JBCYC Autumn Series down to the wire in last race

posted Sep 16, 2020, 5:42 PM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran the final race of their Autumn Series on Sunday 13th September. A fleet of 11 yachts competed in two Divisions around a pentastar course that crisscrossed the Northern end of Jervis Bay. 

The 7 larger Division 1 yachts took on a 12.6 nautical mile course with the 4 smaller Division 2 yachts tackling a similar, but slightly shorter, 10.6 nautical mile course. 

The race started in light winds, below 10 knots, shifting from West to NW. The Division 2 yachts started first, with the Division 1 boats starting 5 minutes later.

In Division 2 the light winds suited Y-Knot, skippered by Steve Lee. He raced away to a fast start beating the rest of the fleet to the 1st mark. Y-Knot was able to hold its lead, even as the winds picked up significantly, crossing the finish line 1st in Division 2 in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes.

It was close racing for the remaining 3 yachts in Division 2 with Peter Cowman’s Double time and Brian Horley helming Reflections pulling away from Sirocco, skippered by Pru Harper, mid-way through the race.

Double Time and Reflections fought a tacking dule, with Reflections in contention for the series win. Double time crossed the finish line 2nd less than 20 seconds ahead of Reflections crossing 3rd.

Once handicaps were applied to the divisions results Peter Cowman (Double Time) moved up into 1st Place with Brian Horley (Reflections) 2nd and Steve Lee (Y-Knot) dropping to 3rd place.

In the Division 1 race Tranquillity, skippered by Peter Brown, got off to a good start beating the rest of the division to the 1st mark. Out of the Blue, helmed by Paul Gooey, faired better in the light conditions and soon passed Tranquillity taking the lead.

As the race progressed the winds got stronger, at times gusting well over 20 knots. The stronger winds and choppy seas suited the large catamarans and Tranquillity was able to retake the lead.

Further back in the field the Navy entry Friendship, with Wayne Prior at the helm, and Trevor Kanaar’s Invincible were running a close race. 

Tranquillity crossed the finish line 1st in the division in 2 hours 15 minutes, only two and a half minutes ahead of Out of the Blue. Friendship crossed 3rd over 9 minutes further behind.

With the handicaps put in place Steve Sargent (Shambala) moved up right up the field into 1st place with Peter Brown (Tranquilly)dropping to 2nd and Trevor Kanaar (Invincible)taking 3rd place.

With the last race in the Autumn series run Steve Sargent (Shambala) took 1stplace in Division 1 just 2 points ahead of Steve Simpson (Bodacious). Rod Chittendon (Element) and Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) were tied on 12 points with Rod being awarded 3rd after race placings were counted. 

In Division 2 the Autumn Series win went to Brian Horley (Reflections)only just beating Pru Harper (Sirocco) by one point.

Close racing in penultimate round of the JBCYC Autumn Series

posted Sep 6, 2020, 2:30 AM by David Churchward

On Sunday 30th August, the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran the third round of their Autumn Series. In an unseasonably warm winters day with light to fresh Northerly winds, nine yachts raced around the top end of Jervis Bay. 

The 6 larger Division 1 yachts took on a 11 nautical mile course that was shortened slightly to 9 nautical miles for the smaller Division 2 craft. The race starts for the divisions were staggered with Division 2 getting away first at 11am and Division 1 starting 5 minutes later.

In Division 2 Y-knot, skippered by Steve Lee, got away to a fast start in the light 8 to 10 knot NNE winds beating the rest of the fleet to the 1st mark. Sirocco, with Pru Harper at the helm, chased close behind getting passed as they raced from Callala beach towards Long Beach.

Scott Bickerstaff steered Reflections ahead of both Y-knot and Sirocco as the yachts reached the mark near Long Beach and turned North. Sirocco stayed ahead until the races final leg when they were passed by Y-knot and Sirocco.

Y-knot crossed the finish line 1st in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes, just 43 seconds ahead of Sirocco. Reflections finished just over 2 minutes behind Sirocco.

Once handicaps were applied Scott Bickerstaff (Reflections)was awarded 1st place, with Pru Harper (Sirocco) 2nd and Steve Lee (Y-knot)3rd.

In Division 1 Steve Simpson helming Bodacious beat the rest of the division to the 1st mark. Paul Gooey in Out of the Blue had a very slow start but passed Steve Sargent’s Shamballa and Trevor Kanaar’s Invincible as they raced to the 1st mark.

