Competitive Double Header wraps up JBCYC Season

posted May 30, 2019, 3:35 AM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club concluded their annual season with two short races on Jervis Bay last Sunday 19th May. In light and variable winds, a race fleet of 14 yachts took to the waters at the bays northern end.

The day saw the running of round five of the Callala Cellars Autumn Series. Following that race the postponed round 5 of the Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series was also run.

With very light winds, between 3 to 7 knots, for the start of Race 5 the six Division 1 yachts tackled a short 5.7 nautical mile course at the northern end of Jervis Bay. A larger fleet of eight smaller Division 2 vessels took on a slightly shorter 4.5 nautical mile circuit

In Division 1 Mark Tobin’s C’est La Vie beat the rest of the fleet around the first mark being chased by the Navy’s entry Franklin, skippered by Brendon Blank. Franklin passed C’est La Vie as they headed towards Callala Beach; but C’est La Vie got ahead again as they turned East and raced across the bay. C’est La Vie held its lead crossing the finish line in a time of 2 hours 16 minutes, just over a minute ahead of Franklin.

Once handicaps were applied to the race results the order changed significantly with Trevor Kanaar, Invincible, taking 1stplace Paul Gooey, Out of the Blue, 2ndand Mark Tobin, C’est La Vie, being pushed back to 3rd.

In Division 2 the small Y-Knot, skippered by Steve Lee revelled in the light conditions. Sporting a new set of sails, he beat the other yachts in the division to the 1stmark then continued to stretch his lead. Y-Knot crossed the line first in a time of 2 hours and 6 minutes, 20 minutes ahead of Phil Guy in Summer of 69 who crossed 2nd.

Steve Lee, Y-Knot, hung onto 1stafter handicaps were allocated with Denis Meredith, Wotalife, 2nd& John Anderson, Laser 3, 3rd.

After a brief break the club started the second race for the day. It was round 5 of the Round the Bay Series, which had been postponed 2 weeks earlier. The race was also the fourth round of the clubs Autumn Series. While the wind had picked up to a stead 7 to 10 knots from the NE, a very short course was set. The Division 1 yachts raced along a 4.5 nautical mile circuit with Division 2 tackling a 4 nautical mile course. This made for fast and close races in both divisions.

In Division 1 C’est La Vie put their spinnaker up at the start and led the division to the 1stmark. They stayed ahead being chased closely by Franklin. At the final mark, as C’est La Vie turned and raised their spinnaker again, but it got tangled into a wine glass. As the crew struggled with their spinnaker Franking passed them crossing the line 1stin Division 1 in a time of 35 minutes. C’est La Vie followed Franklin across the line less than a minute behind.

The close race meant that in some cases once handicaps were applied the yachts were only separated by seconds. Trevor Kanaar, Invincible, took 1stplace with Paul Gooey, Out of The Blue, 2ndand Sojourn 3 in 3rd.

In Division 2 Y-Knot got a great start again, and beat the other boats to the 1stmark. Y-Knot led the entire race crossing the line 1stin a time of 26 minutes, just over 2 minutes ahead of Summer of 69 crossing 2nd.

After applying handicaps Pat Grogan, Sirocco, came 1stwith Trevor Smith, Relentless, 2ndand Brian Horley, Reflections 3rd. Again, the handicap times were very close with only seconds separating most of the boats. 

The days racing saw the conclusion of the JBCYC Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series, with Trevor Kanaar in Invincible winning the series in Division 1 and Trevor Smith in Relentless winning Division 2. The JBCYC Callala Cellars Autumn Race Series also wrapped up with Trevor Kanaar winning Division 1 and Steve Lee in Y-Knot winning Division 2.

The days racing was followed by a BBQ with the winners presented with bottles of Crooked River Wines from the sponsors of the JBCYC Club Championship. 

Autumn 4 race rescheduled to 19 May

posted May 10, 2019, 4:42 AM by David Churchward

Due to adverse weather conditions on the 5th May, the Autumn 4 Series race (& Round the Bay 5) has been rescheduled to 19th May. This means that there will be 2 races run on 19th May - The Autumn 4 (RTB 5) and the Autumn 5 series races. They will both be shorter races to accommodate holding 2 races on the same day. As these will be the last races for the season there will be hamburgers on sale for the usual club BBQ. 

