a mirror image of the diagram. The Race Committee may set either a port or starboard course.


























11. Scoring: The low-points scoring system, Appendix B2.2 of the racing rules will apply. If less than 5 races are completed all results will count. A minimum of 3 results are required to constitute a series.

12. Alternative penalties: The 720 Turns penalty, appendix B1.1 of the racing rules will apply.

13. Crew limitations: The Race Committee may permit the substitution of forward hand in the case of illness or other special circumstances.

14. Prizes: Prizes will be awarded as follows.

OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st to 6th places, Senior and Junior.

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, each race, Senior and Junior.

CHAMPIONSHIP HANDICAP 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Senior and Junior.

The first three placegetters in the Championship will be ineligible for Handicap prizes.



Handicap Overall, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Senior and Junior.

Line Honours Overall, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Senior and Junior.

Line Honours and Handicap, each race Senior and Junior.


1st, 2nd, 3rd, Senior and Junior.



SENIOR CHAMPION: Australian Championship Trophy

JUNIOR CHAMPION: J. Armstrong Trophy


TEAM TROPHIES (senior and junior): Australian National Sabot Council Trophy

Medallions to each team member




Senior: Hilite Marine Trophy

Junior: Westpac Trophy




Overall Line Honours Senior


Scratch Senior Phil Stevenson Trophy Scratch Junior Australian National Sabot Council Handicap Senior Allwood Family Perpetual Trophy

Handicap Junior Allwood Family Perpetual Trophy

15. Entries close: ........................... Beach entries will be accepted up to the end of the Measurement and Registration days .








... December .... to .. January ....



1. Rules


The regatta will be governed by the Current International Yacht Racing Rules, the prescriptions and safety regulations of the Australian Yachting Federation (AYF), the constitution and rules of the Australian National Sabot Council, except as any of these are altered by these sailing instructions, and by these sailing instructions. The regatta is designated Category A.


2. Notices to competitors

Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located ................. A briefing will be held at ..........................


3. Changes in sailing instructions


Any change in the sailing instructions will be posted on the official notice board not less than two hours prior to any race, except that any change in the schedule of races will be posted by 6pm on the day before it will take effect.


4. Measurement

All yachts entering the Championship must be presented for measurement on either of the two measuring days. Measurements will be taken in accordance with Appendix 1.

Yachts and their equipment, including their safety equipment, may be measured and/or inspected at any time during the regatta by the National Measurer or his assistants. Application to have measured equipment replaced due to damage must be in writing to the National Measurer. The replacement equipment must be tendered for measurement, and if accepted the approval will be in writing.....................................

Competing boats shall be made available for measurement by the Association Measurer or his representative at any time during the regatta.

5. Equipment

Competitors shall use only a single set of hull, spars, sail and foils throughout the regatta. The Race Committee may, in special circumstances, permit the use of an alternative boat, spars, foils, or sails complying with Instruction 4. The request shall be in writing and, if permitted, will be displayed on the official notice board.


6. Crew




7. Signals made ashore


7.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed on a mast adjacent to the club house.

7.2 Code flag ‘AP’ with two sound signals (one sound signal when lowered) means: "The race is postponed. The warning signal will be made not less than 30 minutes after ‘AP’ is lowered."

7.3 Code flag ‘B’ fully hoisted with one sound signal means "Protest time has begun". When lowered half way, it means "There are less than 30 minutes remaining before protest time ends". When lowered, it means "Protest time has ended".

7.4 (Sign off period to be signalled to suit the site conditions.)



8. Schedule of Races


Races are scheduled as follows:


Race Day Date Warning signal


9. Class flag


The class flag for seniors is a white flag with one black Sabot class insignia.

The class flag for juniors is a white flag with two black Sabot class insignias.


10. Racing area


The racing area will be as shown in illustration ‘A’ attached.


11. The course

Will be approximately 8km to 11km in length. The following diagram shows the course including the approximate angles between legs, the order in which marks are to be rounded or passed, and the side on which each mark is to be left. A port hand course is shown, the starboard hand course will be a mirror image of the diagram. The Race Committee may set either a port or starboard course.


























12. Marks


Marks 1, 2 and 3 each will be a ................................ which will bear.......................... flag. New marks when used in accordance with instruction 16, Change of Course after the Start,................................ ‘M’ code flag. The starting and finishing marks each will be.............................................


13. Sign-on, sign-off.


It shall be the responsibility of the helmsperson or crew of each yacht participating in each race of the series to personally SIGN ON before the start of each race and SIGN OFF within the time for lodging of protests for that race. Sign on / sign off sheets will be placed on a table near ................................................ Failure to sign on shall result in that yacht being recorded as "DNC" for that race. Failure to sign off shall result in that yacht being recorded as "DSQ" for that race.


14. The Start


14.1 Races will be started in accordance with racing rule 4.3(a) System 1.

14.2 The starting line will be between a mast bearing ............ flag on the race committee boat at the starboard end and the port end starting mark.

14.3 A yacht shall not start later than 15 minutes after her starting signal


15. Recalls


15.1 Individual recalls will be signalled in accordance with racing rule 7.1.

15.2 General recalls will be signalled in accordance with racing rule 7.2(a).

15.3 Rule 51.1 will be signalled for all starts.



16. Change of Course after the Start


16.1 When changing the course after the start, the race committee will lay a new mark and will lift the original mark as soon as practicable. Any mark to be rounded after rounding the new mark may be relocated to maintain the original course configuration

16.2 A change of course will be signalled near the mark beginning the leg being changed by a race committee boat that will display Code flag C, plus a green or red flag indicating a move to starboard or port, and sound a horn periodically. The change will be signalled before the leading yacht has begun the leg, although the new mark may not yet be in position.

16.3 When in a subsequent change of course a new mark is replaced, it will be replaced with an original mark.



17. The Finish


The finishing line will be between a mast bearing an ....... flag on a race committee boat and the port end finishing mark.


