Race Reports 2020-21

Dueling Sabres

The Wallagoot Lake Boat Club held two handicap-start races on Saturday 23 January 2020. Summer sailing comes again to Wallagoot Lake. The warmer weather brought a steady onshore breeze pushing along the sailing boats and cooling the sailors. Eleven boats were ready for the races.

A few sailors who had not managed a start this season found time to race. Ian Wood brought his red wooden NS14 “Kahoots”. Ian was well down in the fleet for his first race, but after brushing away the cobwebs and getting into the swing of things came a clear 3rd inthe last race.

Dennis Stanton increased the multihull numbers with his yellow trimaran Weta named “Tokoriro”.

It was the right breeze for the Catamarans who flew around the course blitzing all comers to take 1st and 2nd in both races. Well done Mark Gerrand on ‘Buzz” the Mosquito and Terry Ubrihien on his Nacra.

The fun part of the race however was the Sabres. These four sailors with the same boats, and starting at the same time provided a real demonstration of their race sailing prowess. Particularly as the three Sabre sailors who are usually up there in the placings were running the race or away.

As they turned the last mark heading for the finish line, it was Mike Stove on “Fancy”, Rod Anderson on “Johnny B Goode”, Bob Harris on “Stormy Petrel”, and Alan Holbrook on “Illusion”, tightly packed together. Mike took one tack and Rod and Bob took the other. Rod and Rob went into a tacking duel. Bob being slightly behind Rod was needing to get out of  the disturbed air from Rods sails, so tried changing tack, but each time Rod would respond by also tacking to make sure Bob could not head him. But who had chosen the right tack out of Rod and Mike – you couldn’t tell until right on the line

It was just 2 seconds but Mike Stove crossed the finishing line ahead of Rod Anderson, Bob Harris and Alan Holbrook. This gave Mike Stove an overall 3rd behind the two catamarans.

The second race was a similarly tight one for the Sabres with the first two crossing the final line separated by only 13 seconds. This time the Sabres came in the following order: Rod Anderson, Alan Holbrook, Bob Harris and Mike Stove.

Thanks to Terry Kirby and Neil Fischer who were the race officials for the day