A Final Farewell from the Secretary

posted Jul 4, 2018, 4:12 AM by David Churchward

Gwen and I arrived in Nowra in mid 1986 which was a return to my home town after leaving 25 years earlier to go to boarding school. From school I attended the University of Sydney and then joined the Soil Conservation Service with postings around country New South Wales. 

I had kept in reasonably close contact with my family and friends in Nowra and knew of the establishment of the JBCYC in 1970. I enjoyed occasional sailing with the Dallaway family on “Osprey” during the early 1970’s. 

In 1986, the number of vessels moored at Callala Bay and in Currambene Creek was substantially less than the current numbers. I purchased an old Roberts 24 yacht “Bintani” in partnership with my friend Bruce McLaughlin and participated in Club races from 1987 onwards. 

In 1987, the Commodore was Tony Lewis who held that position for five years. I was Vice Commodore in 1987 which was a steep learning experience. We had a handicapper at that stage so I was able to share decisions with the Sailing Committee. The next year, I became Club Secretary which was a position I felt more comfortable with. During the 1980’s, the Committee had monthly meetings at the old White Ensign Club in Bridge Road, Nowra. Many members had an affiliation with the Navy so that worked well. 

In 1990, I sold “Bintani” and purchased “La Paloma”, a Clansman 30 which was a fine yacht and a big step up for me. However, the early 1990s coincided with children being born and resulted in the yacht being sold due to family commitments. I stayed as Secretary until 1993 and then left the Committee for seven years. 

The Club struggled during the 1990’s with the emergence of the JBSC which offered a keelboat division. There was also a lack of leadership in our Club and some headstrong members which resulted in disagreements and arguments. 

In 1999, Peter Dallaway returned to Nowra after many years overseas and shortly afterwards, Tony Byrnes discovered sailing. They brought fresh enthusiasm to the Club and joined the Committee. 

In 1999, I became Club Commodore and was determined to set the Club back on track to success. I stayed as Commodore for six years ably assisted by a good Committee. During these years, I wrote and distributed 60 newsletters to members at the rate of eight per year. In 2005, I stepped down as Commodore in favour of Peter Dallaway and again commenced the supporting role of Secretary. 

Peter was Commodore for two years followed by Tony Byrnes for three years. The Club had turned itself around with many new members, more yachts and more social occasions. 

I have now been Secretary for six Commodores; Tony Lewis, Peter Dallaway, Tony Byrnes, Mark Tobin, Shane Firkin and David Churchward. They were all dedicated, worked hard and were successful in their leadership of the Club. They were all different which is not a bad thing as they each brought something new to the role. 

Most of the Committee from last year is staying on and I think now is the right time for me to step back from the leadership group in the Club and let someone else take on the role. 

I intend to stay in the Club and have my yacht “Double Time” ready for next season. 

Peter Cowman

Sad News ...

posted Jun 24, 2018, 11:27 PM by David Churchward

We were sad to hear of the recent passing away of Dave Bennett. Dave was a long time JBCYC member and and sailed his Jarken 925 'Sapphire Dancer' in the club for many years. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the local community.  

Peter Robinson is also known to many club members and is current owner of the Seawind 1000 'Overture'. After suffering a recent stroke he is now making a good recovery. We wish him all the best as he continues to 'get back on his feet'.

JBCYC Autumn Series decided by seconds.

posted Jun 23, 2018, 2:45 AM by David Churchward

Saturday 19thMay saw a tight finish with the running of the fifth and final race in the the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s, Callala Cellars, Autumn Series. 

Seven yachts began the race, with four entries in Division 1 and three in Division 2. With Tranquillity skippered by Kevin Lord and Invincible skippered by Trevor Kanaar, tied in the lead of Division 1, this race would decide the series. 

In Division 2 Matana, skippered by Paul Gooey, had a considerable lead over the other entrants in the series, but after being sold, this would be the yachts final race with the club.

The race began in light 7 knot NW winds with Tranquillity making the most of the start, beating the fleet to the 1stmark. Invincible followed closely behind in a duel that would continue for the entire race. Matana led the Division 2 yachts past the 1stmark as they headed South down the Bay.

