Boat club championship contenders clash

Gentle southerly winds enabled the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club to host a sailing training session and two pointscore races on Saturday.

Rob and Sian Morton extended their lead in the monohull championship, winning both races on their MG14.

Neil Fisher scored two second places and now is level on points with Greg Thornton, who was absent.

The final races will determine which boat will be crowned champion and who will receive the minor prizes.

Matt Sochacki sailed his impulse dinghy well to finish a few minutes ahead of the sabres, but on corrected time was exactly equal with Terry Kirby.

They were recorded as tied for third place in race one.

In race two, Kirby achieved third place by closing the gap to Sochacki to just one minute.

Both monohull and multihull divisions started together, which saw Tony Hastings’ paper tiger catamaran accelerate away from the pack and round the first mark with a substantial lead.

Hastings went on to win both races and is now the club’s multihull champion for the fourth year in a row.

All competitors may drop their five worst scores, so with 10 race wins and some scores as officer of the day, Hastings may drop all remaining races and still retain his crown.

The minor places remain very close, with Terry Ubrihien scoring two second places and is within a point of Jeff Hope.

Hope achieved the same points as officer of the day.

In third place was Warren Page on his rainbow-sailed Hobie14.

The club wishes Laine West a speedy and full recovery after he was hit by a car last week and broke his leg. 

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