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Light Southerlies test the fleet in Round 4 of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Autumn Series

posted May 19, 2018, 7:49 PM by David Churchward

On Sunday 6ththe Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran the fourth round of Callala Cellars Autumn Race Series. A fine day with calm seas and light winds tested the heavier mono hull yachts over a course that took in the North Eastern end of Jervis Bay.

A fleet of 7 yachts began the race, with 4 larger yachts in Division 1 tackling a 12.5 nautical mile course, and the 3 smaller Division 2 Yachts taking on a slightly shorter 10.5 nautical mile course. 

The race began in light SSW winds, just over 5 knots, with the Navy entry Franklin skippered by Rod Targa beating the other Division 1 yachts as they headed into the wind to the 1stmark. The yachts then turned to the South East reaching across the bay and hauling South down it’s Eastern shore. 

The catamaran Tranquillity, skippered by Alan Leach, squeezed past Franklin as they sailed into the wind. Franklin then had to try and fight off Invincible, skippered Trevor Kanaar, who eventually passed the Navy entry. 

During the afternoon the winds shifted to the S then SE, but still remained light, making for a slow run back to Callala Bay for the fleet.

Tranquillity was the first of the Division 1 yachts to cross the finish line in 3 hours and 20 minutes, beating Invincible back by just under 6 minutes. But the Division 1 win went to Invincible once handicaps were applied with Tranquillity 2ndand Peter Robinson in Overture, coming 3rd.

In Division 2 the light conditions were perfect for John Anderson in Laser 3. His yacht at 6.8 meters is the smallest in the fleet and led division 2 from the start, racing around the course in 2 hours and 50 minutes. John finished just over 12 minutes ahead of his closest rival, Paul Gooey in the much larger, 8.5 meter, Matana. Once Handicaps were applied, however, the positions were reversed with Paul Gooey 1st, John Andersons 2ndand Denis Meredith skippering Wotalife 3rd.