18. Time Limit


The time limit will be three and a half hours. Yachts failing to finish within 30 minutes after the first yacht finishes or after the time limit, whichever is later, will be scored ‘Did not finish’.


19. Protests


19.1 Protests shall be written on forms available at ......................and lodged there within Protest Time which will begin when the last boat finishes and end one hour later.

19.2 The Protest Committee will hear protests in approximately the order of receipt as soon as possible.

19.3 Protest notices will be posted within 30 minutes of the protest time limit to inform competitors where and when there is a hearing in which they are parties to a protest or named as witnesses.


20. Scoring


The low points scoring system, Appendix B2.1 of the racing rules shall apply.


21. Alternative penalties

The 720 degrees turns penalty, Appendix B1.1 of the racing rules, will apply.

22. Prizes


1st to 6th places, Senior and Junior.


1st, 2nd, 3rd, each race, Senior and Junior.



1st, 2nd, 3rd, Senior and Junior.

The first six placegetters in the Championship will be ineligible for Handicap prizes.



Handicap Overall, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Senior and Junior.

Line Honours Overall, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Senior and Junior.

Line Honours and Handicap, each race, Senior and Junior.



1st, 2nd, 3rd, Senior and Junior.



SENIOR CHAMPION: Australian Championship Trophy

JUNIOR CHAMPION: J. Armstrong Trophy


TEAM TROPHIES (senior and junior): Australian National Sabot Council Trophy

Medallions to each team member


Senior: Hilite Marine Trophy

Junior: Westpac Trophy



Scratch Senior Phil Stevenson Perpetual Trophy

Scratch Junior Australian National Sabot Council Trophy

Handicap Senior Allwood Family Perpetual Trophy

Handicap Junior Allwood Family Perpetual Trophy



ANSC recommend that a copy of the current Rules of Measurement be included with the sailing instructions at all National Championships.





1.1 These rules are those determined by the Australian National Sabot Council and are managed, and may be modified, under the conditions defined in the Constitution governing the Sabot Class Dinghy in Australia. They define the design, construction, and assembly of Sabots, including their rigs, sails and fittings, which are acceptable for racing in class events.

1.2 The date of issue of each page is included in the footer. The effective date of any rule amendment is included in brackets, where only a year is shown the effective date is 1st July of that year. Sabots are not required to conform with amendments so marked which were introduced after they were constructed, measured and registered, except if the amendment was introduced retrospectively and is marked as such in brackets.

1.3 The ANSC intends the Sabot class to remain One Design based upon the original sabot plan and as periodically amended and upgraded in accordance with the ANSC constitution. Variation or innovations in variance with the intention of the Councils approved plan will not be acceptable. Any such innovation which is not specifically covered in these rules or on the Plan should not be accepted by a Member Association measurer, without discussion and acceptance of the Measuring Committee. If required such innovation should be covered by a Rule amendment as soon as necessary in accordance with the Constitution.

1.4 All dimensions are given in millimetres. Where two numbers are given, these represent the minimum followed by the maximum. Some dimensions are indicated as either a minimum (min) or maximum (max). Where only one number is given there is no tolerance, and this dimension is used to determine others.




2. HULL and DECK



Hull, decks, bulkheads, etc may be constructed of timber, ply, fibreglass reinforced plastic, foam sandwich fibreglass reinforced plastic, kevlar, acrylic cloth or a combination of these methods together with the necessary resins and metal fastenings for their use, excluding all other substances. (1988).

The thickness of hull, deck and bulkheads shall be:

Ply and foam sandwich: 4 to 12

Solid fibreglass: min 2


An additional thickness of up to 2mm may be added in the cockpit area comprising non skid material of a non structural nature. Stringers are only allowed in plywood boats are not included in skin thickness measurement. (1996)

Non ferrous metal reinforcing is allowed for the attachment of fittings (maximum size 100 x 100 each location), and a mast support from the deck to the keel, may be constructed of any material allowed for either the hull or spars.



The Sabot was designed as a hard chine hull for plywood construction. The tolerances are provided for the purposed of building accuracy and not for exploitation of hull shape for improved performance. It is intended that all transverse cross sections should be substantially straight from measurement point to measurement point, with only some incidental curvature due to construction bending of the hull skins. The hulls shall be substantially fair between the measurement stations. Discrepancies should be brought to the attention of the Measurement Committee for determination.

The measurements and tolerances are specified below. All dimensions are taken to the outside skin of the hull.

2.2.1 Overall Length (excluding fittings) 2414 to 2440, measured along the centreline of the hull, including transom cambers.

2.2.2 Location of measurement stations.

Hulls are measured at the bow, stern and three intermediate stations known as stations 2, 4, and 6. Station 4 is nominally the mid point of the hull length, and must be marked permanently on the outside of the hull on the centre line. Refer to diagram for dimensions and tolerances.

2.2.3 Dimensions and Tolerances at measurement stations.

Spring in Keel above Datum Line. 184 to 226 64 to 92 0 to 6 20 to 36 110
Beam at Sheer 495 to 521 939 to 965 1131 to 1157 1117 to 1143 (1987) 977 to 1003
Beam at Chine 381 to 407 749 to 775 981 to 1007 991 to 1017 877 to 903
Height of chine above keel   67 to 93 67 to 93 64 to 90  
Height chine to sheer 227 -253 * 272 to 298 306 to 332 283 to 309 230 - 256 *
Height keel to sheer 331 - 357 *       306 - 332 *

* heights at Bow and Stern are measured in the plane of the transom


2.2.4 The radius along the chines, keel, and edges of the bow and transom (1988): max 4

2.2.5 Length of keel, measured along datum line, from bottom of bow to bottom of stern (1987): 2193 to 2242

2.2.6 Curvature in transverse sections at measurement stations: (1996)

Concave: max 2

Convex max 2




Two buoyancy tanks are required. Each shall be substantially watertight and (1988) be provided with at least one inspection port of at least 100 diameter. Sabots built to old plans which had smaller buoyancy will not be refused.

