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JBCYC finishes the year in the Christmas Spirit

posted Dec 15, 2014, 3:14 PM by David Churchward

The last race for the year on 14 December saw the skipper’s give up their place on the helm to be replaced by faithful crew members for the Ladies Race and the Forward Hands Race. The two races were conducted in the Christmas spirit but were no less competitive than the usual series race. The conditions on the day favoured the catamarans with races conducted as single divisions.

The conditions were sunny with an increasing breeze during the day. The boats and crews were looking very festive in their Christmas theme, with prizes awarded for the Best Dressed Boat (Sas Sea) and the Best Dressed Crew (Overture).

The Ladies Race was contested by 3 multihulls and 6 monohulls. The lady skippers were very competitive with encouragement and moral support coming from their crew for the day. Mohawk with Julia on the helm was first across the start line and held the lead until the end. Tranquillity (Kerrie), Overture (JoAnne), and Quintessence (Lisa) had a real battle around the first three marks each in front of the other two at some stage. Sas Sea (Jenny) made up ground on the upwind leg and were in third place with one leg to go, but a slight error saw them become locked in irons and Overture and Quintessence were able to sneak past them. On handicap the top places went to the 3 catamarans with Tranquility taking out first place followed by Overture and then Sas Sea.

The breeze had picked up for the forward hands race, with some gusts over 25 knots. Mohawk skippered by Mitch again got the jump on the lead and again was first over the finish line. Sas Sea (Tim), Tranquillity (Allan), Overture (Bob), followed in hot pursuit. Motion (Mark) and Y-Knot (Patrick) raced neck-a-neck for the second half of the race with Y-Knot crossing the finish line just 32 seconds ahead of Motion. On handicap it was again Tranquility who took out first place, followed by Overture and Mohawk.