Wallagoot Lake Boat Club

Race Reports 2015-16

Prizes for all as sailing season ends

The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club wrapped up the season with a barbeque on the lake’s foreshore.
After lunch, trophies were awarded as follows:
Monohull Champions; Rob and Sian Morton. 2nd Greg Thornton, 3rd Neil Fisher.
Rob Morton said “we have had a great season of sailing with WLBC, a really lovely bunch of people to sail with.
“I have enjoyed the camaraderie within the club.
“We really could not continue without the great work volunteered from so many people.”
Multihull Champion; Tony Hastings, 2nd Terry Ubrihien, 3rd Darren Darren Joey Lydiard.
Handicap series winner; Darren Joey Lydiard, 2nd Tony Hastings, 3rd Brian Wright.
Rising Star; Josh Dorrough
Best Female Sailor; Sian Morton.
Best Youth Sailor; Reif Oliver
Encouragement Awards; Bob Harris, Ian Wood, Rod Skinner
Sabre series winner; Neil Fisher
The club thanks the Merimbula Ice Creamery for donating vouchers, which were awarded to the Youth sailors.
Enlarged photos were presented to any non-prize winners, so that everyone received something on the day.
Click here for full results of Pointscore Series and Handicap Series
The sailors are already excited about next season, talking about which boat they’ll sail, which regattas they might go and race in, and what upgrades or repairs are planned over winter.
The season will begin on September 24.

Presentation Day

At the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club’s presentation day, from left: Jarrah Dorrough, Josh DOrrough, Annabel Dorrough, Luca Dorrough, Ian Wood, Cassia Dorrough, Brian Wright, Vivian Wood, Terry Kirby, Sylvia Wright, Rodger Ubrihien, Morrie Lynch, Neil Fisher, Terry Ubrihien, Reif Oliver, Mike Stove, Remu Oliver, James Oliver, Tony Hastings, Darren Lydiard and Greg Thornton.

Wallagoot’s champions seize glory

On Saturday, the final pointscore races of the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club’s season saw a very close result between current champion, Greg Thornton, and previous champions Rob and Sian Morton. In light, shifty, southerly winds, the Mortons’ MG14 finished ahead of Greg’s Laser to win by just six seconds on corrected time. Bob Harris’ Sabre scored third place, just 40 seconds further back on corrected time – possibly his best result yet at the club.

The wind increased to 12 knots in race two, which saw the gaps between boats increase. Rob and Sian won again, with Greg second and the father-daughter team of James and Gemma Oliver finishing third on their Tasar.

In both races Reif Oliver scored wins as the only junior entrant, similarly Rod Skinner won the multihull division as its only entrant.

We now wait until presentation day, May 7, to see if the Mortons did enough to win the Championship, or if Greg has retained the crown, or possibly one of the Sabre sailors has triumphed over them both.

The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club was represented at the Batemans Bay Anzac Regatta by Josh Dorough, with is son Jarrah crewing for him and other son Luca crewing for Tony Hastings. Both raced Northbridge Seniors (NS14). Tony’s father Richard also raced, on a Nacra catamaran.

Tony and Luca won their division, with race scores 1, 1, 2, 1, while Josh and Jarrah suffered gear failure, scoring 5, DNF, 7, 6, out of 11 boats.

Tony said “we capsized a couple of times on Saturday afternoon, struggling for control in the 15-knot winds and 2 meter swells. I thought we had finished 2nd last, as we lost sight of the boats ahead. It turned out that they all retired, so we won that race! While it’s always great to win, spending the weekend with our father and son teams out sailing together was the highlight.”

Skipper Tony Hastings and crew Luca Dorrough racing through ocean swells on Batemans Bay

Skipper Tony Hastings and crew Luca Dorrough racing through ocean swells on Batemans Bay

Rising wind favours the fast

During the two handicap-start races at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club on Saturday April16, a south-easterly breeze gradually increased throughout the afternoon. This negated the head-start given to the slower boats, who barely drifted away in very light winds, and favoured the late-starting faster boats.

In race one the fleet finished in reverse order to their starts, with the big Stingray catamaran of Darren Lydiard winning the race. The NS14s of Tony Hastings and Josh Dorrough finished second and third respectively. They both sailed their two-person boats, single-handed in the light winds.

