Wallagoot Lake Boat Club

Race Reports 2017-18

Cruisy day on Wallagoot Lake

The Wallagoot Lake Sailing Club enjoyed two handicap start races, on a sunny day with light breezes on Saturday. A smaller course was set to match the conditions, and after an hour of racing the boats all finished with 7 minutes of each other.

Winners of race one were the Sabres; Neil Fisher first, Brett Occleshaw second and Bob Harris third.

Race two saw slightly increased breeze and a longer course. This turned out to favour the faster, later-starting boats. Winners were Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough on a borrowed 29er skiff (see Classifieds page), ahead of Terry Ubrihien’s Nacra catamaran, and Josh and Jarrah Dorrough’s NS14.

The day featured several firsts; Sandra Behrendt had her first solo sail on a dinghy, Zoe Pentin completed here first race as a skipper, Darren Lydiard sailed his new keelboat for the first time, and Josh Dorrough’s boat sported a new set of sails.

After such a perfect day, we are all shocked and saddened by Sunday’s fire.

Next week, a morning training session will be followed by two Pointscore Races. For full results click here, for a photo album click here

The 29er under spinnaker

The 29er under spinnaker

Wallagoot Lake regatta a spectacular success

The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club hosted their annual regatta over the weekend, with 39 boats making it the largest fleet seen on the lake on decades. The sailors enjoyed warm, sunny weather, with a wide variety of winds that effectively created two light wind races, two moderate wind races, and one strong wind race.
Jamie Simpson, NSW Sabre Association President, was pleased that they had included their State Titles in the regatta, and said they would do it again next year. He said “it was challenging sailing, from 20+ knots wind Saturday to 3 knots Sunday, which sorts out the fleet. Racing was smooth, well organized, so we’d be delighted to come back.”
Geoff Comfort retained his crown as Sabre State Champion with a dominating win; taking three wins and a second place. He said he had “a terrific time, and I’d love to come back”.  Local Terry Kirby scored fifth overall, including two third places.
Wallagoot regular Goete Vikstrom won the monohull division, yardstick >114. He lamented the lack of boats in his division, which had just four entrants. Regardless he said “it was great sailing and a well-run regatta”.
Jindabyne’s Nick Kennedy won the monohull division, yardstick <114, on his Finn dinghy. He regarded Wallagoot Lake as “the most beautiful place; with the ambience, and the vision of the blue lake through the trees. It was great to see fathers, mothers, daughters and sons all here racing together.”
Maricats took all three prizes in the multihull division. Winner Jeff Reid said “thanks to all. We had big winds and small winds; it was all good fun and good racing.”
Regatta coordinator Rob Morton echoed his thanks, to all the volunteers who made the regatta a success, and to Phil Yeomans from Deck Hardware, who was the Race Officer. Rob said “we really appreciate his help; it takes a load off our shoulders and the regatta was highly professionally run.”
Next week, the club will offer a morning training session and two handicap-start races in the afternoon. Click here for photo album, and here for full results


Sabres, overall: 1st Geoff Comfort (1624 “Southern Aurora”), 2nd Brad Gorman (1973 “the Darkside”), 3rd Craig Simpson (1493 “Poetic Justice”)
First female skipper, Sue Hextall.
Multihulls: 1st Jeff Reid, Maricat (3701 “Havoc”), 2nd Rod Anderson Maricat (5601 “Pointed Reply”), 3rd Wayne Barry, Maricat (3919 “Prima facie”)
Monohulls >114: 1st Goete Vikstrom, Laser radial (191640 “Moose”), 2nd Cadel Boyce, Laser 4.7 (161827 “Coriolis effect”), 3rd Juan Geurschman (159142 “Number Juan”)
Best junior skipper; Cadel Boyce.
Monohulls <114: 1st Nick Kennedy, Finn (274 “Backbeat”), 2nd James and Paddy Macken, NS14 (1987 “Mojo”), 3rd Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough, NS14 “1705 “Superfly”)

