Sunday, February 19, 2012

Scarlet Runner Grabs The Double in 2012 Lexus Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race

Scarlet Runner has claimed both line honours and handicap in the 2012 Lexus Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race and was awarded the winner's trophy today at the prize giving presentation at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club by America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray.
Photo: Bob Ross
An elated Robert Date from Sandringham Yacht Club was smiling big time when he stepped up to podium this afternoon to receive the spoils.
Photo: Fran Solly
Date has had no easy ride during to win this race where he steered his boat very close to his nearest rival Secret Men's Business 3.5 until Yorke Peninsula. In December the boat suffered hull damage en route to Sydney for the start of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and just made the start line in time after having major repairs done at Noakes Boatyard. This win is a sweet one that makes up for plenty of disappointments including being unable to compete in the Rolex Trophy Series.
Photo: Fran Solly
“There was a lot of hard reaching and running downwind and we just smoked it. The boat was flying downwind. It was awesome match racing with Secret Men’s,”  Robert Date said.

“They smoked us for the first 40 miles and were ahead. As soon as we went around Yorke Peninsula and put our jib top up we just smashed it. We reclaimed the half mile advantage they had worked so hard for in a few seconds flat.“

“From the very start we were racing neck and neck with Scarlet Runner and there was nothing between us. As we headed into the Gulf and around Marion Reef that’s when they cracked sheets and went flying downwind and gradually pulled away. Our crew work was flawless as was theirs. It was the best racing I’ve ever done,” Geoff Boettcher said.

Third place went to Andrew Saies' Beneteau First 40 Too True, the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race overall winner.

"This is the fifteenth time I have done this race and it is very competitive amongst the cruiser racers. We beat several 45s including very successful teams like the Victoire guys who are very good experienced offshore yachtsmen.

In December Scarlet Runner suffered hull damage en route to Sydney for the start of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and just made the start line in time after having major repairs done at Noakes Boatyard. This win is a sweet one for Date and his crew that makes up for plenty of disappointments including being unable to compete in the Rolex Trophy Series.

Lulu Roseman

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