Focus on Safety Day Re-Scheduled to 8 April 2018

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

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.

Summer Series Race 2 Re-Scheduled to 18 February

posted Feb 8, 2018, 3:27 AM by David Churchward

The Summer Series Race 2 which was cancelled due to poor weather on 14 January has been re-scheduled to 18 February and will be held following the Summer Series Race 4. This means there will be 2 shorter races held on that date.

Another Successful Seawind Cup. JBCYC Welcomes Yachts from Batemans Bay Sailing Club.

posted Jan 28, 2018, 11:27 PM by David Churchward

On Saturday 20th January 4 yachts from the Batemans Bay Sailing Club helped bolster the fleet, as 17 yachts turned up to compete in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s first race for 2018.

As well as being part of the annual club championship, the race was part of the Tahmoor Rural Summer Series, round 3 of the Round the Bay Series sponsored by Innovation Composites, and the catamarans were also competing for the Seawind Cup.

The large yachts in Division 1 and the Seawind catamarans in Division 3 completed a 17-nautical mile clockwise circuit of Jervis Bay. The smaller Division 2 yachts completed a slightly shorter, 15.3-nautical mile, course.

Divisions 1 and 2 started at 11am in 5 to 10 knot NE winds. As they headed south past Honeymoon Bay the winds began to drop. While the Division 2 yachts, on a shorter course, were able to turn west towards Vincentia with Matana and Wotalife hoisting their spinnakers. The Division 1 yachts continued south towards HMAS Creswell and languished in the light winds.

John Anderson in Laser 3, a Hunter 216 and the smallest yacht in the field, got a good start and found the light conditions favoured his boat. He led Division 2 from the first windward mark, and while Paul Gooey in Matana closed on him as they travelled west to Vincentia, John was able to stay in the lead. John in Laser 3 was able to hold his lead as they sailed close hauled towards the finish line into a freshening 10 to 15 knot NE winds.

John in Laser 3 took Line Honours in 3 hours 32 minutes also being the first yacht to finish in Division 2, leading Paul Gooey in Matana home by over 6 minutes.

In the larger Division 1 yachts, that took the longer course, the race became a contest between the Navy’s entry Franklin and one of the visiting yachts from Batemans Bay, Barcoo entered by G Johnston and L Brown. The two yachts fought a tacking duel along Callala Beach and around Callala Bays southern headland as they raced towards the finish line. Franklin crossing the line in 3 hours 42 minutes, less than 3 minutes ahead of Barcoo, and taking line honours in Division 1.

The highlight of the day was the annual Seawind Cup regatta, a contest for Seawind Catamarans to win the perpetual trophy donated by Seawind Catamarans.

The six competing Seawind Catamarans started at 11.05am and Alan Leach in Tranquillity got a good start and was first to turn south and begin the run down the bay. John Lawrence’s Sas Sea passed Tranquillity as they headed down wind, taking the lead. At the southern end of the bay Peter Adams in Shambala made the most of the light winds and took the lead but was hauled past by Sas Sea, Tranquillity and Alan Nebauer’s Las Brisas as the catamarans headed north and the winds picked up. Sas Sea and Tranquillity then fought a close race along Callala Beach and up to the finish line. Sas Sea crossed the line first in 3 hours 53 minutes, less than 2 minutes ahead of Tranquillity. Once the handicaps were applied, however, Tranquillity just piped Sas Sea, and the Seawind Cup for 2018 went to Alan Leach in Tranquillity.

The days overall results for the Summer Series race 3 after handicapping were, in Division 1 Alan Nebauer (Las Brias) 1st, Peter Adams (Shambala)2nd and Brian Horley (Wine Down) 3rd. In Division 2 Paul Gooey (Matana) 1st, John Anderson (Laser 3) 2nd and Denis Meredith (Wotalife)3rd.In the Seawind Cup Alan Leach (Tranquillity) was 1st, John Lawrence (Sas Sea)2nd and Alan Nebauer (Las Brisas) 3rd.

Summer Series Race 2 14/1/2018 Cancelled

posted Jan 12, 2018, 5:07 PM by Pat Grogan

Due to the forecast high winds and rough seas the Vice Commodore and Club Captain have advised that the JBCYC Summer Series Race 2 scheduled for the 14/1/2018 has been cancelled.

Stay tuned to the JBCYC for further information regarding a possible new date for this race.

Lots of yuletide fun at Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs last race for the year.

posted Jan 1, 2018, 2:18 AM by David Churchward

On Saturday 16th December the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club held their final race meeting for the year. Sponsored by Tahmoor Rural it was a special Christmas race day.

The regular skippers took a back seat for the day as the club ran its annual Ladies Race and Forward Hands Race. The light-hearted day also offered prizes for best Christmas costume and best decorated yacht.

The results didn’t count towards the Summer Series, but with the Ladies and the Forward Hands taking the helms in their respective races there was a lot of pride at stake amidst some good-natured competition.

The Ladies Race began at 11am in 10 knot north easterly winds. A fleet of 7 yachts started in handicap order, with the smaller yachts, Wotalife starting on scratch and Matana starting 2 minutes later.

The two larger Seawind catamarans in the fleet started with handicaps of 11 minutes (Sas Sea) and 12 minutes (Tranquillity). With conditions favouring catamarans they caught the smaller yachts at the end of the races first downwind leg and quickly pulled away.

The Ladies race became a contest between Jenny Lawrence, helming Sas Sea and Barb King at the helm of Tranquillity. Barb King (Tranquillity) won the Ladies Race in 1 hour 39 minutes, less than a minute in front of Jenny Lawrence (Sas Sea) who crossed the line second. Third place was taken by Jen Walton (Franklin) in the Navy’s entry, which in 1 hour 41 minutes was first of the mono hull yachts across the line.

