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Close racing in penultimate round of the JBCYC Autumn Series

posted Sep 6, 2020, 2:30 AM by David Churchward

On Sunday 30th August, the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran the third round of their Autumn Series. In an unseasonably warm winters day with light to fresh Northerly winds, nine yachts raced around the top end of Jervis Bay. 

The 6 larger Division 1 yachts took on a 11 nautical mile course that was shortened slightly to 9 nautical miles for the smaller Division 2 craft. The race starts for the divisions were staggered with Division 2 getting away first at 11am and Division 1 starting 5 minutes later.

In Division 2 Y-knot, skippered by Steve Lee, got away to a fast start in the light 8 to 10 knot NNE winds beating the rest of the fleet to the 1st mark. Sirocco, with Pru Harper at the helm, chased close behind getting passed as they raced from Callala beach towards Long Beach.

Scott Bickerstaff steered Reflections ahead of both Y-knot and Sirocco as the yachts reached the mark near Long Beach and turned North. Sirocco stayed ahead until the races final leg when they were passed by Y-knot and Sirocco.

Y-knot crossed the finish line 1st in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes, just 43 seconds ahead of Sirocco. Reflections finished just over 2 minutes behind Sirocco.

Once handicaps were applied Scott Bickerstaff (Reflections)was awarded 1st place, with Pru Harper (Sirocco) 2nd and Steve Lee (Y-knot)3rd.

In Division 1 Steve Simpson helming Bodacious beat the rest of the division to the 1st mark. Paul Gooey in Out of the Blue had a very slow start but passed Steve Sargent’s Shamballa and Trevor Kanaar’s Invincible as they raced to the 1st mark.

As the boats turned at Callala Beach and raced East across the bay; Out of the Blue passed Peter Brown in Tranquillity, Rod Chittendon in Element, and passed Bodacious to take the lead. Out of the Blue then pulled away from the rest of the fleet.

Out of the Blue crossed the finish line 1st in the division in 2 hours and 16 minutes, over 20 minutes ahead of Element. Bodacious crossed the finish line only 30 seconds behind Element after two and a half hours of racing.

Once handicaps were applied to the Division 1 results Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) held onto 1st, Steve Simpson (Bodacious) moved up to 2nd place and Rod Chittendon (Element) took 3rd place.

With only one race remaining in the Autumn series Steve Simpson in Bodacious narrowly leads Rod Chittendon, Element, by only 2 points. Division 2 is even closer with Brian Horley’s Reflections and Pru Harper in Sirocco tied on 6 points. 
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