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Club wraps up successful racing season

posted Jun 3, 2010, 10:49 PM by Unknown user

It was champagne sailing all the way for the fifth and final race of the Paperbark Camp Autumn Series on Sunday 16 May, the final event in the 2009-2010 racing calendar for Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club. A strong fleet of 17 boats turned out to contest the season closer in a light to moderate 10-15K south-westerly under largely clear skies and plenty of nice warm autumn sunshine.


The previous day's heavy swell had dropped away overnight allowing several competitors and critically the Start Boat to exit Currambene Creek earlier that morning without problem. Due to the light conditions the course was shortened before the race and the fleet kept largely to the northern end of Jervis Bay with a good finishing leg down to Honeymoon Bay and back.


At race start most boats favoured the starboard end of the line and some competitive sailing created a few memorable moments in the early stages as boats worked up to round the windward mark set off Callala Reef. Many then took the opportunity to break the spinnakers out early hoisting them up for the short run back up into Hare Bay in an effort to gain every advantage on offer. After a working leg south the spinnakers came up again for the return leg north making a colourful display and keeping skippers and crews on their toes as they responded to the odd wind shift westward.  
A strong fleet turned out for the final race of the JBCYC race season and made the most of the light conditions. Photo: M.Murphy
A highlight of the day on board John and Jenny Lawrence's Sas Sea was a marriage proposal among the crew - congratulations Jamie and Sal! Cue the dolphins who then made a special appearance following several boats on this leg of the course. Champagne glasses had to be set aside at the top of the run to attend to a gentle gybe and then the slow work down to Honeymoon Bay.


An impromptu course change was required off Honeymoon Bay when the fleet frontrunners discovered that the permanent buoy normally used as a turning mark had come adrift and was sitting high and dry on the rocks 50m north of the bay making it somewhat difficult to round to starboard as instructed. Despite the inherent challenge in pulling off such a manoeuvre the skippers among the lead boats vigorously encouraged each other to try before a new virtual mark was declared in front of the bay. The remainder of the race continued without event to finish in Callala Bay line honours being taken by Mark Tobin's Cougar followed a short time later by Peter O'Reilly's Fuzzy Logic and Tony Byrne's Arabesque.


Jeremy and Irina Hutchings from Paperbark Camp were on hand to congratulate all winners and participants in the Autumn Series and make the presentations to the Series winners. Jouisance Skipper Terry Ford praised his crew and said the secret to their success was being neither good nor bad but consistent having sailed in all 5 races in this series and in each of the other 2 series.


Wrapping up for the season Commodore Tony Byrnes thanked all club members for their participation and support particularly Tony Lewis for conducting race starts and Kerrie and Allan Leach for organising the BBQ and refreshments enjoyed by all during race post mortems and presentations.


Results for Paperbark Camp Autumn Series


Race 5

Division 1

Line Honours: Cougar

RHS: 1st Cougar, 2nd Arabesque, 3rd Jouisance

PHS: 1st Arabesque, 2nd Fuzzy Logic, 3rd Jouisance


Division 2

Line Honours: Tranquillity

RHS: 1st Legaleze, 2nd Rock Hopper, Tranquillity

PHS: 1st Tranquillity, 2nd Legaleze, 3rd Rock Hopper


Overall Series Winners

Division 1

1st Jouisance, 2nd Blade Runner, 3rd Arabesque.


Division 2

1st Rock Hopper, 2nd Couta Tah, 3rd Sea Change.