2.3.1 Rear Buoyancy.

Front of bulkhead from sheer at transom: 305 to 380

Top of deck below sheer: 75 to 100

Camber of top of transom above sheer line: max 60

Camber of top of transom below sheer line is not allowed.

2.3.2 Fore Buoyancy.

Rear of bulkhead from top of bow at centre line: 666 to 766

Camber of deck above sheer at bow: 0 to 25

Camber of deck above sheer at bulkhead: 0 to 100

2.3.3 Thwart / Centreboard Case Brace

An optional single transverse thwart or brace between the hull sides may support the rear of the centreboard case and the mainsheet blocks or traveller. It can be constructed of any material allowed for the hull or spars. Maximum width excluding gussets 150mm. The thwart may not be attached to the floor or bottom of the hull between the chines. (Feb 1995)

2.3.4 Gussets.

Foredeck gussets are allowed between the fore bulkhead and the gunwales up to a maximum dimension of 150mm measured along the sheer line from the line of the bulkhead, or along the bulkhead from the outside edge of the gunwale..

Gussets or stern knees between the transom and the gunwales are allowed up to a maximum dimension of 200 measured along the rear of the transom from the outside of the gunwale or along the sheer line from the outside of the transom.

Gussets at any thwart are allowed up to a maximum dimension of 200, measured along the edge of the thwart and the sheer line.


Front of slot to top of bow, measured along datum line: 710 to 810

Height of fore end of case, measured inside case from outside of hull to top of case: 225 to 275

Length of case slot: 374 to 385

A rubber or flexible strip, having a slit for the length of the centre board case may be fastened to outside of hull. The centreboard case slot shall be substantially rectangular in section . No packing or fill material may be placed inside the case , except for some padding material at the rear and sides for the purpose of protecting the centreboard.


Gunwale width at bow: 25 to 45


Gunwale width aft of station 2: 25 to 58

Any taper in gunwale width aft of station 2 not to be greater than 6mm.

Width of saxboard within cockpit area: 20 min.


Total width of gunwale, hull skin and saxboard over cockpit area: 50 to 80


Thickness of gunwale and saxboard at hull skin (if gunwales are constructed of timber): min 20


Thickness of gunwale at outer edge: 10 to 20


Radius of gunwale and saxboard edges (1995): max 9




Splashboards up to a maximum height of 50 mm may be fitted to the foredeck .They may not be adjustable and may not extend beyond the sheer line.


The minimum hull weight, including permanent fittings is 22.7 kilos. Additional weight as necessary shall be permanently added to the hull. If weight correction is necessary, lead not exceeding 2 kg in weight is to be permanently attached at a single location, (1993) outside the buoyancy compartments. The whole of the lead must be visible and may comprise up to 3 pieces, bolted or glued together but may not be contained. (1997) The mass of the correcting weights shall be recorded on the measurement certificate.

Permanent fittings include: Mast step, chainplates, towing ring, mainsheet blocks, boon vang and cunningham eye blocks if attached to hull or mast step, traveller track and traveller car if fitted, toe straps, ratchet block, rudder gudgeons, venturi bailer, splashboard if fitted.

Items not to be included: Mainsheet, centreboard, rudder , box, tiller and extension, tow rope, paddle, bailer bucket, boom vang, cunningham eye or other control lines, buoyancy caps,



3.1 Centreboard extension below aft end of case: max 690


3.2 Centreboard width: max 255


3.3 Centreboard and rudder blade thickness: max 20


3.4 Rudder blade extension below the contour of the keel: max 546


3.5 Rudder blade width: max 165


3.6 When in the operational position the leading edge of the rudder blade must not be further from the lowest edge of the transom than 120, measured as an extension of the keel. (1987)

3.7 The centreboard, rudder blade, rudder box, tiller or tiller extension may only be manufactured from materials approved for hulls and spars, together with metal fittings.

3.8 Pivoting, dagger or fixed rudder blades are allowed

3.9 Dagger style foils shall be fitted with a non-adjustable solid stop.


4.1 Allowable materials


Spars may be constructed of timber, aluminium alloy, timber-aluminium alloy composite, or a composite of timber-aluminium alloy reinforced (1992) with fibreglass. They may be hollow, and if of timber the laminates shall be continuous for the full length of the mast, splices excepted. If of aluminium alloy, they may be filled with a flotation type material.

The spars shall incorporate a sail track. The track may be internal or attached externally. The track may be timber, aluminium alloy, aluminium or plastic.

4.2 Mast design.


4.2.1 The mast shall be stepped on the deck and be supported by two shrouds and a forestay, with no other standing rigging. The hound height is defined as either, the projected intersection of the shrouds and forestay with the outside of the mast for internal fitting, or the centre of the bolt , pin , or lower rivet of an externally fitting , or the bearing surface of a Tee Ball type fitting. (1997) The hound height, measured from the deck shall be: 2095 to 2170













4.2.2 The mast height above the deck including all fittings except wind indicator: max 3785

4.2.3 The mast may be of any shape section provided that, excluding fittings, it will pass through a 65 diameter circle and its minimum dimension is not less than 30 at the hounds. Aluminium masts must be of parallel outside dimensions from gooseneck to the hounds and may have a taper to any diameter above this point. Timber or composite masts if tapered shall be to 30 minimum. (1987)

4.2.4 The mast shall not rotate.



4.3 Boom design The design of the boom is not restricted, except that the sail track must be at least 1900 long, and the section must pass through a 65mm diameter circle. (1997)


4.4 Setting the sail on the spars and measurement bands..


4.4 Setting the sail on the spars and measurement bands..


4.4 Setting the sail on the spars and measurement bands..


4.4 Setting the sail on the spars and measurement bands..


4.4 Setting the sail on the spars and measurement bands..


4.4 Setting the sail on the spars and measurement bands..


4.4 Setting the sail on the spars and measurement bands..

4.4.1 Goosenecks. The maximum vertical travel allowed between the boom and mast at the goosenecks is 3mm.

4.4.2 The mast shall have a band of contrasting colour, 25 wide, the lower edge of which is no more than 3225 above the top of the boom sail track, with the boom in sailing position at 90 deg. to the mast. The top of the sail shall not be hoisted above the lower edge of this band.

