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Season Opening Race

posted Sep 30, 2019, 5:57 PM by JBCYC Commodore

After a winter break the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht club kicked of its Spring Series on 22ndSeptember with a fun special race. The results wouldn’t count towards any of the club championships; but it gave the skippers, and their crews, a chance to shakedown their boats after the 4-month winter break.

The race saw 7 yachts compete in 2 divisions, with the starts staggered allowing the slower yachts to get away first. Both divisions raced around the same 7.5 Nautical Mile course at the northern end of Jervis Bay. And while they started in light 10 to 12 knot SE winds, the breeze soon picked up gusting over 15 knots. 

Relentless, skippered by Trevor Smith, in division 2 was the 1styacht to start. Pat Grogan’s yacht Sirocco started 5 minutes later and caught Relentless at the first mark. The division 1 yacht Invincible, helmed by Trevor Kanaar, starting another 9 minutes further back closed quickly on the leading boats, passing them both and leading the fleet.

As the fleet raced across the NE of the bay Tranquillity, skippered by Alan Leach, ran close to the shore making ground on the leading boats. 

The Navy entry, Friendship, was on Tranquility’s stern tussling as they ran across to Callala Beach. As Tranquillity turned to head back up the bay, they were obliged to allow Relentless buoy room and Friendship slipped past. Tranquillity passed Friendship again as they headed across the bay and started closing in on Sirocco.

The staggered start made for a close finish. Invincible having a dream run crossed the line first, 5 minutes ahead of Sirocco. Sirocco finished less than 30 seconds ahead of Tranquillity with Friendship close behind. 

Once handicaps were applied to the results the division 1 winners were; Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) 1stwith Alan Leach (Tranquillity)2ndand Rod Targa (Friendship) 3rd. In division 2 Steve Lee (Y-knot) came 1stwith Pat Grogan (Sirocco) 2ndand Phil Guy (Summer of 69)3rd.

The race was followed by a convivial BBQ and presentations wine to the winners. Then the Skippers stayed on for an annual briefing, updating them on the racing rules and the club’s safety requirements.