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27 February 2005, 07:42 am
Boettcher Takes Line Honours Win
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Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race

Adelaide yacht, Hardys Secret Mens Business, has taken monohull line honours in this year's Blue Water Classic from Adelaide to Port Lincoln.
Skippered and owned by Adelaide businessman, Geoff BOETTCHER, the 46ft Reichel/Pugh designed yacht was the first monohull to cross the finish line at Port Lincoln just before 7am today.

In what could be a rare 'Double Act' in South Australia's premier sailing event, Geoff BOETTCHER could well figure in overall handicap honours as well.

That announcement will be made tonight at an official ceremony at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club.

The winner of the multihull division, and the first yacht to finish the 150 nautical mile race, was Raw to the Core.

This year's 56th Blue Water Classic was the first in which the faster multihull yachts were allowed to compete, albeit in a separate division.

Hardys Secret Mens Business feat continues her recent run of successes, in which the yacht lead the South Australian charge in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, finishing in the top ten on line.

In one of the world's toughest deep sea sailing races, which this year claimed nearly half of the 116 starting yachts, Boettcher crossed the Hobart finish line in ninth position on line, completing the 628-nautical mile race in 3 days, 23 hours, seven minutes and 38 seconds.

'We are rapt with taking line honours in this race,' a happy Geoff BOETTCHER said shortly after crossing the finishing line.

'For a yacht of our size to hold her own against larger, faster boats is a great achievement, and personally, a very satisfying experience,' he said.

'This was a great race, with plenty of action. It turned into a bit of a drag race between us and another yacht, Pale Ale Rager, (Gary SHANKS) to see who could get to Port Lincoln first.

'We swapped positions a few times along the way, until they hit rocks entering Boston Bay, and had to be assisted by other boats.

'To back up our great result in the Sydney to Hobart, by being the first monohull sailing yacht to cross the finish line is fantastic, and a credit to all the crew. This yacht is a little beauty - she proved herself again!'

Hardys Secret Mens Business with D4's Bob FRASER aboard, completed the race in around 15 hours and 52 minutes - well ahead of the rest of the traditional monohull fleet.

Regarded as South Australia's premier yachting event, the 150 nautical mile Blue Water Classic attracted more than 80 yachts this year from across the country, including several multi-hulls for the first time.

The winner of handicap honours - an overall race winner - will be officially announced tomorrow after all competitors have finished, and their times have been calculated against the size of their yacht.

'The Blue Water Classic is one of my favourite races. This was the 16th time I have competed in the event,' Hardys Secret Mens Business owner/skipper, Geoff BOETTCHER, said.

'The race takes the yachts through some of SA's most spectacular waters, including Investigator Strait and the Southern Ocean.

'Conditions this year were pretty mild. The wind dropped out during the race, like we thought it would, but there was still plenty of action and jockeying for position.

'The crew did a great job. We had some great training with the Sydney to Hobart race, and we followed it through here.

'We've got out fingers crossed that we did enough to take handicap honours too.'

The Blue Water Classic is the lead up race to the Lincoln Week Regatta - a six-race event off Port Lincoln, in Boston Bay.

Hardys Secret Mens Business, which will compete in all six races at Port Lincoln, is a technically-advanced yacht that was launched late last year.

'The boat is fantastic. Technology is the main thing - its been built with high-tech materials, so its light and durable, and we utilize a trim tab on the back of the keel which gives us more lift - that's a big advantage,' Boettcher said.

Sean Whittington
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