Father's Day heralded in a beautiful sailing day and a high spirited, small fleet of nine yachts competed in a warm-up race for the Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club 2008-2009 season, shaking out the cobwebs after a winter break.
With comfortable conditions the 10-15 knot breeze saw Mark Tobin's Cougar blitz the field of Division One boats with Steve Simpson's Dalliance surprising all in a magnificent second place over the line. Ron Kelly's new yacht Splinter competed for the first time but was forced to retire with injured crew.
In Division Two, the Leach's catarmaran Tranquility took all prizes. Another "new kid on the block" was Jimbo Lay in Aqua Gem who made it a family affair with son Zach, father Bill and brother Pedro on board and elder brother Bruce crewing on another boat, Jouissance.
Some close tussles were had on the first work to Longnose and then again, after a warm, calm spinnaker run, when the sausage leg presented quick conditions.
A pleasant post race "beer 'n BBQ" followed with prize giving and the new club logo being unveilled!