Batemans Bay Cruise and Race

posted Apr 24, 2019, 3:37 AM by David Churchward

The Easter long weekend saw several of our yachts cruise to Batemans and join the Batemans Bay Sailing Club for their ‘Bay Cup’ race on the Saturday. ‘Tranquility’, ‘Out of the Blue’, and ‘Element’ set out at 4:00 am Friday morning and soon found themselves sailing into southerly winds and choppy seas. The winds settled at midday which provided reasonable motoring conditions for the rest of the 12-13 hour trip. 


Saturday saw bright weather with a prediction of a 10 – 15 knot NE for the pentastar course within the confines of the Bay. Eight Division 1 and one Division 2 yachts set sail around the course with boats frequently passing close to each other due to the pentastar course and frequent duelling between the Batemans Bay and the JBCYC yachts. With handicaps applied ‘Out of the Blue’ came in second, ‘Tranquility’fourth, and ‘Element’ eighth. A great day on the water was capped off by a dinner at JJ’s restaurant at the marina.


The three JBCYC yachts set out for the return journey on Sunday morning at 8:30am into a fresh NNE breeze which again provided challenging sailing conditions. All 3 yachts pulled into Ulladulla Harbour to overnight and continued their sail back to Jervis Bay on the Monday.


Many thanks to Batemans Bay Sailing Club for hosting the event. It was a fantastic weekend and both clubs are looking forward to future combined events.

Annual Presentation and AGM

posted Apr 16, 2019, 6:59 PM by David Churchward

Another fantastic sailing season is drawing to a close and we have just 2 races to go: 5thMay & 19thMay. The Autumn series results are still too close to call with several contenders that could take out both Div 1 & Div 2 top places. 


Apart from the races there are several key dates to be aware of as the season closes:


25thMay 2019: The Annual Presentation and Dinner.This will be held at Club Callala, 43 Beach Rd, Callala Beach. The cost is $50 per person which includes a three course meal and live music. It will be a fun night with trophies awarded and lots of dancing the night away. As this is a catered function please RSVP to pay by 14thMay (either on-line or in person). No places can be held without prior payment.


11thJune 2019: The Club’s Annual General Meetingat which the incoming committee will be elected. Vacancies which need to be filled for the coming year include Commodore, Vice Commodore, and Handicapper. Please support your club by nominating for the general committee or one of the executive positions.


In preparation for the Annual Presentation all those holding trophies from last years season are requested to return them by 19th May at a race day or by delivering them to David Churchward, Rick Early, Al Leach, or Paul Gooey. 

Light Southerlies and blue skies make for great racing in JBCYC Autumn Series Race 3

posted Apr 16, 2019, 6:57 PM by David Churchward

A fleet of 15 yachts competed in the third round of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s Callala Cellars Autumn series on Sunday April 14th. 

The yachts raced around the North of Jervis Bay, with the 7 larger Division 1 boats tackling a 15 nautical mile course and the 8 smaller Division 2 entries tackling a slightly smaller 13.2 nautical mile circuit.

With Southerly winds blowing at around 10 knots, blue skies, and a small but consistent swell coming through the heads from the south; the fleet got off to a furious start as they raced into the wind. The Navy entry, Franklin, skippered by Wayne Pryor led to the first mark. Sojourn 3, with Rick Early at the helm, and Rod Chitenden’s yacht Element, chased Franklin all race but were never able to mount a serious challenge. 

The closest race in Division 1 was between the two Seawind Catamarans. Tranquillity helmed by Alan Leach and John Lawrence’s Sas Sea, tussled with Tranquilly leading at the start. Sas Sea overtook Tranquillity as they raced East across the bay from Huskisson. Tranquillity trailed Sas Sea as they turned North heading up the bay, and when they turned South into the wind Tranquillity was able to get back in front. In the penultimate leg, with the wind behind them Tranquillity flew its spinnaker, crossing the line just over a minute ahead of Sas Sea.

