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Near perfect conditions for the last race of the season

posted May 16, 2017, 4:09 PM by Rick Early   [ updated May 18, 2017, 4:00 PM ]

 Last Sunday 13th was the final race in the Callala Cellars autumn series.  It was a crucial race for many boats, as it would determine overall positions in the series and club championship. Conditions on the day were mild with light to moderate wind and clear blue skis – Jervis Bay at its best.  Highlights on the day were close racing in Div. 1 and the continued improvement of “Matana” in Div. 2. The race was followed by the annual presentation dinner, which was a huge success.

The race started in a light (5 – 8 knots) NNE breeze. The strongly favoured starboard end of the line was very congested but all boats got away without incident.  In Div 1. “Y Knot” and “Quintessence” headed the field; in Div 2. “Matana” was in front while “Sas Sea” had it all to herself in Div. 3. Around S1 (windward mark) “Y Knot” got the better of “Quintessence” to take the wine, “Double Time” overhauled “Matana” to take it in Div.2 and in Div. 3, “Sas Sea” had popped the cork before she even got to the mark.

The first leg was a long reach to H1 mark off Honeymoon Bay. In Div.1 “Quintessence” launched her code 0 sail and started to haul in “Y Knot”; eventually overtaking her and rounding the mark in front. “Friendship” was close behind in 3rd.  In Div.2 “Matana” held off a strong challenge from “Relentless” and got to the mark first.  Not far back “Double Time”  “Osprey” and “Fricka” were fighting it out for other positons  – “Double Time” holding out to round the mark in 3rd.  “Sas Sea” was doing it easy and rounded the mark well ahead of the phantom opposition.

For the remainder of the race in Div.1 “Quintessence” gradually extended her lead to take line honours comfortably. The battle for second was a different story. “Y Knot” held a lead over “Friendship” until the last leg from A2 to the finish. The freshening breeze (up to 15knots) gave “Friendship” the edge, and it wasn’t long before she passed “Y Knot” to take 2nd.

In Div. 2 “Matana” was sailed brilliantly to hold off a strong challenge from “Relentless”, all the way to the finish. Further back “Double Time” and “Osprey” were locked in a battle. “Osprey” eventually prevailed crossing the line in 3rd place with “Double Time” in 4th.  New-comer “Fricka” wasn’t far behind in 5th.  In Div. 3 “Sas Sea” had the easiest of victories cruising across the line in 1st place.

On performance handicap “Quintessance” added to her line honours victory to win in Div.1., just ahead of “Friendship”.  In Div. 2 fortunes across the line were reversed with “Double Time” winning ahead of “Matana”. In Div. 3 victory was a “lay down misere” for “Sas Sea”.

With the final race in the series completed winners of the autumn series could be determined.  Congratulations go to Steve Lee (“Y Knot”) in Div.1; Paul Gooey (“Matana”) in Div.2 and John Lawrence (“Sas Sea”) in Div. 3. The club championship winners and other results for the season can be seen on the website. 

The sponsorship and support of Callala Cellars was a vital part of the autumn series and JBCYC extends a big thank you to them.

While the sailors were having fun on the water other club members were working hard to set up the local hall for the presentation dinner. Pauline, Joan, Carmel, Jeannine, Collette and John put an amazing effort to transform the hall into a very professional looking venue. This set the scene for a successful function that was enjoyed by all. The evening was capped off with the presentation of life JBCYC membership to David Churchward and Alan Leach for outstanding service to the club.

Special thanks also go to Mark McGee and his team for the great job they did with catering.