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Bega Boys Battle with Coila Catamarans

They came from the south, two fast boys from Wallagoot Lake, near Bega. Tony, sailing his 14 foot Paper Tiger, Shockwave Supernova won the first race on Yardstick, leaving all the locals shocked by his speed on our course.

This could not be allowed to continue and Rick the Bodalla Bandit sailed a brilliant second race to score the triple, first over the line, first on Yardstick and first on Handicap. Rick sailed his old Maricat 14 no name yet. Shockwave was third across the line, but took second on Yardstick

Batemans Bay Sailing Club races at Coila Lake near Tuross Head are scored on a Yardstick formula which allows all the boats to have a fair race. We also use a personal Handicap system, just like the golfers.

Thomas was very cheerful to find he had won the first race on Handicap with his Hobie 17 Obnoxious in Victory, Surly in Defeat. With his handicap adjusted, he took second place in the second race.

Defending catamaran champion Ben from Narooma was first across the line in Race One, but not far enough ahead to claim a Yardstick win on his very fast Taipan 16 Knockout. Ben sailed solo, without either daughter Anna or Lucy, the forward hands who took turns with him last season.

Allan and Deb on the Windrush trailer sailor catamaran Tradewind struggled on their first race, but improved in the second to take third on Yardstick.

“Only practising today,” said Rod, the other invader from the south, but he promised to be back with Mongoose the fast and flighty Alpha Omega catamaran he bought from our own Bodalla Bandit. Rod looked ominous, charging across the lake out on trapeze with his red spinnaker flying.

Local champion Richard was unchallenged in Division Two on his Laser dinghy Sparkles. Two more Lasers were doing learn to sail on the lake and the club has a Spiral dinghy Twista for the use of members. If you have a dinghy or catamaran or would like to sail Twista, call Allan on 0417 400 892.

A sunny day, a good breeze, six catamarans and three dinghies all made for a marvellous day for Batemans Bay Sailing Club members and visitors on Coila Lake. Thanks to our Support Boat crew Harley and Mary and our Race Control Officer Terry for a safe and well run competition.

Full results are on the Batemans Bay Sailing Club website at

Upcoming race days are 22 November, 6 and 20 December.

For more information, contact Allan Rees, 0417 400 892.

Above: Shockwave and Obnoxious on Coila Lake

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