Darren said “It was a close race. Going for speed rather than height really worked for me.”

Early starters Bob Harris and Mike Stove had a great, race-long battle, won by Bob’s tactics of approaching the finish on starboard tack, forcing Mike to give way and drop behind him.

Only four boats entered Race Two, the thrill of it all clearly too much for the Sabre sailors. Thanks to Officers of the Day Rob and Sian Morton for running both races, and rescuing a powerboat earlier in the day.
Brian Wright started first on his trailer-sailor “Dear One”, which held the lead for most of the race.

The NS14s started 3 minutes apart, with Josh taking on board a crew, Phil, giving them 100kg weight difference to Tony, who sailed singled-handed. The pair were closely matched going upwind, with Josh and Phil able to gains some extra speed in gusts. On the final (downwind) reaches, Tony showed why he has named his boat “SuperFly”, as he sped past both Brian’s Caribou and Josh’s NS14, coming from behind to take a lead of several minutes.

Tony said, “it’s such a fast boat already – pretty fly – when the trapeze and spinnaker get added to it, wow – superfly!”

Darren was seen enjoying greats peed in the gusts, standing on trapeze with hull in the air. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome his huge handicap and larger course to catch the others.

The Handicap-start series is now complete, with final results being withheld until Presentation Day, on May 7. The club invites all sailors, family, friends and supporters to attend the BBQ lunch and trophy presentation.

As the sun began to set on the sailing season, Darren Lydiard flew across Wallagoot Lake to a glorious win.

As the sun began to set on the sailing season, Darren Lydiard flew across Wallagoot Lake to a glorious win.

Afternoon delight on Wallagoot Lake

The sailors at Wallagoot Lake enjoyed two Pointscore Races in perfect conditions on Saturday April 9. A steady light wind blew mostly from the east, with oscillating shifts providing a tactical challenge.

Rob and Sian Morton on their MG14 “Wizard of Oz” won both races in the monohull division, by leading from start to finish. In second place was Greg Thornton, on Laser “Ariel”, and Terry Kirby was third on Sabre “Let the Wind”.

Ian Wood and Cassia Dorrough sailed brilliantly to cross the line second in race one, and finish fourth on yardstick corrected time.

The results count towards the club championship, which has just two races left to run. At the end of the 21 race series, each boat may drop their worst 5 scores. This leaves the series result unknown at this stage with many of the usual front-runners in contention for prizes.

Tony Hastings’ Paper Tiger “Tigerdelic” won both races, making it 12 wins from 12 starts this season and wrapping up the Championship. Second in both races was Darren Lydiard’s Stingray “Spanish Fly II’, who is in strong contention for second in the series. Non-starters Jeff Hope and Terry Ubrihien are also very close on points, so the final places will be determined at the last race, in two weeks’ time.

The club thanks Brian Wright  and Rodger Ubrihien for volunteering to be Officers of the Day. Next week the club hosts the final Handicap-start races of the season. The following week sees the final Pointscore races, while some of the boats will go to contest the Batemans Bay Anzac Regatta. End of season fun races will be held on April 30.

Winners with Wallagoot’s wild winds

Brian Wright’s Caribou trailer-sailor “Dear One” won Saturday April 2nd’s handicap-start race by a massive margin, by making the most of the fluky winds. He started just a few minutes ahead of the Sabre fleet, which was enough to find wind where they sailed into a “hole” of no wind.

At the other end of the starting line-up, Darren Lydiard’s big Stingray catamaran “Spanish Fly II” found himself drifting backwards across the start-line after waiting out his 27 minute handicap. Once moving, he quickly caught and passed the main pack of boats, and set off to chase the leaders, eventually finishing second.

Behind him, Rob Morton started even later after his RS100 “42” had rigging issues onshore. He had a few spectacular spinnaker runs, where he flew past the other boats to claim third.

