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Erratic winds make challenging sailing

posted Feb 3, 2016, 5:09 AM by David Churchward

The third race of the Summer Series of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club, proudly sponsored by Tahmoor Rural, tested the skills of Captains and their crews.  There was barely a breath of wind (5 knots SE) at the start of the race and yachts crept across the start line. The fleet had expected the wind to reach the predicted 10-12 knots as the day progressed and the Vice Commodore, Kevin Lord, set a star shaped course to enable an easy shortening of the race should the predicted winds not eventuate. As the race progressed it was evident this would not be needed. The early lull left some Captains a little unprepared for the quick and sudden changes in wind direction and wind speed. The wind direction varied from SE to NE, NW to W and NW again with gusts from the west and south up to 20 knots, when least expected. The star shaped course together with the varying wind direction required many changes in sail throughout the race which left many crew members physically exhausted at completion of the race.

Bluey Timms was again successful in Division 1 with Navy Yacht Friendship taking both line and handicap honours, followed in second place by the other Navy Yacht Alexander, skippered by Wayne Prior. Motion, skippered by David Churchward, had a great race and was successful in Division 2 with Matana (Paul Gooey) taking out second place. Division 3, the multihulls, was led for most of the race by Overture (Kevin Lord), however Tranquility (Alan Leach) made a great comeback over the last 2 legs of the race to win both line and handicap honours, with Overture second and Xtasea (Jim Lay) in third place.