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Perfect conditions for Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Spring Series Special Race Day

posted Nov 14, 2017, 3:29 AM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs fleet took to the water on Saturday 11th November for a Special Race Day, as part of the Clubs Spring Series, sponsored by Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate.

The Special Race Day results don’t count towards the Spring Series or Club Championship Competitions. It’s a chance for the crews to relax and enjoy some fun social races.

The club used this opportunity to run a different format of racing, with the small fleet of 4 yachts all competing in the same division. Two races were run, both with handicap starts and the results of the 1st race used to adjust the start times of the second race.

This format staggers the start times of the yachts, makes for a less furious and safer start, but has the yachts bunching up and racing for the finish line. The yacht that takes line honours is also the winner on handicap.

With the sun out and the temperature in the low 20s, and light winds from the East South-East shifting to East North-East and strengthening during the day, the conditions were near perfect.

After observing a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, the first face started in light 5 to 10 knot winds. Trevor Smith (Relentless) crossed the line first on a zero-handicap followed by Paul Gooey (Matana), Brian Horley (Winedown). Alan Leach (Tranquillity) was last to start, with a 15-minute handicap. Tranquilly worked its way through the fleet and was first across the finish line, followed by Winedown, Matana then Relentless.

The wind picked up slightly to 8 to 14 knots for the second race. The starting order was again Relentless, Matana, Winedown then Tranquillity but with times adjusted after the 1st race. Winedown worked its way to the front of the fleet but approaching the finish line was battling to hold off a charge by Tranquillity. Winedown eventually crossed the line first by a matter of seconds, winning the days event. Tranquillity came second with Matana 3rd after sailing well to haul in Relentless.

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s next race is on Saturday 25th November. It will be the final race of the clubs Spring Series, followed by the Commodores Cocktail Party and Fundraiser.