The wind was mostly light north-westerly, with random gusts upto 15 knots, and puffs coming from all points of the compass. This caught many sailors out, with a few capsizing and others temporarily losing control. The wind died completely after the race, so race two was abandoned. Job done, Officers of the Day Greg Thornton and Terry Ubrihien packed up and put the rescue boat back in the shed.
Immediately after this decision was made, a strong southerly slammed the boats and had everyone running to try and prevent them from being blown over on the beach. After initial front, the wind appeared to settle to a steady 15knot south-easterly.

Rob’s RS100, Josh and Cassia Dorrough’s NS14, plus Tony Hastings and Rod Skinner’s 49er headed out for some high-speed fun. All three struggled as the wind increased in strength and gustiness, at times all capsized together. Rob made it back unscathed, while Josh said he “destroyed his jib”, and the 49er had to drop sails and be towed back. Thanks to Brian and Darren for bringing out the RIB to rescue them.

Brian was happy, “Winning the race and performing a heroic rescue – what more could you ask for?”
Next week the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club hosts two Pointscore Races. The sailors have declared it to be “cat day” and encourage others to bring out their multihulls for a race.

Sabres shine in shifty southerly

The local Sabre fleet starred in Saturday March 19th’s race, their uniformity contrasting with the great variety of boats seen during the recent Wallagoot Lake Regatta. Two pointscore races were held in light to moderate winds, which varied in strength and direction as the southerly winds swirled down onto the lake from the range at Bournda.

Neil Fisher’s Sabre “Windsong” triumphed in Race 1, ahead of Greg Thornton’s Laser “Ariel” and Terry Kirby’s Sabre “Let the Wind”. Greg made a break on the fleet to win Race 2, ahead of Terry and then Neil. The racing was close between the Sabres, so close that Mike Stove and Bob Harris finished in a dead heat for 7th place.

Three multihulls also raced, with Dennis Stanton’s Weta trimaran winning both races on corrected time, ahead of Jeff Hope’s Windrush and Darren Lydiard’s big Stingray.

There is no racing scheduled over Easter, and the club returns for Handicap-start races on April 2.

Wallagoot Regatta a spectacular success

The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club hail their regatta as a spectacular success. Secretary Tony Hastings said, “we aim to host a fun, friendly and successful event – we did that. 19 entrants was about what we expected, though of course we hoped for more. The weather was warm and overcast with light winds, which enabled the four divisions of boats to contest five races.”
Division 1 included all boats with yardstick over 113. Winner was Reif Oliver on his tiny Bic O’Pen, 2nd Gote Vykstrom (Laser Radial) and 3rd Neil Fisher (Sabre).
Division 2 had just 2 trailer-sailors, with our Commodore Brian Wright winning ahead of Roger’s boat, the Margaret D.
Division 3 included a great variety of boats, with yardsticks less than 113. Peter “Master Blaster” dominated on his Devoti D-one, often leaving the rest of the fleet far behind. 2nd Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough (NS14) and 3rd local champ Rob Morton (RS100).
Division 4, multihulls, saw Maricat state and national champ Rod Anderson claim his biggest prize – the WLBC Regatta. Tim Symons (Hobie17) was 2nd.
We were all grateful to the many volunteers who made the event a success; Phil Yeomans, Bob Harris and Darren Joey Lydiard on the Committee Boat, Mike Stove, Terry Ubrihien, Jeff Hope and Ian Curtis on Rescue 1, Sian Morton, Annabel Dorrough, Leslee Hope, Terry Kirby and everyone else who helped in the kitchen, Rob Morton for cranking out the results, and all others.
We especially thank Gateway Lifestyle (Kalaru) for sponsoring the event, hosting our Race Officer Phil Yeomans who travelled from Sydney to run the event.
Full results can be found at http://wlbc.org.au/race-results-3/regatta-2016/ and a photos gallery is here: http://wlbc.org.au/wlbc-regatta/

The fast and the upright

A classic match of hare versus tortoise occurred during the two handicap-start races held on the lake on March 5th. The slower boats were given a head start, and chased down by successively faster boats; Laser dinghy, NS14, 49er and Stingray catamaran.

Darren Lydiard’s Stingray got the job done; sailing from last to first to win the race, ahead of Brian Wright’s Caribou trailer-sailor and Wendy Miller’s Sabre.

