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Becalmed on Jervis Bay

posted Apr 8, 2015, 4:03 AM by David Churchward

The first race of the autumn series of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club, generously sponsored by Callala Cellars, was held Sunday 22nd March. The weather forecast promised a great day of sailing although perhaps a bit wet! Well, six hours after the start of the race the last boat crossed the finish line due to wind totally dropping off at the second mark near Huskisson. However the crew of that last yacht lived up to its’ infamous name Miz Behavin and had a sensational fun day as did all the sailors.

Although the race was shortened due to lack of wind, the Commodore and Captain of the club set a great course from Callala Bay tracking south west to Huskisson then across to Long Nose point and back home. All divisions started together but as the race continued so the fleet spread and it was easy to see from any vantage point who was wallowing with no wind and who had caught a sniff of a breeze – a very fickle day on the Bay for sailors. Spinnakers were difficult to keep flying but certainly assisted in the light breeze.

Division 1 winner and taking line honours was Cougar (Farr 11.6) with Chutzpah (Davidson 34) in second place. Motion (Bounty 35) crossed the line first in Division 2 and took handicap honours. Division 3 saw Tranquility take line and handicap honours also.