Race fleet tussle in round four of Summer Series

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:54 PM by David Churchward   [ updated Feb 11, 2019, 9:54 PM ]

Sunday 10thFebruary saw the running of the fourth round of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s Callala & Culburra First National Summer Series.

A fleet of 12 Yachts took to Jervis Bay in a steady 10 knot breeze. The five larger Division 1 yachts raced along a 12.7 nautical mile course, with the seven smaller Division 2 boats tackling a slightly shorter, 10.7 nautical mile, circuit.  

The Navy entry, Franklin, helmed by Brendon Blank made an impressive start beating the rest of the fleet to the first mark. Franklin then hauled away from the field. Alan Leach, skippering Tranquillity, was in second place but unable to mount a serious challenge as Franklin continued to extend its lead.

In Division 1 Franklin crossed the finish line first in 1 hour 54 minutes, just over 10 minutes ahead of Tranquillity that crossed second. Paul Gooey in Out of the Blue crossed third a further five minutes after Tranquillity.

Once the Division 1 handicaps were applied Paul Gooey, Out of the Blue, took 1stplace with Brendon Blank, Franklin 2nd. Third place on handicap was taken by Trevor Kanaar in Invincible. 

The racing was much closer in Division 2 with Pat Grogan in Sirocco getting off to the best start and beating the other yachts in the division to the first mark. Elements helmed by Rod Chittendon then raced past Sirocco and continued to stretch their lead. 

The smallest yacht in the race, John Andersons Laser 3 was in third, just ahead of the much larger Relentless, skippered by Trevor Smith. As they headed South along the bay Relentless passed Laser 3, but Laser 3 got in front again after they turned West and raced across the bay. Both yachts were neck and neck going into the final leg of the race, then as the breeze piked up to 15 knots the larger Relentless was able to pull away. Relentless eventually beat Laser 3 across the line by just over four minutes.

Elements was the first Division 2 yacht to cross the finish line in 2 hours and 8 minutes, 10 minutes ahead of Sirocco with Relentless a further 2 minutes behind. Denis Meredith, Wotalife, was the last Division 2 yacht to cross the finish line; but thanks to a significant handicap was declared the race winner. Rod Chittendon, Elements, was 2ndon handicap and Trevor Smith, Relentless, took 3rdplace.

The post-race festivities saw the winners presented with some fine wines from Crooked River Wines, who sponsors the annual Club Championship.

Paul Gooey, Out of the Blue, now leads the Summer Series in Division 1 and Rod Chittendon, Elements, leads the series in Division 2. Other members of the fleet are still in contention for the series win, with the winners of both divisions set to be decided at the clubs next race on March 3rd.

Lifejacket Self-Service Clinics

posted Feb 4, 2019, 7:10 PM by David Churchward   [ updated Feb 4, 2019, 7:19 PM ]

Roads and Maritime will be holding inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics at several locations along the NSW coast in February. Participants will be eligible to receive free lifejacket replacement parts or a $15 voucher towards the purchase of a lifejacket or parts.

Locations include:

Greenwell Point Boatramp                           Saturday 16 Feb 2019, 2 - 4pm

Hanging Rock Boatramp Batemans Bay     Friday 15 Feb 2019, 2 - 4pm

Port Kembla Boat Ramp                             Sunday 17 Feb 2019, 2 - 4pm

Visitors swell the race fleet for the third round of the JBCYC Summer Series

posted Jan 28, 2019, 7:58 PM by David Churchward

On Saturday 26thJanuary a large fleet of 22 Cruising Yachts took to Jervis Bay for the third race in the JBCYC Callala & Culburra First National Summer Series. The race was also the third in the seasons Round the Bay Series, sponsored by Tahmoor Rural; and it was also the annual Seawind Cup Regatta.

Three competitors from the Batemans Bay Sailing Club and several visiting Seawind catamarans bolstered the field of entries from the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht club. 

The course took the fleet clockwise around Jervis Bay starting just off Callala Bay. Thirteen of the larger yachts tackled the 17 nautical mile Division 1 course. The nine smaller craft racing Division 2 took on a slightly shorter, 15.3 nautical mile, circuit.

The race began in brisk 15 to 20 knot SW winds with a lumpy Southerly swell. Two visiting yachts from Batemans Bay, Accolade, helmed by Lachlan Brown, and Simon Byrne’s yacht, Attitude, got off to a blistering start and led the field South down the bay. 

