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JBCYC Autumn Series down to the wire in last race

posted Sep 16, 2020, 5:42 PM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran the final race of their Autumn Series on Sunday 13th September. A fleet of 11 yachts competed in two Divisions around a pentastar course that crisscrossed the Northern end of Jervis Bay. 

The 7 larger Division 1 yachts took on a 12.6 nautical mile course with the 4 smaller Division 2 yachts tackling a similar, but slightly shorter, 10.6 nautical mile course. 

The race started in light winds, below 10 knots, shifting from West to NW. The Division 2 yachts started first, with the Division 1 boats starting 5 minutes later.

In Division 2 the light winds suited Y-Knot, skippered by Steve Lee. He raced away to a fast start beating the rest of the fleet to the 1st mark. Y-Knot was able to hold its lead, even as the winds picked up significantly, crossing the finish line 1st in Division 2 in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes.

It was close racing for the remaining 3 yachts in Division 2 with Peter Cowman’s Double time and Brian Horley helming Reflections pulling away from Sirocco, skippered by Pru Harper, mid-way through the race.

Double Time and Reflections fought a tacking dule, with Reflections in contention for the series win. Double time crossed the finish line 2nd less than 20 seconds ahead of Reflections crossing 3rd.

Once handicaps were applied to the divisions results Peter Cowman (Double Time) moved up into 1st Place with Brian Horley (Reflections) 2nd and Steve Lee (Y-Knot) dropping to 3rd place.

In the Division 1 race Tranquillity, skippered by Peter Brown, got off to a good start beating the rest of the division to the 1st mark. Out of the Blue, helmed by Paul Gooey, faired better in the light conditions and soon passed Tranquillity taking the lead.

As the race progressed the winds got stronger, at times gusting well over 20 knots. The stronger winds and choppy seas suited the large catamarans and Tranquillity was able to retake the lead.

Further back in the field the Navy entry Friendship, with Wayne Prior at the helm, and Trevor Kanaar’s Invincible were running a close race. 

Tranquillity crossed the finish line 1st in the division in 2 hours 15 minutes, only two and a half minutes ahead of Out of the Blue. Friendship crossed 3rd over 9 minutes further behind.

With the handicaps put in place Steve Sargent (Shambala) moved up right up the field into 1st place with Peter Brown (Tranquilly)dropping to 2nd and Trevor Kanaar (Invincible)taking 3rd place.

With the last race in the Autumn series run Steve Sargent (Shambala) took 1stplace in Division 1 just 2 points ahead of Steve Simpson (Bodacious). Rod Chittendon (Element) and Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) were tied on 12 points with Rod being awarded 3rd after race placings were counted. 

In Division 2 the Autumn Series win went to Brian Horley (Reflections)only just beating Pru Harper (Sirocco) by one point.