4.4.3 The boom shall have a band of contrasting colour, 25 wide, the forward edge of which is no more than 2080 from the rear edge of the mast sail track, with the boom in sailing position at 90 deg. to the mast. The rear of the sail shall not be stretched beyond the forward edge of this band.

4.4.4 The sail is to be set with the bolt ropes inserted in both the mast and boom track. (no loose foots)





5.1 Materials.

Sails may be constructed only from polyester based materials,(eg terylene, dacron, mylar) except for battens, fittings, boltrope and eyes. Kevlar and Technora are prohibited. Elastic boltropes are prohibited.

5.2 Dimensions.

Including bolt ropes.(measured according to the IYRU Measurers manual.)(1988)

5.2.1 Luff, measured from the head to the tack: max 3225


5.2.2 Foot, measured from the tack to the clew: max 2080


5.2.3 Leech, measured as straight line from the head to the clew: max 3660


5.2.4 Width at head: 90 to 115

Any headboard or head batten (other than those covered in 5.5) must be wholly within 140mm radius of the head. (top of luff)

5.2.5 Girths, measured from quarter points on leech, as arcs to the closest point of the luff.

Top quarter: max 690

Half leach: max 1260

Lower quarter: max 1740


5.2.6 Head to centre of foot (1992): max 3450


5.2.7 The tack eye centre shall be no more than 50 from the intersection of the projected luff and leech. (1994 retrospective)

5.2.8 The cunningham eye centre shall be a max of 125 above the tack eye centre. (1988)

5.2.9 The leech of the sail shall not extend more than 15 beyond the line between (1994):

a) the aft edge of the head and the top quarter girth point, &

b) the aft end of the foot and the lower quarter girth point.

5.2.10 Leech lines if fitted must be terminated on the leach of the sail. (1992)


5.5 Battens

A maximum of three battens may be fitted to the sail. The aft end of the centre of the batten pockets shall be within 75 of the three girth measurement points. (1992)






In conjunction with the Safety Regulations of the National Yachting Authority (AYF), all Sabots shall carry, or incorporate:

6.1.1 Halyard or sail quick release, rigged such that the crew, on the water, in adverse conditions, are able to lower sail.

6.1.2 A paddle of no less than an area equivalent to 150 x 150 attached to the boat by lanyard. (1987)

6.1.3 A metal fairlead or ring of at least 38 diameter constructed of solid stainless steel of minimum 4mm thickness must be fitted within 100 aft, or 30 down measured from the top of the bow transom . The ring or its attaching shackle shall not stand part of the rigging and must be mounted on the centre line of the boat in such a manner that it will not fail under loads normally generated under tow, when used as a fairlead for the tow rope. The fairlead must be separate from the chainplate.


6.1.4 A tow rope of an adequate strength for towing purposes and of a minimum of 6mm diameter, attached to a strong point in the boat, lead through the fairlead, ready for use. It shall extend at least twice the length of the boat beyond the bow.

6.1.5 The centreboard and rudder must be attached to boat so that when the boat is in a capsized position they will not come out of their respective cases. Rudder pins or pintles must be fitted with metal retainers.

6.1.6 A bailer of at least two (2) litre capacity, attached to the boat by lanyard.





6.2.1 The number and type of blocks and purchases of the mainsheet are optional, except that self locking mainsheet blocks are not permitted. One adjustable track or hawse is allowed as part of the sheeting of the sail to the hull. (1988)

6.2.2 Simple cleating of the sheet rope will be permitted for senior one ups only. (1986) Cleats may not be attached to a mainsheet block.

6.2.3 Only one self bailer may be fitted. (1986)

6.2.4 Cunningham eye adjustment by a double purchase only. One end to be attached to the mast, led through the eye in the sail through a block to a single tail through to a single cleat. (1988) Bifurcation of the line after the cleat is acceptable.

6.2.5 A boom vang, adjusted by a single purchase using a single block only with the tail to be fastened to a single cleat. (1987) Bifurcation of the line after the cleat is acceptable.

6.2.6 The clew outhaul shall be tied off only at the outer end of the boom, no further forward towards the mast than the clew of the sail.

6.2.7 Adjustable fittings may be used at the lower end of the shrouds and forestay but may not be adjusted while sailing.

6.2.8 A wind indicator mounted anywhere on the hull, spars or rigging, and capable of free continuous rotation. (1986)

6.2.9 Toe straps. (1986)




The rear of the mast, or projection of the rear of an external sail track shall be positioned between 330 and 380 from the top of the bow. The mast step fitting shall not allow the mast to be moved beyond these limits.

The chainplates shall be located between 475mm and 525mm aft of the bow, measured along the sheer line. (1997)




6.4.1 Hifield levers.

6.4.2 Swinging planks, and trapezes.(1987)


7.1 The Registered Number of boat must be attached to the sail on each side. Numbers to be minimum 230mm high, 150mm wide (except 1 and I) and between 30 and 40mm stroke thickness. The numbers are to be of a solid colour, visible in all sailing conditions. Pastel, fleuro and iridescent colours are not accepted. The sail number shall be at least 4 digits in length with the first digit indicating the geographical division of the yacht as indicated by the following sequence:

1. Southern New South Wales

2. Northern New South Wales

3. South Queensland

4. Victoria

5. Tasmania

6. North Queensland

This Registered Number, with the geographical prefix, must also be engraved or permanently fixed in the keel, as close as possible to, and outside of the rear buoyancy tank, with figures of not less than 25mm height. (1992)

7.2 The Registered Letter(s) appropriate to each state team be exhibited in the clew of the sail.

1. Southern New South Wales N

2. Northern New South Wales N

3. South Queensland Q

4. Victoria V

5. Tasmania T

6. North Queensland NQ

Sizes as per 7.1 above.

