WALLAGOOT boat racer Tony Hastings won the ACT multi-hull championships in Canberra recently.
Hailing from the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club in his paper tiger, Hastings competed in five races and took four wins and a second place to secure victory.
Hastings bested some phenomenal sailors to win the event including former international champion Ian Marcovitch and current NSW state champion Michael Colecliffe.
Competing over two days, Hastings said the best part of the competition was sharing the experience with his father.
“What I loved most about the weekend was that my dad Richard was there racing and sharing the weekend with me,” Hastings said.
Hastings said he really enjoyed the event and said there was other family duos competing aswell.
“The paper tiger fleet also included a father racing his daughter, while on other boats parent and child raced together on the same boat,” he said.
“While winning races is a great thrill, sharing it with family makes it special.”
Hastings is a stalwart of the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club (WLBC) and it was business as usual in his absence.
Rob Morton of the WLBC said the club held a handicap event in beautiful conditions with a building north easterly breeze.
The first race of the day had seven starting boats.
Brian and Terry Ubrihien won the first race on Dear One ahead of Neil Fisher on Windsong.
Third place went to Terry Kirby on Frodo.
Morton said the wind had picked up quite significantly for the second race.
It paid off for the Pambula pair of Rob and Sian Morton, picking up a win in the second race ahead of Fisher and the Ubrihiens in a quicker pace than the first event.