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Seawind Cup 2016

posted Feb 3, 2016, 5:06 AM by David Churchward

The JBCYC 2016 sailing season commenced on Saturday 16th January with the Seawind Cup and Summer Series Race 2 being held concurrently and generously sponsored by Tahmoor Rural – Gary and Deb Bromley. The club warmly welcomed visiting sailors from Bateman’s Bay on Accolade and Attitude (Adams yachts) who braved high winds and swells on their trip to participate. Osprey, a yacht steeped in history in JBCYC, sailed in her first race since being restored by Alfi Dalloway. She was originally owned by James Dalloway, one of the founders of JBCYC. His son Peter Dalloway, former Commodore of JBCYC, then sailed her with distinction for many a season. Before he passed away, he started her lastest restoration. His son, Alfi, with inspired dedication, has completed Osprey's restoration, and sailed in his inaugural race as skipper of Osprey last Saturday. What an honour for JBCYC!

The predicted brisk southerlies moderated to winds from the south west varying between 4 – 14 knots during the day and the rain was short lived in the early part of the race. Never the less the start was full of excitement and tension as yachts jostled for positions as they headed on the first leg from Callala Bay to Huskisson and Plantation Point then further south to Creswell. Here the fleet really started to lengthen with the wind coming over the starboard and boats reaching across to Long Nose Point. The race to the finish line back at Callala Bay, with the wind behind, created beautiful sailing on Jervis Bay with the sun shining and a gentle swell to ride upon.

First place in the Seawind Cup (Regatta handicap applied) went to Seawind 1160 Lukim Yu (Sue and Peter Dunn ), second place to Seawind 1000 XL  (John and Jenny Lawrence). Tranquility (Kerry and Alan Leach) was the first of the Seawind 1000s to cross the line.

JBCYC Summer Series Race 2 (performance handicap) was concurrently held and the Division 1 winners were our visiting yachts Accolade in first place, closely followed by Attitude in second place. Navy yacht Friendship was a strong third. Motion (Bounty 35) was successful in Division 2 and Division 3 was won by Lukim Yu, with Miz Behavin in second followed by SasSea.

Racing concluded with presentations, barbeque and great music by our talented club members lead by Vice Commodore, Kevin Lord on guitar, at the Callala Bay clubhouse. A perfect conclusion to such a spectacular day of racing on the Bay.