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Fickle Winds make a great day for sailing

posted Dec 10, 2015, 3:04 AM by David Churchward

The light and fickle winds predicted for the first race of the JBCYC Summer Series, held Sunday 6 December, certainly eventuated and tested the skills of all captains and crew. This Series is generously sponsored by Tahmor Rural and will be keenly contested in all divisions.

The Vice Commodore, Kevin Lord, set a modified pentastar course to enable an easy shortening of the race should the winds die completely.  Although at times during the race this did occur in quite a random manner, the winds started to lift about 3 hours into the race and a charge to the finish line was possible. The light and variable winds proved to be quite a challenge for setting sails and steering to get even the slightest of extra forward motion. At times some boats just had to contend with being stationary or slipping backwards! No chance of collisions on Sunday!!!!

Navy yacht Alexander (Swarbrick S111), skippered by Brendon Blank, took both line honours and performance handicap in Division 1. Matana (Hutton 28, skipper Paul Gooey) and Motion (Bounty35, skipper David Churchward) in Division 2, enjoyed a tussle at the end and were challenged throughout the race by Laser 3 (Hunter 216) who joined the fleet for the day from Sydney. Motion crossed the line first but Matana won on performance handicap. Division 3 was keenly contested between 5 Seawind catamarans. Overture (Skipper Kevin Lord) took a lengthy lead in the early stages of the race and the Division 3 boats were well spread out along the course. However the ever changing wind direction and speed took its toll and positions changed a number of times throughout the race. SasSea (skipper John Lawrence) endured changing fortunes but raced towards the finish line in spectacular fashion to take out line hours. Miz Behavin (skipper William Dicker), after a long absence from racing, won on performance handicap. Well done to all sailors for their perseverance and great sailing on Sunday.

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