Friendly racing on Wallagoot Lake
Rob and Sian Morton won both Pointscore Races at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club on Saturday, October 27. The reigning champions have now won all four races that they contested, plus scored the equivalent of two seconds places when they acted as Officers of the Day. Their MG14 raced closely with the NS14 of Josh and Jarrah Dorrough, who scored second in both races. The main difference between an MG14 and an NS14 is that the MG has a spinnaker and trapeze.
After the race, Sian said “we raced closely until we got to the reaches, where we had nice wind and were able to use the spinnaker to get away.”
Behind them, there was a close contest between the Contender of Derek Lewis, who scored third in race one, and the Laser radial of Gote Vikstrom, who scored third in race two.
Darren Lydiard was sole multihull, winning both races. He’s keen for the other cat sailors to join in the racing.
While the race results tell you something of what happened on the water, it was what happened on shore that defines the club character. Before racing started, the sailors helped each other rig their boats; sharing spare parts, turning tangles of ropes into complex, functional systems and then dragging the trolleys through the sand into the water. Between and after races, the sailors sit around chatting, sharing food, drinks, and tales of what happened on the water.
The club’s publicity officer Tony Hastings said “it’s terrific that people of all ages, from all walks of life, can share this wonderful, friendly experience. The boat club is a place where we feel comfortable and among friends.”
Next week some of the sailors travel to Canberra to contest the ACT Dinghy Championships, while handicap-start races are planned on Wallagoot Lake.
Storms zap racing
Two pointscore races were cancelled due to thunderstorms over Wallagoot Lake, on Saturday October 20th. The sailors gathered in the clubhouse, checked their phones, conjectured over the possibilities and then most went for a sail anyway.
The possibility of lightning caused racing to be cancelled for safety reasons. It seemed certain that another thunderstorm would pass over, and it was a question of whether this might occur during the race. It turned out that lighting struck the area around 6pm. There was also a question on whether racing in light rain is good racing.
As the sailors set out for some action, Ava commented “this will sort out who the crazies are!”
There was barely any wind in the morning, and built to around 12 knots in front of the lines of rain clouds. This provided fun sailing, with the dinghies planing and the cat getting it’s hull flying. Thanks to Ava Petersen and Bob Harris for being Officers of the Day.
Sailors turn gloom into zoom
What initially appeared to be a gloomy, windless rainy Saturday turned out to be a hoot for Wallagoot Lake Boat Club sailors, on October13th.
After hosting a training session and a committee meeting, ten boats set out for two handicap-start races.
First away was Ava, who held on to finish second in Race 1. Sian Morton overtook her and went on to win the race, in light conditions. Rob Morton scored 3rd on his RS100.
Darren’s Mosquito cat was able to take advantage of its speed to sail through the feet in wind that increased to 12knots. When asked how he won, he replied “by finishing in front of everyone else!
“On the 2nd reach I was able to get out on trapeze, with everything powered up, and the hull flying low over the water.”
Rob Morton scored second, and Ian Curtis was third.
The lake appears to be at a low level, with a generous amount of beach to rig up on. However both a Maricat and 49er tested the depth and were able to turn turtle – mat pointing straight down into lake – and neither touched bottom. The 49er managed to do this at multiple locations around the course.
While there was great variety in the types of boats sailed and levels of skill displayed, what the sailors all had in common was that they had a lot of fun out sailing.
Thanks to Terry and Neil for acting as Officers of the Day; running the races, recording the results and being on hand for rescues. Full results
Racing into the season on Wallagoot Lake
by Tony Hastings
The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club’s first pointscore races of the season were held on a warm, sunny day with light five to eight knot winds, on Saturday 6th October.
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.
I sailed my 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 I raced closely with Darren Lydiard’s Mosquito catamaran, “Star”. As the only cat, he won both races.
The results are calculated using a yardstick system, so a slower type of boat can win if they are close enough behind the leaders.
In Race One, Terry Kirby’S Sabre “Let the Wind” was almost close enough to win on corrected time, missing out by just ten seconds. Third was Neil Fisher’s Sabre “Windsong”.
Race Two was also close, where Neil finished just 23 seconds behind on corrected time, and Terry finished third. Full results
More boats are expected to race next week, once school holidays have finished. This may include two more Mosquito cats, as James Oliver and I have also bought old plywood ones to race with Darren.