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Yachts vie for Summer Series title as winds build

posted Mar 22, 2019, 3:40 AM by David Churchward

Sunday 3rdMarch the fifth and final round of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s Callala & Culburra First National Summer Series was run.

10 Yachts took to Jervis Bay starting the race in a building 10 knot NE wind. Five of the larger yachts, racing in Division 1, tackled a 11.5 nautical mile course; with the five smaller, Division 2, boats racing along a slightly shorter, 10.6 nautical mile, circuit. 

Rod Targa helming the Navy entry, Franklin, got off to a great start leading the fleet to the 1stmark. Franklin was never challenged as it continued to stretch its lead with the wind picking up and the fleet looping around the challenging pentastar course.

Franklin led the Division 1 yachts across the finish line in 2 hours 13 minutes, with Alan Leach, Tranquillity, 23 minutes further back in 2ndand Paul Gooey, in Out of the Blue, another 18 minutes back in 3rd. The placings remained unchanged after handicaps were applied. 

In Division 2 Kevin Lord skippering Summer of 69 got the best start leading the division around the first mark. Rod Chitenden in Element chased Summer of 69, with the two smaller yachts making the most of the light winds. 

Element, enjoying the conditions and flying their spinnaker as they raced west towards Callala Beach, opted to take the longer Division 1 course. 

Further back in division 2 Trevor Smith in Relentless tussled with the much smaller Y-Knot skippered by Steven Lee. As the winds pick up, reaching over 20 knots, the heavier Relentless came into its own, leaving Y-Knot behind and hauling past Summer of 69 in the final leg.

Trevor Smith, Relentless, was the 1stDivision 2 yacht to finish in 2 hours 22 minutes, with Kevin Lord, Summer of 69, just over a minute further back. Steve Lee, Y-knot, crossed 4 minutes further back.

Once the handicaps were applied in Division 2, Trevor Smith, Relentless, retained 1stplace with Kevin Lord, Summer of 69, staying in 2nd. Peter Cowman, Double Time, moved up to take 3rdplace.

With the conclusion of race five the Summer Series winners could be decided. Paul Gooey’s consistent performance in Out of the Blue was rewarded with him winning Division 1. In a close decision in Division 2 Rod Chitenden won by 1 point, just beating Trevor Smith in Relentless.