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Summer Series wraps up and Autumn Series kicks off as JBCYC runs 2 races.

posted Mar 15, 2020, 6:08 PM by David Churchward   [ updated Mar 15, 2020, 6:08 PM ]

On Sunday 8th March the Jervis Bay Cursing Yacht Club ran the 5th and final race of their Huskisson Hotel Summer Series and ran the 1st race of the Callala Cellars Autumn Series. Both races used the same short course, at the Northern end of Jervis Bay. The large Division 1 yachts tackled a 6.9 nautical mile circuit, that was shortened slightly to 5.5 nautical miles for the smaller Division 2 yachts.

With the wind from the SW at 10 to 15 knots and a choppy Southerly swell rolling through the bay, a race fleet of 12 vessels turned out for the day. 7 yachts were entered in Division 1 and 5 in Division 2. 

Race 5 of the Summer Series was run first, with the Division 2 yachts starting 5 minutes before Division 1. Summer of 69, skippered by Kevin Lord led the start, beating the other Division 2 yachts to the 1st race mark. They were pursued closely by Pat Grogan in Sirocco and Peter Cowman’s Double Time. In the races final leg Summer of 69 and Sirocco repeatedly swapped the lead. 

Summer of 69 crossed the finish line 1st in 1 hour 10 minutes less than a second ahead of Sirocco. Once handicaps were applied to the Division 2 results, Peter Cowman (Double Time) took 1st place with Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) 2nd and Pat Grogan (Sirocco) 3rd.

In Division 1 the catamaran Tranquillity, helmed by Alan Leach, took an early lead beating the other boats to the 1st mark and pulled further ahead as they headed East across the bay. Tranquillity was pursued by Out of the Blue, skippered by Paul Gooey, but with the conditions suiting the large catamaran Out of the Blue couldn’t make a dent in Tranquilities lead. 

Tranquillity crossed the finish line in 1 hour and 15 minutes, nearly 4 minutes ahead of Out of The Blue. Once handicaps were applied Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) took 1st place with Trevor Kanaar (Invincible) 2nd and Alan Leach (Tranquillity) 3rd.

After a very brief break for the crews, race 1 of the Autumn Series kicked off. Kevin Lord repeated his form from the previous race, steering Summer of 69 into the lead and around the 1st race mark at the front of the fleet. He was chased closely by Double Time, ahead of Sirocco that was trying to recover from a slow start. With the swell building and the wind gusting up to 20 knots, the race became a contest between Summer of 69 and Double Time. 

Summer of 69 crossed the finish line 1st in 1 hour 13 minutes, less that 4 minutes ahead of Double time. When handicaps were applied Kevin Lord (Summer of 69) held onto 1st place with Peter Cowman (Double Time) 2nd and Brian Horley (Reflections) 3rd.

In Division 1 Tranquillity led the start again, and despite a valiant pursuit by Out of the Blue, Tranquillity was never headed. Tranquillity crossed the finish line 1st in 1 hour 22 minutes, just 3 minutes ahead of Out of the Blue. Handicaps, however, evened the fleet up and changed the results significantly. Rod Chittenden (Element) was awarded 1st place with Steve Simpson (After Midnight) 2nd and the Rod Targa in the Navy entry (Friendship) 3rd.

After the races the crews retired to the club house for a BBQ and presentation of Crooked River wines (the sponsors of the annual club championship) to the day’s winners. 

Glen Pead - JBCYC Media Officer