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 So bring along your out of date flares and partially used fire extinguishers and get some supervised practice.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.


The sun makes a welcomed return for last Sunday's race

posted Mar 28, 2017, 1:21 AM by Rick Early   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 1:11 PM ]

The second race in the Callala Bay Cellars Autumn series was sailed last Sunday . The appearance of the sun and a light NNE wind made for a pleasant day on the water.  Although numbers were down in Div. 1 and 3, Div 2 was hotly contested with the return of Peter Cowman in “Double Time” adding competition.  Winners on handicap were “Y Knot”, “Double Time” and “SasSea”.

The race got away in a very light, “shifty” NNE wind (2-5 knots).  This resulted in a number of position changes for all divisions on the first leg.  Around S1 (windward mark) the bottles of wine went to “Friendship” (Div. 1), “Relentless” (Div. 2) and “Tranquility” (Div.3).

On the next leg Div 1 and  Div 3 went to H1 off Honeymoon Bay and and Div 2 attempted to go to A4 (off Long Beach). Unfortunately A4, like many other Marine Park buoys, had disappeared. Using a GPS reference point “Relentless” headed Div.2 around the buoy that wasn’t there, followed by “Matana”, “Wotalife” and “Double Time”.  In Div. 1 “Friendship” rounded H1 just ahead of “Y Knot” while in Div.2 it was “Tranquility” ahead of “SasSea”.

The next leg across the bay to C1 off Myola caused some havoc.  C2 buoy, which hadn’t been there two days prior, had made a reappearance. With all sailors in the fleet being told in the briefing it wasn’t there many boats rounded C2 instead C1.  When the error was realised, some boats had to go back and round C1. As a result “Friendship” lost its commanding lead to “Y Knot” as did “Tranquility” to “SasSea”.  Div 2 was too far ahead to turn around so a correction was imposed after the race for those that went around C2 instead of C1.

On the leg to the finish positions in Div. 2 remained the same, however “Matana” had a particularly good spinnaker run closing the gap to “Relentless”.  Further back “Wotalife” and “Double Time” were fighting it out for 3rd and 4th.  Across the line it was “Relentless” followed by “Matana”, “Wotalife” and “Double Time”.  In Div 1. “Friendship” eventually overtook“Y Knot” to cross first. In Div 3. “Tranquility” managed to regain her lost ground to cross ahead of “SasSea”.

The race was followed by a sausage sizzle, which was kindly prepared by Kerry Leach.  The next race will be run on Sunday April 9th. It’s a club championship and round the bay race, and the third in the Callala Bay Cellars Autumn series.

On the weekend of March 11 and 12 “Y Knot” (with Steve Lee, Pat Grogan and Cassie Lowe on board) participated in the Marley Point (Gippsland Lakes) overnight race for trailable yachts.  “Y knot” put in a credible performance to finish in the middle of her division.  It’s great to see JBCYC boats representing us in inter-club regattas.

Creswell Cup Photos

posted Mar 22, 2017, 7:10 PM by David Churchward

Kel Hockey did a great job of taking photos of the Creswell Cup. Check them out at this link View album

RMS Boating Education Officer & RMS Boating Safety Officer to be Special Guests at April Committee Meeting

posted Mar 22, 2017, 5:15 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Apr 8, 2017, 4:03 PM ]

The next club committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 11 April at the Worrigee Sports Club. The RMS Boating Education Officer for our region, Ray Lonsdale, and the Boating Safety Officer for our region, Mick Musson, will be the special guests at the meeting. We have asked them to address issues such as the Safety Equipment required for tenders and the impact of jetskis on the mooring area. He has also offered to do an inflatable lifejacket service demonstration and has suggested that members bring along their life jackets. This is a great chance to get updated information, have your questions answered, and meet the people who we are likely to have regular contact with on the water. The meeting starts at 7:00pm but many people meet at 6:00pm for a meal at the club prior to the meeting.

Creswell Cup a big success

posted Mar 13, 2017, 4:15 PM by Rick Early

The Cup, held annually, is jointly organised by Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club (JBCYC) and the Creswell/Albatross Sailing Club and is a major highlight of both clubs’ sailing calendar.

All boats were allocated to either the Navy team or the JBCYC team in matched pairs according to their handicap rating. 

This match racing meant some JBCYC boats were allocated to represent the Navy and although allegiances were tested, all boats contested the race in the spirit of true match racing.

Racing began at noon, with the Executive Officer of HMAS Creswell, Commander Nyree Cornelius, starting the race on board the Navy Steber.

The breeze throughout the day was light and variable with 2 to 10 knots from the south veering to the east.

After starting at Creswell the fleet tracked to Longnose Point then back across the bay to Myola Beach. At this point the course was shortened for Division 2 and 3 boats due to light wind. These two divisions made their way from Myola directly to the finish at Callala Bay.

Division 1 boats had just enough speed to sail their set course. From Myola they sailed across to Long Beach, then to Red Point and home to Callala Bay.

Great camaraderie was evident across the fleet and a superb day of sailing was enjoyed by all.

After holding the Cup for the last year, JBCYC relinquished it with  Creswell/Albatross Sailing Club being victorious on the day winning 4 of the 7 “matches”.

The presentation and a casual dinner followed at the Callala clubhouse with entertainment provided by the Navy Band jazz group.

