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JBCYC enjoy superb autumn sailing

posted May 12, 2010, 4:28 PM by JBCYC Admin
JBCYC sailors have had a busy couple of weeks with the final race of the Revolution Sails Short Offshore Series on Saturday 24 April and Race 4 of the Autumn Series Race the following weekend on Sunday 2 May.
7 boats contested the third and final Short Offshore race on April 24 rescheduled after postponement earlier in the year due to poor weather. Competitors set off just after 11am heading out of Jervis Bay to round an ocean waypoint before making the return journey to finish off Huskisson.
A light westerly leading up to the start held promise of a slow race but almost as soon as the start flag fell the wind got into the spirit of things and picked up to a respectable 20K making the fleet look a great sight heading out of the bay under full spinnakers.
Everyone enjoyed the open water and change of scenery, not to mention the challenge of locating and rounding the 'virtual buoy' at the waypoint, a manoeuvre not without its difficulties for some!
Back at the finish line honours was taken by Mark Tobin's Cougar followed a short time later by Tony Byrnes' Arabesque. After four and a half hours racing the next three boats came home within minutes of each other, Greg Troy's Silver Heels making it third across the line ahead of Brian Saunder's Sea Change and Allan Leach's Tranquillity. 
Congratulations to skippers and crew of all 11 boats who took part in the Short Offshore Series and enjoyed this adventurous element of the club's sailing calendar.
Sunday May 2 saw a solid fleet of 18 boats take to the water for Autumn Series Race 4 in beautiful fine sunny conditions that could have taught the wind a thing or two about consistency.
A light westerly at race start had the multi-hulls struggling at the rear as everyone worked hard to get the best out of their boats.
The wind picked up and shifted to the east as the race continued on from Hare Bay to Huskisson back up into Hare Bay but proved fickle with lifts and holes providing mixed and changing fortunes for all.
Ron Kelly and crew on Splinter carried off an audacious sail display at one point putting up as much cloth as they could muster and drawing out a comparison to Young Endeavour.
The course was shortened when the wind dropped away at the top of the run back into Hare Bay - at which it promptly picked up again and powered a colourful spinnaker finish and several last minute battles across the finish line.
Mick Linhart's Blade Runner regained considerable ground after being left languishing in a hole behind the start and crossed the line a credible sixth.
Well done to all skippers and crew.
Final race for 2009/10: May 16. Pre-race briefing at Callala Bay 9.30am.
JBCYC Presentation Dinner 2010 - June 26 at Paperbark Camp, Woollamia. Tickets $50 will be available at briefing prior to next race or contact Ken Dryburgh 4441 8500 business hours.
Results Short Offshore Race 3
Line Honours: Cougar
RHS: 1st Cougar, 2nd Arabesque, 3rd Silver Heels
Revolution Sails Short Offshore Series Overall Winners
1st Cougar, 2nd Arabesque, 3rd Silver Heels
Results Autumn Series Race 4
Division 1
Line Honours: Wahoo
RHS: 1st Jouisance, 2nd Arabesque, 3rd Splinter.
PHS: 1st Blade Runner, 2nd Jouisance, 3rd Splinter.
Division 2
Line Honours: Rock Hopper
RHS: 1st Legaleze, 2nd Rock Hopper, 3rd Leeuwin.
PHS: 1st Leeuwin, 2nd Rock Hopper, 3rd Couta Tah.