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Variable winds and close racing mark the JBYC’s first Round the Bay Race of the season

posted Oct 9, 2017, 2:54 AM by David Churchward

Sunday the 8th October saw the running of Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s, Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate Spring Series, Round the Bay Race.

The race saw a fleet of seven yachts entered, with three of the larger yachts in Division 1 completing a 17-nautical mile course that circumnavigated Jervis Bay, the four smaller vessels in Division 2 tackled a slightly shorter course of 15- nautical miles. The winds were variable, but mostly from the North East at 15 knots.

The racing was close in both divisions, with Matana and Fricka fighting a tacking duel, through the final leg, right up to the finish line. In a tight race for handicap honours Matana, Fricka and Wotalife all finished within five minutes of each other. The racers were also joined by a pod of frolicking whales, reminding everyone of just what a special cruising ground the Jervis Bay Marine Park is.

Line honours in Division 1 was taken by Alan Leach (Tranquillity) in 2 hours 46 minutes, also winning the division on handicap. The second place, on handicap, went to Brian Horley (Wine Down) and Shane Firkin (Quintessence) came in third.

In Division 2 Trevor Smith (Relentless) claimed line honours in 3 hours 19 minutes. After handicapping the results in Division 2 were, 1st Denis Meredith (Wotalife), 2nd Trevor Smith (Relentless) and Third Paul Gooey (Matana).