7.3 The name of the boat, registered number and club is to be displayed on the hull in accordance with the prescription of the current A.Y.F. safety regulations. The club name may be abbreviated or as required by any State Authority.

7.4 All Sabots shall carry near the head of the sail. the Class Insignia as detailed on the Council’s Plan, and below.





To allow a Sabot to be registered it must be measured by a club or association measurer, who will complete and authorise the association measuring certificate, a copy of which is included. This measurement will be done with the assistance of a set of association templates. To assist in assuring that the Sabot will measure in, the measuring procedure is explained below:

8.1. Hull is to be inverted but not necessarily to lay level.

Keel - apply straight edge to keel line measuring 110mm from underside of straight edge to keel on stern station with the following measurements to apply at the nominated stations.


Note: Station 4 on straight edge to coincide with datum point on hull.

Station Stern 110 mm datum measurement - no tolerance

Station 6 28mm plus or minus 8mm

Station 4 6mm to 0mm

Station 2 78mm plus or minus 14mm

Station Bow 205mm plus or minus 21mm


When the straight edge is in position the angles of the fore and after transoms can be checked by projecting the angle lines as marked on the straight edge, also the length of keel by projecting at right angles from the straight edge.

Chine widths and Vee Sections - apply templates and measure depths to sheer at the same time. Refer to table in 2.2.3 for dimensions.

8.2. Beam at Sheer - Turn the hull right side up. Apply other side of straight edge to check length and station positions. Use templates to check sheer widths at 2,4 and 6 at the same time the straight edge is in position check the position of the plate case and length of the foredeck.

8.3. Forward and After Transoms - Apply templates. The transoms must be within +/-6mm of the templates all around.. When in doubt over any dimension on the templates, refer to 2.2.3.

8.4. The tolerances on the hull are - plus or minus 6.5mm on the half breadths and 13mm on the depth of side measurements. Plus or minus 6mm in the depth of Vee sections of the hull at 2,4,6.





being the owner of the Sabot , covered by this measurement form, declare that the hull was made by

.................................................................................................. .........of.............................................................................................

constructed of ...................................................................................These being materials allowed by the Rules Of Measurement.

Hull Colour...................................................... Deck Colour..........................................Interior Colour.................................................

Name of Sabot..................................................................................................................................................

Signed)..................................................................................................................................... Date:................................

Part 1 HULL (*Note all measurements are in millimetres)


1. Any Innovations
2.1 Hull thickness 2/4 12
2.2.1 Overall Length 2414 2440
2.2.2 Is Station 4 Marked on Hull?
2.2.3 Sheer width at Bow (or 2.2.24) 495 521
2.2.4 Sheer width at Station 2 939 965
2..25 Sheer width at Station 4 1131 1157
2.2.6 Sheer width at Station 6 1117 1143
2.2.7 Sheer width at Stern (or 2.2.24) 977 1003
2.2.8 Chine width at Bow (or 2.2.24) 381 407
2.2.9 Chine width at Station 2 749 775
2.2.10 Chine width at Station 4 981 1007
2.2.11 Chine width at Station 6 991 1017
2.2.12 Chine width at Stern (or 2.2.24) 877 903
2.2.14 Chine to Sheer at Bow (rule 2.2.3) (or 2.2.24) 227 253
2.2.15 Chine to Sheer at Station 2 (vertical) 272 298
2.2.16 Chine to Sheer at Station 4 (vertical) 306 332
2.2.17 Chine to Sheer at Station 6 (vertical) 283 309
2.2.18 Chine to Sheer at Stern (rule 2.2.3) (or 2.2.24) 230 256
2.2.19 Keel above Datum at Bow 184 226
2.2.20 Keel above Datum at Station 2 64 92
2.2.21 Keel above Datum at Station 4 0 6
2.2.22 Keel above Datum at Station 6 20 36
2.2.23 Keel above Datum at Stern 110
2.2.24 Tolerance: Bow & Stern Templates or Table 2.2.3 - 6 + 6
2.2.25 Tolerance to V templates or Table 2.2.3 - 6 + 6
2.2.26 Length of Keel along Datum 2193 2242
2.2.27 Radius of chines and hull edges 4
2.3.1 Length of Rear Buoyancy 305 380
2.3.2 Length of Foredeck at Centralise 666 766
2.3.3 Does Thwart comply with Clause 2.2.3
2.3.4 Do gussets comply with Clause 2.3.4 0 150/200
2.3.5 Bow Camber Height at Bow 0 25
2.3.6 Deck Camber Height at Bulkhead 0 100
2.3.7 Camber Top of Stern 0 60
2.3.8 Top of Rear Buoyancy below Sheer 75 100
2.4.1 Fore end of Centreboard Case from top of bow 710 810
2.4.2 Length of Centreboard Case 374 386
2.4.5 Height of Case at forward end 225 275
2.5.1 Gunwale width at Bow 25 45
2.5.2 Gunwale width aft of Station 2 25 58
2.5.3 Width of Saxboard in Cockpit area 20
2.5.4 Total width of Gunwale and Saxboard 50 80
2.5.5 Thickens of Gunwales at outer edge 10 20
25.6 Radius of gunwale and saxboard edges 9
2.5.7 Chainplate -25 500 +25


Hull measured by............................................................................Measurer. Date............................................