Sailing the Olympic-class 49er for the first time, Tony Hastings and crew Rod Skinner flew through the fleet, both on trapeze with the big sails filled. Several capsizes then saw them stop to wait as the hare did, while all the tortoises bobbed past. In race two, improved skill and lighter steadier winds enabled them to complete the race without incident and finish over seven minutes ahead of the fleet.

Even Darren’s big Stingray couldn’t make any ground on them, though he finished a comfortable second ahead of Brian.

On Feb 27, Brian Wright won the Pointscore race, ahead of reigning champ Greg Thornton, and “Salty Dog” Rodger Ubrihien. Lily Fisher took her first ever win, in the junior division on Sabot “Jester”.

In Race two that day, Brian won again, ahead of Greg and Neil Fisher.

Fickle breeze teases sailors

A strange and fickle breeze troubled the sailors on Wallagoot Lake on Saturday February 14. A hot day with a strong sea-breeze was forecast, which turned out to be half-right; it sure was hot.

Race One began with Denu and Reif Oliver’s tiny Bics starting first, in a light north-east wind. The fastest boat, Darren Lydiard’s big Stingray catamaran, started 27 minutes later, and everyone else had handicaps in between. Wind gusts were around 10 knots, which was just enough to get some of the dinghies planning on the reaches.

Rob Morton found the answer to sailing his RS100 skiff “forty-two”, blasting around the course and winning the race. Terry Ubrihien’s Maricat finished second, after racing closely with Matt Pritchard’s Paper Tiger all race. Greg Thornton’s Laser came in third, after he managed to overtake both NS14’s, who seemed to be faster, but more erratic.

The wind had swung north during the race, so the course was moved to keep the race fair and fun. White caps indicated stronger winds as the boats powered around the first lap of the course. Strangely, they each glided to a stop at the downwind mark, near Scotts Bay. Although the strong wind blew towards them, none of it seemed to get there as one by one they parked together. It became a challenge of wits rather than boat-speed, as the sailors tried to navigate a path to where the mysterious wind would be blowing. Some tried tacking each time it shifted direction, others went to the east of the lake, where it looked stronger. Both tactics worked, while mistiming tacks or heading west was disastrous.

The race was shortened, so that the boats just needed to sail past the top mark to finish. They could then continue on a short distance back to shore for drinks.

Brian Wright and crew Cassia Dorrough started first and held his lead to win the race. James Oliver and crew cleared out from the drifting pack to cross second. Darren did well to overtake all the other boats and claim third on his Stingray.

This Saturday the keen racers go to Twofold Bay Regatta, while the WLBC follows up its sailing school with practice races.

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Milestone goals kicked during sailing races

RACING returned to Wallagoot Lake on Saturday, when fourteen boats contested two Pointscore Races. It was a perfect day, warm with gentle breezes ranging from six to twelve knots.

Several milestone goals were achieved on the day:

- Reif Oliver completed the full length senior course on his Bic O’Pen dinghy, finishing less than ten minutes behind the fleet. Considering the yardstick of the tiny junior boat, this is a terrific achievement.

- Josh and Cassia Dorrough claimed their first line-honours victory, a full minute ahead of the fleet.

- Darren Lydiard also claimed a line-honours victory in the multihull division, his Stingray cat is now clearly the fastest sailing boat on the lake.

On yardstick corrected time, Terry Kirby’s Sabre won race one ahead of the Laser Radials of Greg Thornton and Gote Vikstrom. Greg responded to win race two, ahead of Neil Fisher and Terry Kirby.

Tony Hastings’ Paper Tiger won both multihull division races, ahead of Darren Lydiard and Jeff Hope.

Reif Oliver won both junior division races, ahead of Gemma Oliver.

The club congratulates Reif for achieving 37th and Gemma for 10th Under-16 female in the Junior O’Pen Bic World Championship. We also congratulate Rob and Sian Morton for an excellent 10th place in the MG14 National Titles.

The club is planning the annual Sailing School for February six and seven. Participants will learn all the basics of sailing, receiving individual tuition on the water and on shore.

