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Race 3 Spring Series

posted Nov 1, 2012, 1:05 AM by Chris Capel   [ updated Nov 1, 2012, 1:09 AM ]
 

CLOSE QUARTERS AT FIRST MARK

 

Despite the staggered start, the fickle wind ensured vessels from all three divisions encountered the first mark in close quarters.

 

A staggered race start for the seventeen vessels entering Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs Race 3 Spring Series was held off Callala Bay. Vice Commodore Shane Firkin, set a challenging pentastar course for all three divisions, with variations based on the conditions predicted for the day.

Division 2 were given the first run to the start line, but the fickle wind dropped out shortly after. Divisions 1 and 3 shared the next start as the wind regained momentum. This made for very close quarters indeed at the first mark, with all three divisions merging and angling for space to round the mark to port!

Lords of the Overture in Division 3, and crew found themselves with nowhere to go after rounding the mark and were forced to undertake a 360 turn before finding room to manoeuvre.

SeaChange2 sailed stoically as a constant challenge to all in Division 3. Tranquillity4 navigated the challenging course as a force to be reckoned with.

In their inaugural race with Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club in Division 2, Colin and Carol Hunter’s Compass 29 Spindrift, with willing and clearly able crew Lauren and Lachlan, held fast in the dropping winds, navigating the tight course deftly. 

Upon Ripla, a M&W26, skipper Craig Tooker engaged his bold young crew Kyle Leach and Kyle Fortier in tactical discussions. Their recommendation not to flying Ripla’s spinnaker in the fickle shifting wind and set the No.1 headsail, proved fortuitous. Whilst others around were scrambling crew to retrieve spinnakers and haul headsails, Ripla sailed smoothly on the long reach.

Skippers and crews on the Hutton 28, Matana, and the two Northshore 27’s, Leeuwin and Rockhopper, earned their keep with the headsail changes, tacking and gybing required for the short legs of the pentastar.

In Division 1 the Eureka 34 Fuzzy Logic sailed fluently around the course in the changeable conditions. Although it was rumoured that Fuzzy Logic worried Cougar, her skipper and our Commodore, Mark Tobin was undeterred.

The navy Swarbrick S111 Alexander, skippered by Cresswell Sailing Clubs Commodore Jim McDonald, and gallant crew kept pressure on the leaders with sound tactics.

By the time the fleet were navigating the last legs of the pentastar the wind had swung around blowing rather chilled southerly gusts.

In Division 1 Cougar showed her prowess claiming Line Honours and PHS win. Alexander ran a close second and Fuzzy Logic third.

Rockhopper ran for the finish to Line Honours win in Division 2. Ripla claimed first on PHS, with Matana second and Leeuwin third.

Tranquility4, in Division 3, sailed to Line Honours and PHS win, with second to SeaChange2 and third to Overture.

Compliments to Ron and Eileen Young for managing the staggered start and all important finish so skilfully. Many thanks to Tony Byrnes of Jervis Bay Yachting for his continued patronage of our Spring Series.

Watch out for next article telling the sagas and successes of our catamarans journey to the 2012 Pittwater Seawind Regatta. A 3am start, 40 knot wind gusts and dinghies off davits!

Next on our racing calendar is the Jervis Bay Challenge scheduled for Saturday 10th November. This annual regatta is coordinated by Jervis Bay Sailing Club with race briefings being held 09:00hrs at Callala Bay and 09:30hrs at Woollamia Boat Ramp (please visit their website for details). Vessels from up and down the coast, and interstate will be participating with the local sailing fraternity; ensuring our bay will be awash with sails and the evenings’ social event to be held at The Huskisson (formerly Husky Pub), will be awash with sailors.

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