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Southerly threat shortens last race of the Summer Series

posted Apr 8, 2015, 3:59 AM by David Churchward   [ updated Apr 8, 2015, 4:01 AM ]

Although a threatening strong southerly resulted in the last race (March 1) of the JBCYC Summer Series being shortened, the keen sailors were not daunted and line honours was keenly competed.

The revised course commenced off Callala Bay with an 8-10 knot breeze from the north resulting in a great start. The first mark was towards Hare Bay, from there the fleet headed across to Callala Beach with the light winds allowing most yachts to fly their spinnakers. At the end of that leg the wind dropped and started to swing to the south - gentle at first and increasing from 5 knots to up to 25 knots as the race progressed. The run from Callala Beach to Huskisson was a reach for the yachts, as was the race across to Long Nose Point as the breeze continued to swing to the south. The home run was downwind but by now the southerly was up to 25knots with gusts to 35knots. Only the keenest flew their kites in a brave effort to take line honours.

Performance handicap honours in Div 1 went to Chutzpah (Davidson 34), closely followed by Fuzzy Logic and Manly Too (Bavaria 34). Division 2 was won by Motion (Bounty 35) with Wotalife (Endeavour 32) in second. SasSea (Seawind 1000) had a brilliant tussle against Overture to win Division 3, even after missing the start by 4 minutes. Tranquility and Overture took second and third places respectively.

Overall winners of the Summer Series were announced at the presentation, held at Angels Cafe Huskisson. Thank you Angels for generously sponsoring the JBCYC for this series. The winners were Friendship (Div 1, Swarbrick S111), Motion (Div 2) and Tranquility (Div 3, Seawind 1000).