Last Sunday, November 4, saw a fleet of seven boats compete in race 2 and race 4 of the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club Spring Series, sponsored by The Huskisson Hotel.
The predicted weather conditions on Jervis Bay once again reduced the number of boats participating. Unlike the previous round the forecast became reality and the smaller boats in the fleet battled what could be best described as trying conditions to complete the courses.
The first race for the day, a re-run of race 2 of the Spring Series, saw the full seven yachts start and finish. In division 1 the SeaWind catamaran Sas Sea once again joined the fleet after a couple of months of absence, bolstering division 1 to 3 boats.
Sas See and Tranquility took the lead early and took off into the distance to lead the entire race. The heavy conditions favoured the multi-hulls. Invincible, with Trevor Kannare at the helm, battled the conditions with the rest of the mono-hulls.
Tranquility, with Alan Leach at the helm, followed up recently winning the SeaWind Cup in Sydney to be first to the windward mark S1 as well as taking line honours. On performance handicap Sas Sea took 1st place, Tranquility 2nd and in Invincible took out 3rd.
Relentless led division 2 to windward mark S1 with Y-Knot close on their heels. The racing within division 2 resulted in several lead changes and some really close racing. Y-Knot suffered under the heavy conditions rounding up twice due to some of the heavy gusts.
Relentless went on the to take line honours in division 2, Y-Knot coming across the line 2nd, Elements taking 3rd and Double Time coming in 4th.
On performance handicap Double Time took 1st, Relentless 2nd and Y-Knot 3rd. Elements does not currently have a performance handicap so was not eligible for points.
The weather conditions for race 4 of the Spring Series got somewhat worse. The winds strengthened and the chop on the bay increased. The bay started to resemble a washing machine.
In division 1 Sas See had to withdraw due to damage. Tranquility did not get a great start but Alan demonstrated how to manoeuvre a very large boat through a fleet of much smaller boats with ease. Tranquility managed to overtake Invincible and held the lead for the rest of the race. Invincible performed much better than the rest of the mono-hulls and actually managed to pull some time of Tranquility to the end of the race.
Tranquility took both line honours and the performance handicap win with Invincible coming second.
Division 2 saw some dramas and excitement. Unfortunately Double Time suffered a small onboard electrical fire, which was contained very quickly, and had to withdraw. Elements was a non-starter due to other commitments of crew.
Y-Knot really suffered with the heavier conditions; at one stage the mast hit the water during one of the big blows. Being onboard I can tell you it was like riding a bucking bull at times. Despite this the racing was once again very close between Relentless and Y-Knot.
Relentless took out line and performance handicap honours with Y-Knot coming second.
The last race in the Spring Series is scheduled for the 17th of November. It looks as if Tranquility has division 1 won already but Division 2 could be taken out by any of the boats.
Would you like to get involved in the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club? Why not come down and meet the crew one Sunday, or attend one of our social events. Check www.jbcyc.com.au for our calendar.
At the moment we are particularly after some people to crew our start boat. If you are interested, give David or Rick a ring. Check our contacts page at www.jbcyc.com.au.