Greg Thornton leads Gote Vikstrom and Ian Wood around the buoy

Greg Thornton leads Gote Vikstrom and Ian Wood around the buoy

Sailing action heats up

The first sailing day in summer provided perfect weather at Wallagoot Lake. The sun shone, it was warm, and a fresh seabreeze blew across the lake.

The first race was held close inshore, with the start / finish line at the end of the ramp, which created lots of action for spectators to view. The club thanks Officer of the Day James Oliver for his efforts, making do with the RIB while the main rescue boat is broken. The club is seeking a suitable replacement.

The short race saw very close finishes, with several boats crossing the line just seconds apart.

Rob and Sian Morton won the race on their MG14 Wizard of Oz, a notably good effort as the course did not favour their spinnaker. In second and third places were the Sabres of Neil Fisher and Rodger Ubrihien respectively.

The catamaran fleet had their best race of the year so far, with four boats racing closely. Jeff Hope’s Windrush took line honours, but was demoted to third on yardstick corrected time. Maricats scored a 1 -2 finish, with Tony Hastings sailing a borrowed Maricat just crossing ahead of Terry Ubrihien.

“It was hard work,” Tony said. “The old sail was stretched and very full, so I had to use massive amounts of mainsheet tension to try and pull it flat and get the boat to point to windwards. The rudders were also raked too far back, so the steering was heavy. It’s comparable to trying to drive a car with the wheel alignment out and the car constantly trying to drag you into the gutter. It remind me what a wonderful, joyous boat my Paper Tiger is!”

Lily Fisher won the Junior division, as a sole entrant.

Race two was held with a full course that covered most of the lake, enabled the sailors to get the boats upto top speed on the long reaches.

First and second again went to the Mortons and Neil Fisher. Terry Kirby scored third place.

In the catamaran fleet, Tony lead from the start, then was overtaken by Terry Ubrihien, who extended his lead throughout the race. Jeff Hope used his extra speed to Tony on the long reaches, then Alan Holbrook overtook on the windward leg. On the last lap, shifty winds saw dramatic changes, with Tony gaining a hundred meters to regain the lead, and just getting a nose over the line, half a boat-length ahead of Terry. Alan and crew Lain West managed to pass Jeff, which made it an all Maricat podium finish.

This week, club volunteers will be providing sailing experiences for a school camp at Hobart Beach. Next weekend, the last races of the year will be two Handicap start races. The sailors then return on January 16.

Rescue boat needed

Winning a sailing race requires making the boat go as fast as possible, taking the shortest route, while making as few mistakes as possible. Each of those things takes years, even decades, to master.

In the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club’s handicap start races, each boat’s handicap is based on their previous race results, so that the fleet should all finish together. Sailors who have improved, either by making their boat faster, sailing a better course or making fewer mistakes, should win the race.

Sian Morton won the first race and scored third in the second. In the second race, she touched a buoy, which required a penalty turn, and the time lost was what cost her second place and possibly the win.

Darrin Lydierd sailed his Hartley 16 well, scoring a second in race one.

Third in race one was Mike Stove, who didn’t sail race two. Full results

Winner of race two, Brian Wright, said he won because he didn’t let go of the jib-sheet – unlike he did in race one. Apparently the know tying the two ends of the rope together came undone, then one end began slipping through the cleat. He let go of the end he was holding to grab it, but ended up with both ends getting away from him, and losing time as he frantically tried to re-thread and re-tie the ropes.

Tony Hastings sailed his Laser Radial to second place, after arriving too late for race one.

A group of boats including Gote Vikstrom’s Laser, Derek Lewis’ Contender, Ian Wood’s NS14 and Josh Dorrough’s NS14 all raced closely.

Josh commented “we didn’t capsize – that’s a win for us!”

Rob Morton debuted his new boat, a racy single-handed skiff called an RS100. It looked spectacular, particularly when the spinnaker was up and the boat planed across the lake. No doubt he will come charging through the fleet in races to come. Full results

Unfortunately the big story of the day was that the rescue boat sank. Officers of the Day Neil Fisher and Terry Kirby did well, in running the races, collecting the buoys, getting back to shore and even getting the boat back onto the trailer. Then they opened the bungs and let water pour out for a good 20 minutes.

