The Creswell Cup, held annually, is jointly organised by Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club (JBCYC) and the Creswell/Albatross Sailing Club and is a major highlight of both clubs’ sailing calendar.
All boats are allocated to either the Navy team or the JBCYC team in matched pairs according to their handicap rating.
This year, the match racing meant some JBCYC boats were allocated to represent the Navy and although allegiances were tested, all boats contested the race in the spirit of true match racing.
Racing began at noon, with the Executive Officer of HMAS Creswell, Commander Nyree Cornelius, starting the race on board the Navy Steber.
The breeze throughout the day was light and variable with 2 to 10 knots from the south veering to the east.
After starting at Creswell the fleet tracked to Longnose Point then back across the bay to Myola Beach. At this point the course was shortened for Division 2 and 3 boats due to light wind. These two divisions made their way from Myola directly to the finish at Callala Bay.
Division 1 boats had just enough speed to sail their set course. From Myola they sailed across to Long Beach, then to Red Point and home to Callala Bay.
Great camaraderie was evident across the fleet and a superb day of sailing was enjoyed by all.
After holding the Cup for the last year, JBCYC relinquished it. Creswell/Albatross Sailing Club was victorious on the day winning four of the seven “matches”.
The presentation and a casual dinner followed at the Callala clubhouse with entertainment provided by the Navy Band jazz group.
JBCYC extends a huge thank you to Brendan Blank, president of the Creswell/Albatross Sailing Club and all Navy personnel and JBCYC members who participated and for their support of this event. We all look forward to enjoying the Creswell Cup again next year.
The first race of the JBCYC Autumn series was concurrently held with the Creswell Cup.
Division 1 winner on performance handicap was “Cougar” (Farr 11.6, Mark Tobin) with “Friendship” (Swarbrick S111, Blue Timms - Navy) coming second. Line honours went to “Cougar” (Farr 11.6, Mark Tobin).
“Matana” (Hutton 28, Paul Gooey) took both line honours and performance handicap in Division 2 with “Wotalife” (Endeavour 32, Dennis Meredith) taking second place on handicap.
“Las Brias” (Alan Neburau, Seawind 1000) was the Division 3 winner on handicap with “Sas Sea” (Seawind 1000, John Lawrence) taking line honours. “Shambala” (Seawind 1000, Peter Adams) took second place on handicap. The next race of the Autumn Series is Sunday, March 26.