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Visitors swell the race fleet for the third round of the JBCYC Summer Series

posted Jan 28, 2019, 7:58 PM by David Churchward

On Saturday 26thJanuary a large fleet of 22 Cruising Yachts took to Jervis Bay for the third race in the JBCYC Callala & Culburra First National Summer Series. The race was also the third in the seasons Round the Bay Series, sponsored by Tahmoor Rural; and it was also the annual Seawind Cup Regatta.

Three competitors from the Batemans Bay Sailing Club and several visiting Seawind catamarans bolstered the field of entries from the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht club. 

The course took the fleet clockwise around Jervis Bay starting just off Callala Bay. Thirteen of the larger yachts tackled the 17 nautical mile Division 1 course. The nine smaller craft racing Division 2 took on a slightly shorter, 15.3 nautical mile, circuit.

The race began in brisk 15 to 20 knot SW winds with a lumpy Southerly swell. Two visiting yachts from Batemans Bay, Accolade, helmed by Lachlan Brown, and Simon Byrne’s yacht, Attitude, got off to a blistering start and led the field South down the bay. 

C’est La Vie, helmed by Mark Tobin, and Rick Early skippering Sojourn 3, chased the two leading yachts. As the leaders turned North and headed back up the bay with the wind behind them and the breeze easing, Accolade and Attitude hoisted their spinnakers and stretched their lead from the rest of the Division 1 yachts.

Lachlan Brown, Accolade, was the 1st Division 1 yacht to finish in a time of 2 hours and 46 minutes, less than 2 minutes ahead of Simon Byrne, Attitude. Mark Tobin, C’est La Vie crossed another 12 minutes behind in 3rdplace. Those placings were unchanged after handicaps were applied 

In Division 2 Element skippered by Rod Chittendon got the best start and beat the other yachts in the division to the first mark. Relentless, helmed by Trevor Smith, chased Elements down the bay but as they headed back with the wind dropping, Relentless lost touch with the lighter boat.

Element took line honours in Division 2 crossing the line in 3 hours and 7 minutes, nearly 7 minutes ahead of Pat Grogan’s Sirocco with Relentless a further 7 minutes back. Once handicaps were applied, however, Peter Cowman, in Double Time, was awarded 1stplace with Rod Chittendon, Element, 2ndand Trevor Smith, Relentless, 3rd.

The days feature race was the Seawind Cup, an event run annually for Seawind Catamarans. This year saw five entries, with them having a separate start, five minutes after the rest of the fleet.

Alan Nebauer’s catamaran Pleiades took the lead at the start and beat the others to the first mark. Alan Leach, last year’s winner, in Tranquillity duelled with the visiting catamaran, Phase 2, helmed by Warren Kerswill as they chased Pleiades. 

Pleiades led all the way around the bay to Vincentia, but as they sailed downwind past Huskisson and Callala Beach Tranquillity ran past them.

Alan Leach, Tranquillity, was the first Seawind Catamaran to cross the finish line in 3 hours 13 minutes, 4 minutes ahead of Warren Kerswill, Phase 2, and Alan Nebauer, Pleiades a further 1 minute behind in 3rdplace. The positions remained unchanged after handicaps were applied, with Alan Leach holding the Seawind Cup for another year.

The post-race presentation, BBQ and festivities were held across the bay at Long Beach where the winners were presented with some fine wines from Crooked River Wines, who sponsors the annual Club Championship.