Opening Season Race

posted Sep 17, 2017, 5:27 AM by David Churchward

A sunny day and a chilly 10 knot southerly wind greeted the 13 sailors who celebrated the end of the winter recess to declare the 2017/18 Racing Season open. A short 7 knot course was set in Hare Bay which took 1 1/2 hours to complete. Although times were taken no one seemed to be taking the racing seriously, instead simply focusing on enjoying the sailing. Tranquility represented division 3 and took out overall line honours. Wine Down very credibly represented Division 1. Cougar tagged along for a while but then went missing in action.

The race was followed by a free BBQ back at the clubhouse and the 'Skippers Meeting' where skippers were briefed on relevant aspects of safety and risk management for the club's activities.

The next race on Sunday 24 September is the first of the Spring Series. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

JBCYC Working Bee

posted Sep 2, 2017, 4:28 AM by David Churchward

Many thanks to Glen, Mikki, Scott, Paul, and Brian for assisting with the club working bee on Sat 2 Sept. With the help of several whipper snippers and a lawnmower, the long grass around the foreshore to the north of Sheaffe St and in front of the car park where dinghies are stored was cleared. 

Welcome to the New Season

posted Aug 14, 2017, 10:52 PM by David Churchward

Welcome to the 2017/2018 Club season. The season gets under way on Sun 17 September with our opening season race and skippers meeting, then the racing starts in earnest on Sun 24 September for the first race of the Spring Series. Prior to this we are organising a tidy up along the foreshore on Sat 2 September where many club members keep their dinghies. Turn up at 10:00 with your whipper snipper/lawn mower and put in an hour or two as we make a contribution to keeping the foreshore tidy. 

Maintenance at Woollamia and Myola Boat Ramps – Temporary Permit Granted

posted Aug 14, 2017, 10:22 PM by David Churchward

 After many years of advocating for yacht maintenance facilities in Jervis Bay, the club has finally been granted a temporary permit to use the Woollamia Boat Ramp and Myola Boat Ramp facilities for minor maintenance purposes including slipping and antifouling. This is a significant achievement and many thanks go to the time and effort put in by club members to achieve this. To make use of the facility contact one of the club officials and complete the User Agreement and Register which can be found on the forms page of the club website. 

AGM 2017

posted May 30, 2017, 7:29 PM by David Churchward

The Club's Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday evening 13th June 2017 at the Worrigee Sports Club (downstairs meeting room). The meeting will confirm the minutes of the previous AGM, receive the committee reports, elect office bearers and committee members, and receive the club's annual financial statement. The club relies on a dedicated and vibrant committee to continue to offer a great racing and event program to its members. We are always looking for enthusiastic people to become part of the leadership team and keep the club moving ahead, so please consider nominating for a position. The nominations form can be downloaded by going to the 'forms' page and emailed back to the secretary or brought along on the evening. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the AGM. 

Near perfect conditions for the last race of the season

posted May 16, 2017, 4:09 PM by Rick Early   [ updated May 18, 2017, 4:00 PM ]

 Last Sunday 13th was the final race in the Callala Cellars autumn series.  It was a crucial race for many boats, as it would determine overall positions in the series and club championship. Conditions on the day were mild with light to moderate wind and clear blue skis – Jervis Bay at its best.  Highlights on the day were close racing in Div. 1 and the continued improvement of “Matana” in Div. 2. The race was followed by the annual presentation dinner, which was a huge success.

The race started in a light (5 – 8 knots) NNE breeze. The strongly favoured starboard end of the line was very congested but all boats got away without incident.  In Div 1. “Y Knot” and “Quintessence” headed the field; in Div 2. “Matana” was in front while “Sas Sea” had it all to herself in Div. 3. Around S1 (windward mark) “Y Knot” got the better of “Quintessence” to take the wine, “Double Time” overhauled “Matana” to take it in Div.2 and in Div. 3, “Sas Sea” had popped the cork before she even got to the mark.

The first leg was a long reach to H1 mark off Honeymoon Bay. In Div.1 “Quintessence” launched her code 0 sail and started to haul in “Y Knot”; eventually overtaking her and rounding the mark in front. “Friendship” was close behind in 3rd.  In Div.2 “Matana” held off a strong challenge from “Relentless” and got to the mark first.  Not far back “Double Time”  “Osprey” and “Fricka” were fighting it out for other positons  – “Double Time” holding out to round the mark in 3rd.  “Sas Sea” was doing it easy and rounded the mark well ahead of the phantom opposition.