The boat is very old, with many patches, cracks and holes. The club is now seeking a replacement hull, preferably around 15-foot (4.5m) long, with an open cockpit for carrying the buoys, anchors and other equipment.

If anyone has or knows of a suitable boat, please contact the club at wallagoot@yahoo.com.au, or contact Tony Hastings, Secretary, 0427 534 548.

Terry lets the wind to win

The tactical genius of Terry Kirby scored him the win the first of two Pointscore Races on Wallagoot Lake on Saturday.
Before the race, weather reports and our own predictions included light winds, strong winds, south-westerly winds, south-west winds and north-east seabreezes. It turned out that we were all correct, as the wind swung wildly and varied greatly in strength. Terry was able to find the best path through the gusts and holes of no wind, tacking at the right times to gain advantage. His boat is named “Let the Wind”, which perhaps was the philosophy that enabled him to adapt to the conditions the best.
In second place Neil Fisher had lead early on, but lamented “I sailed into a hole.”
Third placed Gote Vykstrom actually finished ahead of the two Sabre sailors, but was demoted through yardstick calculations.
As sole multihull entrant, Tony Hastings came last in both races, also scoring first place.
Reif Oliver maintained his perfect record of race wins at Wallagoot, finishing ahead of his sister Gemma. The club wishes him luck as he goes to contest the 2015 NSW O’Pen Cup in Sydney.
In Race Two the winds swung to the south-east and steadied into a moderate breeze.
Rob and Sian Morton on their MG14 Wizard of Oz won the race, finishing just 20 seconds ahead of Neil Fisher on corrected time.
The Tasar of James Oliver, with Gemma as crew, scored third.

Terry Kirby sailing "Let the Wind"

Terry Kirby sailing “Let the Wind”

Light winds blow Wood to race wins

Ian Wood won both Handicap-start races at Wallagoot Lake on Saturday. The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club’s event coordinator, Rob Morton, said “He was unbeatable in his NS14, sailing it one up and reveling in the light winds.”

Seven boats raced in cool and overcast conditions, with a nice four to ten knot south-east breeze. Darren Lydierd and Wendy Miller did a great as Officers of the Day,, facilitating the racing.

Jeff Hope sailed consistently to take two second places on his Windrush catamaran, but was not that far ahead of the rest of the fleet.

Bob Harris was looking very good in the first race on his Sabre, and then suffered some gear failure which forced a retirement in the second race.

Greg Thorton, Gote Vykstrom and Rob Morton had a very good tussle with their Laser dinghies.

Rob said, “I was lucky enough to get close enough in the first race with a lucky wind shift up the last work, so I was able to sneak in front of them not far from the finish. I was not so lucky in the second race, but it was good close racing.”

Brian Wright sailed with smaller sails and with Rodger Ubrihien on board, so struggled to get going in the first race. A minor change in his handicap saw a more appropriate finish for him in the second race.

It was nice to see Brendan Aucote sailing his 49er skiff with Rod Skinner. They were looking very good, getting the spinnaker up and down and mostly staying afloat. They were not racing, but it was good to see such a machine on the water.

All in all, the sailors had a great day, with a nice breeze and the usual great camaraderie. Click on the following for full results of Handicap 07 and Handicap 08.

Meanwhile in Canberra, Tony Hastings raced his 39-year old Laser radial “Firefly” in the ACT Dinghy Championships. He decided not to race in rainy, calm conditions on Saturday, then scored a second and third place on Sunday for seventh in his division, out of 12 boats.

“It was exciting racing in such a huge fleet – around 80 boats entered – which meant sailing around and through traffic was the main tactical consideration in the racing,” Tony said.

Ian Wood on his NS14 "Kahoots"

Ian Wood on his NS14 “Kahoots”

Sailors brave ominous forecast at Wallagoot

Ten boats raced on Wallagoot Lake on Saturday November 7, despite an ominous weather forecast and very high lake levels. Winners of both races were Rob and Sian Morton’s MG14 “Wizard of Oz” in the monohull division, Tony Hastings on Paper Tiger “Tigerdelic”, sole multihull entrant, and Reif Oliver’s O’pen Bic “Mr Majestic”, sole junior entrant.

