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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES

posted Apr 23, 2013, 9:17 PM by Mark Tobin

Last Saturday was scheduled for the Seawind Cup, sponsored by Revolution Sails, Round three of the Autumn series sponsored by Coastal Palms Holiday Park, Shoalhaven Heads and the final race of the Round The Bay series.

Congratulations to the committee on making an early call on Friday when the forecast weather report was very unfavourable. I think we were all glad we weren't out there in it. There were waves coming into Husky creek so there was no way  any boat been able to get out in that.

What a difference a day makes. Sunday dawned sunny and Jervis Bay was like a tranquil millpond, again not ideal sailing conditions. Unfortunately with the change of day some of the Seawind boats were unable to race due to other commitments but we still had 5 competing.

The start was off Callala Beach and after two delayed starts waiting for some breeze to get us going we were finally underway an hour later than usual.

The fleet of 12 boats headed off over the start line with a lot of friendly banter between crews, who were all on deck holding out the sails trying to capture any puff of breeze nearby.

The rounding of the first mark at  C2 was a little congested with skippers all calling out for buoy room.

It wasn't long before we got the call from Commodore Mark to tell us of a shortened course.

The division one boats of Friendship, Invincible, Manly Too & Cougar all headed off towards Honeymoon Bay, while the rest of the fleet rounded C3 and headed towards the mark off Long Beach. The fleet were now well spread out over the bay, the skippers hoping that their decision to find wind was the best. Once the Division One boats  rounded H1 they hoisted their spinnakers for the run home.

It was a slow trip across the bay with chatter over the radio regarding race rules, keeping the crews from dozing off in the sun. Then came another call from Commodore Mark, shortening the course some more and summoning Ron & Eileen on the start boat to up anchor and make their way to Long Beach where it was decided the race should finish. By this stage the Cats were closing in on the finish line with Tranquillity in the lead, Overture hot on their trail and Sassea and Shambala coming in from another direction and all on board the boats looking for any ripples coming across the water.

SasSea, with John Lawrence on the helm had a crew from Mohawk on board and they managed to nose over the line just ahead of Overture, and just behind Tranquillity.

 

Line honours for the Seawind Cup were Tranquillity, Sassea, Overture, Shambala & Sea Change. Seawind Cup won by Tranquillity with Alan & Kerry Leach,  Peter Brown & sponsor Adrian from Revolution Sails.  Overture second place & Sassea third. For Round Three of the Autumn series  Shambala took the prize in their first official race since gaining their handicap. Well done Pete & Jeannine....who needs crew!!

Overture takes out the Round the Bay series on a countback from Sea Change

 

The winner for division 2 was Matana with Rockhopper second. Rockhopper takes out The Round The Bay series.

In division 1 The Navy boat, Friendship took out Race 3 with Manly Too second. Friendship wins the Round The Bays series on a countback from Cougar.

 

Courtesy of Jo Lord

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