Wallagoot Lake Boat Club's tricky conditions

Greg Thornton won both Wallagoot Lake Boat Club races in tricky conditions on Saturday.

There is now just four points separating the top three boats in the club’s championship.

The trophy winners won’t be known until after the very last of the 22 races.

Monohull series leader, Rob and Sian Morton on their MG14 Wizard of Oz scored third and fourth places in Saturday’s races.

“There wasn’t enough wind for us to get the spinnaker working,” Rob said. 

Third in the pointscore is Neil Fisher, who scored the equivalent of two second places by acting as officer of the day.

Second in race one and third in race two was Matt Sochacki on his impulse Bunyip.

Meanwhile, Alister French impressed by scoring second in race two, sailing the Slippery Banana sloop-rigged by himself.

In race one, French helped out as a crew on a 16-foot skiff Munter’s Dry Air, skippered by Geoff Boulton.

The boat is another welcome addition to the Wallagoot fleet.

Race one was held in overcast, gloomy conditions with a light south-westerly wind.

Organisers said rain began falling as the boats came to shore between races, which reduced the fleet from 13 boats to nine for race two.

Club secretary Tony Hastings said the rain made racing harder. 

“The rain meant that our tell-tales were stuck to our sails, so it was extra difficult to set the sails and steer the best course,” Hastings said. 

Hastings came away with two wins in the multihull class sailing Tierdelic.

Meanwhile, Terry Ubrihien came second in race one on his maricat, before deciding to head home early.

Jeff Hope scored a third then a second place on his windrush, which also brings the multihull division to a last race conclusion.

Warren Page’s hobie 14 Puff finished third in race two.

Next week the club hosts the final handicap-start races, then the final pointscore races will be held on April 26 after an Easter break.

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