by John Cowpe
Following a string of high profile transactions, leading Yacht Brokerage 'YOTI' has been chosen as exclusive agents in the sale of Sydney to Hobart winner 'Secret Mens Business 3.5' in the Austalina market.
Secret Mens Business dropping - Audi Victoria Week 2011 Tuesday
Secret Men's Business 3.5, the overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart is now officially on the market.
South Australian Geoff Boettcher and his crew, after some serious campaigning won the prestigious Tattersall’s Cup, the overall Rolex Sydney to Hobart crown, with his Hart Marine built Reichel Pugh 51 Secret Men's Business 3.5.
Sail World interviewed the smiling Hobart winner at Audi Victoria Week.
Our question to Geoff was 'Where to from here?'
Boettcher responded ‘Winning the Hobart Race was fantastic and we were just blown out of the water. I am not saying we did not deserve it; we worked very hard.'
The Adelaide veteran explained ‘one of the real secrets for us in winning our highly competitive Hobart division, which contains a host of 50-60 footers, and the overall IRC handicap was the strength of the boat and a highly experienced crew.
‘When we had heavy conditions on the second night (of the Hobart) we were able to make big gains because we were able to keep the peddle hard to the floor.
‘Our emphasis has always been on strong boats. Across the years we have done a lot of sea miles, campaigning from Adelaide to Hamilton Island and Hobart.
'There was a lot of preparation; we had the right guys on board, the boat was very good and we found that element of luck that has always eluded us in the past.
‘While the media focussed on my 22 Hobarts, you must remember half of them were as a crew member on other boats.
‘It is only since ’94 I have put my own boat together and it is probably the last seven years we have seriously had a go at winning the Hobart.
Secret Mens Business heads for bottom mark - Audi Victoria Week 2011 Tuesday
'The first ‘Secret Men's Business’ (SMB 1) was a ‘42 Murray Burns Dovell design launched in 1996 and competed in many years of great regatta’s and Hobart’s including the disastrous 1998 race.
'SMB 2 was a ’46 Reichel Pugh which was successful in Audi Geelong Week and at the Hamilton Island regatta but was badly damaged in a collision in the pre-start of race 1 in 2007. When the mast was wiped off the truck returning to Hart Marine, it was decided a new RP boat would be commissioned.
'SMB 3, again a Reichel Pugh ’49, was commissioned in 2008 just in time for the Hobart Race. This hull was found lacking in upwind boat speed and it was decided to replace the hull with a new RP ’51 hull renaming it SMB 3.5' Geoff recounted.
Commenting on the task ahead, YOTI Director John Cowpe commented 'We are very excited to excecute the marketing and sale of this yacht, she is proven inshore and offshore to be fast and competative under IRC. We have a number of clients looking to step up with their crews into a yacht of this callibre. The time and cost to commission and work a boat up to this level is enormous. Certainly this is an opportunity to get in at the top end without the gamble of a new commission.
For more information call the team at YOTI on 02 9960 6222 or lead broker Tim Vine on 0412 38 25 38
Boettcher is happy to consider a trade to a smaller boat (with an appropriate adjustment) such as a Sydney 38, to fill the gap for a year, before a new path evolves.