This gave all sailors an opportunity to unwind, discuss the great day of racing and of course to party!

JBCYC extends a huge thank you to Brendan Blank, president of the Creswell/Albatross Sailing Club and all Navy personnel and JBCYC members who participated and for their support of this event.  We all look forward to enjoying the Creswell Cup again next year.

The first race of the JBCYC Autumn series was concurrently held with the Creswell Cup.

Division 1 winner on performance handicap was “Cougar” (Farr 11.6, Mark Tobin) with “Friendship” (Swarbrick S111, Blue Timms - Navy) coming second.  Line honours went to “Cougar” (Farr 11.6, Mark Tobin). 

“Matana” (Hutton 28, Paul Gooey) took both line honours and performance handicap in Division 2 with “Wotalife” (Endeavour 32, Dennis Meredith) taking second place on handicap.

“Las Brias” (Alan Neburau, Seawind 1000) was the Division 3 winner on handicap with “Sas Sea” (Seawind 1000, John Lawrence) taking line honours.  “Shambala”  (Seawind 1000, Peter Adams) took second place on handicap.

The next race of the Autumn Series is Sunday, March 26th. 

If you are interested in yacht racing and would like to participate as a guest or crew on a boat please visit the website:




JBCYC goes camping

posted Mar 12, 2017, 1:19 AM by David Churchward

For the weekend of the 17th - 19th March its time to put away the sails, sheets, keels, cockpits, and diesel engines and head south to Nelligan Camping Ground. Some will be tenting, others caravanning, some glamping, some may even be gramping, whatever your camping style it promises to be a weekend of fun, campfire cooking, a few little drinks, and great camaraderie. Book your site by contacting the Big 4 Camping ground at Nelligan and tell them your with the JBCYC group. Bring some food to share on the Saturday evening.

Squally weather turns into pleasant sailing conditions for the final race of the Summer Series.

posted Feb 26, 2017, 3:13 AM by David Churchward

 The 5th race of the JBCYC Summer series was greeted by grey skies and occasional squalls of gusty wind and showers. The sensible skippers shortened sail just prior to the start to better manage the conditions, although in hindsight this was a premature move as 10 minutes into the race the wind settled down to a consistent 12 knots from the south. These more sedate conditions then lasted the majority of the race, providing superb sailing conditions. By the conclusion of the race the sky was clearer and sunny. 

Seven boats signed on for the race, 3 each in Divisions 1 and 2, and 1 sole contender in Division 3. In Division 1, Manly Too (Mick Linhardt) only just managed to beat Navy's Friendship (Blue Timms) to the first windward rounding mark, and then went on to open a commanding lead from both Friendship and Invincible (Trevor Kannar). By the end of the race Manly Too had opened up an 18 minute lead over Friendship who had opened up a 32 minute lead over Invincible. On performance handicap results it first place to Manly Too, second to Invincible, and third to Friendship. 

The racing in Division 2 was much closer. Relentless (Trevor Smith), Wotalife (Dennis Meredith), and Matana (Paul Gooey) converged on the first windward mark very close to each other, with Relentless just scraping in ahead. The 3 boats once again converged at the Honeymoon Bay mark, again with Relentless just in the lead. By the race finish Relentless had opened up a 14 minute lead over Matana, who in turn was just 2 minutes ahead of Wotalife. On performance handicap results it was first place to Wotalife, second to Matana, and third to Relentless. 

Division 3 saw a great performance by Tranquility (Allan Leach) as the only contender. Tranquility put on an admiral performance crossing the line third, not far behind the first two division 1 boats. 

Many thanks to Gary and Deb Bromley of Tahmoor Rural Services for sponsoring the summer race series. The series runner up in Division 1 was Invincible with Manly Too being the overall series winner. In Division 2 Matana was runner up to the series winner Relentless. Division 3 saw Tranquility take out the series with Sas Sea being the runner up. 

The next race will be on Saturday 11 March. This will be the hotly contested Creswell Cup, as well as the first race of the Autumn series. 

Creswell Cup

posted Feb 23, 2017, 6:51 PM by David Churchward

The Creswell Cup, one of the highlights of our racing season, will take place on Saturday 11 March 2017. There will be lots of fanfare with the race starting off HMAS Creswell at 12:00. The race start will be called by Navy officials on board a Navy Steber. This will be an Around the Bay race finishing at Callala Bay. All boats will be allocated to either the Navy Team or the JBCYC Team in matched pairs based on their handicap rating. The team with the most overall wins will be the holder of the coveted “Creswell Cup” for the next 12 months. Briefings will be held at Callala Bay foreshores at 9:30am with an on water briefing by VHF radio at 11:30 (CH 77). 

The after race function will be held at the Callala Clubhouse on the Callala Bay foreshores. The presentation will commence at 5:30pm to be followed by a catered meal provided by the Navy, this will consist of  a spit roast and gravy, hot potatoes, salad, bread rolls and condiments. Live music will be provided by the Navy Jazz Band, one of Australia’s premier ensembles. Many thanks to the Creswell Albatross Sailing Club for organising this. 

The cost for all of this is just $10 per head. The remainder is being subsidised by Jervis Bay Cruising Club and Creswell Albatross Sailing Club. 

Please let us know if you are coming so that the catering and racing can be organised. Please email your attendance numbers to

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