Sabre when new

From: Caroline Bass
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Subject: Sabre


I am the daughter of Richard "Dick" Dungan who was the original owner of Sabre. I thought you would like to know that one year ago Sabre was located by a friend of his on Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida. My dad immediately went to see the gal he loved so much. Sabre looked pretty sad and was in a real state of disrepair. It looked like she had been through some rough times.

My father, Dick, re-purchased Sabre and for the past year has been labor intensively, single handedly restoring Sabre from top to bottom. This morning when I spoke to him he was in the bow with epoxy. This, for him, is the ultimate labor of love.

I saw your website today for the first time. It was amazing to see the picture of Sabre front and center. As a little girl some of my fondest memories include Sabre. Many summers were spent in the Bahamas with her and many weekends were spent laying out her sails on our yard to dry. Just a bit of clarification, I believe Sabre was 1st in Class C and 2nd overall in the SORC. Just trying to give credit where credit is due.

The restoration of Sabre, according to my dad, will take about three years. He is bound and determined to take her for a sail prior to October 13th.

I thought it would be nice for your team to know that some 40 years later that Sabre still floats and her bow is still beautiful as ever. Sabre is in the Manatee River in Bradenton, Florida. I've included some pictures as part of this e-mail.

Kindest Regards,

Caroline Dungan Bass

Sabre and Dick Dungan, Sept. 2005

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