As the boats turned at Callala Beach and raced East across the bay; Out of the Blue passed Peter Brown in Tranquillity, Rod Chittendon in Element, and passed Bodacious to take the lead. Out of the Blue then pulled away from the rest of the fleet.

Out of the Blue crossed the finish line 1st in the division in 2 hours and 16 minutes, over 20 minutes ahead of Element. Bodacious crossed the finish line only 30 seconds behind Element after two and a half hours of racing.

Once handicaps were applied to the Division 1 results Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) held onto 1st, Steve Simpson (Bodacious) moved up to 2nd place and Rod Chittendon (Element) took 3rd place.

With only one race remaining in the Autumn series Steve Simpson in Bodacious narrowly leads Rod Chittendon, Element, by only 2 points. Division 2 is even closer with Brian Horley’s Reflections and Pru Harper in Sirocco tied on 6 points. 

Yacht racing returns to Jervis Bay

posted Aug 29, 2020, 6:00 PM by David Churchward

Yacht racing returns to Jervis Bay  

After an unavoidable break, the boats of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club returned to the waters racing on Sunday 16th August. Even though we are well into winter the club still has several races from the Autumn Series to complete. They ran the 5th and deciding round of the clubs Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series which was also round 3 of the Autumn Series.

A Covid safe plan has been put in place, that makes significant changes to pre-race and post-race procedures. Although the effect of this plan on the racing was minimal.

Following an online race briefing a flotilla of 8 yachts gathered. Five larger Division 1 yachts tackled a 17 nautical mile course, circumnavigating the bay clockwise. The 3 smaller Division 2 yachts raced along a slightly shorter 15.3 nautical mile circuit.

The yacht clubs recently elected Captain, Mel Bradford-Bell, called the race start at 11am, with a brisk Westerly wind gusting just below 10 knots and some welcome winter sunshine. 

In Division 1 Rod Chittendon skippering Element got the best start, beating the other yachts to the 1st mark as they turned and headed South down the bay. With the wind blowing across their beams the catamaran Tranquillity, helmed by Peter Brown, soon raced past to lead the division. 

In the long reach down the bay the wind picked up, gusting well over 15 knots and the seas increased to 1 meter. Paul Gooey’s yacht Out of the Blue revelled in the conditions, moving into 2nd place, and chasing Tranquillity as they headed for Longnose Point. After they crossed to the western side of the Bay and approached Vincentia, the wind dropped noticeably giving the other yachts an opportunity to close in on Tranquillity.

Peter Brown was able to keep Tranquillity in the lead until the finish, crossing the line in 2 hours and 40 minutes, 6 minutes ahead of Out of the Blue. Trevor Kanaar in Invincible crossed 3rd, less than a minute behind Out of the Blue.

Once handicaps were applied to Division 1 the results changed significantly. Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) took 1st place with Steve Sargent (Shamballa) 2nd and Rod Chittendon (Element)3rd

In Division 2 Pat Grogan skippering Sirocco beat the rest of the yachts to the 1stmark. Behind him Steve Lee in Y-Knot and Brian Horley, helming Reflections, duelled for 2nd place. Reflections passed Sirocco, moving into the lead, as the passed Honeymoon Bay. 

The 3 yachts in the division were all close as they approached the races Southern mark, near Longnose point. After turning Reflections and Y-Knot took a conventional approach, heading North with the wind across their beam until they could make a single tack to cross the bay to the mark near Callala Beach. Pat Grogan in Sirocco chose to zigzag across the bay, making multiple tacks. When Sirocco got to the next mark, the yacht was approximately 1 nautical mile ahead of the other two boats.

Y-Knott and Reflections were able to peg back some of Siroccos lead as they raced to the finish line, but Sirocco crossed 1st in 2 hours 57 minutes. Y=Knot crossed 2nd just over 6 minutes behind and Reflections was a further 10 minutes back.

Once the handicaps were applied to Division 2 Brian Horley (Reflections) took 1stwith Pat Grogan (Sirocco)2nd and Steve Lee (Y-Knot) 3rd.

Following the race the regular post-race social function was dispensed with, as part of the clubs Covid Safe plan, and the declaring of results was moved online.

