Sails and spills on Wallagoot

Good finish: Terry Ubrihien, Rob and Sian Morton, and Darren Lydiard close in on the finish line in quick succession after a close race.
Good finish: Terry Ubrihien, Rob and Sian Morton, and Darren Lydiard close in on the finish line in quick succession after a close race.

Fourteen boats raced in two pointscore races on Wallagoot Lake on Saturday, in unusually gusty and shifty winds.

Reigning champions Rob and Sian Morton, on their MG14, and Terry Ubrihien on his Nacra catamaran, won both races in their divisions.

While pointscore races often see these champions blast away from the fleet on the first reach, leaving all opposition far behind, that was not the case on this occasion.

Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough sailed a similar MG14 “Superfly” to the Morton’s “Wizard of Oz”, and managed to take the lead on the windward legs, which the Mortons regained on the offwind legs.

Superfly recovered from some issues to finish second, just 40 seconds behind at the finish.

The fleet included a strong Sabre contingent.

A terrific start by Terry Kirby gave him tactical advantage, while Neil Fisher chased him all race, unable to get past.

Behind them Rodger Ubrihien, Bob Harris, Ava Petersen, Mike Stove, Wendy Miller and Dave Taylor all raced closely.

Darren Lydiard’s Stingray cat raced closely with Terry’s Nacra, finishing 30seconds ahead at the finish line, but dropping behind on yardstick corrected time.

In race two, the results on corrected time were close; Terry Kirby was just 17 seconds behind the Mortons, and only 20 seconds ahead of Neil Fisher.

Saturday is two handicap races, but there won’t be a training session as the instructors are all away at various other events.

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