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JBCYC kicks off 2021 with double header

posted Jan 18, 2021, 3:29 AM by David Churchward

On Sunday 10th January, the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran rounds 2 and 4 of their Mountain Ridge Wines Summer Series. The rains of the previous days had cleared and a race fleet of 13 yachts, 7 in Division 1 and 6 smaller boats in Division 2, took to Jervis Bay on a warm sunny day with 15 to 20 knot NE winds forecast. 

The first Summer Series race scheduled for late November was postponed due to severe weather. With the club’s race schedule adjusted two races were run last Sunday. 

The first race was a short sprint race at the northern end of the bay. The starts of the two divisions were staggered with Division 2 getting away first, taking on a 4 nautical mile course. Starting into the wind, that was building but still under 10 knots, Steve Lee in Y-Knot began pulling away from the rest of the boats in the division. 

Y-Knot led at the 1st race mark and was never seriously challenged for the rest of the race. Y-Knot was, however, carrying a significant handicap and would need to build a substantial buffer to win the race. Y-Knott crossed the finish line first in a time just shy of 57 minutes, 4 minutes ahead of Summer of 69, helmed by Kevin Lord. Brian Horley skippering Reflections crossed the line 3 minutes behind Summer of 69.

Once handicaps were applied to the results Y-Knot was pushed back to last place with Brian Horley (Reflections) 1st, Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) 2nd and Denis Meredith (Wotalife) 3rd.

The Division 1 fleet took on a slightly longer, 5.8 nautical mile course, with Steve Simpson helming Bodacious getting a good start and beating the other yachts to the 1st mark.

A navigation error saw Bodacious passed by most of the fleet with Rick Early helming Sojourn 3 taking the lead. In a close race Sojourn 3 was chased by Invincible, skippered by Trevor Kanaar, and Paul Gooey in Out of the Blue. 

Out of the Blue flew their spinnaker in the downwind leg towards Callala Point and took the lead. Then when they had trouble dropping their spinnaker Sojourn 3 and Invincible got passed. The three leading yachts then raced closely with Out of the Blue passing Invincible again.

In a tight finish Sojourn 3 crossed the finish line 1st in a time on 1 hour 10 minutes, just 30 seconds ahead of Out of the Blue. Invincible crossed just 40 seconds behind Out of the blue. Once handicaps were factored in Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) was awarded 1st place with Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) 2nd and Steve Simpson (Bodacious) 3rd.

After a brief break the fleet started the second longer race with Division 2 starting first again tackling an 8.3 nautical mile circuit. Y-Knot beat the rest of the division to the 1st mark again.

Relentless, skippered by Trevor Smith, had a great race revelling in the conditions as the winds built to over 15 knots. Relentless crossed the finish line 1st in 1 hour 51 minutes, one minute ahead of Y-Knot.

When handicaps were applied to the yachts race times Denis Meredith (Wotalife) took 1st place with Trevor Smith (Relentless) 2nd and Pru Harper (Sirocco) 3rd.

The Division 1 yachts took on a longer 10.3 nautical mile course. Out of the Blue and Sojourn 3 had a close race to the 1st mark, with Out of the Blue just crossing ahead. Sojourn 3 then passed Out of the Blue and led for the rest of the race with Out of the Blue and Invincible chasing close behind.

Sojourn 3 crossed the line 1st in 1 hour 53 minutes, less than 2 minutes ahead of Out of the Blue. Invincible was another 5 minutes further back and Bodacious kept in touch with the leaders crossing 4th with a time of 2 hours 2 minutes.

Once handicaps were put in place, Steve Simpson (Bodacious) was awarded 1st place with Steve Sargent (Shambala) 2nd and Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) 3rd.

Following the race, the winners were presented with bottles of Mountain Ridge Wine. With two races of the Summer series run Division 1 sees Bodacious and Invincible tied for the lead with 1 point each. In Division 2 Wotalife and Reflections are also tied in 1st place on 1 point.

The clubs next event is the annual Cat Classic, round 3 of the Round the Bay Series on Sunday January 24th. Catamarans from visiting clubs are expected to attend, with a special trophy awarded to the winning catamaran. The race is open to mono hull yachts as well, if you would like to enter your yacht or be part of a crew go to the club website

Glen Pead - Media Officer