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JB Challenge & JBCYC Spring 4 Series Race

posted Nov 4, 2014, 4:04 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 5:01 AM by JBCYC Admin ]

The JB Challenge was a real test of endurance for all who competed. Congratulations to those who competed in, and completed the event.

Rough seas and high winds created an exciting atmosphere for the annual Jervis Bay Challenge on the weekend of 1st and 2nd November. This major boating event for the Bay is organised jointly by the Jervis Bay Sailing Club and the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club. It is a great opportunity for the sailing community from the south east region of NSW to come together and display their ability while enjoying the stunning beauty of JB with an ‘around the bay’ course.

Sailing on Saturday commenced with moderate winds but it soon became a battle to keep boats controlled with gusts from the North West hitting 40 knots and seas becoming very choppy. A number of boats retired, finding the conditions too uncomfortable. For those who continued, the race became a test of endurance and skill for the skippers and crew. But racing across the 4 Divisions continued and the eventual winners were: Keel boats – ‘Manly Too’, a Bavaria 44 skippered by Mick Linhart of JBCYC; Trailerable Yachts– ‘Fly Navy Too’, a TY skippered by Greg Brown of Sussex/St Georges Basin Yacht Club; Multihulls – Swish; Sports boats – Weapon of Choice skippered by Fred Kasparek of Canberra Yacht Club.

Skippers and crew alike quickly forgot their fatigue and partied at the presentation and social evening on Saturday at the Huskisson Hotel. Our thanks to all who contributed to such a fun and successful JB Challenge.

The JB Challenge incorporated the 4th race of the Parkhaven Lodge Spring Series for JBCYC. The Navy’s ‘Friendship’ won Division 1, ‘Motion’ (David and Pauline Churchward) won Division 2 and ‘Overture’ (Kevin and Jo Lord) was successful in Division 3. The next race of the Spring Series will be Sunday November 16th