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Competition hots up in Round 4 of the JBCYC Spring Series

posted Nov 21, 2019, 10:39 PM by David Churchward

On Sunday November 10th a fleet of 16 yachts enjoyed the brisk winds and sunshine, as they competed in the 4th round of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Mountain Ridge Wines Spring Series. With winds blowing from the SW at 10 knots early in the race then shifting to SE and over 15 knots the racing was close in both divisions. 

The 9 smaller yachts racing in Division 2 started first, tackling a 10 nautical mile course. After a close start Peter Cowman in Double Time led Y-Knot skippered by Steve Lee and John Anderson in Laser 3, as they raced into the SW wind towards the 1st mark. Y-Knot passed Double time and rounded the mark in the lead. Pat Grogan in Sirocco began catching the leading yachts passing Laser 3 and Double Time as they headed towards Callala Beach. Sirocco was able to pass Y-Knot as they raced East across the bay towards Long Beach. Sirocco then stretched its lead, but a navigational error in the later stages of the race pushed him back to 5th.

The classic wooden sloop Osprey helmed by Alfi Dalaway made a welcome return to the clubs’ races. It was the oldest yacht in the fleet and the only timber entry. In previous decades it was campaigned by Alfi’s father (Peter Dalaway) and grandfather (Jim Dalaway) both of whom have been previous Commodores of the club.

In a close finish the 5 leading yachts crossed the finish line within 5 minutes. Steve Lee in Y-Knot crossing 1st in 2 hours and 17 minutes, less than a minute and a half ahead of John Anderson in Laser 3. Once handicaps were applied Steve Lee moved down the order significantly to 7th with John Anderson (Laser 3) taking 1stplace, Peter Cowman (Double Time) 2nd and Pat Grogan (Sirocco) 3rd.

The larger Division 1 yachts raced along a 12 nautical mile   course. Starting after the Division 2 yachts, Rod Chittenden in Element got the best start and beat the rest of the division to the 1st mark. Sojourn 3, skippered by Rick Early, was able to haul past them shortly after, and stayed in the lead for the rest of the race, crossing the finish line 1st in 2 hours and 9 minutes.

Element was chased by the Navy entry Friendship, helmed by Rod Targa, both flying their spinnakers as they headed towards the finish line. In a final manoeuvre both yachts had to drop their spinnakers and turn into the wind to cross the finish line. A flawless execution by the crew of Friendship put them ahead crossing 2nd in 2 hours 19 minutes, less than 20 seconds in front of Element.

Once the Division 1 results were adjusted to consider the vessels handicaps Rick Early (Sojourn 3), retained 1st place with Rod Chittenden (Element) moving up to 2nd and Steve Simpson (After Midnight) 3rd

With only one more race to run in the JBCYC Mountain Ridge Wines Spring Series the competition in both divisions is very close. Paul Gooey in Out of the Blue is leading Division 1 on 8 points, with both Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) and Alan Leach (Tranquillity)just one point behind him. Peter Cowman (Double Time) leads Division 2 just 3 points clear of Pat Grogan (Sirocco. The series results, in both divisions, will be decided in the 5th and final round on Saturday 23rdNovember.