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Summer Series race 2: See-sawing Fortunes

posted Jan 19, 2009, 2:19 PM by JBCYC Admin
Another action packed day was enjoyed by the sailors of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club for the Vincentia Newsagency sponsored Summer Series race 2, the 7th in the club championship and the 3rd in the Round the Bay series.

Nine boats competed in Division One and ten in Division Two with many exciting tussles and leadership changes taking place. It wasn't until the final work across Callala Beach that the race placings became clear. Earlier, during the spinnaker run up to Longnose, boats like Steve Simpson's Dalliance and Ron Kelly's Splinter, who set their kites early, came from behind to surge up through the fleet. Dalliance and Terry Ford's Jouisance had many good match racing sessions in their Beneteau 38 and Beneteau 35 respectively, with Jouisance finally being victorious with their experienced crew. Mark Tobin's Cougar and Denis Godfrey's Wahoo hit holes and left Splinter to lead from the crew of Tony Byrne's Arabesque who left nothing on the table during the entire race! They could have had some excellent photo opportunities if it hadn't been "all hands on deck" as Cougar edged back in front of Arabesque with their finely honed precision sailing and large, disciplined crew. They looked a fantastic sight all lined up on the rail and Mark looked truly joyful behind the wheel as his fast Farr 11.6 sliced through the water!

Brian Saunder's Sea Change experienced difficulties early in the race to be caught in irons and became an obstacle for other yachts to pass at the first mark. His fortunes changed by the end of the race to see him the ultimate winner in all Division 2 events. Splinter actually collected the first mark with his eight foot keel, dragging it along before he could turn about to try to dislodge it. Kerry and Al Leach's catarmaran Tranquility had an excellent race with it's large crew of "joy riders" while Steve MacDonald's Sundowner was having a great race until the Callala beach leg when he was demasted! Another Northshore 27, Leeuwin, owned by Kevin Lord joined the racing for the first time and made a very creditable performance.

The final results are as follows:

Line Honours:

Div. 1.
1st Wahoo
2nd Cougar
3rd Arabesque

Div. 2
1st Sea Change
2nd Tranquility
3rd Sas Sea

Regatta Handicap:

Div. 1
1st Jouisance
2nd Arabesque
3rd Wahoo

Div. 2
1st Sea Change
2nd tranquility
3rd Sas Sea

Performance Handicap:

Div. 1
1st Splinter
2nd Jouisance
3rd Arabesque

Div. 2
1st sea Change
2nd Rock Hopper
3rd Sas Sea

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