SMB breaks the drought, claims race win in Adelaide-Lincoln

Goeff Boettcher’s 52-foot Secret Mens Business has broken a five-year drought to regain the overall IRC win in the Teakle Classic Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race.

He and his crew emerged victorious in a competitive five-boat Division 1 fleet, made up of four other 52s including Zen, Another Hooligan, Smuggler and Quest.

Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen finished in second overall, while Nick George’s Another Hooligan rounded out the podium in third.

The race will also count as the first Division 1 race of the Australian Yachting Championship, which is hosted this year as part of the Lincoln Week Regatta.

Bob Dunn’s Grainger 42 Trimaran, Venom, was awarded the line honours trophy for the first boat over the line, while also claiming the OMR win ahead of Charles Meredith’s Peccadillo.

On AMS, it was Derek Morrison’s Sintara that took out Division 1 after an excellent race, ahead of Seb Bohm’s Smuggler in second and Julian Newton’s Game On in third.

Division 2 AMS saw Brett Averay’s Bacardi claim the win, ahead of Barb Parker and Jim Gordon’s Papillon in second and Matt Fahey’s Faster Forward in third.

The Overall combined AMS results saw Sintara take the win ahead of Bacardi in second and Smuggler in third.

On PHS it was Sintara which took the win in Division 1, ahead of Scott Mutton’s 3 Cool Cats in second and Alan Woodward’s Reverie in third.

Division 2 PHS saw Faster Forward take the win ahead of Bacardi in second and Stuart Johnson’s Audacious in third.

Overall PHS was won by Sintara with Faster Forward in second and 3 Cool Cats in third.

The ORC division was also on offer in this year’s race and was won by Zen with Smuggler in second and Reverie in third.

Full results can be found via the Lincoln Week website at https://lincolnweek.com.au/yacht-race-info/racing-results/

EVENT: Australian Yachting Championships

DATES: 17-23 February 2023

CLUB: Port Lincoln Yacht Club (SA)

AUTHOR: Harry Fisher

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