The regatta provided fun and spectacular racing

The regatta provided fun and spectacular racing

Sprint Race thrills

The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club held six sprint races on Saturday afternoon, in perfect sailing conditions.
In form that bodes well for them to defend last year’s Regatta win, Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough on NS14 “Superfly” won three of the races. Tony said “we’re very grateful to Rob and Sian Morton, who today gave us a set of sails to use. This enables us to continue racing after our sails were damaged racing in strong winds. Since January we’ve had sticky tape from the Newsagency holding them taped together while baulking at the price of new replacements.”
Terry Kirby’s Sabre won two races and scored two second place finishes in the four races he started. This also bodes well for him, as next week’s regatta will include the Sabre State Titles.
Josh and Jarrah Dorrough won a race, and seem likely to have won the 15-race series. They have entered every race and consistently finished at the front of the fleet, looking unbeatable regardless of how the series points are calculated.
The club is excited about next week’s regatta, which promises fun racing for competitors and a spectacle for viewers. Visiting boats are expected from all over south-eastern Australia, from Gippsland to Gosford and many clubs in between.
Spectators may view the racing from the club’s balcony or the beach throughout the weekend.

Josh and Jarrah Dorrough on their NS14

Josh and Jarrah Dorrough on their NS14

Close racing despite freaky winds

The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club held two handicap-start races on Saturday February 24, in freaky winds. Race winners Goete Vikstrom and Darren Lydiard both made excellent strategic decisions to find the optimum path around the course.

For most of race one, there was 8 – 12 knot north-east seabreeze blowing on the eastern side of the lake, while simultaneously there was a 5 – 15 knot north-west wind blowing on the western side of the lake. In between there was often no wind, and the way each of the winds covered the lake kept changing, so it was very tricky for sailors to stay in favourable breeze.

Both races ran for over an hour, and saw all boats finish within minutes of each other. Race one saw Goete Vikstrom finish just seconds ahead of Josh and Jarrah Dorrough, with Darren Lydiard 40 seconds further back in 3rd place. Race two saw the lead change many times, with boats surging ahead then becoming becalmed. Darren won, 20 seconds ahead of Goete, with Josh Dorrough third. Terry Ubrihien narrowly missed out on podiums; fourth in race one and just 12 seconds behind third, and then crossing the line first in race two, before acknowledging that he’d sailed a slightly wrong course and becoming disqualified.

Next week the club will host sprint races, in training for the annual regatta on March 10 – 11.

For photo album, click here.

Goete leads the fleet

Goete leads the fleet

Furious fun as fleet flies

Moderate to strong winds created fast, exciting racing on Wallagoot Lake on Saturday February 10.

Winners of both races were Rob and Sian Morton, with Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough second, while Neil Fisher was third in Race One, and Terry Kirby was third in race two.

Tony and Luca on MG14 “Superfly” lead the fleet from the start of Race One, while the Mortons’ MG14 “Wizard of Oz” made an unusual error and started late. At half-race distance, Superfly had extended the lead to almost a leg of the course, before capsizing on a gybe (downwind turn). This enabled the Mortons to catch up, and the two boats raced side-by-side around the last lap, finishing just metres apart.

All agreed it was tough going. Even the multihulls struggled in the conditions; a crew member was lost overboard and required a lift back in the rescue boat. Terry Ubrihien’s Nacra won the first race, then retired, leaving Dennis Stanton’s Weta to win race two.

Thanks to Josh Dorrough and Mike Stove for running the races, providing rescues and taking photos.

The wind increased in race two, which the Wizard handled with speed and confidence, while Superfly sailed conservatively to minimise errors and boat damage.

There was a thrilling battle for third place, as the Sabres of Neil Fisher and Terry Kirby traded places around the last lap. Neil was initially ahead, then Terry was able to come alongside and claim buoy room at the last mark. They enjoyed a tacking duel to the finish, which Saw Terry cross the line a boat-length ahead of Neil.

Next week, practice races will be held on Wallagoot Lake while some will contest the Twofold Bay Yacht Club’s regatta. For full results click here, for a photo album click here

Brian Wright crosses behind the fleet on port tack, just after the start of race one

Brian Wright crosses behind the fleet on port tack, just after the start of race one

Sailing club sprints to regatta goals

The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club held six Sprint Races on Saturday February 3rd, in which the fleet sailed a single lap, then immediately started the next race. The sprint races help the sailors practice their starts, buoy roundings and tactics, which will be helpful in the upcoming regattas.

Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough’s MG14 “Superfly” won three of the races, Terry Kirby’s Sabre “Let the Wind” won two, and Rob Morton’s RS100 “Forty-two” won one. Thanks to Bob Harris and Jeff Hope for being Officers of the Day.

