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!!

Coronavirus Precautions Update - Creswell Cup, Annual Presentation

posted Mar 18, 2020, 9:38 PM by David Churchward

JBCYC has been seeking to minimise the risk associated with Coronavirus with minimal disruption to our scheduled events. Unfortunately the government guidelines on ‘Advice for Organising Public Gatherings’ and ‘Social Distancing Guidance’ now impact on our scheduled events. We are now in a position where we need to modify, postpone, or cancel scheduled events and activities as follows:

The Creswell Cup Results/Social Function is cancelled. We know members have been looking forward to a fun relaxing, evening and planning their contributions to the dinner but unfortunately the event does not meet several of the government guidelines for minimising the Coronavirus risk.

The Creswell Cup Race will still proceed as it can be conducted in a manner that has minimal Coronavirus risk. We are still planning to conduct a land based briefing at the clubhouse prior to the race, but this may change prior to Saturday with further Coronavirus developments. This land based briefing will be optional and it will be conducted in the open air outside the clubhouse. The official briefing will conducted on VHF 77 at 11:30am. If you choose not to attend the land based briefing please sign on by calling JB1 on VHF 77 prior to 11:30am. In your sign on include: yacht name, skipper’s name, and POB. Please also complete a ‘Crew Sheet’ available on the ‘forms’ page of the JBCYC website. Email it to prior to the race if possible, but no later than midnight on the day of the race. Race fees can be paid by EFT to JBCYC bank account (BSB 641 800, Acc 009124321, include your yacht name & race fees). Yacht pairings for the Creswell Cup will be announced as part of the on water briefing at 11:30am. All yachts competing in the Creswell Cup are required to sail past the stern of the Navy Steber acting as the committee boat and hail them as part of the official registration process for this event (prior to 11:30am). The race will start in the vicinity of HMAS Creswell at 12:00 so please make your way to this area to be ready for the race briefing by 11:30am.  

The JBCYC Presentation Night/Annual Dinner is postponed to a future date and may be cancelled if a suitable date cannot be found. It may be incorporated into the 50th Anniversary Dinner, scheduled for Sat 24th October. The series results will be listed on the website. Series winners ‘shields’ will be distributed to successful series winners. 

All land based pre-race briefings (after the Creswell Cup) will be optional. The official briefing will be an on water briefing at 10:30am on VHF 77. If you choose not to attend the land based briefing then sign on will be via VHF 77 prior to 10:30am. In your sign on include: yacht name, skipper’s name, and POB. Alternatively a ‘Sign on Form’ form will be made available on the ‘forms’ page of JBCYC website. This can be lodged by email to any time prior to 8:00am on the day of the race or anytime the previous day. If not using this form please complete a ‘crew form’ and email to If possible the race course details will also be posted on the club website the evening prior to the race. Race fees can be paid by EFT to JBCYC bank account (BSB 641 800, Acc 009124321, include your yacht name & race fees).

The scheduled races for the remainder of the season will continue. The committee executive is keen for the remaining season races to be completed and considers that races conducted in accord with the above race briefing procedure provide minimal risk to club members. The decision to participate and race will be the individual skipper’s decision. 


JBCYC still welcomes crew who are seeking a yacht to sail on. If you are looking for a crew position on a yacht, or if you are a skipper seeking crew, please contact Paul Gooey (vice commodore) on 0491 094 154 or contact the committee by email on


Unfortunately we are in challenging times and many areas of people’s lives may be affected. We hope you continue to sail with the club during these difficult times. Our intention is to provide a normal calendar of scheduled races and events in the new season commencing in September 2020. 


Take care and smooth sailing through these troubled times. 

David Churchward

Commodore JBCYC

Coronavirus Precautions

posted Mar 17, 2020, 6:30 AM by David Churchward

JBCYC is continuing to review our activities to reduce the coronavirus risk to our members and guests in line with the latest information available from the Federal Department of Health. 


In addition to the risk reduction guidelines recently circulated by email, JBCYC will now be offering an on-water race briefing for all races until the end of the current racing season. This will be additional to the pre-race briefing held at the clubhouse. The purpose is so that those who wish to continue to enjoy our sailing activities but are concerned about public gatherings can still participate and have access to the relevant information for the race on the day.


The post race results and BBQ will continue but attendance at this is always optional. Results will be posted on the JBCYC website. For those skippers winning prizes who choose not to attend we will endeavour to get your prizes to you.


