Wallagoot Lake port of call for new boats

The trailer-sailor First Knight made an impressive racing debut at Wallagoot Lake on Saturday. 

• Sian Morton enjoys hiking out on her new Sabre Gillyweed on Saturday.

• Sian Morton enjoys hiking out on her new Sabre Gillyweed on Saturday.

John Winson, Terry Ubrihien and Rod Doyle manned the boat to win the first race at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club.

After their handicap was adjusted, they scored a third place in race two.

Warren Page scored second in race one and then won by a huge margin in race two. 

Page sails a Hobie 14 catamaran that flew around the course, cutting 10 minutes off his typical race times.

Page said he had been keen to improve the hardware on his boat and his sailing techniques. 

“The boat is so much better to sail now, it’s made me really keen to get down here and sail it,” Page said.

Meanwhile,  Morrie Lynch scored third place on his sabre “Nimbus”.

The club’s event coordinator Rob Morton said he was delighted to welcome new boats. 

“The highlight of the day was seeing three new boats on the water - Sian Morton, Eyrl Boulton and Deb Keys,” Morton said. 

Morton’s wife Sian regularly sails as crew, but these were her first races as a skipper.

She introduced her  restored and repainted Sabre Gillyweed to the fleet, which drew a crowd of impressed sailors.

“Perhaps testing to see if Gillyweed helps her to breath under water, as it does in the Harry Potter story, Morton tipped the boat over in race one,” club secretary Tony Hastings joked.

Meanwhile, in race two, Sian sailed well to finish second.

A graduate of the club’s sailing school, Eyrl Boulton has progressed this season.

He crewed in races during the club’s regatta, sailed his first races as skipper last week and this week completed both races stepped on the club’s most challenging boats.

Deb Keys also completed the sailing school in February and completed her first races on Saturday.

“Seeing new sailors completing races is a great success for the club,” Hastings said.

“It makes all the effort worthwhile, when you see them going so well and most importantly, out there enjoying sailing.”

Next week the club hosts two pointscore races, which will count towards the club championship.


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