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Autumn Series heats up!

posted May 2, 2012, 12:56 AM by Unknown user

Autumn Series heats up!

Sixteen yachts set sails for the start line of Race 2 in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s Autumn Series 2011/12. All three divisions met at race start, navigating between the start boat and the port start marker off the beach, as the enticing southerly breeze amplified around Callala Bay.

In Division 1 we saw the return of skipper Shane Firkin at the helm of Chutzpah, sailing her as a force to be reckoned with.

Skipper Jeremy Hutchins on Eve’s Delight provided an abundance of tactics and fun for her predominantly female crew who winched and trimmed the sails with gusto.

Fuzzy Logic with skipper Peter O’Riley, and the navy vessel Friendship, skipper Richard (Blue) Timms; made good headway to the front of the fleet through the windward and leeward stretches right up to the last mark.

Master of the vessel on the navy yacht Alexander, was newly qualified skipper, Matthew Richards. Having undertaken a number of fluent tactical manoeuvres, her spinnaker flew after rounding the last mark enticing the wind to billow her sails to Division 1 Line Honours.

Skipper Steve McDonald and crew on Pleasure IV engaged in a strong and resolute return to club racing, acclaiming a performance handicap win in Division 1.

There was a good turn out in Division 2. Motion sailed forthrightly on the wind with two on board, David and Pauline Churchward in synergy as skipper and crew; an undertaking not for the feint hearted.

After a brief absence from club racing, it was a pleasure to see Sundowner, Double Time and Matana back on the water and in fine form.

Rockhopper, with skipper Ken Dryburgh, and Motion, matched each other until, rounding the last mark, Rockhopper flew her spinnaker: or rather the spinnaker she had borrowed from Motion!: and rolled on to line honours and performance handicap first place in Division 2.

The battle of the catamarans intensified, leading up to the annual Seawind Cup challenge. Skipper Allan Leach and crew on Tranquillity seemed to tame the wind in her contention with Overture, skippered by Kevin Lord.

They prowled close together. Overture with graceful conduct, used the advantage of her larger headsail and made good time. Unruffled Tranquility responded, tenaciously flying her kite and earning her line honours and performance handicap win in Division 3.

Our thanks to Stuart Dryburgh and Alysha Smith for manning the start/finish boat with proficiency and courtesy. We gratefully acknowledge Jervis Bay Yachting who support this Autumn Series.

The Seawind Cup 2012, scheduled for Saturday 14th April, will draw catamarans to our bay from far and wide. Seawind Catamarans, Revolution Sails and JBCYC will, post race, support the presentation and BBQ up a storm at Rotary Wharf, ensuring the event will be a celebration befitting the spirited days sailing.

For more information regarding race results and our racing calendar please visit

 Press release written by Jacqueline Ann on behalf of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club.

  A diversity of sailing tactics in the run up to the finish line of Race 2 JBCYC Autumn Series

The view from the transom of the naval vessel Alexander in the lead to the finish line.

The battle of the catamarans heats up ahead of the Seawind Cup 2012 scheduled for 14th April.