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Light wind results in some close racing

posted May 2, 2017, 4:47 AM by Rick Early   [ updated May 8, 2017, 7:02 PM ]

The second last race in the Callala Cellars autumn series was held last Sunday 30th.  Although the breeze was light, the mild temperature and clear sunny ski made sailing conditions near perfect. Race highlights included a close fought battle between “Quintescence”, “Y Knot” and “Friendship” in Div.1 and a strong performance from “Matana” in Div. 2.

The race got away in a 5 – 8 knot SSW.  The start was congested but all boats got away cleanly.  In Div 1. “Quintescence” and “Y knot” started well and headed the fleet.  In Div. 2 “Matana” got the best of it while in Div 3. “Tranquility” had it all to herself.  Around S1 (windward mark) the bottles of wine went to “Y Knot”, “Matana” and “Tranquility”.

The next leg, for Div. 1 and 3., was a tight reach to the A4 buoy off long Beach. Although “Y Knot” was in front “Quintescence” and “Friendship” were in hot pursuit. “Quintescence” showed a clean pair of heels to reach the mark first with “Y Knot” and “Friendship” just behind. “Invincible” was a little further back.  “Tranquility” maintained her lead in Div. 3.  On the Div 2. course, “Matana” was consolidating her lead over “Double Time” and reached A3 with a comfortable margin.

On the long reach across the bay to the C bouys off Huskisson “Quintescence”, “Y Knot” and “Friendship” jostled for the lead with “Quintescence” just holding out.  In Div. 3 “Tranquility” had no trouble holding her lead while in Div.2 “Matana” was starting to show some pace and got away from “Double Time”. 

Due to light wind Div 2. boats sailed a shortened course from the C buoys straight to the finish.  “Matana” was in a strong position by this stage and held her lead over “Double Time” for the rest of the race.  Div. 1 and 3 continued on the set course and headed back across the bay to A2 off Cabbage Tree.  Being another tight reach “Quintesence” was able to fly her code 0 headsail, which helped her keep her lead over “Y Knot”, “Friendship” and “Invincible”. These positions remained unchanged to the finish.  “Tranquility” had an “effortless” victory in Div. 3. 

On handicap in Div. 1 “Quintesence” continued her good form from last week to take the honours with “Y knot” in second.  In Div.2. “Double Time” had stayed closer enough to “Matana” to take victory while in Div. 3 “Tranquility” was a clear winner.

The next race is the last in the autumn series and will be held on Saturday 13th May. It’s sure to be an exciting day on the water, as it will determine the final positions in each division. The race will be followed by the club’s annual presentation dinner, which will be held at the Callala Bay Hall – club members should have received an email about this; if not details are on the JBCYC website. The presentation dinner is one of the big events in the JBCYC calendar so it would be great to see lots of members and friends there.