Franklin was the first yacht to cross the finish line taking line honours in Division 1 in 2 hours 21 minutes, Sojourn 3 followed les than 8 minutes behind with Element another 15 minutes further back. 

Once Handicaps were applied Rod Chitenden, Element, took 1stplace. This was Rods first win in Division 1 after moving up from Division 2 at the start of the Autumn Series. Rick Early, Sojourn 3 retained his second place, but John Lawrence, Sas Sea, moved ahead of Franklin and Tranquillity to take 3rd.

In Division 2 the small Y-knot, skippered by Steve Lee, got a great start and beat the other yachts in the division to the 1stmark followed by Kevin Lord’s Summer of 69. The other yachts in the division were crowded as they approached the first mark, with some having to put in an additional tack to make it round.

Sirocco, with Pat Grogan at the helm, chasing the bulk of the field with its spinnaker up passed Peter Cowman’s Double time as they headed to the second mark. It then chased down Trevor Smith’s Relentless, passing it on a reach as they raced East across the bay. The small Laser 3, with John Anderson at the helm, then picked off Relentless in the race’s final legs.

Steve Lee, Y-knott, was the 1stin Division 2 to finish in 2 hours 35 minutes, followed by Summer of 69 just over 12 minutes later. Brian Horley’s Reflections was 4 minutes further back and less than a minute ahead of Laser 3.

While the conditions favoured the lighter yachts in Division 2, Denis Meredith skippering the 5-ton Wotalife put in a masterful performance. At times handing over the helm while he went forward to trim sails, and hoisting the yachts spinnaker single handed. Although Wotalife was the last yacht in the division to cross the line once handicaps were applied it was awarded 1stplace.

The 2ndplace in Division 2 went to John Anderson, Laser 3; with Brian Horley, Reflections 3rd.

The race was followed by a BBQ with the winners presented with bottles of Crooked River Wines from the sponsors of the JBCYC Club Championship. 

Race fleet take on strong winds and choppy seas in Autumn Series Race 2

posted Apr 5, 2019, 3:40 AM by David Churchward

A drop of temperatures and a warning of strong winds didn’t discourage the race fleet of 13 yachts that took to the waters of Jervis Bay. They raced in the second round the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s Callala Cellars Autumn series on Sunday March 31st.

The race began in gusty 10 to 15 knot NW winds with small but consistently choppy seas. The 6 larger yachts in Division 1 raced along a 13.6 nautical mile course at the northern end of the bay. The 7 smaller yachts in Division 2 tackled a slightly shorter, 11.6 nautical mile, course. 

As the fleet started the race into the wind Tranquillity, skippered by Alan Leach, led the Division 1 yachts to the first mark. The Navy entry Franklin, with Brendon Blank at the helm was close behind and passed Tranquillity as they ran downwind towards Long Beach. 

As the yachts turned into the westerly wind and headed across the bay, Franklin stretched its lead and Rick Early’s Sojourn 3 hauled past Tranquillity.

While Franklin streaked away from the field, Sojourn 3 couldn’t shake Tranquillity as they raced back up the bay and headed to Long Beachfor a second time. Then as the yachts turned and sailed into the strengthening westerly wind Tranquillity slipped past.

With the winds were turning to the NW as they headed along the final leg to the finish line, Sojourn 3 was able to sail closer to the wind thanthe catamaran Tranquillity. Sojourn 3 got passed when Tranquillity was forced into an additional tack in order to make the finish line.

Franklin crossedthe line first in Division 1 in 2 hours and 7 minutes. Sojourn 3 followed just over 16 minutes behind and less than a minute ahead of Tranquillity. Once handicaps were applied Trevor Kanaar, Invincible came 1stwith Brenden Blank, Franklin 2ndand Alan Leach, Tranquillity, 3rd.

In Division 2 Steve Lee in Y-Knot beat the other yachts to the first mark. Fromthen on it was a tussle between Y-Knot and Summer of 69, helmed by Kevin Lord. Both yachts repeatedly swapping the lead, with Pat Grogan skippering Sirocco in third place unable to catch them despite flying his spinnaker in the downwind legs of the race.

