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JBCYC Summer Series wide open after round four

posted Mar 8, 2021, 9:35 PM by David Churchward   [ updated Mar 8, 2021, 9:38 PM ]


On a fine Sunday with southerly winds forecast to build during the day, the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran round four of their Mountain Ridge Wines Summer Series on 7th February. Thirteen yachts turned out for the event, seven larger yachts in Division 1 and 6 smaller vessels competing in Division 2.

The fleet raced clockwise around the northern end of Jervis Bay, with Division 1 tackling a 13 nautical mile circuit with the Division 2 course slightly shorter at 10.7 nautical miles.

Division 2 started first in light winds, around 7 knots. Laser 3, skippered by John Anderson, got off to a good start. Then Kevin Lord at the helm of Summer of 69 benefited from a favourable wind shift and shot past Laser 3. Summer of 69 beat the rest of the division to the first race mark and continued to pull away from the rest of the fleet leading for the rest of the race.

In Division 2 Summer of 69 was the 1st yacht to finish in 2 hours 38 minutes with Relentless just under 10 minutes further back and Double Time crossing 3rd in 3 hours and 1 minute.

Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) held onto 1st place after handicaps were applied. Dennis Meredith (Wotalife) was awarded 2nd and Pru Harper (Sirocco) came 3rd.

The Navy sailing club, as well as campaigning their usual vessel (Friendship skippered by Wayne Prior), also entered a second yacht, Scarborough with Brendan Blank at the helm.

The Division 1 yachts started 5 minutes after Division 2 and Paul Gooeys Out of the Blue beat the rest of the fleet to the 1st mark. As the fleet turned and headed south Element, helmed by Rod Chittendon, chased Out of the Blue.

With the wind steadily building the yachts made their way towards Longnose Point, turning and hoisting their spinnakers as they raced back up the bay with 15 knot winds behind them.

In Division 1 Out of the Blue crossed the finish line 1st in 2 hours 43 minutes less than 2 minutes ahead of Element. Scarborough was the 3rd yacht in the division crossing the line in 2 hours 49 minutes, but as it was their first race with the club, they did not yet have a handicap and could not figure in the results.

Once handicaps were applied Wayne Prior in the other Navy entry (Friendship) took 1st place with Rob Chittendon (Element)2nd and Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) 3rd

The skippers and crews gathered after the race for a BBQ and the presentation of Mountain Ridge wines to the winners.

With only one more race left the Summer Series is wide open in both divisions. Three yachts, Element, Out of the Blue and Bodacious are tied for the lead in Division 1 on 8 points each. In Division 2 Wotalife leads on 4 points with Summer of 69 2nd on 7 points and Relentless 3rd on 8 points. 

Glen Pead - Media Officer

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