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Weather to Test the Skippers

posted Apr 20, 2016, 5:02 AM by David Churchward

Jervis Cruising Yacht Club Race 3 of the Autumn Series sponsored by Callala Bay Cellars saw sailors on Sunday  greeted by Dark Skies, heavy rain and the occasional thunder, not the ideal conditions for a great day out except for the promise of 20 knot southerly winds which prompted a slightly reduced but enthusiastic fleet for last Sundays racing. The rain stopped for the start of the, race which saw Jim Lay in Xtasea first to the windward mark in division three; Paul Gooey in Matana first to the mark in Division 2 and Pat Grogan in Y-Knot first to the mark in Division 1.  As the race progressed towards Long Beach and  Honey moon Bay a thick blanket of cloud and heavy rain engulfed the entire fleet, it was difficult to tell where you were as the land was not visible. A keen eye was needed to keep watch for other boats. The wind died to nothing, then swung through 360 degrees, followed by lightening bolts.  A few skippers experienced some dull electrical activity passing through their steering helms but thankfully nothing serious. 

The home run saw the rain and the storm move out to sea and we finally got a reasonable wind.  The commodore congratulated the competitors on the day for revelling in such challenging conditions. After all the hard work Y Knot (Stephen Lee) was first on handicap and line honours in Division 1 followed by Sojourn III (Rick Early). In Division 2 Motion (David Churchward) was first across the line but had to settle for 2nd place on handicap results with Matana (Paul Gooey) taking first place. Division 3 saw Tranquility (Allan Leach) first across the line, but on handicap results it was first place to ExtaSea (Jim Lay), 2nd place to Tranquility, and 3rd place to SaSea (John Lawrence).