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Navy team sweeps Creswell Cup

posted Mar 26, 2020, 1:33 AM by David Churchward

On Saturday 21st March saw the running of Jervis Bay Cursing Yacht Club’s annual Creswell Cup. The event is the highlight of the club’s race season, with the fleet of 12 yachts split into 2 teams, and pairs of yachts match racing. One team competed for JBCYC and the other for the Navy. 

The race started at the Southern end of Jervis Bay, near HMAS Creswell. With SW winds blowing around 12 knots and a lumpy Southerly swell, the fleet raced North to a finish line at Callala Bay. The race results would also count towards the clubs Callala Cellars Autumn Series, Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series and Club Championship.

In Division 1 Out of the Blue, skippered by Paul Gooey, racing for the Navy team took the lead at the start. He was chased by Alan Leach at the helm of the catamaran Tranquillity. Tranquillity was racing for JBCYC and matched against the Navy entry Friendship. Tranquillity passed Out of the Blue as they approached the 1st mark and took the lead. 

At the front of the fleet Tranquillity and Out of the Blue duelled, with Out of the Blue taking the lead again as they approached the Eastern side of the bay, and Tranquillity passing as they ran West towards Vincentia. 

Further back in the field Friendship, Shambala and Halcyon; with their spinnakers flying were running a close race. The 3 yachts ran side by side as they drag raced North past Callala Beach.

Tranquillity crossed the finish line 1st in 2 hours 38 minutes, 6 minutes ahead of Out of the Blue.

Four smaller yachts raced in Division 2 with John Anderson in Laser 3, racing for JBCYC, matched against Denis Meredith’s Wotalife in the Navy team. Kevin Lord at the helm of Summer of 69 for JBCYC and Pru Harper skippering Sirocco for the Navy. 

Laser 3 got away ahead of the rest of the division but was overtaken by Summer of 69 as they approached the 1st mark. Sirocco recovering from a forgettable start began chasing down the other yachts. They passed Wotalife as they tacked towards the 1st mark. Then Sirocco hoisted its spinnaker and chased the other 2 yachts in the division.

Laser 3 and Summer of 69 fought for the lead in the division with Sirocco closing. Towards the end of the race Laser 3 passed Summer of 69, then Sirocco passed Laser 3 just 50 meters before the finish line.

In a close finish Sirocco crossed the line in 2 hours 41 minutes, less than a minute ahead of Laser 3. Summer of 69 crossed 11 seconds behind Laser 3.

With the final race results dependant of the individual yacht’s handicaps, the positions changed significantly. 1st place in Division 1 went to Steve Simpson, After Midnight, with Steve Sargent, Shambala, 2nd and Brendon Blank, Friendship 3rd. In Division 2 Denis Meredith, Wotalife, was awarded 1st with Pru Harper, Sirocco, 2nd and John Anderson, Laser 3, 3rd.

When the handicaps were applied to the match races the Navy team won all 6 races giving them the Creswell Cup for 2020 in an unprecedented clean sweep.

While the normal post-race function was cancelled, the winners were announced, and arrangements made for them to pick up prizes of Crooked River Wines supplied by the sponsors of the JBCYC Club Championships.

Glen Pead (Media Officer)