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Fine weather and close racing in a JBCYC double header

posted Mar 2, 2020, 3:41 AM by David Churchward

On Sunday 23rd February a race fleet of 13 yachts took to the waters of Jervis Bay as the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran rounds 2 & 4 of the clubs Huskisson Hotel Summer Series. 

With gentle winds forecast to freshen later in the day the race fleet was divided into 2 divisions. The 6 larger Division 1 yachts tackled a short 6 nautical mile course at the bays Northern end. The 7 smaller Division 2 yachts took on a slightly smaller 5 nautical mile course. 

Race 2 of the Summer Series, that had previously been postponed, started in light 7 to 10 knot NE winds. In Division 1 Out of the Blue helmed by Paul Gooey got the best start beating the rest of the fleet to the first two race marks. As the yachts turned South and raced downwind, they hoisted their spinnakers and Alan Leaches catamaran Tranquillity passed Out of the Blue taking the lead. The Navy entry Friendship skippered by Jim McDonald, and Element with Rod Chittenden at the helm; chased Out of the Blue, getting passed as they approached the end of the race.

Tranquillity crossed the finish line first in Division 1 in 1 hour and 3 minutes, just 3 minutes ahead of Friendship with Element just 1 minute further behind. Once handicaps were applied to the results Jim McDonald (Friendship) took 1stplace with Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) 2nd and Rod Chittenden (Element) 3rd.

In division 2 a fleet of 7 yachts started with John Anderson’s Laser 3 taking an early lead and beating the other yachts to the 1st mark. Pip Davies in Sirocco and Kevin Lord in Summer of 69 chased Laser 3 closely. Summer of 69 then passed Laser 3, and as the yachts headed South Sirocco ran past into the lead. Sirocco held its lead until a slow turn around the penultimate race mark allowed Summer of 69 to slip back past.

Summer of 69 crossed the finish line 1st just 4 seconds ahead of Sirocco. Once handicaps were applied Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) held onto 1st place with John Anderson (Laser 3) 2nd and Pip Davies (Sirocco) 3rd

Running of race 4 of the Summer Series followed on from the completion of the 3rdrace and was run over the same course. The wind was blowing consistently from the NE and building to 15 knots, with gusts over 20 knots. 

In Division 1 Friendship beat the rest of fleet to the 1st mark with Tranquillity passing them after they turned and ran South down the bay. With NE winds gusting over 20 knots Tranquillity held onto its lead crossing the finish line in 1 hour and 3 minutes, 3 minutes ahead of Friendship. Once handicaps were applied, however, Jim McDonald (Friendship) took 1st place ahead of Trevor Kanaar (Invincible)in 2nd and Rod Chittenden (Element)3rd.

In Division 2 Double Time, skippered by Peter Cowman got away to the best start, beating the fleet to the 1st mark. Sirocco, being helmed by Pat Grogan, passed Double Time as they ran down the bay with the wind behind them. As the fleet turned and headed towards Long Beach the leading yachts bunched up, but Sirocco was able to pull away as they back headed North into the wind.

In a close finish Sirocco crossed the finish line first just over 30 seconds ahead of Brian Horley’s Reflections with Summer of 69 another 5 seconds behind. Once handicaps were applied Brian Horley (Reflections) came 1st with Peter Cowman (Double Time) 2nd and Pat Grogan (Sirocco) 3rd.

The race was followed by a BBQ and presentation at the club house, where the days winners were presented with Crooked River wines from the sponsors of the annual club championship.
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