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Sunshine and a fresh breeze for the first race of the JBCYC Spring Series

posted Sep 28, 2014, 6:00 AM by David Churchward

Another superb day on Jervis Bay greeted skippers and crews who were lined up for the first race of the Spring series last Sunday. Twelve yachts crossed the start line at 11:00am in a 10 to 15 knot NNE breeze which soon freshened to 15 to 20 knots throughout the duration of the 2 hour race.

The larger boats in Division One responded well to the fresh conditions with Mark Tobin’s Cougar taking the lead to the windward mark. Out in front Cougar and Manly Too duelled for the right to lead the fleet home with Manly Too, skippered by Mick Linhardt, taking out line honours. First place on handicap went to Chutzpah followed by Manly Too.

The three yachts in Division Two got off to a good start with Paul Gooey’s Matana and David and Pauline Churchward’s Motion battling it out for first to the windward mark. Matana was first there but as the wind freshened the heavier Motion edged into the lead taking the line honours result. On handicap it was Matana who took first place followed by Motion.

Division Three was contested by the two Seawind catamarans, Allan Leach’s Tranquility and John Lawrence’s Sas Sea. Tranquility led the charge to the windward mark and maintained a healthy lead for the remainder of the race. However the race went to Sas Sea on handicap.