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Around the Bay in a boat

posted Oct 30, 2015, 3:35 AM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club summer series Round the Bay (RTB) race was enjoyed on Sunday 11 October. Generously sponsored by Southern Stones Bar and Rockgrill, this event was enjoyed in stunning sailing weather. The forecast was for a slight breeze from the south increasing during the day, so with the course set all sailors set off eager to run spinnakers and screachers. Even with whales breaching and dolphins surfing captains were not swayed from the job at hand.

The RTB course is the longest race of each series and the wind on Sunday provided the opportunity for long upwind and downwind stretches. Commencing in Hare Bay the fleet tracked to Long Nose, down to Creswell, back to Plantation Point, along Callala Beach and then home to the finish line in Callala Bay. Fickle winds towards the end of the race caused dismay as yachts sat becalmed with the finish line in sight. Patience was rewarded when a slight southerly picked up and racing was completed.

To celebrate a great day of racing all sailors enjoyed a sausage sizzle at the club house and an informal guitar and singing bash. The afternoon was fantastic and the club would encourage all sailors in the bay to join us for the casual afternoon on race days.

Division 1 was again won by a navy boat, this time Friendship taking out both line honours and performance handicap. Division 2 line and handicap honours went to Motion. Division 3 line honours was taken out by Tranquility after chasing down Overture in the closing legs of the race. Nevertheless Overture was victorious on handicap.