Kevin Lord in Summer of 69 was able to pull away from the other yachts in Division 2 during the last few legs of the race and beat them to the finish line in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes. Steve Lee in Y-Knott was just under 5 minutes behind in second with Pat Grogan, Sirocco, another 10 minutes back in 3rd. Those positions remained the same after handicaps were applied.

The race was followed by a pleasant BBQ back at the clubhouse where the winners were presented with Crooked River Wines, donated by the Annual Club Championship sponsors.

Mark & Karen's Special Day

posted Mar 24, 2019, 3:15 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Mar 24, 2019, 3:17 AM ]

Some days are incredibly special and 23rd March was one of those special days. JBCYC congratulates Mark and Karen Tobin on their wedding and wishes them well for their future.

Large Fleet see JBCYC retain Creswell Cup

posted Mar 22, 2019, 4:04 AM by David Churchward

Saturday 16th March saw a fleet of 15 yachts paired up to match race up Jervis Bay as the Navy Sailing Club and the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club competed for the Creswell Cup.

The race began off HMAS Creswell with a small consistent southerly swell coming through the mouth of the bay and 10 knot southerly winds. 

The Navy yacht, Franklin, skippered by Brendan Blank got the best start leading the fleet into the wind to the first mark. They were chased by Cest La Vie, racing for JBCYC and helmed by Mark Tobin,

Rick Early’s Sojourn 3 competing for JBCYC followed the leaders closely pulling away from Rod Chitenden in Element, sailing for the Navy team. This was Element’s first race stepping up to Division 1 after a successful Summer Season racing in Division 2.

The catamaran. Tranquillity, skippered by Alan Leach and racing for JBCYC led SasSea, helmed by John Lawrence and racing for the Navy. Tranquillity briefly pulled ahead of Sojourn 3, but as the yachts turned at the northern end of Callala Beach and headed across the bay Sojourn 3 got back in front.

Franklin and Cest La Vie stayed close as they reached across the Bay with the winds gusting up to nearly 15 knots. As they approached Honeymoon Bay Franklin began stretching its lead as the winds eased, and Sojourn 3 started closing on Cest La Vie.

Franklin was the first yacht across the finish line in a time of 2 hours and 35 minutes, just over 9 minutes ahead of Cest La Vie. Sojourn 3 couldn’t quite catch Cest La Vie, crossing the line just over 3 minutes behind them.

Y-Knott, skippered by Steven Lee and racing for JBCYC, was the first of the smaller Division 2 yachts to cross the finish line in 2 hours 54 minutes. 

The closest finish in the matched pairs was at the tail end of the field between Scott Bickerstaff, Halcyon, racing for JBCYC and Harald Honecker, On-Y-Va, racing for Navy. It was On-Y-Va’s first race with the club and Halcyon finished only 59 seconds ahead.

At the end of the days racing the Navy team had won 2 of the match races and JBCYC won 6. HMAS Creswell Captain Warren Bairstow was on hand at the post race festivities to congratulate the JBCYC Commodore, Davis Churchward, on the club’s retention of the Creswell Cup for a second consecutive year.

The days racing was also the first round of the JBCYC Callala Cellars Autumn Series and the results on handicap in Division 1 were, Rick Early (Sojourn 3) 1st, Brendan Blank (Franklin) 2ndand Alan Leach Tranquillity 3rd. In Division 2 Steve Lee (Y-Knot)1st, Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) 2ndand Pat Grogan (Sirocco) 3rd. With the winners and runners up receiving bottles of wine from the JBCYC’s Club Championship sponsor, Crooked River Wines.

The race was also the 4thround of the Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series. Alan Leach in Tranquillity now leads Division 1 with Trevor Smith in Relentless leading Division 2.

Yachts vie for Summer Series title as winds build

posted Mar 22, 2019, 3:40 AM by David Churchward

Sunday 3rdMarch the fifth and final round of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s Callala & Culburra First National Summer Series was run.