With the Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series completed, in Division 1 Paul Gooey in Out of the Blue, and Alan Leach and Peter Brown in Tranquillity, were both on equal points. The series winner was decided by a countback of placings with Paul Gooey narrowly taking the series win. In Division 2 Pat Grogan in Sirocco won the series, with Denis Meredith in Wotalife 2nd.


Autumn Series Race 3 Results Posted

posted Aug 16, 2020, 1:39 AM by Pat Grogan   [ updated Aug 16, 2020, 1:39 AM ]

The 2019-2020 Autumn Series Race 3 Results for today's racing have been posted on the JBCYC web site.

JBCYC AGM 7:00pm 3 August 2020

posted Jul 17, 2020, 3:50 PM by David Churchward

The Clubs Annual General Meeting will be held on 3rd August 2020, 7:00pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the meeting will be held by video conference. The required Notice of AGM and Nomination form be downloaded from the ‘Forms’ page of the JBCYC website. The meeting will deal only with the items specified for an AGM meeting in the club’s rules of association, that is: the minutes of the previous meeting, reports from the committee, election of the new committee, and the required financial statement. 

The meeting will be followed by the annual skipper’s meeting at 7:30 pm. This meeting provides essential information to our skippers on racing requirements, boat preparation, and other issues related to competing in our racing events.

Clubs like ours only function due to the hard work of the volunteers on the committee so please consider attending this important meeting and contributing to the running of the club. 

The information for the video conferencing will be forwarded to all members by email. Then to join the meeting open the provided link on your PC, Notebook, tablet, or smart phone. Please don’t be put off if you are unfamiliar with the video conferencing software or not confident in using it. David (0408 314 319) will be available all day on Monday, 3rd August to assist members in accessing the video conferencing software so please call if you are unsure or want to test your system.

Norfolk Island welcomes Al & Kerry Leach with Special Offer for JBCYC

posted Jun 29, 2020, 6:03 AM by David Churchward

Looking for an excuse to travel again, Norfolk Island is an ideal destination to spend some time. Allan & Kerry Leach will be taking time out from their usual roles and moving there in late July to spend some time as managers of the Shearwater Villas. Shearwater Villas on Norfolk Island are offering a 50% discount to JBCYC members in July, August, & September. Although we will miss them both greatly we wish them the best in their new ventures.

Yacht Racing and Recreational Sailing to Recommence

posted May 21, 2020, 11:58 PM by David Churchward   [ updated May 22, 2020, 12:05 AM ]

With Australian Sailing’s successful application for an exemption from COVID-19 restrictions for yacht racing in NSW and ACT, club racing is set to resume from 5 June 2020. Restrictions will apply and members will be notified of these shortly to enable them to prepare for the return to club sailing. Planning is underway for the 2020 season and possibly extending the 2019 Season to complete the Autumn series. 


There has also been an exemption to the ‘Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020’ for recreational boating as follows:

1)    That all persons on a recreational vessel are members of the same household, and/or

2)    That any persons on a recreational vessel who are not members of the same household shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, maintain a physical distance of 1.5. metres.

The maximum number of people on board remains at 10.

Suspension of Racing

posted Mar 26, 2020, 4:17 AM by David Churchward

The Covid-19 virus is having an increasing impact on our communities, and in particular sporting activities at both local and wider levels. The executive of the JBCYC committee has continued to consult and review our activities throughout this time and recently canvassed the opinion of all our skippers.

It is the view of the committee executive and the majority of our skippers that our racing activities no longer meet the increasingly stringent ‘Social Distancing’ guidelines and that to continue racing increases the Covid-19 virus risk to our members. The committee executive has therefore decided to suspend all JBCYC racing activities for the remainder of the current sailing season. This is in addition to the suspension of all social activities previously announced, including the Annual Presentation/Dinner.

This brings us into line with many other Sailing Organisations who have also recently suspended their racing activities. The JBCYC committee will decide at its next meeting on 14 April whether the remaining 3 races are cancelled or postponed, and if cancelled how the series results will be calculated.

With the suspension of all JBCYC racing and social activities members are encouraged to keep the social spirit of JBCYC alive by joining the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Facebook page, Post your photos and comments of life in a coronavirus world and remember ‘Whatever happens, keep smiling’.

Let’s get through these difficult times as quickly as possible by practicing social distancing and good personal hygiene. Let's all come out the other side ready to sail and have fun.

