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Nine Seawinds line up for the start of the 2011 Jervis Bay Seawind Cup

posted Apr 22, 2011, 4:56 AM by Chris Capel

"On Saturday 16th April the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club held the Seawind Cup Regatta on Jervis Bay for the third year. Seawind Catamarans from as far away as Lake Macquarie, Pittwater & Port Hacking participated in what proved to be an exciting day. Although winds of 25 to 30 knots were forecast it proved to be very light at the start with some yachts left stranded as the signal went. However, the wind soon built to its forecast strength with yachts reaching speeds of 10 knots or more. The swell also increase leading to difficult condition as the Seawinds crossed from Long Nose Point on their way South around the Bay. But the Seawind Catamarans proved just how seaworthy they are, some even carrying full mainsails round the course.

 

Seawind Catamarans ranging from 8.5 to 11.6 meters in length took part and the winner of the Seawind Cup proved to be the smallest yacht in the fleet, a Seawind 850, Double Dip skippered by Chris Walton from Pittwater. Second was local skipper Alan Leach in Tranquility (Seawind 1000)and third was last year's winner Tony Wainwright from Port Hacking in Manyana (Seawind 1160).

The winner of Performance Handicap was Discovery (Seawind 1160) a local charter boat from the Dolphin Watch fleet, skippered by Glenn Maybury.

 

After an exhilarating day the crews retired to the Husky Pub for the presentation and some well earned refreshment. The Cup was sponsored by Seawind Yachts a very successful local yacht builder of luxury catamarans with factories in Bellambi and Nowra. Prizes were also provided by Nowra sail maker Revolution Sails."

 

Regards,

 

Brian Saunders

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