The overall winner of the Sprint Series is yet to be determined, as the day was so successful, another day of sprint races may be added to the program before the season ends. Next Saturday the club will follow a morning of training with two Pointscore Races. The weekend of February 17 – 18 sees many of the sailors race in the Twofold Bay Regatta. The Wallagoot Lake Regatta will be held March 10 – 11, and the club is seeking volunteers to help run the event. Roles include being on a power boat and helping record the finish times; no prior experience necessary, or helping prepare lunches in the clubhouse.
Click here for more photos

The fleet starts a sprint race

The fleet starts a sprint race

Carnage on Wallagoot Lake

Wild conditions created carnage on Wallagoot Lake, with only two of the dozen boats finishing in total from both races. Officers of the Day Ian Wood and Luca Dorrough recorded wind gusts to 26knots, reporting 18-25 typical in strong patches, dropping to 10 in lighter patches. It also swung upto 45 degrees, particularly in the north-east corner of the lake, which made sailing extremely difficult.

Congratulations to winner Neil Fisher, and second place Darren Joey Lydiard, both on Sabre dinghies. Commiserations to Wendy Miller and Josh Dorrough, who had their mainsails split and require repairs.

The day began with overcast, humid, hot weather and light winds, which was perfect for the morning training sessions. The club was delighted to welcome new sailors and eager to assist their ongoing participation. From shore the lake looked calm, yet there were several boats capsized before the starting sequence was completed. From the dozen starters, two boats required rescue and towing back to shore, which effectively cancelled race one.

Only half of the fleet headed out for race two; Neil Fisher and Darren Lydiard on the Sabres the only finishers as others retired with boat damage or simply being overwhelmed by the conditions.

Next week Sprint Races are scheduled, which will be excellent training for the sailor’s upcoming regattas. Click here for more photos

Tony took 50-yaer-old Sailfish "Flotsam" out for some action

Tony took 50-yaer-old Sailfish “Flotsam” out for some action

Neil Fisher put on a masterclass to win the race in wild conditions

Neil Fisher put on a masterclass to win the race in wild conditions

Racing returns to Wallagoot Lake

Saturday afternoon sailing races have returned to Wallagoot Lake. Two Pointscore Races were held on January 13, both of which were won by Rob and Sian Morton’s MG14, in second Terry Kirby’s Sabre, and third Neil Fisher’s Sabre.
The sole multihull entrant was Dennis Stanton’s Weta trimaran.

Locals Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough raced in the MG14 National Titles in Sydney, where they finished 14th out of 24 boats, despite having the second oldest boat there, losing the mast overboard in one race, having the sail fall down in another, and many other calamities. Tony said “we went there to learn from the best; how they set their boats up and how they sail them, so that we could then improve our sailing and our boat. We’re happy that we have done that, come home with a good result, and made some new friends.”

On January 20, several fun races were held on Wallagoot Lake. No results were recorded.

The club looks forward to a variety of races on the following Saturdays, then their major event, the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club Regatta, on March 10 – 11. Entrant numbers are expected to be boosted this year, as the regatta includes the NSW Sabre State Titles, the Inaugural South Coast NSW RS 100 Titles and NS14 Southern TT Series.

Sailing lessons at Wallagoot are available each Saturday morning by request to the Secretary, Terry Kirby.

Race winners Rob and Sian Morton (rear), and Dennis Stanton

Race winners Rob and Sian Morton (rear), and Dennis Stanton


Good times on Wallagoot Lake

After poor weather cancelled racing for two weeks, the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club was pleased to complete two handicap-start races on Saturday December 9.

The thirteen boats began racing on their individual handicaps, ranging from one to 25 minutes, and then raced for around an hour in each race in light – moderate winds. Both races were won by Bob Harris, with Jeff Hope second and Neil Fisher third.

Apparently Bob made a small change to his traveler system, which resulted in him sheeting in tighter, pointing higher, sailing faster and substantially improving his race times. He made the best decisions around the course; decided which shifts to tack on and which path to take around the course.

In both races there was also a close battle for third place, with five boats all finishing closely together.

Thanks to Mike Stove and Josh Dorrough for being Officers of the Day, especially to Josh for loaning his boat to Darren to sail, and loaning a rudder for Tony to be able to compete.

Next week will be the final races for the year, with sailing resuming on Saturday January 13. Next week’s races will be unique ‘sprint races’, designed to provide training in starts, buoy rounding and tactics, useful for those going away to race in their class’s National Titles. A Christmas Party will be held at the clubhouse from 3pm, all welcome.

