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Winds pick up for last race of JBCYC Round the Bay Series

posted May 15, 2021, 9:23 PM by Pat Grogan
The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club ran the 5th and final round of their Round the Bay Series on Sunday May 2nd. With light winds forecast to build from the NW a race fleet of 14 yachts took to the water.

The seven larger Division 1 boats raced anticlockwise around a 17 nautical mile circuit. The smaller Division 2 vessels took on a shortened version of that course covering 15.3 nautical miles. Brian Horley, having previously campaigned Reflections, entered his new yacht a Swarbrick S80 named Hijack in Division 2.

Division 2 started first, in light NE winds less than 8 knots from the NE. The two light yachts Y-knot, skippered by Steve Lee, and John Andersons Laser 3 jostled for the lead at the start. Hijack passed Laser 3 into 2nd chasing Y-knot as they rounded the 1st mark.

Hijack kept chasing Y-knot as they raced past Callala Beach, across the bay to Longnose Point and up to Honeymoon Bay.

Y-Knot had to make an extra tack to round the mark off Long Beach. This gave Hijack its chance to pass and with the NE winds building it stretched its lead as they headed towards the finish line,

Hijack crossed the finish line 1st in 2 hour 8 seconds just over 5 minutes head of Y-knot. Sirocco was the next yacht to cross the line in 2 hours 19 minutes. Hijack will have to complete another two races before it gets a handicap, so it did not figure in the races final results.

Once handicaps were applied the other yachts in Division 2 moved up. Pru Harper (Sirocco) was awarded 1st place with Trevor Smith (Relentless) 2nd and Peter Cowman (Double Time) 3rd.

In Division 1, Scarborough helmed by Brendan Blank, in its 4th race with the club now had a handicap and was competing with the other yachts. In a bold start Scarborough tacked across the start line. Capitalizing on their start they beat the rest of the division to the 1st mark.

Sojourn 3, skippered by Rick Early rounded the mark 2nd chased by Out of the Blue, helmed by Darren Fry. As the fleet ran South down the bay Out of the Blue hoisted its spinnaker and passed Sojourn 3. Without a spinnaker Sojourn 3 fell back and Out of the Blue gained on Scarborough.

Out of the Blue passed Scarborough into the lead and held it all the way to Longnose Point. Scarborough kept challenging passing Out of the Blue as they approached Honeymoon Bay.

Sojourn 3 sailing into the wind, that was gusting over 20 knots made up the ground it lost on the downwind leg. It passed Out of the Blue 150 meters from the penultimate race mark and started gaining on Scarborough.

After 17 nautical miles and over two and a half hours the first 3 yachts finished within 45 seconds. Scarborough crossed the finish line ahead of the other vessels in 2 hours 38 minutes just 15 seconds ahead of Sojourn 3 with Out of the Blue only 30 seconds further back.

Once handicaps were applied the results changed significantly with Darren Fry (Out of the Blue) came 1st with Steve Simpson (Bodacious) 2nd and Brendon Blank (Scarborough) 3rd.

It was the 5th and final race of the Round the Bay Series, with skippers able to drop their worst result. In Division 1 Steve Simpson (Bodacious) won the series on 10 points, just 1 point ahead of Frank Killick (Element) and Paul Gooey (Out of the Blue) tied on 11 points.

In Division 2 Pru Harper (Sirocco) won on 6 points with Steve Lee (Y-knot) 2nd on 8 points and Peter Cowman (Double Time) 3rd on 14 points.

There are still two races to run in the clubs Mountain Ridge Wines Autumn Series. Division 1 currently has 3 boats tied for the lead on 5 points, Bodacious, Element & Invincible. In Division 2 Sirocco on 2 points leads Relentless on 5 points. The clubs next race is on Sunday May 16th.

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club is committed to fun and safety on the water. Anyone interested in being part of a crew, or racing their own boat, can find out how to get involved by visiting the club’s website