10 Yachts took to Jervis Bay starting the race in a building 10 knot NE wind. Five of the larger yachts, racing in Division 1, tackled a 11.5 nautical mile course; with the five smaller, Division 2, boats racing along a slightly shorter, 10.6 nautical mile, circuit. 

Rod Targa helming the Navy entry, Franklin, got off to a great start leading the fleet to the 1stmark. Franklin was never challenged as it continued to stretch its lead with the wind picking up and the fleet looping around the challenging pentastar course.

Franklin led the Division 1 yachts across the finish line in 2 hours 13 minutes, with Alan Leach, Tranquillity, 23 minutes further back in 2ndand Paul Gooey, in Out of the Blue, another 18 minutes back in 3rd. The placings remained unchanged after handicaps were applied. 

In Division 2 Kevin Lord skippering Summer of 69 got the best start leading the division around the first mark. Rod Chitenden in Element chased Summer of 69, with the two smaller yachts making the most of the light winds. 

Element, enjoying the conditions and flying their spinnaker as they raced west towards Callala Beach, opted to take the longer Division 1 course. 

Further back in division 2 Trevor Smith in Relentless tussled with the much smaller Y-Knot skippered by Steven Lee. As the winds pick up, reaching over 20 knots, the heavier Relentless came into its own, leaving Y-Knot behind and hauling past Summer of 69 in the final leg.

Trevor Smith, Relentless, was the 1stDivision 2 yacht to finish in 2 hours 22 minutes, with Kevin Lord, Summer of 69, just over a minute further back. Steve Lee, Y-knot, crossed 4 minutes further back.

Once the handicaps were applied in Division 2, Trevor Smith, Relentless, retained 1stplace with Kevin Lord, Summer of 69, staying in 2nd. Peter Cowman, Double Time, moved up to take 3rdplace.

With the conclusion of race five the Summer Series winners could be decided. Paul Gooey’s consistent performance in Out of the Blue was rewarded with him winning Division 1. In a close decision in Division 2 Rod Chitenden won by 1 point, just beating Trevor Smith in Relentless.

Creswell Cup

posted Mar 6, 2019, 3:32 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 3:33 AM ]

The Creswell Cup is just over a week away (16 March) and preparations are well under way for a challenging race followed by a fantastic after race function. The race will start off HMAS Creswell with the race start called by the CO of HMAS Creswell, Captain Warren Bairstow, on board a Navy Steber. The race will finish at Callala Bay about mid afternoon. The race briefing will commence at 9:30am at Callala Bay with a second on water briefing at about 11:30am (Ch 77). 

All competing yachts will need to sign on at the Callala briefing or by calling JB1 on VHF 77 between 10:30 and 11:30am. Competing yachts are also required to sail past the stern of the Navy Steber and hail them following the on water briefing at 11:30am. 

The race will be conducted as a matched pair race between Team Navy and Team JBCYC.  Competing vessels will be assigned to either Team Navy or Team JBCYC with pairs formed by matching each Team Navy vessel against an equivalent Team JBCYC vessel. The team with the greatest number of matched pairs wins will be the winner of Creswell Cup.

The after race function will commence at about 6:00pm at the clubhouse with the presentation of the Creswell Cup as well as the results for the first race of the Autumn series. Live music will be provided by Cameron Little. 

This will be a Self Catered event and we are requesting that everyone coming bring a plate of food to put on a central table to be shared. A microwave and a pie warmer is available for those who need to re-heat their contributions. The ‘bring-a-plate’ contributions could be nibbles, entree, a suitable main, or even a desert. In the past people have brought chips, cheese platters, dips, salads, mini pies, chicken niblets, nachos, etc. Plates and cutlery will be available on the night. Please bring your own drinks and a chair.

The cost for the function will be $10 per head collected on the night. This is to cover the cost of the entertainment.  

We need to know:

* Which yachts are competing - if you are competing we need to know by Wed 13 March for handicapping purposes, and so we can allocate yachts to either JBCYC or Navy Teams.


*Who is coming to the after race social event. We need your name and the number of people in your party. The cost is $10 per person which can be paid by cash on the night. 

Please RSVP by emailing:


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