The winds began to ease and Wotalife, skippered by Denis Meredith and Jeanie skippered by Murray Ruff; both in Division 2 began to struggle in the light conditions. Matana had left the other two Division 2 entries behind and was running closely with the Navy’s larger Division 1 entries, Franklin skippered by Rod Targa and Friendship skippered by Blue Timms.

The winds began to turn, to the SW then due South, and dropped to less than 5 knots. As the fleets progress slowed the race was shortened, with the yachts turning at Honeymoon Bay and heading North back up to Callala Bay.

The duel between Tranquillity and Invincible continued, with Tranquillity leading, but Invincible fighting to peg them back. Tranquilly was getting the best of the light winds and Invincible flew their spinnaker to make the most of the light Southerly. When the stronger, 10 knot, NE wind finally kicked in Invincible was sailing headlong into the wind and quickly had to drop their spinnaker.

Invincible couldn’t catch Tranquillity, with Tranquillity crossing the line 1stin 3 hours 39 minutes, nearly 9 minutes ahead of Invincible. The race and series win in Division 1 would come down to the relative handicaps, and once they were applied Tranquillity won by a close 33 seconds.


In Division 2 Wotalife and Jeanie, making little progress in the light winds, withdrew. Matana crossed the finish line in 4 hours 4 minutes, winning the race in Division 2 and taking a clear win in the Autumn Series.

Light Southerlies test the fleet in Round 4 of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Autumn Series

posted May 19, 2018, 7:49 PM by David Churchward

On Sunday 6ththe Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran the fourth round of Callala Cellars Autumn Race Series. A fine day with calm seas and light winds tested the heavier mono hull yachts over a course that took in the North Eastern end of Jervis Bay.

A fleet of 7 yachts began the race, with 4 larger yachts in Division 1 tackling a 12.5 nautical mile course, and the 3 smaller Division 2 Yachts taking on a slightly shorter 10.5 nautical mile course. 

The race began in light SSW winds, just over 5 knots, with the Navy entry Franklin skippered by Rod Targa beating the other Division 1 yachts as they headed into the wind to the 1stmark. The yachts then turned to the South East reaching across the bay and hauling South down it’s Eastern shore. 

The catamaran Tranquillity, skippered by Alan Leach, squeezed past Franklin as they sailed into the wind. Franklin then had to try and fight off Invincible, skippered Trevor Kanaar, who eventually passed the Navy entry. 

During the afternoon the winds shifted to the S then SE, but still remained light, making for a slow run back to Callala Bay for the fleet.

Tranquillity was the first of the Division 1 yachts to cross the finish line in 3 hours and 20 minutes, beating Invincible back by just under 6 minutes. But the Division 1 win went to Invincible once handicaps were applied with Tranquillity 2ndand Peter Robinson in Overture, coming 3rd.

In Division 2 the light conditions were perfect for John Anderson in Laser 3. His yacht at 6.8 meters is the smallest in the fleet and led division 2 from the start, racing around the course in 2 hours and 50 minutes. John finished just over 12 minutes ahead of his closest rival, Paul Gooey in the much larger, 8.5 meter, Matana. Once Handicaps were applied, however, the positions were reversed with Paul Gooey 1st, John Andersons 2ndand Denis Meredith skippering Wotalife 3rd.

Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs fleet chase light winds in the season’s final Round the Bay Race

posted Apr 24, 2018, 2:46 AM by David Churchward

On Sunday 22ndthe Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran the fifth and final round of the Innovation Composites Round the Bay Race series. The days forecast was for light and variable winds, so the yachts raced around a short clockwise course at the Northern end of Jervis Bay.

Eight boats took to the water, with five larger yachts in Division 1 and the three remaining smaller yachts in Division 2. The race also counted as race three in the Callala Cellars Autumn Series.

The very light, Southerly, 3 to 5 knot winds made for a very slow race start. With yachts crowding the Southern end of the start line. Sojourn 3, skippered by Rick Early, missed line and had to circle around for a second attempt to start the race.

Perrfect, a Rogers Catamaran skippered by Ray Perry in its first race with the club, got off to a great start beating the rest of the fleet to the 1stwindward mark. Laser 3, skippered by John Lawrence, a smaller Division 2 mono hull rounded the mark closely behind Perrfect.

As the yachts headed South, into the wind, Sojourn 3 was able to recover from it’s troubled start passing the other yachts and taking the lead in Division 1. John Anderson in Laser 3, the smallest and lightest yacht in the field was able to stay in the lead in Division 2.

