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posted Sep 21, 2009, 6:51 PM by Mark Tobin

Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club kicked off its season this year with the first race of the Spring Series on Sunday 20th September.  With a number of boats still absent after racing and cruising as far a field as the Whitsundays & Hamilton Island Race Week during the off season, and others still finalizing preparations for this year, 10 boats presented at the start line.  The light wind saw a slow start to the first windward mark with the leaders picking the increased pressure off the beach at the top end of the bay with Dennis Godfrey’s Wahoo and Jim Lay’s Aqua Gem first to round for their respective divisions.  A long reaching leg then took the fleet down to the eastern shores of the bay with Division 2 rounding a sanctuary zone mark before heading across the bay towards Huskisson.  Division one continued down to Honeymoon Bay before turning, with both fleets coming together at the next mark.  The wind built to around 15 knots allowing spinnakers to be flown at the bottom end of the leg.  David & Pauline Churchwood’s  boat Mistress, in their first season racing with the club, flying a spinnaker for the first time in many years.  The wind continued to build to 20 knots by the time most had rounded the mark off Myola with the preferred course, tacking along the Callala Beach shoreline, reaping benefits for those that pushed the boats close in to the surprise of beachgoers enjoying the sunshine.  Ross Gilberg, in his first outing on his new boat Koala, after a good start struggled to select the right sails as the wind continued to build, despite his experienced crew Mitch Edwards and Mitchell Leach onboard.  With the wind gusting into the mid 20’s the catamarans of Alan & Kerry Leach and Brian Saunders romped home with Tranquility narrowly beating Ken Dryburgh’s Rock Hopper to the line in Division 2 with Wahoo leading the way in Division 1.  Gatherers at the after race BBQ & presentation were treated to the sight of Peter O’Reilly arriving from Sydney with his new boat, an impressive looking Eureka 34.  The upcoming races will no doubt see a lift in the competition.

Winners on the day were:

Division 1                                                         Division 2

1. Jouisance                                                      1. Tranquility

2. Motion                                                         2. Rock Hopper

3. Wahoo                                                         3. Aqua Gem


The next race for the JBCYC club is Sunday October 11th with the usual start off Callala Bay.