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

posted 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.

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.

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