Registration Number........................................................................Allocated



2.6.1 Total Hull Mass with permanent fittings 22.7 kg
2.6.2 Mass of correctors, and location 2 kg
2.6.4 Is registered number engraved on keel
3.1 Centreboard Extension below Hull 690
3.2 Centreboard Width 255
3.3 Centreboard Thickness 20
3.4 Rudder extension below line of keel 546
3.5 Rudder width 165
3.6 Rudder Thickness 20
3.7 Rudder leading edge to bottom of stern 120
3.8 Are centreboard and rudder of approved materials?
4.1 Length of mast from deck 3785
4.2 Length between boom track and mast band 3225
4.2.1 Height of Hounds above deck 2095 2170
4.3 Length of boom track 1900
4.4.3 Length between mast track and boom band. 2080
4.4.4 Length from rear of mast track to bow 330 380
4.5 Are mast and boom of approved materials?
5.1 Sail Luff 3225
5.2 Sail Leech 3660
5.3 Sail Foot 2080
5.4 Quarter Girth 690
5.5 Half Girth 1260
5.6 Three Quarter Girth 1740
5.7.1 Are batten pockets within 75mm of leach girths?
5.7.2 Width at head 90 115
5.7.3 Does headboard/ batten & cunningham eye comply
5.8 Is sail constructed of approved materials?
6.1. Are safety requirements of Rule 6.1 met?
6.2 Do all fittings comply with Rule 6.2
7.0 Does Sabot conform to all other requirements of Class Rules



Sail to be signed by measurer as valid and record retained .

Complete Sabot measured and passed by......................................................................................measurer



Registered Number ..........................................................issued



As the Sabot can now be constructed of many varied materials, it is difficult to advise an intending beginner how to select a suitable Sabot to learn to sail. However, in this brochure, we have set out the steps to build a timber and plywood hull and spars, which can be built by an amateur, using basic tools on a frame which in some areas can be borrowed from the local Sabot authority.

If you require more sophistication you should inquire from a local boat builder, who will advise you on the other types of hulls available - such as glass fibre, foam sandwich or stitch and glue kit.

Notwithstanding the method used to construct the hull, all must "measure in" to the requirements of the Council’s Rules of Measurement and as summarised in the measuring sheet extracted from the rules of measurement and attached at the rear of this brochure, so please don’t skimp; do your paper work first and you will avoid many problems later.

The purpose of the restricted measuring is to provide equal sailing opportunity for all competitors and the measurements are not to be modified in any way from those allowed, otherwise you may find your boat will not qualify.


1. Building Information

2. Five Plans






1800mm x 1200mm x 10mm ply or 12mm pyneboard 1 sheet

100mm x 50 mm 3 off 2.4M

50mm x 25 mm 4 off 3.0M

or any timber available to make the mould.


Pacific Maple, Oregon, Spruce, Cedar, Silver Ash, King Billy, Huon Pine, Meranti or any suitable bending timbers.


Marine Ply 2400mm x 1200mm x 4mm 3 sheets

Transoms 44mm x 16mm dressed size 2/2.7M

King Plank & Deck Beam 95mm x 20mm dressed size 1/1.8M

Keel 70mm x 20mm dressed size .7M

Chines 32mm x 20mm dressed size 2/2.7M

Saxboards 20mm x 20mm dressed size 2/2.7M

Gunwales 20mm x 20mm dressed size 4/2.7M

or 20mm x 12mm dressed size 6/2.7M

Thwart 44mm x 20mm dressed size 1/1.5M

Thwart risers 20mm x 20mm dressed size 1/1.5M

Centre case framing 44mm x 20mm dressed size .4M

Centreboard 140mm x 18mm dressed size 2/1 M

Rudder blade 175mm x 18mm dressed size 1/1 M

Rudder head and tiller - to suit your requirements

Mast 54mm x 27mm dressed size 2/4 M

Boom 50mm x 20mm dressed size 2/2.4M

Obtain scraps of 20mm x 20mm for framing buoyancy tanks.

Make the frame from scrap timber which is to support the boat while rigging.





Section A - The Building Mould


1800 mm x 1220mm x 10mm ply or 12mm pyneboard 1 sheet

100 mm x 50mm 3/2.7M

50 mm x 25mm 4/3 M



1. Mark out the two rails according to the plan to take the moulds and the transoms. Connect these with the mould supports. Check that the rails are parallel and that they make a 380 mm wide frame. Check also for squareness of the frame.

2. Cut the remaining rail into four legs, fasten them to the frame and brace the bottom of the legs.

3. Fasten the transom supports.

4. Mark out the three moulds, remembering to subtract 4mm - the ply thickness from the sides and the bottoms. Then mark out and cut out checks for keel, chines and saxboards.

5. Fasten the mould to its frame.

6. Blocks 20mm x 20mm (approx) about 50mm long may now be glued and screwed to one side of the moulds, about 6mm away from the checkouts for the keel, chines and saxboards. These may now be drilled with a 4mm bit, at an angle to allow for temporary fixing by screws of the keel, etc. from inside the hull - until the planking has been fastened home.


N.B. Have you remembered to double check all measurements before cutting and fixing? Fixings can be nails and glue or screws.


Section B - Building the Shell

Materials for an all ply hull

Marine ply sheets 2400mm x 1200mm x 4mm (suggested)

Transoms 44mm x 16mm dressed size 2/2.7M

King Plank & Deck Beam 95mm x 20mm dressed size 1/1.8M

Keel 70mm x 20mm dressed size .7M

Chines 25mm x 25mm dressed size 2/2.7M

Saxboards 20mm x 20mm dressed size 2/2.7M

Gunwales 20mm x 20mm dressed size 4/2.7M or 20mm x 12mm dressed size 6/2.7M



Timber Range(Suggested)

Pacific Maple, oregon, spruce, cedar, silver ash, king billy, huon pine, meranti, balsa, are all suitable timber for building, but others may be on the market - BUT be sure to specify timbers suitable for bending.

All materials to be of good quality, light, clear and straight grained.

Fastenings (Suggested)

16 mm x 1.6 mm Monel boat nails or silicone bronze 60 grams

30 mm x 2 mm Monel boat nails 150 grams

30 mm x 8 G counter sunk brass screws, monel or s/steel

38 mm x 8 G counter sunk brass screws


Marine glues - either formaldehyde, epoxy or resorcinol - approx 1 litre.

