Wallagoot Lake Boat Club to host try sailing day

Happy as Larry: Brian Wright waves for the camera after leading the field for most of both races at Wallagoot on Saturday.

Happy as Larry: Brian Wright waves for the camera after leading the field for most of both races at Wallagoot on Saturday.

This Sunday is your chance to be taken sailing on Wallagoot Lake.

Local regulars are offering free rides on their boats, ranging from small junior boats,  sabre and pacer dinghies through to the larger trailer-sailors.

The day is absolutely free, just turn up at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club between 10am and 3pm, register and join in for a ride. 

“Expect to get wet,” spokesman Tony Hastings said. “so throw on a wetsuit or old clothes and a raincoat.”

Everyone is also encouraged to pack a picnic lunch as you might be waiting for a ride on the boat of your choice. 

Hastings said there is a strong fleet of boats that take part regularly and the club always welcomed new members. On Saturday, a dozen boats competed in two handicap-race starts at the regular meet on Saturday. 

Brian Wright led early and had a massive lead on the whole field, looking a sure thing to win race one. Unfortunately he took a wrong turn, scoring a disappointing “did not finish” for his efforts.Instead it was Ed Molony and Hastings on “Superfly” who sailed through the fleet to win narrowly ahead of Rob Morton.

In third Darren Lydiard’s big, fast catamaran did the classic hare versus tortoise battle, chasing down the rest of the fleet after giving them a huge head-start.

In race two Lydiard did even better, going from last to first and taking the win. Wright scored a well-deserved second place, after a great early battle with Alan Holbrook.

Reif Oliver won both youth races.

For more info about Sunday visit wlbc.org.au

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