Bab Harris won both races

Bab Harris won both races

Racing rained out

Racing on Saturday December 2 was cancelled, due to heavy rain and lack of wind.

Racing blown out

Racing on Saturday November 25 was abandoned after most of the boats were in trouble prior to the start of race one. Strong, bullet gusts and massive shifts made sailing too difficult. At the scheduled start time, two boats had headed back to the clubhouse, two had gone to the nearest shore, two more were capsized, and none were at the startline ready to race.

Thrills and spills on Wallagoot Lake

Fourteen boats raced in two pointsore 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. Still resolving some rigging and handling issues with their new spinnaker and trapeze systems, Superfly dropped the sail in the lake on the last lap, which brought them to a sudden halt. They recovered 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. Superfly had a disastrous race, starting late after failing to solve some rigging issues, then snapping off the rudder blade and requiring a tow home. Darren beat Terry over the finish line by 30 seconds, but behind on corrected time.

Next week, two handicap start races will be held. There will not be a morning training session as the instructors are all away at various other events.

For more full results, click here for Race 7  and here for Race 8, and here for photo gallery (on Facebook)

the winners about to cross the finish line

the winners about to cross the finish line

Northies triumph on Wallagoot Lake

Josh and Jarrah Dorrough, on their NS14 “Yikes!’, won both races on Saturday November 11. Josh credited their performance to his crew, Jarrah, who helped them tack quickly, sail fast, and have a faultless race. It also seems that the previous week’s sailing in Canberra’s tricky winds helped, as they found Wallagoot’s relatively stable winds easy to navigate, while other sailors found the shifts and gusts confusing. The results show that they were also the fastest monohull around the course in race two, suggesting they would have won if had been a pointscore race.

Second in race one was Ian Wood, followed by Terry Ubrihien. Ian trialed a different mainsail on his beautiful, wooden NS14, while Terry used a new trapeze harness and was spectacularly fast around the course.

In race two, Sian Morton finished second, ahead of Ian Wood.

This Saturday, the morning training session will be followed by two pointscore races. There could be some spectacular action, as the MG14 “Wizard of Oz” of Rob and Sian Morton will be challenged by the recently constructed MG14 “Superfly” of Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough.

Full results of race one and race two, and click here for photo album on Facebook

Josh and Yarrah Dorrough won both races on their NS14 “Yikes!”

Josh and Yarrah Dorrough won both races on their NS14 “Yikes!”

Canberra mayhem highlights Wallagoot heaven

Thirteen boats raced two Pointscore Races on Wallagoot Lake on Saturday November 4th, while another two raced in the ACT Dinghy Championships.

The Wallagoot fleet enjoyed a light to moderate easterly wind in Race One, won by Rob Morton on his RS100, just 16 seconds ahead of Neil Fisher on corrected time, who was a mere 8 seconds ahead of Terry Kirby. Darren Lydiard battled closely with Rob around the course, but dropped down the order or corrected time.

The wind freshened in Race Two, which Terry Kirby won by a over a minute. Neil Fisher finished second, and Rob Morton third.

Terry Ubrihien was sole entrant and winner of both Multihull Pointscore races.

Results of Pointscore 05 and Pointscore 06

The NS14s went to Canberra to race in the ACT Dinghy Championships, and celebrated the 50th year of NS14s racing there. 72 boats entered in total, including 10 NS14s.

Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough came 3rd in their division, and 1st classic boat. Josh and Jarrah Dorrough came 6th, 1st family entrant, and bonus prize winner. Full results.

Tony described the sailing as “exasperating, with shifty, gusty wind that even Canberra locals called the worst ever. I guess we feel that we like to be in control, to be able to predict and strategise, instead of being blown around by random turbulence.Sailing through the huge fleet added to the challenge. Sunday’s racing was INTENSE! After starting last in both races we battled through the fleet to finish maybe 3rd and 4th. It was non-stop, side-by-side racing, where every puff of wind, every wake you might catch and every trick you could pull made a difference.”

This Saturday, a morning training session will be followed by two handicap-start races.

Sail number 1705 is the NS14 of Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough, sailing through a fleet of 72 boats on Lake Burley Griffin.

Sail number 1705 is the NS14 of Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough, sailing through a fleet of 72 boats on Lake Burley Griffin.

Serene day on Wallagoot Lake

Lack of wind slowed the sixteen boats who raced at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club on Saturday October 28. The sailors still enjoyed gliding gently around the picturesque lake and the tactical challenge for finding optimum breeze.