It is recommended that a two pot glue be used.


N.B. Ply timber and fastenings should be sufficient to finish the hull. When ordering the timber some thought should be given to the different colours available. Perhaps a visit to a local Sailing Club will allow you to see the rather striking effects made possible by the use of various coloured timbers.

1. Transoms - working from one end of a sheet of ply if vertical grain is desired - or from one side if the grain is to run along the transom - mark out and cut out the bow and stern according to the plan.

2. Using the 44mm x 16mm timber, cut out the framing to the shapes shown on the plan. Fasten to the inside of the ply with glue and boat nails. The nails should be placed 25mm from the edge of the ply to allow for the bevels. Distance apart of the nails should not be less than 75 mm centres, when working along the grain, but not more than 60mm centres when working across the grain. The gussets may now be cut, glued and nailed. For those with sufficient clamps the nails may be omitted.

3. When the bow transom is dry remove the bevels - about 10mm on the sides and 16mm on the bottom. The keel, chines and saxboards will need to be housed into the transoms. This housing can be taken through to the ply and can now be sawn and chiselled out. An alternative method is to leave the ply off the transoms, fixing the keel into the framing and gussets, then fastening the ply home. Watch the angles where the timbers meet the transoms.

4. After a final cleaning up they may be fastened to the mould transom supports by screwing through from the inside of the hull, taking note of the mould reference line.

N.B. All timber should have been planed and sanded to remove machine marks and imperfections before being placed on the hull.

5. Now check the length of the boat, this should be 2427 mm over the transoms. A 6mm either way on this measurement would be permissible at this stage of construction.

6. Keel and chines should now be partially bevelled where necessary, see the section at mould 4 on the plan, and, with the saxboards, should be cleaned and sanded on those surfaces inside the boat. Saxboard bevel should be left at this stage.

7. These timbers should now be cut to the required angles and glued and screwed into the bow transom, bent around the mould, and then cut, glued and screwed to the stern transom. Care will be needed with the chines and saxboards but unless poor timber is used steaming is unnecessary. Cramps will assist to bed the timbers neatly into the checkouts, screws through the blocks on the moulds keep the timbers in place but be sure to screw through the blocks into the timbers.

8. Fairing off - using a sharp plane and a piece of straight timber about 600mm long, the transoms, keel, chines and saxboards must now be bevelled to allow the planking to fit perfectly. Care must be taken not to reduce the timber sizes unnecessarily, or to develop flats in the chines between the moulds. Plane carefully and stand back some distance frequently to check.


IMPORTANT Before planking check these three points -

Mark in the position of the centreboard case, you don’t want nails where you have to cut the slot.

Mask off with tape any point where the glue could squeeze off the timbers on to the mould. You do not want the mould permanently glued to the boat.

Check that the saxboards will slip out of the checkouts in the mould when you are ready to remove the boat.

9. Planking - If you have access to a 2500mm length of paper (heavy) or light

cardboard, this can be laid on the bottom or side of the boat and one half of the bottom (some have found it easier to plank the side of the boat first) can be marked on it and cut out. Transfer this shape to one sheet of ply - the complete bottom will come out of one sheet - leaving a margin of 25mm all around at this time and then cut out Bend the ply around the mould and plane the sheet to fit the centre line of the keel, now turn over on to the other side of the mould and if the shape is the same, lay the now correct shape on the other piece of ply, face to face, and mark out the pair of planks. Return to the mould and mark the centre plate case position. Now spread the glue on the timbers on one half only, place the sheet carefully on the glue, tack into position with selected fixings, working out from the centre along the keel and chine. The nails should be in the centre of the timbers of the transoms and chines about 20mm in from the centre line of the keel except around the plate case, they should be 25mm in at that point. Watch carefully the angles to place the nails, particularly forward where the chine and the transom are at quite an angle.

10. Trim the sheet with a saw and plane until the fairing is perfect, then treat the other bottom plank in the same manner, first making sure that the centre join meets correctly.


IMPORTANT Be sure to wipe off excess glue with a damp cloth as soon as each sheet is fastened.

11. Once the bottom or side planks are fastened the side planks may be marked out in a similar manner and fastened with a margin of ply overlapping all round. Don’t panic, I know that the sheet is short. Remember that piece you cut off the bow end of each bottom sheet, just cut a piece from this and butt it to the end of the side sheet at bow transom with a ply gusset behind it. You could splice this piece on but it is not really necessary. Now trim the side planks except along the saxboards.

12. Gunwales- These may now be fixed with glue and selected fixings without waiting for the glue to dry the next one may be glued and nailed. First be careful to mark the position of the gunwale on the ply to coincide with the saxboard. You may shape the edge of the first strip to bring the gunwales level as shown on the plan, or leave it square to allow the gunwales to be at 90 degrees to the side planking. The under bevel can be done later on. Total width of gunwales and saxboard to be 50mm min to 80mm max, 20mm of which must be inside the planking of the hull. The gunwales may taper evenly from 20mm to 12mm thick on the outer edge. Gunwales may not taper except from bow transom for a distance of 400mm, min allowable at bow transom is 25mm.


N.B. When nailing the gunwales place the nails nearer the top of the strips to

allow for bevelling.

Now leave the shell to dry for 48 hours and before completing the hull take a trip to one of the clubs sponsoring sabots. You will find that most of the boats there are owner built, or contact the Association Secretary, who will pass you on to someone knowledgeable in Sabot construction.



Section C - Completing the Hull

1. Undo all temporary fixings inside the hull and remove it from the mould. If it is tight, lever up gently with a wide chisel at each mould. If it is stuck - check that all screws have been taken out, then continue gently levering. Small spots of glue hold tight.

2. Now build a small carrying cradle from cheap timber shaped to moulds two and six. Pad and sit the boat in this.

3. Spread the hull to its correct widths at gunwale level at moulds:

No. 2 - 952mm,

No. 4 - 1144mm and

No. 6 - 1130 mm.

