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Batemans Bay Cruise and Race

posted Apr 24, 2019, 3:37 AM by David Churchward

The Easter long weekend saw several of our yachts cruise to Batemans and join the Batemans Bay Sailing Club for their ‘Bay Cup’ race on the Saturday. ‘Tranquility’, ‘Out of the Blue’, and ‘Element’ set out at 4:00 am Friday morning and soon found themselves sailing into southerly winds and choppy seas. The winds settled at midday which provided reasonable motoring conditions for the rest of the 12-13 hour trip. 

 

Saturday saw bright weather with a prediction of a 10 – 15 knot NE for the pentastar course within the confines of the Bay. Eight Division 1 and one Division 2 yachts set sail around the course with boats frequently passing close to each other due to the pentastar course and frequent duelling between the Batemans Bay and the JBCYC yachts. With handicaps applied ‘Out of the Blue’ came in second, ‘Tranquility’fourth, and ‘Element’ eighth. A great day on the water was capped off by a dinner at JJ’s restaurant at the marina.

 

The three JBCYC yachts set out for the return journey on Sunday morning at 8:30am into a fresh NNE breeze which again provided challenging sailing conditions. All 3 yachts pulled into Ulladulla Harbour to overnight and continued their sail back to Jervis Bay on the Monday.

 

Many thanks to Batemans Bay Sailing Club for hosting the event. It was a fantastic weekend and both clubs are looking forward to future combined events.

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