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Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Round the Bay Series kicks off for the season

posted Oct 25, 2020, 5:03 PM by David Churchward

On Sunday 11th October, the JBCYC ran the second round of the clubs Spring Series, it was also round one of the seasons Round the Bay Series. With gentle southerly winds forecast the race fleet of 10 yachts tackled a anti clockwise course circumnavigating Jervis Bay. 

The 6 larger Division 1 yachts took on a 17.2 nautical mile course. The 4 smaller Division 2 yachts raced around a slightly shorter 13.7 nautical mile course.

In Division 1 Invincible, helmed by Trevor Kanaar, got the best of a close start, just beating Peter Brown, skippering, Tranquillity and Paul Gooey’s Out of the Blue to the 1st race mark. Out of the Blue was able pass Tranquillity as they raced down the bay but could not pass invincible. 

The Navy entry, Friendship, skippered by Rod Targa began making ground on the leading boats as they sailed past Vincentia toward HMAS Creswell. The winds picked up as the yachts contended with the choppy seas as they raced east across the bay towards Longnose point. 

As Invincible turned to head north, with the wind directly behind them, they attempted to hoist their spinnaker. A “wine glass” formed, slowing the boat, and Out of the Blue finally got passed.

With the wind at their stern, and their spinnaker set Out of the Blue was able to stretch it is lead in the run back to the finish at Callala Bay crossing the finish line in a time of 3 hours 6 minutes. Invincible and Tranquillity in a close race for second swapped places repeatedly with Invincible finishing just 10 seconds ahead of Tranquillity in 3 hours and 12 minutes.

Once handicaps were applied Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) was awarded 1st place with Rod Targa (Friendship) 2nd and Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) 3rd.

In Division 2 Y-knot, with Steve Lee at the helm, and Sirocco skipper by Pat Grogan, got good starts racing away from the other 2 yachts in the division. Sailing into the light winds Y-Knot passed the 1st race mark in the lead. 

Sirocco kept in touch with Y-Knot as the wind picked up and they pushed through the choppy seas crossing the middle of the bay. 

Steve Lee (Y-Knot) held onto his lead all race, crossing the finish line 1st in Division 2 in 2 hours 46 minutes. Pat Grogan (Sirocco) crossing just under 9 minutes further back with Peter Cowman (Double Time) 3rd another 17 minutes behind. Those placing remained unchanged one handicaps were applied to the results.

With the second round of the Spring series run Trevor Kanaar (Invincible)and Peter Brown (Tranquillity)lead Division 1, both with one win each. Division 2, having only run the 1 race so far, has Steve Lee (Y-Knot) leading. 

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