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The Season Opens

posted Sep 17, 2018, 9:54 PM by David Churchward

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club kicked of their race season on Sunday the 16thSeptember with a small fleet braving bitterly cold Southerly winds. While there were no prizes on offer and the results didn’t count towards any of the club’s race series; it was a chance for skippers to dust their vessels and ready them for the competitive season after the winter break. 

A small fleet of five yachts started the race in a bracing 10 to 15 knot Southerly. Two large yachts competed in Division 1 and 3 smaller vessels raced in Division 2. Both Divisions covered the same 6.7 nautical mile course around the North-Eastern end of Jervis Bay.

In Division 1 the rivalries from last season continued as the Navy entry, Franklin, helmed by Rod Targa and Tranquillity skippered by Alan Leach duelled at the start line. Franklin got the best of the start, forcing Tranquillity to tack early, and lead into the wind racing down the bay. The lead then changed repeatedly, with the catamaran Tranquillity considerably faster with the wind behind them, but the monohull Franklin faster into the wind.

In a close finish in Division 1 Alan Leach, Tranquillity, crossed the line 1stin 1 hour 23 minutes, less than a minute ahead of Rod Targa, who skippered the Navy’s entry Franklin into 2ndplace. After handicaps were applied, Tranquillity held onto it’s lead winning the division.

In Division 2 Trevor Smith had Relentless back in the water after months of repairs. Relentless led from the start finishing in 1 hour 44 minutes and winning on handicap. Brian Horley in his new yacht, Reflections, a Magnum 8.5 in its first outing, crossed the line second 13 minutes behind Relentless. Dennis Meredith, Wotalife, finished another 15 minutes after Reflections but took 2ndplace once handicaps were applied. 

Next Sunday, 23 September, the first race of the clubs Spring Series takes place.