Wallagoot Sailing Club launches new season

Ten boats contested the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club’s first races of the season on Saturday.

A steady gentle breeze made sailing easy, so the sailors focused on racing tactics and control of the sail’s shape for maximum power.

Three sailors debuted new boats. Terry Ubrihien’s Nacra 4.5 catamaran looked stunning, went fast, and gives him every chance of defending his championship. Ava Petersen’s Sabre dinghy was refitted with some new parts, allowing to sail her own boat on the lake for the first time. Jeff Hope cruised on a Tropic 520 trailer-sailor, looking relaxed and comfortable.

Rob Morton won both races on his RS100, both across the line and on yardstick corrected time.

Goete Vikstrom’s Laser Radial finished second in both races, after racing closely with Ian Wood’s NS14.

Third in race one was Brian Wright’s Caribou Dear One, while in race two it went to Terry Kirby’s Sabre Let the Wind.

Darren Lydiard’s Stingray catamaran won race one in the multihull division, while Terry Ubrihien sorted out the rigging on his new Nacra 4.5.

The places were reversed in race two, when Terry looked comfortable on his new boat.

Two handicap races are scheduled for next Saturday. For more information see the club’s website, wlbc.org.au.