C’est La Vie, helmed by Mark Tobin, and Rick Early skippering Sojourn 3, chased the two leading yachts. As the leaders turned North and headed back up the bay with the wind behind them and the breeze easing, Accolade and Attitude hoisted their spinnakers and stretched their lead from the rest of the Division 1 yachts.

Lachlan Brown, Accolade, was the 1st Division 1 yacht to finish in a time of 2 hours and 46 minutes, less than 2 minutes ahead of Simon Byrne, Attitude. Mark Tobin, C’est La Vie crossed another 12 minutes behind in 3rdplace. Those placings were unchanged after handicaps were applied 

In Division 2 Element skippered by Rod Chittendon got the best start and beat the other yachts in the division to the first mark. Relentless, helmed by Trevor Smith, chased Elements down the bay but as they headed back with the wind dropping, Relentless lost touch with the lighter boat.

Element took line honours in Division 2 crossing the line in 3 hours and 7 minutes, nearly 7 minutes ahead of Pat Grogan’s Sirocco with Relentless a further 7 minutes back. Once handicaps were applied, however, Peter Cowman, in Double Time, was awarded 1stplace with Rod Chittendon, Element, 2ndand Trevor Smith, Relentless, 3rd.

The days feature race was the Seawind Cup, an event run annually for Seawind Catamarans. This year saw five entries, with them having a separate start, five minutes after the rest of the fleet.

Alan Nebauer’s catamaran Pleiades took the lead at the start and beat the others to the first mark. Alan Leach, last year’s winner, in Tranquillity duelled with the visiting catamaran, Phase 2, helmed by Warren Kerswill as they chased Pleiades. 

Pleiades led all the way around the bay to Vincentia, but as they sailed downwind past Huskisson and Callala Beach Tranquillity ran past them.

Alan Leach, Tranquillity, was the first Seawind Catamaran to cross the finish line in 3 hours 13 minutes, 4 minutes ahead of Warren Kerswill, Phase 2, and Alan Nebauer, Pleiades a further 1 minute behind in 3rdplace. The positions remained unchanged after handicaps were applied, with Alan Leach holding the Seawind Cup for another year.

The post-race presentation, BBQ and festivities were held across the bay at Long Beach where the winners were presented with some fine wines from Crooked River Wines, who sponsors the annual Club Championship. 

Close racing as the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club kicks off 2019

posted Jan 28, 2019, 7:47 PM by David Churchward

Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s first race for 2019 was run on Sunday 13th. Despite the grey sky and southerly winds, a large fleet of thirteen yachts competed in the second round of the JBCYC Callala & Culburra First National Summer Series. 

The race was also the second in the seasons Round the Bay Series, sponsored by Tahmoor Rural. The course circumnavigated Jervis Bay clockwise from Callala Bay. Six larger yachts were entered in Division 1 and competed on a 17 nautical mile course and seven smaller Division 2 yachts tackled a slightly shorter, 15.3 nautical mile, course 

The race began in a 15 knot SW wind and a rolling SE swell. Alan Leach in the catamaran Tranquillity beat the rest of the fleet to the first mark and led down the bay as they raced into the wind. 

As the Division 1 yachts passed the southern end of Long Beach, Franklin, the Navy entry helmed by Brendon Blank, slipped into the lead and stayed ahead as the fleet turned west at Longnose Point and headed across the bay.

With the wind at times nearing 20 knots Franklin held its lead racing across the southern end of the bay with Tranquillity and Sojourn 3, skippered by Rick Early, close behind. Tranquillity overtook Franklin at the race’s southern most mark and held its lead as they raced back up the bay with the wind behind them.

With the wind dropping to 10 knots and shifting south Trevor Kanaar in Invincible hoisted his spinnaker, trying to make up ground on the leading yachts. And Paul Gooey, helming Out of the Blue, chased Invincible.

Tranquillity was the first Division 1 yacht to cross the finish line, in 2 hours 59 minutes, less than a minute ahead of Franklin. Sojourn 3 crossed third just over one minute behind Franklin. Once handicaps were applied however; Paul Gooey, Out of the Blue took 1stplace in the division with Trevor Kanaar, Invincible, 2ndand Rick Early, Sojourn 3, 3rd.

