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Only a Hardy Few Race Offshore

posted Feb 23, 2009, 3:58 PM by JBCYC Admin   [ updated Feb 23, 2009, 4:01 PM ]
by Meryl Simpson

A small fleet of 6 Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club boats took to the water for the 2nd race of the Revolution Sails sponsored Offshore Series. As these three races have only just formed part of our sailing club calendar and also because they are set on the off-week on a Saturday, they have only attracted the hardy few so far.

The first of the series was won by Brian Saunder's Sea Change in Division 2 and Steve Simpson's Dalliance in Division 1. This time saw Sea Change take Line Honours for Division 2 but Kevin Lord's Leeuwin won on handicap. Mark Tobin's Cougar took Line Honours for Division 1 but in a handicapping upset, Tony Byrne's Arabesque stole the win.

Rain followed the fleet out to the offshore GPS mark where sloppy conditions were the order of the day, but a lovely spinnaker run was the reward for their efforts in winds up to 18 knots.

The presentation took place afterwards in the very social atmosphere of Husky Pub surrounded by the very fit triathletes who had just been competing in town.

Next week race is again on a Saturday, due to the fact that the club is being hosted by the good folk at Creswell navy base, where most boats will spend the night with special permission granted by the base's captain. A barbeque dinner and breakfast is available and a band will provide the evening's entertainment...rain, hail or shine!