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Sun and a stiff breeze

posted Oct 30, 2015, 3:37 AM by David Churchward

With glorious sunshine and a forecast promising northerly breezes building during the day to 20 knots, crews looked forward to great sailing conditions for the 3rd race of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Spring series, held on Sunday 25th October.

This series is generously sponsored by Southern Stones Bar and Rockgrill.

The course accommodated the anticipated winds and ensured all yachts were within sight of each other throughout the race. Commencing off Callala Bay, the fleet of ten yachts headed towards Huskisson, with most Division 1 and 3 yachts flying their impressive spinnakers on the downwind leg. Around the mark at Huskisson, then an upwind leg back to Callala Bay, to finish with a couple of ‘sausage legs’ with the rounding mark east of Long Beach. Winds commenced around 10-12 knots and increased with gusts reaching 25knots towards the end of the race. Most yachts reefed but a brave few stayed with full sails till the end.

Despite the brisk conditions there was only one incident, when Cougar (Mark Tobin) broke a steering cable and narrowly missed taking out one of the Navy yachts.

Navy sailors again had a great race with Alexander winning Division 1 on handicap and Friendship following in second. Division 2 yachts had an exciting race, Motion winning on handicap and taking line honours. Overture, Division 3, took out both line honours and performance handicap.

The next race of the Spring Series will be held Sunday 8th November.