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Light winds shorten Round 2 of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Autumn Series

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:19 AM by David Churchward

Round 2 of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs, Callala Cellars, Autumn Series was run on Sunday.

It was a short race, run on a beautiful clear day, but with very light winds. A fleet of 9 yachts started, with 5 larger Division 1 vessels set to tackle a 13.3 nautical mile course and the 4 smaller Division 2 yachts setting off on a 9.4 nautical mile circuit.

At the race start the winds were very light at 5 knots from the SSE with the forecast of a shift to stronger NE winds later in the day. Sojourn 3, skippered by Rick Early, got off to the best start and led the field to the 1st mark. Sojourn 3 stayed in front of the field of Division 1 yachts down the bay and was never headed as they raced to Honeymoon Bay and then across to Huskisson.

The Division 2 race, along a shorter course was much closer. Wotalife, skippered by Denis Meredith, got a strong start and beat the other yachts in the division to the 1st mark. As the other Division 2 yachts headed South Wotalife turned East in the hope of the NE winds kicking in, but wallowed in calm air near long beach.

With the already light winds dropping away and all yachts struggling to make headway the decision was made to shorten the race.

In Division 2 Laser 3, skippered by John Anderson, was able to gain on Matana, helmed by Paul Gooey. While Matana tried to hoist a spinnaker, the winds were too light for the spinnaker to fill and the lighter Laser 3 got past.

Laser 3 stayed in front as the winds picked up and was the first yacht across the finish line in 2 hours 13 minutes, just over 2 minutes ahead of Matana. Once handicaps were applied, however, Paul Gooey (Matana) came 1st with John Anderson (Laser 3) 2nd and Denis Meredith (Wotalife) 3rd

The Division 1 yachts were still racing back from Huskisson as the first of the Division 2 yachts were finishing. In the races final legs, the NNE wind finally kicked in with the yachts sailing into a 10-knot breeze. 

Rick Early (Sojourn 3) took line honours in 3 hours 19 minutes over 12 minutes ahead of Trevor Kanaar (Invincible).But when handicaps were applied 1st place went to Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) with Rick Early (Sojourn 3) 2nd and John Lawrence (Sas Sea) 3rd.

After the days racing, the participants headed back to the clubhouse for a safety demonstration. Ross McKenny, RMS Boating Education Officer gave a hands-on session on the use and maintenance of life jackets and the safe use of flares. There was also a fire safety demonstration.