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Competitive Double Header wraps up JBCYC Season

posted May 30, 2019, 3:35 AM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club concluded their annual season with two short races on Jervis Bay last Sunday 19th May. In light and variable winds, a race fleet of 14 yachts took to the waters at the bays northern end.

The day saw the running of round five of the Callala Cellars Autumn Series. Following that race the postponed round 5 of the Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series was also run.

With very light winds, between 3 to 7 knots, for the start of Race 5 the six Division 1 yachts tackled a short 5.7 nautical mile course at the northern end of Jervis Bay. A larger fleet of eight smaller Division 2 vessels took on a slightly shorter 4.5 nautical mile circuit

In Division 1 Mark Tobin’s C’est La Vie beat the rest of the fleet around the first mark being chased by the Navy’s entry Franklin, skippered by Brendon Blank. Franklin passed C’est La Vie as they headed towards Callala Beach; but C’est La Vie got ahead again as they turned East and raced across the bay. C’est La Vie held its lead crossing the finish line in a time of 2 hours 16 minutes, just over a minute ahead of Franklin.

Once handicaps were applied to the race results the order changed significantly with Trevor Kanaar, Invincible, taking 1stplace Paul Gooey, Out of the Blue, 2ndand Mark Tobin, C’est La Vie, being pushed back to 3rd.

In Division 2 the small Y-Knot, skippered by Steve Lee revelled in the light conditions. Sporting a new set of sails, he beat the other yachts in the division to the 1stmark then continued to stretch his lead. Y-Knot crossed the line first in a time of 2 hours and 6 minutes, 20 minutes ahead of Phil Guy in Summer of 69 who crossed 2nd.

Steve Lee, Y-Knot, hung onto 1stafter handicaps were allocated with Denis Meredith, Wotalife, 2nd& John Anderson, Laser 3, 3rd.

After a brief break the club started the second race for the day. It was round 5 of the Round the Bay Series, which had been postponed 2 weeks earlier. The race was also the fourth round of the clubs Autumn Series. While the wind had picked up to a stead 7 to 10 knots from the NE, a very short course was set. The Division 1 yachts raced along a 4.5 nautical mile circuit with Division 2 tackling a 4 nautical mile course. This made for fast and close races in both divisions.

In Division 1 C’est La Vie put their spinnaker up at the start and led the division to the 1stmark. They stayed ahead being chased closely by Franklin. At the final mark, as C’est La Vie turned and raised their spinnaker again, but it got tangled into a wine glass. As the crew struggled with their spinnaker Franking passed them crossing the line 1stin Division 1 in a time of 35 minutes. C’est La Vie followed Franklin across the line less than a minute behind.

The close race meant that in some cases once handicaps were applied the yachts were only separated by seconds. Trevor Kanaar, Invincible, took 1stplace with Paul Gooey, Out of The Blue, 2ndand Sojourn 3 in 3rd.

In Division 2 Y-Knot got a great start again, and beat the other boats to the 1stmark. Y-Knot led the entire race crossing the line 1stin a time of 26 minutes, just over 2 minutes ahead of Summer of 69 crossing 2nd.

After applying handicaps Pat Grogan, Sirocco, came 1stwith Trevor Smith, Relentless, 2ndand Brian Horley, Reflections 3rd. Again, the handicap times were very close with only seconds separating most of the boats. 

The days racing saw the conclusion of the JBCYC Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series, with Trevor Kanaar in Invincible winning the series in Division 1 and Trevor Smith in Relentless winning Division 2. The JBCYC Callala Cellars Autumn Race Series also wrapped up with Trevor Kanaar winning Division 1 and Steve Lee in Y-Knot winning Division 2.

The days racing was followed by a BBQ with the winners presented with bottles of Crooked River Wines from the sponsors of the JBCYC Club Championship.