All the best as you navigate these challenging seas.

David Churchward
Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club

Navy team sweeps Creswell Cup

posted Mar 26, 2020, 1:33 AM by David Churchward

On Saturday 21st March saw the running of Jervis Bay Cursing Yacht Club’s annual Creswell Cup. The event is the highlight of the club’s race season, with the fleet of 12 yachts split into 2 teams, and pairs of yachts match racing. One team competed for JBCYC and the other for the Navy. 

The race started at the Southern end of Jervis Bay, near HMAS Creswell. With SW winds blowing around 12 knots and a lumpy Southerly swell, the fleet raced North to a finish line at Callala Bay. The race results would also count towards the clubs Callala Cellars Autumn Series, Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series and Club Championship.

In Division 1 Out of the Blue, skippered by Paul Gooey, racing for the Navy team took the lead at the start. He was chased by Alan Leach at the helm of the catamaran Tranquillity. Tranquillity was racing for JBCYC and matched against the Navy entry Friendship. Tranquillity passed Out of the Blue as they approached the 1st mark and took the lead. 

At the front of the fleet Tranquillity and Out of the Blue duelled, with Out of the Blue taking the lead again as they approached the Eastern side of the bay, and Tranquillity passing as they ran West towards Vincentia. 

Further back in the field Friendship, Shambala and Halcyon; with their spinnakers flying were running a close race. The 3 yachts ran side by side as they drag raced North past Callala Beach.

Tranquillity crossed the finish line 1st in 2 hours 38 minutes, 6 minutes ahead of Out of the Blue.

Four smaller yachts raced in Division 2 with John Anderson in Laser 3, racing for JBCYC, matched against Denis Meredith’s Wotalife in the Navy team. Kevin Lord at the helm of Summer of 69 for JBCYC and Pru Harper skippering Sirocco for the Navy. 

Laser 3 got away ahead of the rest of the division but was overtaken by Summer of 69 as they approached the 1st mark. Sirocco recovering from a forgettable start began chasing down the other yachts. They passed Wotalife as they tacked towards the 1st mark. Then Sirocco hoisted its spinnaker and chased the other 2 yachts in the division.

Laser 3 and Summer of 69 fought for the lead in the division with Sirocco closing. Towards the end of the race Laser 3 passed Summer of 69, then Sirocco passed Laser 3 just 50 meters before the finish line.

In a close finish Sirocco crossed the line in 2 hours 41 minutes, less than a minute ahead of Laser 3. Summer of 69 crossed 11 seconds behind Laser 3.

With the final race results dependant of the individual yacht’s handicaps, the positions changed significantly. 1st place in Division 1 went to Steve Simpson, After Midnight, with Steve Sargent, Shambala, 2nd and Brendon Blank, Friendship 3rd. In Division 2 Denis Meredith, Wotalife, was awarded 1st with Pru Harper, Sirocco, 2nd and John Anderson, Laser 3, 3rd.

When the handicaps were applied to the match races the Navy team won all 6 races giving them the Creswell Cup for 2020 in an unprecedented clean sweep.

While the normal post-race function was cancelled, the winners were announced, and arrangements made for them to pick up prizes of Crooked River Wines supplied by the sponsors of the JBCYC Club Championships.

Glen Pead (Media Officer)

Creswell Cup After Party & ‘Happy Hour’

posted Mar 20, 2020, 1:59 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 2:01 AM ]

With the demise of the Creswell Cup social function the after party will still go ahead!!


Creswell Cup After Party????  Where is it? 


On your boat, if you’re not sailing then in your loungeroom, patio etc. Join the party and post your pictures on the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Facebook page If your not already a member then join so you take part in the online fun.


And there’s more. ‘Happy hour’ starts from the time you get back to your mooring – and lasts for the next hour (or so). How do you have a ‘happy hour’ on your boat you ask – you sell yourself a drink at a discounted price and donate the funds raised to the Callala Junior Sailing School. Keep track of how many drinks you sell yourself, the yacht that raises the most $ wins a bottle of wine. (Direct Deposit funds raised to Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club, BSB: 641 800, Acc 009124321, put “happy Hour’ in the description field)


We hope to hear lots of fun and music across the water, enjoy the after party!! 

(JBCYC encourages responsible use of alcohol)

Commodore Dave gets ready for the Creswell Cup and the Creswell Cup After Party!!

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