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Blustery day on the bay as JBCYC Spring Series kicks off

posted Sep 30, 2020, 12:04 AM by David Churchward

The first race of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s Spring Series was run on Sunday 27th September. With only a fortnight since the conclusion of the Autumn Series the stalwarts of the club turned up on a cold spring day to welcome the new race season.

With a strong wind warning issued, the winds turning Southerly and the seas building; the conditions were challenging for the boats and crew. Six Division 1 yachts raced around a 11.4 nautical mile course at the Northern end of Jervis Bay. The skippers of the smaller Division yachts decided, given the strong winds and difficult state of the seas, to postpone their race to another day.

With the winds just over 20 knots from the SSW all yachts had their sails reefed and started racing at 11:05am. Sailing into the wind towards the 1st race mark, The Navy entry, Friendship, skippered but Wayne Prior got the best start beating the rest of the fleet to the 1st mark. 

As the yachts turned NE the catamaran Tranquillity, helmed by Peter Brown, with the wind behind them ran past Friendship into the lead. Paul Gooey’s yacht Out of the Blue and Friendship then tussled for 2nd place. 

Approaching Huskisson, the wind eased marginally, and crews began removing the reefs from their sails. Out of The Blue was able to pass friendship as they turned at Huskisson and began heading North. 

Out of The Blue began to make some ground on Tranquillity, but as they headed back out into the middle of the bay the winds strengthened. Tranquillity, with superior downwind performance in strong winds was able to stretch it’s lead and stay ahead until the finish. 

Tranquillity was the 1st yacht across the finish line in a time of 1 hour 54 minutes. Out of the Blue crossed 2nd nearly 8 minutes further back and just over 2 minutes ahead of Friendship. 

Trevor Kanaar in Invincible and Steve Sargent helming Shambala fought a close race further back in the field, swapping places right up to the finish line, with Shambala crossing just 2 seconds ahead.

Element skippered by Frank Killick tackled the course in difficult conditions with a crew that was unfamiliar with the boat but was still able to complete the race in just under 2 hours 50 minutes.

Once handicaps were applied Peter Brown (Tranquillity)held onto 1st place with Steve Sargent (Shambala) moving up into 2nd and Wayne Prior (Friendship) 3rd.