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Seawind Cup a spectacular start to the 2015 JBCYC sailing season

posted Jan 27, 2015, 3:16 AM by JBCYC Admin

An exciting JBCYC 2015 sailing season commenced on Saturday with the Seawind Cup, Summer Series Race 2 and the Round the Bay Race 3 being held concurrently. The annual Seawind Cup, sponsored by Multihull Central, was praised by the owner of Seawind Catamarans, Richard Ward as one of the top Seawind regattas thanks to the beautiful waters and surrounds of Jervis Bay, availability of suitable anchorages/moorings and the enthusiasm and warm welcome given by JBCYC. 12 Seawind cats of various sizes competed including those visiting from Lake Macquarie (Jim Holt, single handed on Gattina), Sydney (Don McQuestin, his son Dan and Richard and Kerry Ward on St Arnou) and Gunnamatta Bay (Tony Wainwright on Manyana) and a number of local Seawinds that do not normally race with the club. Seawind owners from Lake Macquarie, Phil Bailey and Lee Godwin, crewed on local boat Sea Change.

The predicted 6 knots of wind from the NW, swinging later in the day to 15 knots ESE was short lived. Strong 30 knot winds from the SW for the start created excitement and tension as yachts jostled for positions and adjusted their sails and rigging to the unexpected conditions as they headed on the first leg from Callala Bay to Huskisson and Plantation Point. With the wind behind the fleet across to Long Nose Point, the skill of the skippers and crews started to show as the fleet lengthened and the wind eventually swung around to a steady 15-20 knots from the ESE.  The race to the finish line back at Callala Bay was tense as skippers held the tight reach needed to make the mark.

Local knowledge and skill proved successful. First place in the Seawind Cup (Regatta handicaps applied) went to Seawind 1000 Tranquility (Alan and Kerry Leach); second place to Seawind 1000 Overture (Kevin and Joanne Lord). St Arnou, a Seawind 1160 was in third place.

JBCYC Summer Series Race 2 (performance handicap) was concurrently held and the monohull course included additional legs towards HMAS Creswell. Division 1 winners were the Navy yacht Friendship (Swarbrick S111) in first place, Manly Too (Bavaria 44) in second and Mohawk (Beneteau First 40.7) in third. A new boat to racing, Wotalife (Endeavour 32), took out first place in Division 2, followed by Motion (Bounty 35) and Matana (Hutton 28). Division 3 was won by Shambala, with Tranquility in second followed by Sea Change.

Racing concluded with presentations, barbeque, great music and an overnighter at Bindijine beach. A perfect conclusion to such a spectacular day of racing on the Bay.