With the winds strengthening to over 15 knots, and gusting up to 25 knots, the Forward Hands Race got under way. After a few adjustments to the handicaps Wotalife and Matana both started on scratch.

With the forward hands at the helm and the skippers having to take a turn hauling the sheets, the strengthening winds favoured the bigger yachts.

Tranquillity, Sas Sea and Franklin continued their rivalry from the previous race although now they were being helmed by Carmel Edwards (Sas Sea) Peter Brown (Tranquillity) and Ray Joiner (Franklin).

Tranquillity took line honours in the second race in 1 hour 4 minutes. Sas Sea and Franklin ran neck and neck in the final leg with Sas Sea coming second in 1 hour 13 minutes and 39 seconds, just 1 second ahead of Franklin coming in third place.

Denis Meredith’s endeavours in decking out his yacht for the event were rewarded with the prize for best decorated yacht, while Bill Dicker’s extroverted effort in dressing for the day won him best costume.

The races were followed by the fun and festivities of the yacht clubs Christmas party.

Sunshine and blustery winds greet the first round of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Summer Series.

posted Dec 11, 2017, 3:53 PM by David Churchward

Sunday 10th December saw the running of the 1st round in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs, Tahmoor Rural Summer Series. 

On a fine day, with gusty 10 to 15 knot winds from the North East, a fleet of 8 yachts made the 11am race start. Six yachts, including 3 catamarans started in Division 1 tackling a 12.7 knot course. Two smaller Division 2 yachts took on a slightly shorter, 10.7 knot, course.

 Allan Leach’s catamaran, Tranquillity, got off to a great start leading the field past the first windward mark. The fleet then headed, downwind, south down Jervis Bay.

The race in Division 1 saw a duel between the Navy’s Friendship and Trevor Kannar’s Invincible. With Friendship having problems with their spinnaker during a downwind leg Invincible stayed ahead for most of the race. In the final leg, sailing into the wind, Friendship was able to sail slightly closer to the wind and passed Invincible crossing the line 1st. Invincible would eventually win on handicap.

The two yachts in Division 2 continued their intense rivalry from the previous Spring Race Series. Paul Gooey’s lighter yacht, Matana, started stronger and led through the race. With both yachts flying spinnakers downwind Denis Meredith’s Wotalife was able to gain and finished close enough behind Matana to win on handicap.

At the end of the race with the winds gusting over 20 knots, Allan Leach (Tranquillity) took line honours on 2 hours 14 minutes.

After handicapping in Division 1 Trevor Kannar (Invincible) was 1st, Allan Leach in (Tranquillity) 2nd and Brian Horley in (Wine Down) 3rd.

In Division 2 Paul Gooey in (Matana) crossed the line 1st in 2 hours 47 minutes. Dennis Meredith (Wotalife) came 1st on handicap with Paul Gooey moving into 2nd place.

With the first race of the Summer Series down The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s next race is Saturday 16th December. Next Saturdays race is a special fun Christmas event and not part of the Summer Series. It will be followed by the clubs Christmas party.

Notiice of Forest Road closure this weekend

posted Dec 7, 2017, 10:30 PM by Rick Early   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:35 PM ]

The Forest Rd will be closed to traffic this Saturady 9th and Sunday 10th from 0630 to 1300. Those travelling to Callala from the south will have to take the East Nowra route. Please allow an extra 10 -15 minutes for the trip.

Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs close Spring Series Decider

posted Dec 3, 2017, 2:45 PM by David Churchward

Saturday 25th November saw the running of the 5th and final round in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs, Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate Spring Series.

Intense competition in gusting 15 knot North Easterly winds lead to close racing as a field of 12 yachts vied for both a race win and their final place in the Spring Series.

Twelve yachts raced in two divisions with 8 in Division 1, which included 3 catamarans along with the larger of the monohulls.  The 4 smaller yachts competed in division 2 and covered a slightly shorter course than their larger rivals.

With the race beginning in 15 knot winds, and gusts up to 20 knots, several yachts chose to reef their main sails at the start. As the fleet raced south down Jervis Bay the winds eased, yachts removed the reefs in their sails and the small Y-Knot, even raised their spinnaker on several legs.

Relentless having found an additional turn of speed, after having the bottom of its hull cleaned and with some masterful sailing on the day, crossed the finish line 1st in 1 hour and 18 minutes taking line honours for Division 2.

The rest of the fleet began bunching together as the yachts in both divisions raced to the finish line. One of the Navy’s entries, Franklin, was second across the line in 1 hour 28 minutes, taking line honours for Division 1.

After handicapping the results in Division 1 were Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) 1st John Lawrence (Sas Sea) 2nd and Peter Marshall (Overture) 3rd. In Division 2 Trevor Smith (Relentless) was 1st with Denis Meredith (Wotalife)2nd and Paul Gooey (Matana)3rd.

The close racing throughout the Spring Series came to a climax when the series final points were tallied. In Division 1 both Alan Leach (Tranquillity) and Trevor Kanaar (Invincible)were tied for 1st place on 11 points. A countback system, where line honours in previous races were also counted, had to be implemented. After the countback Alan Leach was declared the winner.

Then in Division 2 Denis Meredith (Wotalife) and Trevor Smith (Relentless) were both tied in 1st place on 7 points. Again a countback had to be used and Trevor Smith was declared the winner.

It was a great days racing, with some close results, followed by the Commodores Cocktail Party that raised funds for Marine Rescue. 

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. 

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