The on-water race briefings will be conducted on VHF 77 at the following times:


Sat 21 March   Creswell Cup   11:30am (start line will be set in the vicinity of HMAS Creswell and all yachts must make their way to this area prior to 11:30am for a 12:00am start)

Sun 5 April      Autumn Series 3         10:30am

Sun 26 April    Autumn Series 4, RTB 5          10:30am

Sat 9 May        Autumn Series 5         10:30am


All yachts wishing to take advantage of the on-water race briefing who are not attending the on shore briefing need to log on by VHF radio prior to 10:30am (11:30am for the Creswell Cup). Yachts are asked to minimise their radio usage after 10:30am (11:30am for the Creswell Cup) to enable the on-water briefing to proceed.


The on-water briefing will include:

Div 1 & Div 2 courses

Whether there will be 1 or 2 starts

Instructions for notifying race completion (eg call JB1 of VHF 77 when crossing the finish line)

Changes to the course or conduct of the race will be notified on VHF 77 during the race.


Yachts logging on by VHF need to:

Call JB1 of VHF 77 prior to 10:30am (11:30am for the Creswell Cup) and provide the following:

Yacht name

Number of people on board

Name of skipper

Names of crew members (this can easily be achieved by completing the crew form available on the ‘forms’ page of the JBCYC website and emailing it to

Race fees can be paid by EFT to JBCYC bank account (BSB 641 800, Acc 009124321, include your yacht name & race fees)


In order to reduce the risk associated with coronavirus JBCYC is continuing to review our precautions in line with national guidelines on an ongoing basis. At this stage we have no plans to cancel any events but this may change as the situation continues to evolve. Our prime concern is the welfare of our members and guests. We are keen to provide the ways and means for the current racing season to continue in a way which is safe. 

Summer Series wraps up and Autumn Series kicks off as JBCYC runs 2 races.

posted Mar 15, 2020, 6:08 PM by David Churchward   [ updated Mar 15, 2020, 6:08 PM ]

On Sunday 8th March the Jervis Bay Cursing Yacht Club ran the 5th and final race of their Huskisson Hotel Summer Series and ran the 1st race of the Callala Cellars Autumn Series. Both races used the same short course, at the Northern end of Jervis Bay. The large Division 1 yachts tackled a 6.9 nautical mile circuit, that was shortened slightly to 5.5 nautical miles for the smaller Division 2 yachts.

With the wind from the SW at 10 to 15 knots and a choppy Southerly swell rolling through the bay, a race fleet of 12 vessels turned out for the day. 7 yachts were entered in Division 1 and 5 in Division 2. 

Race 5 of the Summer Series was run first, with the Division 2 yachts starting 5 minutes before Division 1. Summer of 69, skippered by Kevin Lord led the start, beating the other Division 2 yachts to the 1st race mark. They were pursued closely by Pat Grogan in Sirocco and Peter Cowman’s Double Time. In the races final leg Summer of 69 and Sirocco repeatedly swapped the lead. 

Summer of 69 crossed the finish line 1st in 1 hour 10 minutes less than a second ahead of Sirocco. Once handicaps were applied to the Division 2 results, Peter Cowman (Double Time) took 1st place with Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) 2nd and Pat Grogan (Sirocco) 3rd.

In Division 1 the catamaran Tranquillity, helmed by Alan Leach, took an early lead beating the other boats to the 1st mark and pulled further ahead as they headed East across the bay. Tranquillity was pursued by Out of the Blue, skippered by Paul Gooey, but with the conditions suiting the large catamaran Out of the Blue couldn’t make a dent in Tranquilities lead. 

Tranquillity crossed the finish line in 1 hour and 15 minutes, nearly 4 minutes ahead of Out of The Blue. Once handicaps were applied Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) took 1st place with Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) 2nd and Alan Leach (Tranquillity) 3rd.

After a very brief break for the crews, race 1 of the Autumn Series kicked off. Kevin Lord repeated his form from the previous race, steering Summer of 69 into the lead and around the 1st race mark at the front of the fleet. He was chased closely by Double Time, ahead of Sirocco that was trying to recover from a slow start. With the swell building and the wind gusting up to 20 knots, the race became a contest between Summer of 69 and Double Time. 

Summer of 69 crossed the finish line 1st in 1 hour 13 minutes, less that 4 minutes ahead of Double time. When handicaps were applied Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) held onto 1st place with Peter Cowman (Double Time) 2nd and Brian Horley (Reflections) 3rd.

