Ladies sailors head up Wallagoot fleet

Out in front: Wendy Miller was delighted to win one of the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club's races on Saturday in ideal sailing conditions.

Out in front: Wendy Miller was delighted to win one of the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club's races on Saturday in ideal sailing conditions.

A fleet of eleven boats contested two handicap-start races on Wallagoot Lake on Saturday.

The south-easterly winds were steady, beginning with a moderate 10-12 knots before easing.

The story of the day was Wendy Miller’s win of race 2, with Sian Morton in second making it a glorious day for the women sailors. 

Wendy was first start with Sian, Bob Harris and Mike Stove all starting slightly later. 

It was a close race, with Sian’s sail trim credited as giving her the speed needed to sail away from Bob and Mike; easing the vang downwind to increase sail area and getting it back on for height upwind.

Wendy felt the pressure of the chasing boats, but held on to lead all race and win.

After starting off 22 minutes, both the NS14 of Tony Hastings and Jarrah Dorrough, and Rob Morton’s RS100 closed in fast at the finish line after a race-long battle to score 3rd and 4th respectively.

Brian Wright won the first race by over a minute, sailing a perfect race to win by over a minute.

Rob Morton’s RS100 sailed through the fleet to claim second. Neil Fisher’s Sabre came third.

Terry Kirby was away, sailing in the Lake Jindabyne Regatta, while the previous week some of the boats raced in the Twofold Bay Regatta.

On March 11 and 12 the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club hosts its annual regatta, which is expected to attract dinghies, multihulls and trailer-sailors from as far as Wollongong, Bowral, Canberra and Jindabyne.

For more information please see the club’s website: wlbc.org.au

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