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A grey day and light winds suit small yachts in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Round the Bay Race.

posted Nov 6, 2017, 3:20 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 10:01 PM ]

A cold and overcast day on Sunday 5th November saw the running of round 4 of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Spring Series sponsored by Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate. This event was also the second race of the Round the Bay series sponsored by Innovation Composites. 

The event, with a 17 nautical mile course for Division 1 yachts and a shorter 15 nautical mile course for Division 2, saw a fleet of 11 yachts traversing the bay anti clockwise.

The race began in less than 10 knots of southerly wind. As the race progressed the wind dropped and shifted to the South East. The larger yachts found the conditions slow in the very light winds. Just after mid-day, the decision was made to shorten the race.

John Anderson in one of the fleets smallest yachts, the 6.6-meter Laser 3, was the 1st yacht to cross the finish line in 4 hours 5 minutes, taking line honours in Division 2. Division 1 Line Honours went to Alan Leach (Tranquillity), in 4 hours 55 minutes.

With conditions favouring the smaller yachts a David and Goliath battle took place in Division 1 between the Navy’s yacht Friendship and the smallest yacht in the fleet, Steve Lee’s Y-Knot. With Y-Knot in front for most of the race, at the end of final leg with both yachts flying spinnakers Friendship pulled ahead. Friendship crossed the finish line just 1 second in front of Y-Knot.

Once handicaps were applied the winner of Division 1 was Brian Horley (Wine Down) with Rod Targa (Friendship) second and Steve Lee (Y-Knot) 3rd. In Division 2 Paul Gooey (Matana) came 1st with John Anderson (Laser 3) 2nd and Trevor Smith (Relentless) 3rd.