Wallgoot regatta success as sun shines

An excellent fleet of 25 boats raced in what organisers said were perfect conditions on the weekend.

The good field were competing as part of the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club’s annual regatta. 

“The weather defied all predictions to be fine with light – moderate north-easterlies, provided fast, fun and challenging racing,” club spokesman Tony Hastings said. 

With crystal blue skies overhead, sailors from Eden, Jindabyne, Canberra and Gosford descended on Wallagoot to compete against the local contingent over five divisions. 

Classes covered a wide array of boats including trailer-sailors, dinghies, spinnaker boats, multi-hulls and junior boats.

Division one was won by the sabre of Terry Kirby from Brogo, ahead of the lasers of Martin Van Weel and Kerry McGraw, both from Jindabyne.

Division two was won by the Couta boat of Eden’s Roger Matthews, Helga and Vanessa Causer, ahead of Merimbula local Brian Wright’s Caribou, and Ian Curtis’ Dennis, from Tathra.

Division three saw the NS14 of Wallagoot local Tony Hastings and Luca Dorrough win on a count-back after the pair tied on points with the NS14 of Michael Hitchens and Kiara Worrall, from Canberra.

Third was the Sharpie of Grant Warner, Wendy Emerson and Joh Macdonald, all from Canberra.

Division Four saw Tim Symons from Jindabyne win all four races on his Hobie17, ahead of Darren Lydiard’s stingray, from Brogo.

Division five was contested by the Pambula brothers, Reif and Denu Oliver, finishing in that order.

The club received fantastic feedback from the visiting sailors, who enjoyed the conditions on the lake and the hospitality of the Wallagoot club. 

Races ran across the weekend and organisers thanked everyone who travelled and arranged accommodation to race over both days. 

Hastings said the sailors enjoyed a couple of challenging layouts across the events and the races were a great test of skill to get the best lines. 

The club thanks Phil Yeomans from Sydney, who volunteered to run the races and open a stall of DeckHardware products. 

The sailors were all grateful for the volunteers who helped out to fill roles, from rescue boats to kitchen hands to administration.

Regular racing will resume this Saturday with the club still offering free tuition on the water for new members. 

Details can be found at the club’s website at www.wlbc.org.au

Smooth sailing: Roger Matthew’s Couta boat 'looked majestic' on Wallagoot Lake as part of the regatta fleet, officials said.

Smooth sailing: Roger Matthew’s Couta boat 'looked majestic' on Wallagoot Lake as part of the regatta fleet, officials said.