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Race Two Spring Series

posted Oct 18, 2011, 11:53 PM by Mark Tobin

The second race of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Spring Series saw 17 boats face the starter in what was some of the best weather seen for weeks on Jervis Bay, bright sunshine and 10 to 15 knots of breeze.    The conditions perfect for the scheduled Round the Bay race with the course extending to the far southern reaches of the bay.   The boats were away on time thanks to the assistance of Starter for the day, former Club Commodore Peter Dallaway, whose past experience on the water showed with a perfect sequence on the start line.  Thanks go to him and Wayne Tanks, former Arabesque crew member for their assistance on the day.    The first leg took all boats out to the eastern side of the bay, with the big catamarans of John Lawrence (Sassea), Kevin Lord(Overture) and Alan Leach (Tranquility) leading the way out to Long Nose Point via the Honeymoon Bay mark.  Ian Braidwood’s smaller boat Catapult giving the other catamarans a run for their money.   Sassea was first to round the Long Nose Point mark followed closely by the first of the Division One boats, Cougar. (Mark Tobin)  The fleet was supposed to split at this point with Division 2 & 3 heading toward the Vincentia  mark at the southern end of Collingwood Beach but the westerly wind saw boats needing to sail to the southern lay line before tacking, running right down to the bottom end of the bay.  The Navy’s yacht Friendship was third around the mark to follow Cougar down toward the marks off the Creswell Navy base before turning for Vincentia.  Friendship, well sailed by Jim McDonald and his seasoned crew showing great speed with their new sails continually closing the gap between themselves and the leading boat.  The weather gods began taunting the fleet again with building clouds signifying a storm front building to the south and had crews reaching for the wet weather gear with most boats only half way around the bay.   The formation of a classic ‘roll cloud’ had many shortening sail in readiness only to have the front take a distinct sharp turn just south of the bay running to the east out to sea to dissipate offshore.   The fleets reunited on the western side of the bay for the run home past Huskisson with Terry Ford’s Jouissance reaching past Tony Byrne’s crew on Arabesque, later alleging crew training to have slowed their race pace.     Steve MacDonald’s boat Sundowner excelled in the conditions leaving Rockhopper, helmed by Chris Capel, behind on the day, having been left shorthanded with only 2 on board.   With all expectations of the fleet being lashed by storms the changing weather saw the wind dropping out for the back markers leaving Craig Tooker in his first outing in his M&W 26 Ripla, wallowing without wind off Callala Beach.  The pressure stayed in long enough for the front runners to speed home, led by Cougar first across the line, followed by Sassea and Friendship. 

Winners on the day:

Division 1:  Friendship (Navy) - Jim McDonald

Division 2: Sundowner Steve MacDonald(no relation)

Division 3: Overture – Kevin Lord.                                                                                                                Mark Tobin