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Lots of yuletide fun at Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs last race for the year.

posted Jan 1, 2018, 2:18 AM by David Churchward

On Saturday 16th December the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club held their final race meeting for the year. Sponsored by Tahmoor Rural it was a special Christmas race day.

The regular skippers took a back seat for the day as the club ran its annual Ladies Race and Forward Hands Race. The light-hearted day also offered prizes for best Christmas costume and best decorated yacht.

The results didn’t count towards the Summer Series, but with the Ladies and the Forward Hands taking the helms in their respective races there was a lot of pride at stake amidst some good-natured competition.

The Ladies Race began at 11am in 10 knot north easterly winds. A fleet of 7 yachts started in handicap order, with the smaller yachts, Wotalife starting on scratch and Matana starting 2 minutes later.

The two larger Seawind catamarans in the fleet started with handicaps of 11 minutes (Sas Sea) and 12 minutes (Tranquillity). With conditions favouring catamarans they caught the smaller yachts at the end of the races first downwind leg and quickly pulled away.

The Ladies race became a contest between Jenny Lawrence, helming Sas Sea and Barb King at the helm of Tranquillity. Barb King (Tranquillity) won the Ladies Race in 1 hour 39 minutes, less than a minute in front of Jenny Lawrence (Sas Sea) who crossed the line second. Third place was taken by Jen Walton (Franklin) in the Navy’s entry, which in 1 hour 41 minutes was first of the mono hull yachts across the line.

With the winds strengthening to over 15 knots, and gusting up to 25 knots, the Forward Hands Race got under way. After a few adjustments to the handicaps Wotalife and Matana both started on scratch.

With the forward hands at the helm and the skippers having to take a turn hauling the sheets, the strengthening winds favoured the bigger yachts.

Tranquillity, Sas Sea and Franklin continued their rivalry from the previous race although now they were being helmed by Carmel Edwards (Sas Sea) Peter Brown (Tranquillity) and Ray Joiner (Franklin).

Tranquillity took line honours in the second race in 1 hour 4 minutes. Sas Sea and Franklin ran neck and neck in the final leg with Sas Sea coming second in 1 hour 13 minutes and 39 seconds, just 1 second ahead of Franklin coming in third place.

Denis Meredith’s endeavours in decking out his yacht for the event were rewarded with the prize for best decorated yacht, while Bill Dicker’s extroverted effort in dressing for the day won him best costume.

The races were followed by the fun and festivities of the yacht clubs Christmas party.