Sailing into new season on Wallagoot Lake

Setting sail on new season: Sabre dinghies made up four of the seven boats racing on Wallagoot Lake on Saturday.
Setting sail on new season: Sabre dinghies made up four of the seven boats racing on Wallagoot Lake on Saturday.

The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club’s first pointscore races of the season were held on a warm, sunny Saturday with light five to eight knot winds.

Seven boats entered the races; four Sabre dinghies, a Contender, an MG and a Mosquito catamaran. Thanks to Rob and Sian Morton for volunteering to act as officers of the day; setting the course, running the races, taking photos and being on stand-by in case a rescue was required. Thanks also to Terry Kirby for running a free sailing lesson in the morning, where he welcomed new members to the club.

Tony Hastings sailed his MG14 “Superfly” single-handed, hanging off the side of the boat on trapeze, while controlling the spinnaker, jib, mainsail and steering. While fairly wobbly with the controls, the sheer speed of the boat was enough to win both races.

On the water Hastings raced closely with Darren Lydiard’s Mosquito catamaran, “Star”. As the only cat, he won both races.

In race one, Terry Kirby’s Sabre “Let the Wind” was almost close enough to win on corrected time, missing out by just 10 seconds. Third was Neil Fisher’s Sabre “Windsong”.

Race two was also close, where Fisher finished just 23 seconds behind on corrected time, and Kirby finished third.

More boats are expected to race next week once school holidays have finished. This may include two more Mosquito cats, as James Oliver and Hastings have also bought old plywood ones to race with Lydiard.

For full results and more information about sailing on Wallagoot Lake, visit the club’s website, wlbc.org.au.

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