BJRC Brown Cup 2018

Brown Cup Race Report

Perfect weather was forecast as 18 boats came to the Marconi line for the Brown Cup, and the first down wind start of the season.  Behave and Crazy Suzy making their first appearances of this year

Race Officer Trevor Holder had set a short estuary course but with plenty of spinnaker lifts on the outbound and inbound legs.

A clear get away with Nice Tri, Monkey Business, Behave and Rocket getting good starts and the fleet closely bunched down to Thirslet in light winds  
Rounding No12 it was Crazy Suzy followed by Geronimo with McGregor III with Monkey Business, Nice Tri and Aloha chasing.
Some tricky wind shifts from the beat to No 3 found the fleet closing up once again

More spinnaker lifts at 3 and 6 on the way to the Bench Head.
At the back of the fleet, Ned Kelly was performing well and staying with the fleet

The spinnaker run continued all the way to the Knoll with a spinnaker gybe as the mark closed. Nice Tri, Geronimo and Crazy Suzy around first followed by Monkey Business and and Aloha

Blue Moon, Caroline, Dan Dare and Evolution in the next pack

With the tide close to turning, lots of navigation opportunity now with the beat back to the NWK. 
The wind started to pick up and significant gains were now made by boats tacking up towards North Eagle, with Blue Moon and McGregor III both losing out by sailing south. 

A short run to North Eagle and beat to BH then No1 for home, with lots of wind shifts to be tackled

A quick spinnaker leg to No2 then onto No3

A few boats spinnakering to No12 and a champagne beat home in 20+kts of wind and sun

First home was Nice Tri by 2 seconds ahead of Geronimo followed by a strong finish from Monkey Business, just ahead of Barcarol

Congratulations to Evolution on another exceptional performance

The Blackwater Estuary at its very best and a great day's sailing

First 3 boats in BJRC fleet were:
Kevin Whittle     Evolution
Steve Sharpe    Rocket
Dave Onyons    Monkey Business

In the IRC Class
Kevin Whittle     Evolution
Dave Onyons    Monkey Business
Peter Ward        McGregor III

Lots of great photos now available to download - but please add your own
2018 Boat Photos

You can watch the RaceQs replay of Rocket, Caroline, Monkey Business and Dan Dare here

Full race results and series update can be viewed on the BJRC website here

Next race is the Stone Rose Bowl Cup on Sunday July 8, 10.30 Stone Line