Winedown takes JBCYC Special Race Day win

Special win: Brian Horley’s Winedown managed to hold off a late charge by Tranquillity in the second race to take out the Special Race Day.

Special win: Brian Horley’s Winedown managed to hold off a late charge by Tranquillity in the second race to take out the Special Race Day.

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s fleet took to the water on Saturday, November 11, for a Special Race Day, as part of the club’s Spring Series, sponsored by Callala Bay and Culburra 1st National Real Estate.

The Special Race Day results don’t count towards the Spring Series or Club Championship Competitions.

It’s a chance for the crews to relax and enjoy some fun social races.

The club used this opportunity to run a different format of racing, with the small fleet of four yachts all competing in the same division.

Two races were run, both with handicap starts and the results of the first race used to adjust the start times of the second race.

This format staggers the start times of the yachts, makes for a less furious and safer start, but has the yachts bunching up and racing for the finish line.

The yacht that takes line honours is also the winner on handicap.

With the sun out and the temperature in the low 20s, and light winds from the east south-east shifting to east north-east and strengthening during the day, the conditions were near perfect.

After observing a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, the first face started in light 5 to 10 knot winds.

Trevor Smith (Relentless) crossed the line first on a zero-handicap followed by Paul Gooey (Matana) and Brian Horley (Winedown).

Alan Leach (Tranquillity) was last to start, with a 15-minute handicap.

Tranquilly worked its way through the fleet and was first across the finish line, followed by Winedown, Matana then Relentless.

The wind picked up slightly to 8 to 14 knots for the second race.

Trevor Smith's Relentless.

Trevor Smith's Relentless.

The starting order was again Relentless, Matana, Winedown then Tranquillity but with times adjusted after the first race.

Winedown worked its way to the front of the fleet but approaching the finish line was battling to hold off a charge by Tranquillity.

Winedown eventually crossed the line first by a matter of seconds, winning the day’s event.

Tranquillity came second with Matana third after sailing well to haul in Relentless.

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club’s next race is on Saturday, November 25.

It will be the final race of the club’s Spring Series, followed by the Commodores Cocktail Party.

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club mixes great racing with fun social events.

The club welcomes existing crews and new members to its regular race days and events.

The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Inc. was formed in 1970. 

See their website www.jbcyc.com.au.