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Close finish in JBCYC Summer Series decider

posted Mar 8, 2021, 9:37 PM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran the final round of their Mountain Ridge Wines Summer Series on Sunday 21st February. With light north easterly winds forecast a fleet of 14 yachts took to the waters of Jervis Bay. The race was also the 3rd round of the clubs Round the Bay Series.

The eight larger Division 1 yacht raced around a 17 nautical mile course, with the smaller Division 2 vessels tackling a slightly shorter 15.3 nautical mile course.

In Division 2 with light and patchy winds, at times dropping below 7 knots the light Y-Knot, skippered by Steve Lee, got off to the best start beating the rest of the fleet to the 1st race mark. Kevin Lord at the helm of Summer of 69 chased Y-Knot, both yachts hoisting their spinnakers after they turned and raced southwest towards Callala Beach. 

The early stages of the race were slow, due to the light winds, and the courses for both divisions were shortened. The Division 2 course took the yachts across the bay from Callala Beach to Long Beach. 

John Anderson in Laser 3, Pru Harper in Sirocco and Trevor Smith in Relentless were racing closely for 3rd place as they turned near Callala Beach and headed east across the bay. Relentless got a favourable wind shift passing Laser 3 and Sirocco. Sirocco. Laser 3 then chased patches of wind as they crossed the bay, Sirocco got the better of the wind shifts eventually leaving Laser 3 behind.

Y-Knot got becalmed off Long Beach as the wind shifted to the Northeast, but they still managed to hold off Summer of 69. As the wind picked up both yachts were able to fly their spinnakers as they raced back to Callala Bay

After leading the division all the way Y-Knot crossed the finish line 1st after 3 hours and 6 minutes. Summer of 69 crossed 2nd in 3 hours 23 minutes with Relentless 19 minutes further back crossing 3rd.

Steve Lee (Y-Knot) was able to hang onto his lead once handicaps were allocated taking 1st place. Pru Harper (Sirocco)took 2nd place with Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) moving back to 3rd

In Division 1 Element got away in the light winds and beat the rest of the division to the 1st mark. As the yachts turned towards Callala Beach most of the fleet flew their spinnakers and with the yachts racing closely Invincible took the lead as the they headed to Callala Beach.

South of Callala Beach the fleet split with Sojourn 3 and Element heading into the middle of the bay and Out of the Blue and Invincible going further south and turning parallel to Longnose Point. Their choice paid off for Invincible taking the lead as they approached Longnose Point.

Sojourn 3 passed Invincible as they raced North past longnose point. Approaching Honeymoon Bay and Out of the Blue passed Invincible and began chasing Sojourn 3.

With spinnakers flying Out of the Blue was gaining on Sojourn 3 as they approached the finish line but could not quite catch them.

In a very close finish Sojourn 3 was the 1st Division 1 yacht to cross the finish line in a time of 3 hours 47 minutes, just over 1 minute ahead of Out of the Blue. Invincible was another minute further back. Steve Simpson in Bodacious was less than a minute behind Invincible in a time of 3 hours 50 minutes.

Once handicaps were applied Steve Simpson (Bodacious) moved up to 1st place with Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) 2nd and Brendan Blank (Friendship) 3rd.

With Steve Simpsons win in division 1 he was able to push ahead of Trevor Kanaar to win the Summer Series that division with 9 points to Trevor’s 11. Paul Gooey was third on 12 points just ahead of Brendan Blank and Rod Chittendon both tied on 13 points.

In Division 2 Denis Meredith’s 6th place was dropped, as the series counts the best four results. He finished the series on 7 points and winning. Summer of 69 came 2nd on 10 points with Pru Harper a close 3rd on 11 points.

The race was followed by a BBQ where the winners were announced and the presented with Mountain Ridge wines. The clubs next race is on Sunday 14th March and will be the first round of the clubs Autumn Series. 

Glen Pead - Media Officer