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Exhilarating start to the cruising yacht club racing season

posted Oct 30, 2015, 3:31 AM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club returned to racing last Sunday following the quieter winter months.  It was truly an exciting day to be out on Jervis Bay with winds reaching gusts of 28 knots from the south, surpassing the maximum of 20 knots predicted by Bureau of Meteorology. This Spring series of races is generously sponsored by Southern Stones Bar & Rockgrill and the club thanks them for this continued support.

Racing started adjacent to the Callala Bay yacht moorings, with the first mark immediately south of the start line and directly into the 20 knot southerly. A tight triangular course allowed for great upwind and downwind racing with the yachts repeatedly bashing through the swell then running with it. With water often crashing over the yachts all hands were on deck and the racing certainly brushed away any lingering cobwebs from the winter layoff.  Most yachts had one reef in their sails with only a couple of brave captains carrying full sails.

Division One was hotly contested by the Navy yachts – Alexander and Friendship. Alexander (Swarbrick S111) was victorious taking both line honours and first place on handicap. Division Two line and handicap honours were won by Matana (Hutton 28), with Paul Gooey at the helm and crew Peter Adams. Four Seawind catamarans competed in Division Three and places were keenly swapped a number of times. Handicap honours went to Xtasea, her first serious race with JBCYC. Well done and congratulations to her owners Jim and Carolyn Lay. Line honours was a battle between the seasoned cat Overture, skippered by Kevin Lord, first across the line, followed by SasSea (John Lawrence) 14 seconds behind.