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posted Oct 25, 2017, 12:58 AM by David Churchward

Sunday 22nd October saw the running of two races in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Clubs, Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate Spring Series.

Race 1 of the Spring Series, originally scheduled for September 24th, had been postponed due to extremely fierce winds. On Sunday 22nd following the scheduled Spring Series Race 3 the postponed Race 1 of the series was run.

A fleet of 11 yachts started Race 3. The 7 Division 1 yachts tackling a 10-nautical mile course, around the northern end of Jervis Bay, with the 4 smaller yachts in Division 2 traversing a slightly shortened circuit.

The race started in light 5 knot winds. The light conditions originally favoured the smaller yachts but by mid-day the winds had picked up and were approaching 20 knots.

In the stronger winds the larger yachts came into their own with Jim McDonald in Franklin, a Benateau 40, taking Line Honours in Division 1, in 1 hour 27 minutes.

After handicapping the results in Division 1 were, Trevor Kanaar (Invincible)1st Brian Horley (Wine Down) 2nd and Shane Firkin (Quintessence)3rd.

In Division 2 John Anderson (Laser 3), the smallest yacht in the Division, took Line Honours in 1 hour 31 minutes and came 3rd on handicap. 1st place, on handicap, went to Denis Meredith (Wotalife) with Paul Gooey (Matana)2nd.

After a very brief interval the postponed Race 1 started, using the same course as the earlier race. A slightly smaller fleet of 8 yachts headed south into a blustering southerly that eased marginally as the race progressed.

In Division 1 Alan Leach (Tranquillity) took Line Honours in 1 hour 17 minutes, also coming 2nd on handicap. Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) was 1st, on handicap, with Shane Firkin (Quintessence) 3rd.

In Division 2 Trevor Smith (Relentless) took Line Honours in 1 hour 19 minutes and took 1st place on handicap. Paul Gooey (Matana)came 2nd, on handicap, and Denis Meredith (Wotalife) came 3rd.