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The Old Guard Return

posted Mar 29, 2009, 3:45 PM by JBCYC Admin
by Meryl Simpson

21 yachts participated in Race 2 of the Paperbark Camp sponsored Autumn series and the 12th race of the Club Championship with several boats not seen for a while showing up again. Jeremy and Irena off Eve's Delight took to the water after a longish break as well as Davey Bennett off Sapphire Dancer who made his return. Dave was out due to a demasting that occurred quite some time ago but now with a new spar and a serious looking new Revolution headsail he's come back primed up to be more competitive than ever. It was great to have them back!

The winds promised to be light nor-easters and began that way but as the day wore on, the bay typically produced a much stronger version of the forecast. Dolphins greeted the fleet pre-race as crews prepared for the classic pentastar course which allowed for much interaction between boats and wonderful views of one another. This course produced four opportunities for spinnaker sets and most boats took it on to remain competitive.

Division 2 was led by Ken Dryburgh's Rockhopper around the first mark but by the race's end it was the old foe Sea Change skippered by Brian Saunders who took line honours. Division 1 was led by Denis Godfrey on Wahoo and as is usual, he also finished first over the line.

Our esteemed commodore was finally rewarded with 2 first placings after a lengthy dry spell and it was great to see Tony Byrne and his crew from Arabesque's broad smiles. The girls from Isis put in a creditable effort after racing less regularly lately. The same can be said for Greg Troy's Silver Heels and Brian Hume on Motion. Both Navy boats also joined the fleet for a beautiful day on the water.

Our Easter Cruise this year comprises a Saturday offshore race followed by the fleet entering Currumbene Creek for a raft up at the wharf to enjoy the town's fireworks display and post race partying.

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Presentation Dinner will this year be held at the Bewong River Retreat with all the usual goodtimes on offer. Great food, new festive setting and an excellent band to dance to. The cost is yet to be settled but will be around $45 to $50 dollars and a shuttle bus will run between Huskisson and the resort to get guests safely back and forth.

The final results from racing are as follows:

Div. 1

RHS  1.Arabesque
       3.Sapphire Dancer
PHS  1.Arabesque

Div. 2

RHS  1.Rockhopper
       2.Double Time
       3.Sea Change
PHS  1.Rockhopper
       2.Aqua Gem