The racing in Division 2 was extremely close. Sirroco, helmed by Pip Davies, beat the other yachts in the division to round the first mark and led down the eastern side of the bay to Long Beach. Element, skippered by Rod Chittendon, passed Sirroco at the bottom of Long Beach, with Trevor Smith’s boat Relentless close behind. The three yachts all swapping the lead as they raced south to Longnose Point. 

As the Division 2 yachts turned and headed west across the bay Element led and began pulling way and had a considerable lead as the yacht turned north at Vincentia and headed back to Callala Bay. With the wind behind them Sirroco began flying its spinnaker and started catching Element.

Element was the first Division 2 yacht to cross the finish line, less than a minute ahead of Sirroco with Relentless just over five minutes further back. Trevor Smith, Relentless, was awarded 1stplace once handicaps were applied with Rod Chittendon, Element 2nd. Sirroco, despite its great race was only completing its first race for the club and was not eligible for a handicap yet so 3rdplace went to Peter Cowman, Double Time.

Following the race, the winners were presented with some fine wines from Crooked River Wines, who sponsor the annual Club Championship. 


posted Jan 22, 2019, 2:22 PM by David Churchward

The annual Seawind Cup Regatta will be held this Saturday, 26thJanuary, in conjunction with the JBCYC Summer Series Race 3. Scheduled start times will be 11:00am for monohulls sailing in the JBCYC Summer Series and 11:15am for catamarans sailing in the Seawind Cup. Briefing will be at 9:30am at the Callala Bay Clubhouse and all competing vessels need to be signed on prior to this or prior to 10:30am if signing in on water. Both races will be ‘Around the Bay’ races (Approx 17nm for Div 1 and catamarans, and 15.3nm for Div 2). 


Post race function:This will be held on a beach within the bay if the weather permits, otherwise at the JBCYC clubhouse. If the function takes place on a beach anchoring will be required. The choice to remain on anchor overnight is at the skipper’s discretion.


Catering at the function: Hamburgers will be available for $5 each. All drinks are BYO.


Presentation:Presentation of prizes for the event will take place during the post race function at about 6.00pm.


Entertainment:Music will be provided and perhaps some yard games.


Conclusion:The event concludes at the end of the function. Enjoy the time you have left on the bay and have a safe passage home.

RTB 1 to be held this Sunday, 13 January

posted Jan 10, 2019, 4:03 PM by David Churchward

The previously postponed Round The Bay Race 1 will be run this Sunday, 13 January in conjunction the Summer Series 2 Race. It was originally scheduled for 7 October 2018 but was cancelled along with the Spring Series 2 Race due to unsuitable conditions. The Spring Series 2 has already been re-run on 4 November 2018. There will be a single race this Sunday which will count as both the Summer Series 2 race as well as the Round the Bay 1 race. 

Ladies shine in Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Christmas races

posted Dec 18, 2018, 2:53 PM by David Churchward

Ladies shine in Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Christmas races

On Saturday 15th December the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club held their special Christmas Race day. Two races were run on a short course along the north eastern end of Jervis bay. 

The first event was the Ladies Race, where the regular skippers would take a back seat as one of the female crew members takes the helm. Six yachts competed, all running in one division with handicaps levelling out the differences in yacht size and performance. 

As the race began the winds were shifting from the SE to E and building to 10 knots. The smallest yacht, Laser 3, and the largest yacht, Sojourn 3, got the best start racing to the first mark. Collett Early, helming Sojourn 3, enforced her right of way as they rounded the mark leading the field as they headed down the bay.

The race to the next mark became a battle of strategies as Sojourn 3 and Tranquillity, a catamaran helmed by Barb King, chose to run along the northern end of the bay. The rest of the fleet headed south in the hope that the more favourable wind would compensate for the additional distance and the need for an extra tack. Sojourn 3 and Tranquillity beat the rest of the fleet to that next mark.

As the wind increased to 15 knots and shifted to the NE Michelle Bills, helming Elements, passed Tranquillity, and the small Laser 3 struggled in the building wind.

In a close finish Sojourn 3 crossed the finish line first in 1 hour 11 minutes, less than 4 minutes ahead of Elements; and with less than 8 minutes separating the first five finishers. Once handicaps were applied Michelle Bills, Elements, took 1stplace with Iona Smith, Relentless, in 2ndand Colette Early, Sojourn 3, in 3rd.

