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The sun makes a welcomed return for last Sunday's race

posted Mar 28, 2017, 1:21 AM by Rick Early   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 1:11 PM ]

The second race in the Callala Bay Cellars Autumn series was sailed last Sunday . The appearance of the sun and a light NNE wind made for a pleasant day on the water.  Although numbers were down in Div. 1 and 3, Div 2 was hotly contested with the return of Peter Cowman in “Double Time” adding competition.  Winners on handicap were “Y Knot”, “Double Time” and “SasSea”.

The race got away in a very light, “shifty” NNE wind (2-5 knots).  This resulted in a number of position changes for all divisions on the first leg.  Around S1 (windward mark) the bottles of wine went to “Friendship” (Div. 1), “Relentless” (Div. 2) and “Tranquility” (Div.3).

On the next leg Div 1 and  Div 3 went to H1 off Honeymoon Bay and and Div 2 attempted to go to A4 (off Long Beach). Unfortunately A4, like many other Marine Park buoys, had disappeared. Using a GPS reference point “Relentless” headed Div.2 around the buoy that wasn’t there, followed by “Matana”, “Wotalife” and “Double Time”.  In Div. 1 “Friendship” rounded H1 just ahead of “Y Knot” while in Div.2 it was “Tranquility” ahead of “SasSea”.

The next leg across the bay to C1 off Myola caused some havoc.  C2 buoy, which hadn’t been there two days prior, had made a reappearance. With all sailors in the fleet being told in the briefing it wasn’t there many boats rounded C2 instead C1.  When the error was realised, some boats had to go back and round C1. As a result “Friendship” lost its commanding lead to “Y Knot” as did “Tranquility” to “SasSea”.  Div 2 was too far ahead to turn around so a correction was imposed after the race for those that went around C2 instead of C1.

On the leg to the finish positions in Div. 2 remained the same, however “Matana” had a particularly good spinnaker run closing the gap to “Relentless”.  Further back “Wotalife” and “Double Time” were fighting it out for 3rd and 4th.  Across the line it was “Relentless” followed by “Matana”, “Wotalife” and “Double Time”.  In Div 1. “Friendship” eventually overtook“Y Knot” to cross first. In Div 3. “Tranquility” managed to regain her lost ground to cross ahead of “SasSea”.

The race was followed by a sausage sizzle, which was kindly prepared by Kerry Leach.  The next race will be run on Sunday April 9th. It’s a club championship and round the bay race, and the third in the Callala Bay Cellars Autumn series.

On the weekend of March 11 and 12 “Y Knot” (with Steve Lee, Pat Grogan and Cassie Lowe on board) participated in the Marley Point (Gippsland Lakes) overnight race for trailable yachts.  “Y knot” put in a credible performance to finish in the middle of her division.  It’s great to see JBCYC boats representing us in inter-club regattas.