In Division 1 Tranquillity led the start again, and despite a valiant pursuit by Out of the Blue, Tranquillity was never headed. Tranquillity crossed the finish line 1st in 1 hour 22 minutes, just 3 minutes ahead of Out of the Blue. Handicaps, however, evened the fleet up and changed the results significantly. Rod Chittenden (Element) was awarded 1st place with Steve Simpson (After Midnight) 2nd and the Rod Targa in the Navy entry (Friendship) 3rd.

After the races the crews retired to the club house for a BBQ and presentation of Crooked River wines (the sponsors of the annual club championship) to the day’s winners. 

Glen Pead - JBCYC Media Officer

JBCYC Camping Weekend

posted Mar 15, 2020, 5:53 PM by David Churchward

What a fantastic time it was! The Moruya North Head camping ground was an excellent spot and close to 30 JBCYC members took the opportunity to relax for the weekend. On Saturday night there was a campfire meal which saw 11 camp ovens full of roasts and vegies. The food was magnificent, there was good music, and even a few beers and wines. Many thanks to those who helped organise the event. Can’t wait till next year’s.


Fine weather and close racing in a JBCYC double header

posted Mar 2, 2020, 3:41 AM by David Churchward

On Sunday 23rd February a race fleet of 13 yachts took to the waters of Jervis Bay as the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran rounds 2 & 4 of the clubs Huskisson Hotel Summer Series. 

With gentle winds forecast to freshen later in the day the race fleet was divided into 2 divisions. The 6 larger Division 1 yachts tackled a short 6 nautical mile course at the bays Northern end. The 7 smaller Division 2 yachts took on a slightly smaller 5 nautical mile course. 

Race 2 of the Summer Series, that had previously been postponed, started in light 7 to 10 knot NE winds. In Division 1 Out of the Blue helmed by Paul Gooey got the best start beating the rest of the fleet to the first two race marks. As the yachts turned South and raced downwind, they hoisted their spinnakers and Alan Leaches catamaran Tranquillity passed Out of the Blue taking the lead. The Navy entry Friendship skippered by Jim McDonald, and Element with Rod Chittenden at the helm; chased Out of the Blue, getting passed as they approached the end of the race.

Tranquillity crossed the finish line first in Division 1 in 1 hour and 3 minutes, just 3 minutes ahead of Friendship with Element just 1 minute further behind. Once handicaps were applied to the results Jim McDonald (Friendship) took 1stplace with Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) 2nd and Rod Chittenden (Element) 3rd.

In division 2 a fleet of 7 yachts started with John Anderson’s Laser 3 taking an early lead and beating the other yachts to the 1st mark. Pip Davies in Sirocco and Kevin Lord in Summer of 69 chased Laser 3 closely. Summer of 69 then passed Laser 3, and as the yachts headed South Sirocco ran past into the lead. Sirocco held its lead until a slow turn around the penultimate race mark allowed Summer of 69 to slip back past.

Summer of 69 crossed the finish line 1st just 4 seconds ahead of Sirocco. Once handicaps were applied Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) held onto 1st place with John Anderson (Laser 3) 2nd and Pip Davies (Sirocco) 3rd

Running of race 4 of the Summer Series followed on from the completion of the 3rdrace and was run over the same course. The wind was blowing consistently from the NE and building to 15 knots, with gusts over 20 knots. 

In Division 1 Friendship beat the rest of fleet to the 1st mark with Tranquillity passing them after they turned and ran South down the bay. With NE winds gusting over 20 knots Tranquillity held onto its lead crossing the finish line in 1 hour and 3 minutes, 3 minutes ahead of Friendship. Once handicaps were applied, however, Jim McDonald (Friendship) took 1st place ahead of Trevor Kanaar (Invincible)in 2nd and Rod Chittenden (Element)3rd.

In Division 2 Double Time, skippered by Peter Cowman got away to the best start, beating the fleet to the 1st mark. Sirocco, being helmed by Pat Grogan, passed Double Time as they ran down the bay with the wind behind them. As the fleet turned and headed towards Long Beach the leading yachts bunched up, but Sirocco was able to pull away as they back headed North into the wind.

In a close finish Sirocco crossed the finish line first just over 30 seconds ahead of Brian Horley’s Reflections with Summer of 69 another 5 seconds behind. Once handicaps were applied Brian Horley (Reflections) came 1st with Peter Cowman (Double Time) 2nd and Pat Grogan (Sirocco) 3rd.

The race was followed by a BBQ and presentation at the club house, where the days winners were presented with Crooked River wines from the sponsors of the annual club championship.

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