Remember that the measurements are to the outside of the ply. Tack the spreaders in to keep the hull to this shape whilst it is completed. Check overall length, keel length, spring of keel and section vees again.

4. Now fair the gunwales and the transoms to take the gussets and the deck.

5. Shape the deck beam and house it partially into the saxboards with the aft side between 662mm - 762 mm from the outside of the bow transom. Glue and fasten with screws.

6. House the king plank and deck beam to give bedding for the deck. Refer plan for alternative strong back method (see Sheet 2).

7. Shape a piece of 44mm x 20mm timber to shape of keel and fix in place. Fix a support between king plank and stiffener, glue and nail in position.

8. Fair off the king plank and deck beam to give bedding for the deck, or use strong back design (see Sheet 2).

9. Glue two piece of plywood 150mm x 25mm at 175mm minimum to centre line from Station 1 to act as strengthener for chain plate. Fit king post between king plank and keel, as shown on plan.

10. Next fit forward bulkhead, this will fasten to end of centre board case.

11. The simplest method to fit this bulkhead is to get a few off-cuts of 4mm ply approximately 50-76mm wide and fit around area where it is to touch sides and bottom. Fit two pieces around bottom checking out for keel and chines, then the same applies for sides, checking out for chines and saxboards, then another strip across the top. Fasten these ply strips together firmly with brads whilst they are in place. You then have a template which can be marked off onto the ply you wish to use for bulkheads, leaving enough ply at top for a 100mm camber, measured from points at the inside top corners of saxboards.

12. To fasten the bulkhead into the hull there are two reliable methods, firstly the simplest and a very reliable method is to hold bulkhead firmly in place, a strip of masking tape run around the joint from saxboard to chine: keel, chine and back to saxboard, then secure bulkhead permanently in place with approximately 50mm wide fibre glass stripping with epoxy resin. Another method is to fasten 38 x 12mm timber around forward inner edge of bulkhead, bevel off to shape of hull and fasten through hull with 16mm x 16 gauge Silicon Bronze or Monel nails and glue.

13. Cut the deck to shape, the gussets are part of the deck, and their shape and size are optional with maximum limit. Glue and fasten. Check that deck is between 666 and 766 mm long.

14. Shape the stern gussets, maximum size 200mm x 200mm. Glue and nail in position, the shape of the stern gussets is optional.

15. Construct the centre board case to shape shown on plan, nailing the ply from the inside on to the side logs first, then glue, nailing and clamping the sides to the spacers. Remember to give the insides a couple of coats of lacquer varnish before doing this. We suggest using 22mm max. spaces to allow the use of carpet for protection. The external slot is to be a maximum of 20mm wide.

16. Mark the position of the centreboard case on the keel. Place the case on the keel, and with an assistant to steady it, use a pencil resting on a 12mm square block to scribe the keel along each side of the case. Saw to the lines and then fit exactly. Top of the centre board case to be kept parallel with reference lines.

17. Mark out the length of the slot on the keel, drill at the ends with 19mm clean cutting wood bit until the point just breaks the ply, turn the hull over and finish drilling. Draw a line between the sides of the hole and saw out.

18. Fixing the case - it may be screwed through the logs onto the keel, or from the outside possibly easier. The case may be glued and screwed about 8 screws or use caulking compound and screws. Drill clearance and pilot hole for all screws.

19. If using thwart - cut and fasten in the thwart risers. Risers can be glued to the ply and fastened with nails from the outside. If not using thwart - one riser each side must be fitted, as required.


N.B. All timber should have been sanded to remove all machine marks before being placed in hull.

20. Turn hull over, bevel underside of gunwales as shown in plan.

21. Punch, fill, sand and lacquer or paint the hull now.



Section D - Centre Plate

1. From a single 280mm wide board about 1M long, if one can be obtained without twist or cup in it, or from two 140mm boards glued together, the centre plate can be shaped. First, have it run through a thicknesser at your local joiner’s shop to a thickness of 19mm.

2. Before cutting to length work out the type of stop and handle required, these stay outside the 965mm x 255mm rectangle.

3. Mark the board to a rectangle of 965mm x 255mm and shape the plate within these easurements.

4. Cut to shape, plane to an aerofoil section and fasten stops and handle.



Section E - Rudder Assembly

Swing Type - Material : 175mm x 20mm timber - 1.2M

1. Either purchase 6mm ply or for cheapness glue together two pieces of your scrap ply to make the rudder checks. The shape of these can vary within the required measurements on the plan.

2. Shape the spacer from the 20mm board and glue between the cheeks.

3. Shape the blade not more than 165mm wide and 730mm long (see class rules and plane to an aerofoil shape.

4. Fasten to the stock with a 6mm bolt and wing nut.

5. Shape the tiller handle from 45mm x 20mm material, glue and screw to stock.

6. Note restriction of rudder depth below keel line when fixing rudder assembly to transom.


N.B. Timber colours may be used to advantage in rudder and centre plate, using narrow strips or perhaps a strip of a different colour timber.


Dagger Type - If using dagger type rudder make to size shown on plans, but remembering to varnish inside of cheeks before assembly.

Section F - Mast and Boom - Solid

Material - 54mm x 27mm selected oregon or spruce 2/4M

50mm x 20mm selected oregon or spruce 2/2.4M

1. Either have the sail track and slot run by the local joiner’s shop or do it by hand with a plough plane, to within 550 mm from the bottom.

2. Mark mast taper from 610 mm above deck level and cut taper off, leave some waste for shaping.

3. Glue and cramp the mast/boom using a cramp per 300mm, be careful to straighten the material. Any bend or twists glued in will stay.

4. Plane to shape, working from square section to octagonal to round.

N.B. Be careful how you store a mast or boom, preferably slot down on a level surface or on a set of bars. Oregon and spruce twist easily.

5. Cut away the track at the base or make a keyhole for sail entry.

6. Lacquer as soon as possible, including the sail track.