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Bravehearts - Race 2 Spring Series Report

posted Oct 7, 2012, 4:29 PM by Mark Tobin

Race 2 of the Jervis Bay Yachting sponsored Spring Series for Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club saw the starters greeted by strong wind warnings and rough seas on the bay.  A race not for the feint hearted saw many opt to stay home for the day but the brave hearts of the club presented for the challenge and they weren’t disappointed.   With a permanent start boat crew still not yet found for the club for the club, the prospect of a day bouncing around in the rough conditions was too much and no volunteers came forward.  That left a radio count down start as the only option and after Club Captain Alan Leach laid a couple of start marks in the western end of the bay we were ready to go.  The rough conditions showed up any unpreparedness in boats and the first issue to arise were radio problems for a couple of boats, which left Born to Tri and Cougar missing the start as the 2 catamarans,  Kevin and Joanne Lords, Overture and Alan Leach’s Tranquility got off to a flying start match racing across the line only centimetres apart.  Cougar struggled on the first leg sailing nearly half under mainsail alone when a faulty headsail foil track prevented hoisting of the jib.  The fresh breezes suited the big catamarans and they led the fleet for the first few miles before struggling in upwind conditions on the third leg they allowed Peter O’Rielly’s,  Fuzzy Logic to squeeze them out before the S2 wing mark.  The fleet romped down the reaching leg back toward Long Beach before turning for the downwind leg back towards Red Rock.  The Navy boat Friendship, skippered by ‘Blue’ Timbs and his brave crew hoisted their spinnaker and overtake Vice Commodore Shane Firkins new boat Quintessence while making ground on the leader of Division One.  The next upwind leg saw the leading catamaran’s and the entire Division One fleet arrive at the top mark within a hundred metres of each other.  With Overture a little low on the mark their attempt to pinch up to make the turn saw them stall right on the mark requiring the following boats to take evasive action ducking and diving to avoid a pile up.  All got through the malee unscathed but Al Leach was not smiling with Tranquility dropping 4 places to leave him chasing the others to the finish line.  Fuzzy Logic cross the finish line first but didn’t have quite enough distance on Friendship giving the Navy a well deserved handicap win in Division One.  Overture took line honours and the handicap win in the multi-hulls Division 3, even after doing their 360 degree penalty turn to exonerate themself from the penalty at the last mark.  The Division 2 tussle to the end saw Dave Churchwoods Motion cross the line first but miss out on the handicap result from a flying Bill Ticker in Leeuwin, his second win in a row.  Next race for the JBCYC is Sunday 21st October, check the website for details: http//