For the remainder of the race in Div.1 “Quintessence” gradually extended her lead to take line honours comfortably. The battle for second was a different story. “Y Knot” held a lead over “Friendship” until the last leg from A2 to the finish. The freshening breeze (up to 15knots) gave “Friendship” the edge, and it wasn’t long before she passed “Y Knot” to take 2nd.

In Div. 2 “Matana” was sailed brilliantly to hold off a strong challenge from “Relentless”, all the way to the finish. Further back “Double Time” and “Osprey” were locked in a battle. “Osprey” eventually prevailed crossing the line in 3rd place with “Double Time” in 4th.  New-comer “Fricka” wasn’t far behind in 5th.  In Div. 3 “Sas Sea” had the easiest of victories cruising across the line in 1st place.

On performance handicap “Quintessance” added to her line honours victory to win in Div.1., just ahead of “Friendship”.  In Div. 2 fortunes across the line were reversed with “Double Time” winning ahead of “Matana”. In Div. 3 victory was a “lay down misere” for “Sas Sea”.

With the final race in the series completed winners of the autumn series could be determined.  Congratulations go to Steve Lee (“Y Knot”) in Div.1; Paul Gooey (“Matana”) in Div.2 and John Lawrence (“Sas Sea”) in Div. 3. The club championship winners and other results for the season can be seen on the website. 

The sponsorship and support of Callala Cellars was a vital part of the autumn series and JBCYC extends a big thank you to them.

While the sailors were having fun on the water other club members were working hard to set up the local hall for the presentation dinner. Pauline, Joan, Carmel, Jeannine, Collette and John put an amazing effort to transform the hall into a very professional looking venue. This set the scene for a successful function that was enjoyed by all. The evening was capped off with the presentation of life JBCYC membership to David Churchward and Alan Leach for outstanding service to the club.

Special thanks also go to Mark McGee and his team for the great job they did with catering.


Light wind results in some close racing

posted May 2, 2017, 4:47 AM by Rick Early   [ updated May 8, 2017, 7:02 PM ]

The second last race in the Callala Cellars autumn series was held last Sunday 30th.  Although the breeze was light, the mild temperature and clear sunny ski made sailing conditions near perfect. Race highlights included a close fought battle between “Quintescence”, “Y Knot” and “Friendship” in Div.1 and a strong performance from “Matana” in Div. 2.

The race got away in a 5 – 8 knot SSW.  The start was congested but all boats got away cleanly.  In Div 1. “Quintescence” and “Y knot” started well and headed the fleet.  In Div. 2 “Matana” got the best of it while in Div 3. “Tranquility” had it all to herself.  Around S1 (windward mark) the bottles of wine went to “Y Knot”, “Matana” and “Tranquility”.

The next leg, for Div. 1 and 3., was a tight reach to the A4 buoy off long Beach. Although “Y Knot” was in front “Quintescence” and “Friendship” were in hot pursuit. “Quintescence” showed a clean pair of heels to reach the mark first with “Y Knot” and “Friendship” just behind. “Invincible” was a little further back.  “Tranquility” maintained her lead in Div. 3.  On the Div 2. course, “Matana” was consolidating her lead over “Double Time” and reached A3 with a comfortable margin.

On the long reach across the bay to the C bouys off Huskisson “Quintescence”, “Y Knot” and “Friendship” jostled for the lead with “Quintescence” just holding out.  In Div. 3 “Tranquility” had no trouble holding her lead while in Div.2 “Matana” was starting to show some pace and got away from “Double Time”. 

Due to light wind Div 2. boats sailed a shortened course from the C buoys straight to the finish.  “Matana” was in a strong position by this stage and held her lead over “Double Time” for the rest of the race.  Div. 1 and 3 continued on the set course and headed back across the bay to A2 off Cabbage Tree.  Being another tight reach “Quintesence” was able to fly her code 0 headsail, which helped her keep her lead over “Y Knot”, “Friendship” and “Invincible”. These positions remained unchanged to the finish.  “Tranquility” had an “effortless” victory in Div. 3. 

On handicap in Div. 1 “Quintesence” continued her good form from last week to take the honours with “Y knot” in second.  In Div.2. “Double Time” had stayed closer enough to “Matana” to take victory while in Div. 3 “Tranquility” was a clear winner.

The next race is the last in the autumn series and will be held on Saturday 13th May. It’s sure to be an exciting day on the water, as it will determine the final positions in each division. The race will be followed by the club’s annual presentation dinner, which will be held at the Callala Bay Hall – club members should have received an email about this; if not details are on the JBCYC website. The presentation dinner is one of the big events in the JBCYC calendar so it would be great to see lots of members and friends there.



