Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race - Competition strengthens

Hasta La Vista. ©Michael Tozer, Sail Book (www.facebook.com/sailbook). - Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race
Michael Tozer
Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race - Tomorrow will see a bigger and more diverse fleet set sail for the start of a promising race. With more interstate and local boats competing this year, it is sure to be a challenge for the competitors.

The annual Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race has been a part of the SA racing calendar for 61 years. It has been host to some of the state’s best and most successful racing yachts including Sydney to Hobart winners, Two True and Secret Mens Business 3.5. However this year’s race boats a new challenge as it begins to attract more interstate competitors. The introduction of new competitors is likely to produce an exciting new spectacle for all involved.

A total of nine interstate boats will make the trip to make tomorrow’s start, providing a more diverse fleet than previous years. Melbourne’s Scarlet Runner will be back to defend their line honours and IRC win from last year. Other interstate competitors include Victoire (NSW), The Brothers (VIC), Reverie (VIC), Chikara Outlaw (VIC), Bacardi (VIC), Another Challenge (VIC), Peccadillo (VIC) and Mad Max (QLD).

Having previously competed in the race, interstate strongholds Victoire and Reverie will make an IRC win difficult for local hopefuls. No win will come easy as there are some big names in this year’s fleet. Favourites for line honours victory this year are again Reichel Pugh boats, Scarlet Runner and Secret Mens Business 3.5 who are expected to have another close battle at the head of the fleet. Two True are again favourites to take out the IRC division. Local heroes Patrice IV and Reverie (NSW) could be the surprise package of the event, having just competed in the Sydney to Hobart, they are surely going to be up there causing a few headaches to other contenders. The addition of four Sydney 38’s in this year’s fleet will create a new challenge to the fleet as their internal battle heats up; Victorian Sydney 38, Another Challenge, will provide a new challenge for local boats.

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The PHS division is expected to go out to any of the Sydney 38 one-design boats as the internal pressure of boat versus boat is likely to push each other harder. However there are a large number of boats who could take out a win, 3 Cool Cats, Kaesler, Another Planet and new boat Aikin are believed to have strong potential to challenge one of the Sydney 38’s.

Shining Sea. ©Michael Tozer, Sail Book (www.facebook.com/sailbook). - Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race
Michael Tozer

Last year’s edition of the race saw the first Sydney 38 One-Design division take off with five boats entered and four finishing. The battle, which The E Business won, was very close. This year there are only four boats entered due to the absence of several local boats, however that does not mean the competition won’t be stronger. The three local boats entered in the race this year have been working hard over the season to beat each other, with racing being very close and positions regularly changing. The addition of Victorian boat, Another Challenge, will add to the challenge. Local boat, Asylum, is in strong form heading into the race, racking up good results in local offshore races. Ex Sydney to Hobart and Sydney 38 National championship competitors, Shining Sea, are again expected to make the rest of the fleet work hard for a good position. Competitors are very excited about the prospect of boat versus boat and this year’s race is sure to live up to expectations.

This year is also expected to heat up in the multihull division who have a higher than ever eight entries including two interstate competitors. Though not much is known about interstate competitors Mad Max (QLD) and Peccadillo (VIC), local hot shots Goldfinger, Hawkeye and Tearaway are favourites to fight it out for victory. Having recently sailed in the very competitive multihull division of Geelong’s Festival of Sails, Victoria’s Peccadillo are the interstate favourites.

Current forecast for the race start is a typical moderate south-westerly of 10-15. Racing starts tomorrow, Friday 17, with Cruising and Veteran Divisions at 1000, Monohull Racing at 1500 and Multihull Racing at 1510.
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