Spring Series Decider and Commodore's Cocktail Party.

posted Nov 21, 2017, 2:16 AM by David Churchward

With 26 degrees and a 10-15 knot NE predicted for Saturday conditions look perfect for the last race of the Spring series. In Division One Wine Down leads the series on 5 points, however Tranquility on 7 points could still make a come back and claim both the day and the series. The competition is even closer in Division Two with Matana and Wotalife tied in first place on 5 points, and Relentless nipping at their heels on 6 points - the series could still got to anyone. 

Don't forget the festivities start at 5:30pm back at the clubhouse for the Commodore's Cocktail Party and Charity Fundraiser. Bring a plate of food to share and the BBQ will be available if you want to BBQ your own meat. Cocktails will be available for $5 each and there will be a charity auction. All funds go to Jervis Bay Marine Rescue in support of their important work. There will be music so bring your dancing shoes and be prepared for a good time. See all you hardy sailors and friends there!


Perfect conditions for Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Spring Series Special Race Day

posted Nov 14, 2017, 3:29 AM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs fleet took to the water on Saturday 11th November for a Special Race Day, as part of the Clubs Spring Series, sponsored by Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate.

The Special Race Day results don’t count towards the Spring Series or Club Championship Competitions. It’s a chance for the crews to relax and enjoy some fun social races.

The club used this opportunity to run a different format of racing, with the small fleet of 4 yachts all competing in the same division. Two races were run, both with handicap starts and the results of the 1st race used to adjust the start times of the second race.

This format staggers the start times of the yachts, makes for a less furious and safer start, but has the yachts bunching up and racing for the finish line. The yacht that takes line honours is also the winner on handicap.

With the sun out and the temperature in the low 20s, and light winds from the East South-East shifting to East North-East and strengthening during the day, the conditions were near perfect.

After observing a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, the first face started in light 5 to 10 knot winds. Trevor Smith (Relentless) crossed the line first on a zero-handicap followed by Paul Gooey (Matana), Brian Horley (Winedown). Alan Leach (Tranquillity) was last to start, with a 15-minute handicap. Tranquilly worked its way through the fleet and was first across the finish line, followed by Winedown, Matana then Relentless.

The wind picked up slightly to 8 to 14 knots for the second race. The starting order was again Relentless, Matana, Winedown then Tranquillity but with times adjusted after the 1st race. Winedown worked its way to the front of the fleet but approaching the finish line was battling to hold off a charge by Tranquillity. Winedown eventually crossed the line first by a matter of seconds, winning the days event. Tranquillity came second with Matana 3rd after sailing well to haul in Relentless.

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s next race is on Saturday 25th November. It will be the final race of the clubs Spring Series, followed by the Commodores Cocktail Party and Fundraiser. 

A grey day and light winds suit small yachts in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Round the Bay Race.

posted Nov 6, 2017, 3:20 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 10:01 PM ]

A cold and overcast day on Sunday 5th November saw the running of round 4 of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Spring Series sponsored by Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate. This event was also the second race of the Round the Bay series sponsored by Innovation Composites. 

The event, with a 17 nautical mile course for Division 1 yachts and a shorter 15 nautical mile course for Division 2, saw a fleet of 11 yachts traversing the bay anti clockwise.

The race began in less than 10 knots of southerly wind. As the race progressed the wind dropped and shifted to the South East. The larger yachts found the conditions slow in the very light winds. Just after mid-day, the decision was made to shorten the race.

John Anderson in one of the fleets smallest yachts, the 6.6-meter Laser 3, was the 1st yacht to cross the finish line in 4 hours 5 minutes, taking line honours in Division 2. Division 1 Line Honours went to Alan Leach (Tranquillity), in 4 hours 55 minutes.

With conditions favouring the smaller yachts a David and Goliath battle took place in Division 1 between the Navy’s yacht Friendship and the smallest yacht in the fleet, Steve Lee’s Y-Knot. With Y-Knot in front for most of the race, at the end of final leg with both yachts flying spinnakers Friendship pulled ahead. Friendship crossed the finish line just 1 second in front of Y-Knot.

Once handicaps were applied the winner of Division 1 was Brian Horley (Wine Down) with Rod Targa (Friendship) second and Steve Lee (Y-Knot) 3rd. In Division 2 Paul Gooey (Matana) came 1st with John Anderson (Laser 3) 2nd and Trevor Smith (Relentless) 3rd.

Spring Series Double Header

posted Oct 25, 2017, 12:58 AM by David Churchward

Sunday 22nd October saw the running of two races in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs, Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate Spring Series.