Wallagoot Lake laps over the road, into the front yards of local residents and covers the club’s ramp to about knee-depth. This high level deterred trailer-sailors from attempting to launch. The wind was forecast to be strong and increasing to over 20 knots by late afternoon – which would be too much for sailing.

The day began with a training session, which featured information on predicting wind, boat handling in strong winds, and tacking practice. During the two races, the wind was very fluky, with big changes in strength and direction. It ranged from as low as 5 knots, to some strong gusts of almost 20 knots. A few boats suffered gear breakage, which obliged them to return to shore.

The best racing of the day was Terry Kirby and Neil Fisher’s Sabres, who finished just 27 seconds apart in the first race, and one second apart in the second race. They each scored a second and third place, with Neil showing better form in the stronger winds, and Terry gaining advantage in tactics in lighter winds.
Handicap races are scheduled for next week, while some sailors go away to race in the ACT Dinghy Champs and at other venues. For full results and more details, please click Pointscore race 05 and 06 here.

Tactical challenge at ACT Multihull Champs

Local Tony Hastings won second prize in his division in the ACT Multihull Championships, , in light and shift wind conditions typical of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. Rohan Nicol won the division on his Paper Tiger, while Rod Anderson won the Maricat division.

There was an amazing 70 year span of age between the sailors there, which included a 10 year old junior sailed in the event and Tony’s 80 year-old father Richard.

“Dad raced well, often at the front of the fleet and won a special prize,” Tony said.

“Being able to share the weekend with him, racing against each other, was very special. It’s always an interesting challenge racing on Lake Barely Drifting; predicting wind from the overhead clouds, affected by topography and Islands, while also maneuvering against competitors.

Richard and Tony Hastings ready to race in the ACT Multihull Champs

Richard and Tony Hastings ready to race in the ACT Multihull Champs

Racing blown out

Mike Stove & Jeff Hope were our Officers of the Day for our handicap races on Saturday. All was ready for a great day, the NE wind was settling in and the course was set.

We had 9 boats preparing to start, including Terry Ubrihien, Sian Morton in Gillweed, Darren Lydierd in his new Hartley 16, Greg Thornton, Reif Oliver, Geoff and Earl Boulton, Alister French in the spiral, Dennis Stanton and myself in the Laser.

As I watched people sailing out I realised that the wind was much stronger than what we thought, and more than what it was when the course was set. It was building to 25 knots.

I gybed around Reif who was upside down near the start, and not looking happy, and the pully on my bridle exploded, so I could not help then and had to limp home, sailing as much as I could using single purchase on the main. Sian, Terry, Greg, Dennis and Darren sailed home, Reif and Geoff Boulton were towed in and I went back out in the duck with Darren and sailed the Spiral back from the other side of the bay.

It was an exciting day, but not much sailing unfortunately. Mike and Jeff were too busy to take any photos.

- Rob Morton

New sailors enjoy Wallagoot Lake

Discover Sailing Day was held on Wallagoot Lake on Sunday 26 October in perfect weather. The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club claimed the day a success, after volunteering their time and their boats to take any member of the public out sailing, for free. Five families and three single participants, 16 people in total, enjoyed trying sailing thanks to volunteers Brian Wright, Geoff and Earl Boulton, James Oliver, Jeff Hope, Rob and Sian Morton, Wendy and Glyn Miller. The club also thanks Morrie Lynch and Jeff Hope for their efforts in repairing the rescue boat in time for the event. The club held Discover Sailing Day as part of a national Yachting Australia event, supported by the Australian Government – see discoversailing.org.au.

People who wish to take the next step and learn how to sail are invited to attend the club’s Sailing School, February 6 – 7 next year. Additional training is offered most Saturday mornings for sailors who are competent to rig and sail a boat.

On Saturday the morning session was followed by two Pointscore races, with 17 boats enjoying sailing on Wallagoot Lake. Rob and Sian Morton’s MG14 “Wizard of Oz” sported new sails and won both races by a huge margin. The Sabres of Terry Kirby and Neil Fisher each scored a second and a third place.

Terry Ubrihien’s Maricat won both races in the multihull division. Jeff Hope scored two second places and Darren Lydierd scored two thirds.