Then it was the turn of the Forward Hands to take the helm for the next race. With the winds building to 20 knots from the NE a couple of the smaller yachts chose not to run leaving a smaller field of four competitors.

Sojourn 3, helmed by Steve Simpson, got a slow start and began the race in last place. But in the winds getting up to 25 knots, the large yacht hauled past the rest of the fleet and led towards the last mark. Approaching that mark Sojourn 3 had to put in an additional tack with Tranquillity, helmed by Peter Brown, seizing the opportunity to slip passed. 

Tranquillity crossed the finish line first in 1 hour 15 minutes less than 4 minutes ahead of Sojourn 3. Once handicaps were applied, however, Rhianno Smith, Relentless, took 1stplace with Peter Brown, Tranquilly, 2ndand Steve Simpson, Sojourn 3, 3rd.

The races were followed by a presentation of fine wines, from Callala Cellars, for the days winners and everyone enjoying a very festive Christmas function. 

Summer Season Gets Underway with Challenging Gusty Westerly

posted Dec 3, 2018, 6:12 PM by David Churchward

Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club opened their Summer Season with a Round the Bay Race

On Sunday 2ndDecember the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Callala First National Summer Series kicked off. With a westerly wind strengthening only a small fleet of six yachts braved the challenging conditions. The race was the first in the Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series, with 3 larger yachts starting in Division 1 and 3 smaller yachts in Division 2. 

The fleet raced clockwise around Jervis Bay. The larger Division 1 yachts competing over a 15 nautical mile course and the smaller Division 2 yachts tackling a slightly shorter 13 nautical mile circuit.

Just before the start the NE winds eased with a strong and gusty westerly wind kicking in, blowing a shroud of dust across the bay. With winds between 20 to 25 knots, a couple of yachts elected not to start, with some others franticly reefing their sails and preparing for some difficult conditions. 

The catamaran Tranquillity, skippered by Alan Leach, beat the other Division 1 yachts to the first mark and held its lead for the rest of the race. Out of The Blue skippered by Paul Gooey, in second place, led Invincible with Trevor Kanaar at the helm as they raced south down the bay. Invincible passed Out of the Blue near Honeymoon Bay; and as they turned crossing the bay into the strong westerly winds Out of the Blue found that they could not reef in their jib. They were left carrying too much sail making the yacht difficult to control in the strong winds. 

In Division 2 Sirocco skippered by Pat Grogan, in its first race with the club, got the best start in the division and headed the other yachts to the first mark. As the smaller yachts raced south, the winds strengthened, with gusts reported well over 25 knots. Relentless, skippered by Trevor Smith, was the first yacht to retire with gear failure. Sirocco pulled out soon after, as the conditions became more difficult for the smaller yachts, leaving only Elements as the remaining competitor in Division 2.    

The trip west across the bay was a challenge, even for the larger yachts. With confused seas throwing large waves at them from different directions and bullets of very strong wind gusts from the west, the crews and yachts were tested. Eventually as the fleet ran up the western end of the bay a SW wind kicked in. The SW wind was still strong, but more consistent and the remaining yachts in the fleet were able to run with it back to Callala Bay. 

The catamaran Tranquillity was the first yacht across the line in 2 hours 14 minutes, 30 minutes ahead of Invincible, the first of the mono hull yachts to finish. Once handicaps were applied Alan Leach, Tranquillity, maintained its lead finishing 1stwith Trevor Kanaar, Invincible, 2ndand Paul Gooey, Out of the Blue 3rd.

In Division 2 Rod Chittenden, Elements, crossed the line in 2 hours 47 minutes, 1stand was the only finisher in Division 2. 

Following the race, the competitors retired to the club house for a BBQ and the winners were presented with their prizes of Crooked River Wines; who have recently come on board as the sponsors of the annual Club Championship.

The clubs next race is Saturday, 15thDecember. It’s the clubs Christmas race meeting and a festive event. There will be a Ladies Race and a Forward Hands Race as well as an award for the best decorated yacht.

2019 Seawind Cup

posted Nov 29, 2018, 10:11 AM by Pat Grogan   [ updated Dec 16, 2018, 4:23 PM by David Churchward ]

The annual JBCYC Seawind Cup will be held on Saturday 26th January 2019. The sailing instructions are now available for participants.

