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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.