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Autumn Series Race 4

posted May 10, 2012, 2:36 AM by Unknown user

There she blows!!

Ten vessels from Divisions 1, 2 and 3, jostled around the start line for the fourth race of the JBCYC Autumn Series. The high seas and gusting 30 knot southerly required the stalwart skippers and crews to have their wits about them.  

The course for Divs. 1&3 saw seven yachts head for a mark off Honeymoon Bay into the swirling wind and chopping seas.

In Division 1, Pleasure IV lost her spinnaker pole overboard. The skipper and crew rallied valiantly in a determined push for the lead. 

The only yacht to fly her spinnaker, the naval vessel Friendship was a glorious site as she passed the rather larger passenger ship, Pacific Jewel cruising in the bay.

The ‘pirates of the Arabesque’ retrieve an errant mainsail halyard on Motion!

Fuzzy logic’s skipper, Peter O’Reilly and crew were not bamboozled by the heavy chop. Ever conscious of the unpredictable wind, tactical manoeuvres were designed and implemented. She held her course streaming to the finish line, securing line honours

and performance handicap wins

in Division 1.

The four catamarans of Division 3 drew their own lines through the swelling seas and buffeting winds as they rounded the course.

Overture, the Seawind Cup 2012 winner, was tuned into the wind by her determined skipper and crew. On board Seachange, skipper and crew exerted pressure on themselves and other contenders.

SasSea found herself ‘locked in irons’, however, undaunted the experienced skipper and crew regained her equilibrium with verve, holding steady her course.

One hearty crew member was spotted draped over the stern of Tranquillity, extracting seaweed snagged on her rudder. However skipper Alan Leach and crew proved as formidable as the wind, made headway around the marks and lead their division around the course. Tranquillity reached the finish gracefully taking line honours and performance handicap wins in Division 3.

Two vessels completed the Division 2 course.

Setting Motion to sail in the absence of skipper David Churchward, were the so called ‘pirates of the Arabesque’. However, prior to race start an errant mainsail halyard saw Motion head back to the relative shelter of the moorings. A light weight female crew member was skilfully hoisted up the mast and retrieved the halyard. As the vessel pitched and rolled, she and the halyard were lowered and secured in time for Motion to make race start!

Rockhopper, skipper and crew rose to the challenge of the gusting wind and chopping seas, striving for the tactical advantage.  

Skipper Tony Byrnes, and crew found the momentum on Motion to cut through the wind and waves.  On board, visiting Canadian sailors Michelle and Jim Kelly threw themselves into the bruising winch work. Motion held the lead and claimed line honours and performance handicap wins in Division 2.

The ubiquitous ‘pirates of the Arabesque’ have sailed on seven vessels during the JBCYC 2011-12 racing calendar. As skipper and crew, they claim three consecutive line honours wins, on two different vessels, from two different divisions!

Our thanks to the hearty souls who manned the start/finish boat; Peter Cowman and Kerry Leach were ably assisted at the finish line by Ron and Eileen from Moonshine.  We appreciate the continued support of Jervis Bay Yachting during this Autumn Series.

Jervis Bay will be awash with sailing spirit on Saturday 12th May. The next and final race of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club 2012 Autumn Series is also the last on our 2011-12 racing calendar. The contention for podium places in all three divisions will ensure a challenging days sailing.

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