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Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club enjoys close racing

posted May 18, 2009, 4:40 PM by JBCYC Admin
 by Meryl Simpson

Race 4 of the Paperbark Camp Autumn Series, the second last race of the entire sailing calender, was another purler. 15 yachts enjoyed light wind sailing that tested the nerve of the skipper's choice of tacks, the crews careful trimming of sails and weight distribution. Every little advantage was needed to gain time and therefore handicap chances. Davey Bennett of Sapphire Dancer sailed a near perfect race to take out both handicaps in division 1, as did Ken Dryburgh's Rockhopper in division 2.

Competition on the start line for both divisions has improved with all boats hitting the line together. The fleet split off early into different tacks looking for wind and then continued to spread out. Mark Tobin in Cougar nailed it with a perfect set of his assymetrical kite. Denis Godfrey's Wahoo pulled away from the fleet gradually throughout the race as the breeze kicked in. Jamie Andrew's Taste n Try and  Rockhopper picked up excellent lifts off Huskisson to bring them forward in the fleet.

The catarmarans, Alan Leach's Tranquility and Brian Saunder's Sea Change battled in the light conditions after the start but finished spectacularly together, both pulling out all stops with gennikers and headsails flying and leaving just seconds between them. Another spectacle at the finish was Steve Simpson's Dalliance, Peter O'Reilly's Pleasure 4 and Rockhopper also finishing within seconds of one another under spinnakers.

Tickets for our Presentation evening to be held at Bewong River Retreat on June 20th will be on sale this Sunday at a cost of $45 a head which includes a buffet dinner and band. Drinks will be available for purchase. This Sunday is the final race before the presentation to get your tickets and we would like to pre-sell all the tickets to assist catering. At other times, tickets may be purchased from Ken Dryburgh, Peter Cowman or Tony Byrnes.

Results are as follows:

Div 1
Line Honours: Wahoo
RHS: Sapphire Dancer
PHS: Sapphire Dancer

Div 2
Line Honours: Rockhopper
RHS: Rockhopper
PHS: Rockhopper