Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Boys Are Ready To Rumble In Lexus Port Lincoln Regatta Long Race

After a disappointing day yesterday where they were plagued with crew issues over both races, Secret Men's Business 3.5 is out to redeem themselves today.
Photo: Fran Solly
"Our strategy today is to beat that big old red shitter, Scarlet Runner," Skipper Geoff Boettcher said on the dock before hitting the water.
Photo: Fran Solly
"After yesterday's shocker we went training last night to iron out some issues we're been having on the foredeck. The crew have been under pressure and perhaps they have just been trying too hard because of that. Plus we haven't been doing that much regatta racing lately so that showed. There were cracks in the armour. But today we are fired up and ready to rumble."

Jason "Clarkey" Clark who trims the mainsheet on Secret Men's Business 3.5 is positive that they are in for a better day today.

"Yesterday was the great racing we have come to expect at Lexus Lincoln Week. Unfortunately, it wasn't the best day for us with some crew work issues under the pressure of regatta sailing and the close racing with Scarlett Runner. The boat is quick upwind but Scarlett Runner has the edge downwind. Reverie and Victoire will be tough to beat on IRC and both sailed well yesterday. We're looking forward to today's long race today where we will try get back on top of the leader board."

Darryl Hodgkinson is loving the flat waters and south'westerly conditions that are set to peak at 25 knots for the 35 nautical mile sprint race.

"Phil Leadie, our navigator is a legend as it's pretty tricky around these waters. Sean Kirkjian our tactician will take over the helm when I drop and our new recruit. 13 year old Daniel Wakeham, who is fully kitted out in a Victoire crew uniform, is expected to pull his weight too. It should be a good race today."

The overcast conditions are set to clear when the land heats up and the dry desert heat takes over. 

Lulu Roseman

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