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Superb conditions for the Seawind Cup

posted May 3, 2009, 7:12 PM by JBCYC Admin   [ updated May 4, 2009, 6:38 PM ]

by Meryl Simpson

A wonderful calendar of sailing events has been enjoyed by the participating yachtsmen and women of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club. Saturday saw perfect winds and weather for a new event sponsored by the Seawind Catarmarans, The Seawind Cup. This drew Cats from far away with Jim Holt’s Gattina from¬ Lake Macquarie being one of a total of 11 starters. One of our local entries Tranquility, a Seawind 1000, owned by Kerry and Allan Leach sailed a superb race to win the event and were presented with the Seawind Cup by the Managing Director of Seawind, Richard Ward.. This was a popular win as it coincided with being Kerry's birthday. Second place went to Tony Wainwright’s Manyana, a Seawind 1160 from Port Hacking that also took line honours. Local Seawind 1160, Discover, sailed by Stuart and Matt of the Dolphin Watch Cruise operation took third. Congratulations also to John and Jenny Lawrence’s Sas Sea, a Seawind 1000XL, who sailed a great race.

The sponsor also generously supplied prizes in the form of t-shirts and jackets. Our self-less start boat captain, Tony Lewis, as usual did a wonderful job and we were pleased when his name was drawn as the winner of a Slam sailing jacket! Richard Ward congratulated the Club on the running of the Regatta and confirmed that the Seawind Cup on Jervis Bay would become a permanent event in the Seawind Cruising Club Series. Thanks to all Seawind owners who made this a memorable event.

A really enjoyable evening of socialising at the Husky Pub followed the presentation.
The pub supplied a BBQ and band for dancing. Other special guests of the evening included Maggie and Trevor Joyce of Mariner Boating holidays who are looking at becoming sponsors of future club events.

The other events to run simultaneously with the Seawind Cup were the Paperbark Camp sponsored Autumn Club Championship Race 14 and the final in the Round the Bay series. The Round the Bay series was won by Steve Simpson and the crew of Dalliance in Division 1 and Brian Saunders of Sea Change in Division 2.

Two weeks ago the Short Offshore Race series sponsored by Adrian of Revolution Sails was completed. Division 1 was taken out by Tony Byrne of Arabesque and for Division 2 it was Brian Saunders of Sea Change who was victorious again. The windless conditions proved very frustrating and disappointing but otherwise the warm weather was superb.

Results for the Club Championship are as follows:

Div 1
Line honours: Cougar
Regatta: Cougar
PHS: Friendship
Div 2
Line honours:Silver Heels
Regatta: Legalese
PHS: Aqua Gem

We have only 2 races left to sail before the end of the season. Next Sunday is a makeup race for one that was postponed due to inclement weather conditions and the following Sunday is the last Club Championship race.

Tickets for our Presentation evening to be held at Bewong River Retreat on June 20th go on sale this Sunday at a cost of $45 a head which includes the 3 course meal and band. drinks will be available for purchase. There are only 2 sailing Sundays left before the presentaion to get your tickets and we would like to pre-sell all the tickets to assist catering.