Race 1 of the Spring Series, originally scheduled for September 24th, had been postponed due to extremely fierce winds. On Sunday 22nd following the scheduled Spring Series Race 3 the postponed Race 1 of the series was run.

A fleet of 11 yachts started Race 3. The 7 Division 1 yachts tackling a 10-nautical mile course, around the northern end of Jervis Bay, with the 4 smaller yachts in Division 2 traversing a slightly shortened circuit.

The race started in light 5 knot winds. The light conditions originally favoured the smaller yachts but by mid-day the winds had picked up and were approaching 20 knots.

In the stronger winds the larger yachts came into their own with Jim McDonald in Franklin, a Benateau 40, taking Line Honours in Division 1, in 1 hour 27 minutes.

After handicapping the results in Division 1 were, Trevor Kanaar (Invincible)1st Brian Horley (Wine Down) 2nd and Shane Firkin (Quintessence)3rd.

In Division 2 John Anderson (Laser 3), the smallest yacht in the Division, took Line Honours in 1 hour 31 minutes and came 3rd on handicap. 1st place, on handicap, went to Denis Meredith (Wotalife) with Paul Gooey (Matana)2nd.

After a very brief interval the postponed Race 1 started, using the same course as the earlier race. A slightly smaller fleet of 8 yachts headed south into a blustering southerly that eased marginally as the race progressed.

In Division 1 Alan Leach (Tranquillity) took Line Honours in 1 hour 17 minutes, also coming 2nd on handicap. Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) was 1st, on handicap, with Shane Firkin (Quintessence) 3rd.

In Division 2 Trevor Smith (Relentless) took Line Honours in 1 hour 19 minutes and took 1st place on handicap. Paul Gooey (Matana)came 2nd, on handicap, and Denis Meredith (Wotalife) came 3rd.

First race of Spring Series re-scheduled to 22 October 2018

posted Oct 15, 2017, 3:54 AM by David Churchward

The 1st race of the Spring series is being re-scheduled to Sunday 22 October. It was cancelled on its original date of 24 September due to poor weather conditions so a make up race is needed. The intention is to hold 2 shorter races on 22nd October which will count as the 1st and 3rd races of the Spring Series. Briefing will be at the usual time of 9:30am with the first race to commence at 11:00am (approx). The 2nd race will commence within 20 minutes of the last boat finishing the 1st race. In the event that one or both of these races are cancelled on 22nd October due to unsuitable weather, they will be rescheduled to Saturday 11 November, the date currently put down for our Special Race Day.

Variable winds and close racing mark the JBYC’s first Round the Bay Race of the season

posted Oct 9, 2017, 2:54 AM by David Churchward

Sunday the 8th October saw the running of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s, Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate Spring Series, Round the Bay Race.

The race saw a fleet of seven yachts entered, with three of the larger yachts in Division 1 completing a 17-nautical mile course that circumnavigated Jervis Bay, the four smaller vessels in Division 2 tackled a slightly shorter course of 15- nautical miles. The winds were variable, but mostly from the North East at 15 knots.

The racing was close in both divisions, with Matana and Fricka fighting a tacking duel, through the final leg, right up to the finish line. In a tight race for handicap honours Matana, Fricka and Wotalife all finished within five minutes of each other. The racers were also joined by a pod of frolicking whales, reminding everyone of just what a special cruising ground the Jervis Bay Marine Park is.

Line honours in Division 1 was taken by Alan Leach (Tranquillity) in 2 hours 46 minutes, also winning the division on handicap. The second place, on handicap, went to Brian Horley (Wine Down) and Shane Firkin (Quintessence) came in third.

In Division 2 Trevor Smith (Relentless) claimed line honours in 3 hours 19 minutes. After handicapping the results in Division 2 were, 1st Denis Meredith (Wotalife), 2nd Trevor Smith (Relentless) and Third Paul Gooey (Matana).    

First Race of the Spring Series Cancelled

posted Sep 30, 2017, 4:59 PM by David Churchward

Westerly winds can be unpredictable and this was the case on 24th September for the first race of the Spring Series. Despite the predicted wind strengths of 15 knots the Navy yachts observed gusts of 42 knots while crossing the Bay and then saw 34 knots while waiting for the rest of our fleet in Hare Bay. We waited for the conditions to abate but unfortunately this did not occur therefore the race was cancelled in accord with our risk management policies. However it gave club members the opportunity to have a tour of the Navy's newest acquisition, Franklin, which most of our crews on the day took advantage of. Many thanks to Wayne, Jim, and the crew on Franklin for giving us a guided tour of this superb vessel. We look forward to seeing it in action in better weather conditions. 

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. 

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