In the light conditions the skippers were scouring the bay, searching for patches of wind that might help push their boats along. Sojourn 3 coupled some good luck with the wind, and a fair measure of masterful sailing, was able to keep stretching its lead.

The winds picked up to 7 to 10 knots and shifted to the East at 12:30pm as the yachts completed the races final leg, returning to Callala Bay.

Sojourn 3 was the 1stboat to cross the finish line in 2 hours and 11 minutes. Once handicaps were applied, Rick Early, Sojourn 3, held onto 1stplace with Rod Targa in the Navy’s entry, Franklin, 2ndand Alan Leach, Tranquillity, in 3rd.

In Division 2 John Anderson, Laser 3, crossed the finish line 1stin 2 hours 15 minutes. However, the application of handicaps saw Paul Gooey, Matana, take 1stwith John 2ndand Denis Meredith, Wotalife, 3rd.

The winner of the 2018 Innovation Composites Round The Bay series was determined by the aggregate of the skippers best four results from the five race series. The consistency of Alan Leach in Tranquillity’s was rewarded with him winning Division 1 ahead of the Navy’s Franklin in 2nd. In Division 2 Paul Gooey, in Matana, with 3 first places won ahead of Denis Meredith, in Wotalife.

Light winds shorten Round 2 of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Autumn Series

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:19 AM by David Churchward

Round 2 of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs, Callala Cellars, Autumn Series was run on Sunday.

It was a short race, run on a beautiful clear day, but with very light winds. A fleet of 9 yachts started, with 5 larger Division 1 vessels set to tackle a 13.3 nautical mile course and the 4 smaller Division 2 yachts setting off on a 9.4 nautical mile circuit.

At the race start the winds were very light at 5 knots from the SSE with the forecast of a shift to stronger NE winds later in the day. Sojourn 3, skippered by Rick Early, got off to the best start and led the field to the 1st mark. Sojourn 3 stayed in front of the field of Division 1 yachts down the bay and was never headed as they raced to Honeymoon Bay and then across to Huskisson.

The Division 2 race, along a shorter course was much closer. Wotalife, skippered by Denis Meredith, got a strong start and beat the other yachts in the division to the 1st mark. As the other Division 2 yachts headed South Wotalife turned East in the hope of the NE winds kicking in, but wallowed in calm air near long beach.

With the already light winds dropping away and all yachts struggling to make headway the decision was made to shorten the race.

In Division 2 Laser 3, skippered by John Anderson, was able to gain on Matana, helmed by Paul Gooey. While Matana tried to hoist a spinnaker, the winds were too light for the spinnaker to fill and the lighter Laser 3 got past.

Laser 3 stayed in front as the winds picked up and was the first yacht across the finish line in 2 hours 13 minutes, just over 2 minutes ahead of Matana. Once handicaps were applied, however, Paul Gooey (Matana) came 1st with John Anderson (Laser 3) 2nd and Denis Meredith (Wotalife) 3rd

The Division 1 yachts were still racing back from Huskisson as the first of the Division 2 yachts were finishing. In the races final legs, the NNE wind finally kicked in with the yachts sailing into a 10-knot breeze. 

Rick Early (Sojourn 3) took line honours in 3 hours 19 minutes over 12 minutes ahead of Trevor Kanaar (Invincible).But when handicaps were applied 1st place went to Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) with Rick Early (Sojourn 3) 2nd and John Lawrence (Sas Sea) 3rd.

After the days racing, the participants headed back to the clubhouse for a safety demonstration. Ross McKenny, RMS Boating Education Officer gave a hands-on session on the use and maintenance of life jackets and the safe use of flares. There was also a fire safety demonstration. 

Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club takes the Creswell Cup from Navy

posted Apr 4, 2018, 6:03 AM by David Churchward

Saturday 24th March saw the opening round of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs, Callala Cellars, Autumn Series with the running of the Creswell Cup.

The Creswell Cup is the highlight of the club’s racing calendar where competing teams from JBCYC and the Navy are paired up and match race along Jervis Bay. The competition is always close, with the cup regularly changing hands.

The race began at the Southern end of Jervis Bay, near HMAS Creswell. Jervis Bay Marine Rescues vessel Colin Woods, with its volunteer crew, served as the races committee boat and formed the Eastern end of the start line. Commander Nyree Cornelius, the Executive Officer of HMAS Creswell, aboard the Colin Woods, started the race at 12 mid-day.

