The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club concluded its season with two races on Jervis Bay on May 19. In light and variable winds, a fleet of 14 yachts took to the waters at the bay's northern end.
The day included the running of round five of the Callala Cellars Autumn Series. Following that race the postponed round five of the Tahmoor Rural Round the Bay Series was also run.
With very light winds, between 3-7 knots, for the start of race five, the six Division 1 yachts tackled a short 5.7 nautical mile course at the northern end of Jervis Bay.
A larger fleet of eight smaller Division 2 vessels took on a slightly shorter 4.5 nautical mile circuit.
In Division 1 Mark Tobin's Cest La Vie beat the rest of the fleet around the first mark being chased by the Navy's entry Franklin, skippered by Brendon Blank.
Franklin passed Cest La Vie as they headed towards Callala Beach; but Tobin got ahead again as they turned east and raced across the bay. Cest La Vie held its lead crossing the finish line in a time of 2 hours 16 minutes, just over a minute ahead of Franklin.
Once handicaps were applied the order changed significantly with Trevor Kanaan, Invincible, taking first place Paul Gooey, Out of the Blue, second and Mark Tobin, Cest La Vie, being pushed back to third.
In Division 2,Y-Knott, skippered by Steve Lee revelled in the light conditions. Sporting a new set of sails, he beat the other yachts in the division to the first mark then continued to stretch his lead. Y-Knott crossed the line first in 2:06, 20 minutes ahead of Phil Guy in Summer of 69.
Steve Lee, Y-Knott, hung onto first after handicaps were allocated in front of Denis Meredith, Wotalife, and John Anderson, Laser 3.
The second race was round 5 of the Round the Bay Series. While the wind had picked up to a stead 7-10 knots from the NE, a short course was set.
The Division 1 yachts would race along a 4.5 nautical mile circuit with Division 2 tackling a 4.0 nautical mile course.
In Division 1 Cest La Vie put the spinnaker up at the start and led the division to the first mark being chased closely by Franklin.
At the final mark Cest La Vie raised its spinnaker again, but it got tangled, allowing Franklin to cross the line first in a time of 35 minutes. Cest La Vie crossed less than a minute behind.
Once handicaps were applied Trevor Kanaar, Invincible, took first place in front of Paul Gooey, Out of The Blue, and Sojourn 3.
In Division 2 Y-Knott got a great start and led the entire race crossing the line in at time of 26 minutes, just over two minutes ahead of Summer of 69. After applying handicaps Pat Grogan, Sirocco, was first followed by Trevor Smith, Relentless, and Brian Horley, Reflections.
The Round the Bay Series finished with Trevor Kanaar in Invincible winning the series in Division 1 and Trevor Smith in Relentless winning Division 2. The Autumn Race Series also wrapped up with Kanaar winning Division 1 and Lee in Y-Knott winning Division 2.