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JBCYC Autumn Series decided by seconds.

posted Jun 23, 2018, 2:45 AM by David Churchward

Saturday 19thMay saw a tight finish with the running of the fifth and final race in the the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s, Callala Cellars, Autumn Series. 

Seven yachts began the race, with four entries in Division 1 and three in Division 2. With Tranquillity skippered by Kevin Lord and Invincible skippered by Trevor Kanaar, tied in the lead of Division 1, this race would decide the series. 

In Division 2 Matana, skippered by Paul Gooey, had a considerable lead over the other entrants in the series, but after being sold, this would be the yachts final race with the club.

The race began in light 7 knot NW winds with Tranquillity making the most of the start, beating the fleet to the 1stmark. Invincible followed closely behind in a duel that would continue for the entire race. Matana led the Division 2 yachts past the 1stmark as they headed South down the Bay.

The winds began to ease and Wotalife, skippered by Denis Meredith and Jeanie skippered by Murray Ruff; both in Division 2 began to struggle in the light conditions. Matana had left the other two Division 2 entries behind and was running closely with the Navy’s larger Division 1 entries, Franklin skippered by Rod Targa and Friendship skippered by Blue Timms.

The winds began to turn, to the SW then due South, and dropped to less than 5 knots. As the fleets progress slowed the race was shortened, with the yachts turning at Honeymoon Bay and heading North back up to Callala Bay.

The duel between Tranquillity and Invincible continued, with Tranquillity leading, but Invincible fighting to peg them back. Tranquilly was getting the best of the light winds and Invincible flew their spinnaker to make the most of the light Southerly. When the stronger, 10 knot, NE wind finally kicked in Invincible was sailing headlong into the wind and quickly had to drop their spinnaker.

Invincible couldn’t catch Tranquillity, with Tranquillity crossing the line 1stin 3 hours 39 minutes, nearly 9 minutes ahead of Invincible. The race and series win in Division 1 would come down to the relative handicaps, and once they were applied Tranquillity won by a close 33 seconds.

 

In Division 2 Wotalife and Jeanie, making little progress in the light winds, withdrew. Matana crossed the finish line in 4 hours 4 minutes, winning the race in Division 2 and taking a clear win in the Autumn Series.

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