7 pairs of yachts began the race in choppy seas and 15 knot winds. The Navy entry Franklin, skippered by Jim McDonald, got off to the best start in the challenging conditions and led around the 1st windward mark. Franklin was matched with the JBCYC entry Bundeena, skippered by Frank Taylor, that followed Franklin closely but couldn’t get passed them.

The winds eased slightly as the fleet headed North passing Huskisson but then gained strength as the yachts turned East towards Honeymoon Bay. By the time the yachts reached the Eastern side of the Bay the winds were 20 knots, with gusts of up to 25 knots.

Franklin retained their lead for the whole race and was the 1st boat in the fleet to finish in 2 hours and 3 minutes, beating Bundeena back by less than 2 minutes. 

Two smaller Division 2 yachts Matana, skippered by Paul Gooey, and Wotalife, skippered by Denis Meredith, were matched, with Matana on the Navy team and Wotalife competing for JBCYC.

Wotalife was able to establish a substantial early lead over Matana as the boats headed North into the wind. As the yachts turned and reached East across the bay Matana did peg Wotalife back but couldn’t get close enough as they headed back into the wind towards the final race marker.

Wotalife was the 1st yacht to cross the finish line in Division 2 taking 2 hours 42 minutes to complete the course, over 6 minutes in front of Matana.

The Creswell Cup would go to the team that won most of the Match Races. The two teams were tied on three all until the final pair of yachts finished. The decider came down to a race between two catamarans, Sarah skippered by John Fletcher, racing for the Navy and Extasea, skippered by Jim Lay, on the JBCYC team. While Sarah put in a valiant effort, in the testing conditions, Extasea beat her across this finish line clinching the 2018 Creswell Cup for JBCYC.

The days racing was also Round 4 of the clubs Round the Bay Series, sponsored by Innovation Composites. After four races Alan Leach (Tranquillity) and Wine Down (Brian Horley) lead Division 1 and Paul Gooey (Matana)leads Division 2. But with one more Round the Bay race to go in April the series is still open, with both Jim McDonald (Franklin) and Denis Meredith (Wotalife) still in the running for their respective division wins.

After the days racing concluded, the participants headed back to the clubhouse for a social function and the presentation of the Creswell Cup. It was a fun social evening with music provided by Paul Greene. 

Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Summer Series Decider

posted Mar 21, 2018, 3:26 AM by David Churchward

Sunday 11th March saw the running of the 5th and final round in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs, Tahmoor Rural Summer Series.

In calm sunny weather, a fleet of 7 yachts took to Jervis Bay and vied for both a race win, and their final place in the Clubs Summer Series.

The yachts were split into two divisions, with the 5 larger yachts in Division 1 completing a 14 nautical mile course and the 2 smaller vessels in Division 2 racing over shorter 9.5 nautical mile circuit.

The race started in light 7 knot NW winds that were beginning to swing to the NE. With the small fleet and light winds, the yachts got off to a clean start, although it was slow going to the 1st windward mark.

Sojourn 3 lead the fleet around the 1st marker headed down the bay. As they headed South, with the wind behind them, Sojourn 3 was the only Division 1 yacht not to fly a spinnaker. The Navy entry, Franklin, and the catamaran, Tranquillity gained ground on Sojourn 3 as the wind began to pick up and they headed down to Honeymoon Bay and turned across the bay racing towards Huskinson.

Sojourn 3 still lead as the yachts rounded the mark off Huskinson, heading North back to Callala Bay, with the NE winds gusting up to 17 knots. But Sojourn 3 could not match Franklin’s speed heading into the wind and Franklin made its move hauling past Sojourn 3 and taking the lead.

The NE winds started dropping to around 10 knots as Franklin crossed the finish line in 2 hours and 49 minutes, just 2 minutes ahead of Sojourn 3.

Once handicaps were applied, however, Rick Early (Sojourn 3) was declared the race winner in Division 1 with Alan Leach (Tranquillity) 2nd and Jim McDonald (Franklin) 3rd.

Division 2 was a two-yacht race between Laser 3 and Wotalife. Laser 3 revelled in the light winds at the beginning of the race and building up a substantial lead. Although the winds picked up in the later stages of the race Wotalife was not able to catch Laser 3.