See sailing instructions on 'forms' page in the racing section. 

Close Racing in Final of Spring Series

posted Nov 21, 2018, 7:22 PM by David Churchward

On Saturday the 17thof November the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club held the final race of the Spring Series thanks to our sponsor, the Huskisson Hotel.The warmer weather resulted in a few more boats from the fleet coming out of the woodwork. Unfortunately not all the boats were destined to make it to the start line.John Anderson sustained an injury whilst assembling the rigging on his Hunter 19 and was unable to start.Trevor Kanaar fells victim to some gremlins whilst getting off his mooring and was also unable to make the start.


Rick Early rejoined the fleet after the annual layup in Kiama for his Bavaria 44, Sojourn III. While Peter Dunn aboard his Seawind 1000XL, Lukim Yu, made his first appearance for the year.


Rod Chittendon aboard his Nasrm 920, Element, having completed his 2 races is now eligible for points in the series. Whilst not a contender in the current series, it is clear the Element is going to be a boat to keep up with for the Division 2 competitors.


Paul Gooey aboard Out of The Blue, another Bavaria this time a 39, is also eligible for points in Division 1


Even with these 2 non starters this was the biggest fleet JBCYC had for the season. 5 boats in Division 1 and 4 boats in Division 2.


The conditions for the start and most of the race were 15-20 knots of wind from the South on a medium swell. A lot different to the last 2 events; this was welcomed by the smaller yachts in the fleet.


Rick Early set a course with a bit of everything. The fleet would start in Callala Bay, head up to the top of Hare Bay, across towards Beecroft Penninsula, back over toward Husskisson and finally back to Hare Bay and Callala Bay.


In Division 1 Rick Early and Soujurn III took the early lead and lead to the finish. John Lawrence aboard Sas Sea got the jump on Alan Leach aboard Tranquility. Heading down to Beecroft Penninsula Tranquility caught Sas Sea and this was how the first 3 boats in Division 1 would finish.

Peter aboard Lukim Yu came home next followed by Paul on Out of the Blue.


In Division 1 on performance handicap Lukim Lu took out first place, Out of the Blue in Second and Sas Sea took 3rd.


In Division 2 the close racing in the season had left 3 boats in contention for the series winner. With Elements eligible for points and in good form it was clearly going to be very tight.


Y-Knot got and excellent start and lead from start to finish thanks to a slightly risky Spinnaker run from Callala Beach all  the way to the top of Hare Bay. However, Relentless was not going to be out done and kept in close contact with Y-Knot for most of the race.All the Division 2 boats remained close with only 11 minutes between first and last. The dark horse Element managed to come from behind and pass all but Y-Knot by the finish.The final finishing positions were Y-Knot first across the line followed by Elements, Relentless and finally Double Time.


On performance handicap Y-Knot made it a clean sweep taking 1st, Double Time 2nd, Relentless 3rdand Elements 4th.


Being the last race of the series the much awaited final results were revealed by Club Commodore David Churchward.In Division 1 there were not too many surprises. As predicted Alan Leach aboard Tranquility took out 1st on 16 points. Invincible, despite being unable to start the final race, took out 2nd on 23 points while Sas Sea took out 3rdon 28 points. 


Division 2 was much closer and as predicted anything could happen and it did.All 3 boats Relentless, Y-Knot and Double Time ended up on 7 points. In the first round count back Y-Knot got knocked out. It took 2 further count backs to reveal that Relentless had taken out Division 2.


The spring series has resulted in some great racing with close results. Special thanks to Paul Gooey, our club handicapper, sometimes a thankless task for working with other club members to tweak the handicap system that resulted in such a tight contest.


Following the days racing the annual Commodore’s Cocktail Party was held at the clubhouse. This event was held to raise money towards new antennas for Jervis Bay Marine Rescue. Alex Ross from Jervis Bay Marine Rescue attended.A charity auction and other fund raising activities were held and raised $1000 to go towards the new antenna’s.


Special thanks to the club sponsors; Crooked River Wines, Mountain Ridge Wines and Revolution Sails who all donated items for the charity auction.Thanks to the club members who also donated items for the auction.


As per usual it was a great social event going on late into the night. Thanks to Pauline and all those who helped organise the event.

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