Thanks to Wendy and Glyn Miller for doing a great job as Officers of the Day, anticipating the pending NE breeze and setting the course appropriately. Full results can be found here.

Splashes and crashes on Wallagoot Lake

Sailors and officials at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club had a troublesome and vexing day on Saturday.
On the positive side, a morning training session and two handicap-start races were held, and everyone was kept safe and happy.
On the other hand, the wind died during race one, which turned into a contest of who could drift across the lake to the buoy on the other side. Officers of the Day Tony Hastings and Bob Harris managed to dent a car and put a hole in the rescue boat during their on-shore maneuvers. The boat will be repaired by club volunteer Morrie Lynch during the week.
The handicap-start races begin with the slowest boat starting first, then the fleet starting sequentially later, with handicaps derived from previous race results.
Reif Oliver started on zero, as he sails a O’Pen Bic junior boat, which are rated as being 20 percent slower than the Sabre dinghies. Reif proved uncatchable, completing his course with a substantial margin over the chasing fleet.
Morrie Lynch and crew Victoria Westwood won the race on a Pacer. This was an outstanding performance, as it was Victoria’s first day sailing at Wallagoot. Unfortunately the pair were involved in a collision during race two, which led to their boat capsizing and requiring rescue. To their credit, they remained calm and happy during the incident and back on shore later.
Second and third in race one were the Sabres of Sian Morton and Neil Fisher.
The wind increased to ten knots by the start of race two, then continued to increase throughout the race to a solid, white-capping, 15 knots, which gusts possibly reaching a furious 20 knots.
Jeff Hope’s Windrush catamaran reveled in the windy conditions, speeding around the course and winning the race.
Geoff and Eyrl Boulton’s 29er was easily the fastest monohull on the lake, the challenge is keeping the tricky beast upright. Their second place finish in the strong, gusty winds demonstrated great skill.
Neil Fisher is well known for his skill in stronger winds, and scored third place on his Sabre.
Next Sunday, October 25, is Discover Sailing Day. This is your chance to join in the fun – the public are invited to be taken out sailing for free, between 10am and 3pm.
Please wear durable clothes that you don’t mind getting get, preferably wetsuits and rash shirts. Bouyancy vests will be provided.
Drinks and sasuage sizzle may able be available.

Reif Oliver powered his O'Pen Bic around the lake

Reif Oliver powered his O’Pen Bic around the lake

Season underway

Warm-up races were scheduled for September 25, and Handicap Start races on the October long weekend were cancelled, due to lack of wind, lack of boats, and the lake being too full to launch the rescue boat. The water level was around 20cm deep over the boat ramp apron, and lapping at the picnic shelter.

Monohull Club Hampion Greg Thornton, and Multihull Champion Tony Hastings both raced in the Jervis Bay Regatta, at Callala Bay (the north end of Jervis Bay). Light shifty winds prevailed, which suited Tony and he won 4 out of 5 races to bring home the trophy. Greg borowed a Spiral to finish a creditable 8th out of 24 dinghies.

On October 10th, a training session began at 9am, with Manly Junior, Sabot, Bic, Spiral and Sabre dinghies taking to the water. Instructors Terry Kirby and Tony Hastings helped provide tuition, all coordinated by Josh Dorrough.

16 boats contested two Pointscore races were held in the afternoon, as a light wind swang from the west, through the south, to the east, before finally coming in from the north-east. It averaged around 10 knots during the two races.

Tony’s Paper Tiger easily outpaced the Windrush’s of Jeff Hope and Darren, who each scored a 2nd and 3rd place.

Neil Fisher narrowly won the Sabre contest, which Rodger Ubrihien lead during race one and Terry Kirby lead on his new boat in race two. Greg had close competition from Gote from Cooma, both on Laser radials. Josh’s NS14 raced closely against James’ Tasar, so most of the boats enjoyed close racing. Playing hare to these tortoise was Rod and Dave on the 49er, which blasted away at great speed then let everyone catch up while the had a relaxing swim. The sudden gusts of wind as the turbulence came over the hill didn’t help them keep the challenging boat balanced.