The Division 2 yachts traversed a slightly smaller course than the larger vessels and Laser 3 was the 1st yacht to cross the finish line, in 2 hours 42 minutes, well ahead of Wotalife.

John Anderson (Laser 3) would maintain his lead winning Division 2 on Handicap over Denis Meredith (Wotalife) 2nd.

With the conclusion of this race the results for the Tahmoor Rural Summer Series were in. The Division 1 series winner was Jim McDonald (Franklin), Alan Leach (Tranquillity) 2nd and Rod Targa (Friendship) 3rd. Denis Meredith (Wotalife)was the series winner in Division 2 followed by Paul Gooey (Matana)2nd and John Anderson (Laser 3) 3rd.    

A competitive double header in Sundays Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Summer Series races.

posted Feb 20, 2018, 2:25 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 8:44 PM ]

On Sunday 18th February with NNE winds building on a fine day the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran two rounds of the Tahmoor Rural Summer Series.

The day’s competition started with race 4 of the Summer Series and a fleet of 9 boats competed. The race got under way in gusty 12 knot winds with the 7 Division 1 yachts completing a 7.5 nautical mile course and the 2 smaller Division 2 yachts tackling a shorter 5.5 nautical mile circuit.

Mark Tobin, who’d previously campaigned Cougar with remarkable success in club events, entered his new yacht C'est la Vie. This was the first race for the Jeanneau 44i that will have to complete 3 races before receiving a handicap and figuring in the series results.

The race start was crowded and hectic as the two Navy entries, Friendship and Franklin, both charged for the starboard end of the start line. After a close call and touchy moment between the two boats, Franklin, to avoid a penalty, opted to complete a 720 degree turn. Friendship, C'est la Vie and Sojourn III seized this opportunity to slip past Franklin and the race for Division 1 was on in earnest.

Over the course of this short race, and with the winds building Franklin hauled past its rivals taking Division 1 line honours in 1 hour and 2 minutes. C'est la Vie crossed the finish line less than a minute behind Franklin with Sojourn III crossing a close third.

Once the handicaps were applied to Division 1 Franklin, skippered by Jim McDonald, retained its 1st place with the other Navy entry Friendship, skippered by Blue Timms 2nd, and Trevor Kenaar (Invincible) 3rd.

In Division 2 the rivalry between Paul Gooey (Matana) and Dennis Meredith (Wotalife) continued. While Matana got the best of the start Wotalife ran past them downwind heading South down the bay. As the boats turned West and started reaching across the bay in light winds Matana passed Wotalife and stayed ahead for the rest of the race.

Matana crossed the finish line in 1 hour 13 minutes, less than 20 seconds ahead of Wotalife. Once the handicap was applied, however, the positions were reversed with Dennis Meredith (Wotalife) winning the race in Division 2.

Race 2 in the clubs Summer Series was cancelled on January 14th, due to dangerous conditions. So, after Race 4 was completed, Race 2 of the series was run. While Race 2 would use the same course as Race 4, the winds had increased and were gusting well over 20 knots making this a very different race that would test both the crews and yachts.

In this race Franklin got off to a clean start in Division 1 and led the field as they turned and headed downwind. C'est la Vie and Sojourn III were chasing Franklin then Sojourn III had a Main Sheet jam and were passed by Friendship.

Franklin crossed the finish line in a time of 57 minutes, followed by C'est la Vie then Friendship. Once Handicaps were applied Jim McDonald (Franklin) retained 1st place with Blue Timms (Friendship) came 2nd and Rick Early (Sojourn III) was 3rd.

In Division 2 Dennis Meredith (Wotalife) took the lead at the start. With the moderate winds suiting the heavier 5 tonne Wotalife over the 3 tonne Matana, Wotalife held onto the lead crossing the finish line in 1 hour 9 minutes. Dennis also won the race on handicap.


Focus on Safety Day Re-Scheduled to 8 April 2018

posted Feb 8, 2018, 3:33 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Feb 19, 2018, 1:44 AM ]

The Focus on Safety Day has been re-scheduled to 8 April 2018 and will be run in conjunction with the Autumn Series Race 2. The information and opportunity to update safety skills provided on these days is a great opportunity and should not be missed. See information in the sidebar for further information.

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