JBCYC Presentation and Annual Dinner

posted Apr 21, 2017, 5:32 AM by David Churchward

The JBCYC Presentation and Annual Dinner will be held at 5:30 pm on Saturday 13th May 2017 so put the date aside. The event will be held following the last race of the season, you should have just enough time to clean up after the race and get back for the presentation to collect your hard earned trophies (or watch the competition collect theirs). The event is being held at the Callala Bay Progress Hall, 69 - 71 Boorawine Terrace Callala Bay. This will be an informal occasion, however as we are organising a caterer to provide the meal we need to know who is coming a week before. The cost is only $30 per person, but please BYOG as the club will not have any available. Following the presentation and meal there will be music so you can dance the night away.

RSVP by 7 May 2017 to either:

Rick Early 0428 739 600 or
David Churchward 0408 314 319 or
Peter Cowman 0419 491 914 or

Payment can be made by cheque to PO Box 173 Nowra 2541 or by EFT transfer to the club’s bank account: Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club, Acc No. 009 124 321 BSB 641 800. Please put your name in the details field. Cash payments can be made on race days.

Organise your family and friends and be there for this not to be missed event!

Special Race Day - flare and fire extinguisher demonstration

posted Apr 11, 2017, 8:05 PM by David Churchward   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 8:13 PM ]

The next JBCYC Special Race Day will be held on Saturday 22 April. There will be the usual 2 short races with handicap start. To make the races even more interesting there will be some challenges thrown in designed to test skipper and crew on water safety skills - perhaps a mandatory man over board exercise. Following the races there will be a flare demonstration presented by Ray Lonsdale, the BSO for our area, and a fire extinguisher demonstration by Paul Gooey. So bring along your out of date flares and partially used fire extinguishers and get some supervised practice. The safety challenges will be weather dependant so we can't tell you what they will be until the day! There will be a BBQ after the race to help you recover.

Close racing in an exciting Round the Bay (RTB) contest

posted Apr 10, 2017, 1:17 PM by Rick Early   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 3:11 PM ]

The 5th RTB race for the season was held last Sunday 9th.  Conditions were mostly light which led to a close race, where the outright lead changed 4 times. “Sas Sea’s” last leg charge to snatch outright line honours was a highlight in Div. 1 and 3 while the continued dominance of “Relentless” and improvement of “Matana” was a feature in Div. 2.

The race got away in about 5 knots of breeze from the NNE.  The start line was congested with “Y Knot” (Div 1), “Relentless” (Div 2) and “Tranquility” (Div 3) appearing to have the best of it.  Unfortunately “Invincible” was forced above the line and had to restart.  

At the end of the leg to S1 (windward mark) “Friendship” had picked up a favourable shift to round the mark just ahead of “Y Knot”, while “Relentless” and “Tranquility” held their leads to take the bottle of wine in the other two divisions.

On the long leg down to H2 (off Long Point) “Y Knot” quickly got the jump on “Friendship” to establish a lead which it held all the way to the mark.  In Div. 2 it was still “Relenentless” from “Matana” and “Wotalife”.  In Div. 3 “Tranquility” started to consolidate her lead to have a comfortable margin over “Sas Sea” and “Overture” at H2. 

After rounding H2 the fleet crossed to the southern side of the bay. Div. 1 and 3 went to D3 mark off Creswell and then headed to C2 (off Myola) while Div 2. went straight to C2.  This was an exciting section for Div. 1 and 3., with “Tranquility” taking the outright lead; leaving “Y Knot”, “Friendship”, “Sas Sea” and “Overture” jostling for the next 4 positions.  In Div 2.“Relentless “held her lead but “Matana” had a good leg closing the gap somewhat.

From C2 it was a work back to the finish at Callala.  All Div.1 and 3 boats, except “Sas Sea”, chose to go in close to Calalla Beach, hoping to pick up favourable wind shifts. “Sas Sea” tacked early and stayed further out, chasing wind pressure.  Choosing pressure over shifts paid off with “Sas Sea” jumping three places to cross the line first, just ahead of “Friendship”.  In Div 2. “Relentless” held off “Matana” to take the honours

Final placings across the line were: “Friendship” from “Y Knot” and “Invincible” (Div 1);  “Relentless” from “Matana” and “Wotalife” (Div 2) and “Sas Sea” from “Tranquility” and “Overture” (Div.3).

On Handicap the honours went to “Y Knot” (Div. 1), “Relentless” (Div.2) and “Overture” (Div. 3).

The next event is the Special Race Day, which will be held on Saturday 22nd April.  There will be some novelty events, which promise to be a lot of fun.  All members are encouraged to participate.


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