The theory of handicap start racing is that the slower boats get a head-start. This was little help in race one, as they slowly drifted away from the start-line. The fastest boats, who started last, had better wind and soon caught the boats ahead.

Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough won on their NS14, ahead of Rob Morton’s RS100 and Darren Lydiard’s Stingray catamaran.

Just after the lead boats finished, the wind dropped again, leaving others stranded on glassy water. The clouds parted and a steadier breeze allowed a faster second race.

Sian Morton won, on her Sabre dinghy, ahead of Brian Wright’s Caribou trailer-sailor and Terry Ubrihien’s Nacra catamaran.

Thanks to Rodger Ubrihien and Ava Petersen for being Officers of the Day. Next week some boats head to Canberra for the ACT Dingy Championships, while two pointscore races will be held at Wallagoot.

Click here for photo album (on Facebook)   Full results

Light wind racing

Growing fleet races on Wallagoot Lake

Thirteen boats contested the Wallagoot lake Boat Club’s two pointscore races on Saturday, October 21. Warm, fine weather with a 7 – 10 knot easterly wind helped the sailors thoroughly enjoy the day.
The results of both races was Rob and Sian Morton winning the monohull division, Neil Fisher’s Sabre second, and Terry Kirby’s Sabre third.
Tony Hastings won both multihull races, with Darren Lydiard second on race one, then switching to sail the high-powered 49er with Rod Skinner in race two.
Defending multihull champ Terry Ubrihien took his turn as Officer of the Day.
Before the races, a training session ran from 9 to 12, which including giving some new sailors their first taste of steering a boat. All are keen to return for more next week.
After the racing, sailors enjoyed a few drinks in the clubhouse, swapping stories of the day’s highlights.
Geoff Boulton impressed with his Devoti D-One, which he sailed with his daughter in race one and scoring a fourth place on his own in race two.
Jeff Hope marked a successful transition from catamaran to trailer-sailor by scoring a fourth place in race one, and sixth in race two.
Ian Curtis had good close battles with the lead Sabres, but his theoretically faster Impulse dinghy dropped down the result sheet on corrected time.
Next Saturday, a morning training session will be followed by two handicap-start races.

For full results see Race 3 and Race 4.    Photo album (on Fcebook)

Wallagoot's diverse fleet of catamarans, trailer-sailors and dinghys raced together

Wallagoot’s diverse fleet of catamarans, trailer-sailors and dinghys raced together

Perfect day on Wallagoot Lake

Another perfect day greeted sailors at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club on Saturday October 14.
A dozen boats lined up for two handicap-start races in warm weather, with a steady, light south-easterly wind.
Winner of both race was Terry Ubrihien, on his new Nacra catamaran. The sleek boat started near-last, and overtook everyone to win.
Ava Peterson sailed her Sabre well, completing both races and won the second race, until it was revealed that she jumped the start. After a minute was added to her race time, she dropped down the fleet. It was still a great experience for her, to lead the fleet and cross the line first.
Wendy Miller also sailed well, even gaining time on her rivals and finishing second in race one. Darren Lydiard finished 3rd.
In Race two, Terry U won, ahead of Ava Petersen and Darren Lydiard.
Thanks to Rob and Sian Morton for acting as Officers of the Day, running both races.
Next week, a training session will be held from 9:30am, before two Pointscore Races in the afternoon.
Results of Race 3 and Race 4

Sailors race on Wallagoot Lake

Ten boats contested the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club’s first races of the season on Saturday October 7.
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 ownboat 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 fast and comfortable on his new boat.
After racing, the sailors enjoyed a few jokes and drinks on the clubhouse verandah.

Click here for photo album (on Facebook)     Full results

the monohull fleet racing around the course

the monohull fleet racing around the course

Strong winds cancel races

The forecast was for 20knots all Saturday afternoon, September 30. We said – come anyway, they could be wrong. If not – yeee ha! Mark Jarvis reported “Gabo Island just posted 56knots@09:41am“.
Rob Morton and I (Tony Hastings) went out for a race, in mostly 15-20 knots. Great fun!
Wallagoot actually got choppy, some short 0.5m waves making the downhill run more interesting

Perfect start to season

Perfect warm up racing today, September 23, thanks to Darren Lydiard and Ava. Wind started off glassy, and built to solid 15+ knots with some big gusts. Great way to test out the boats and get some speed thrills.

The fleet sets off

The fleet sets off