Rob Date and the crew from J/111 Scarlet Runner11 competed in 160nm Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race, followed by Teakle Classic Lincoln Week Regatta with 6 races over 4 days of racing at Port Lincoln.
Rob’s J/111 home port is near Melbourne in Victoria, so the crew sailed the 550+nm trip to Adelaide against the predominant westerly ‘roaring 40s’ winds to compete in the regatta.
The racing starts in the blue waters of the Gulf of St Vincent off Adelaide where 40 boats leave Outer Harbour/North Haven in Adelaide on Friday about 3.00pm to compete in the 160 nautical mile race. It is “South Australia’s Premier Ocean Race” and now in its 69th year complete with all the challenges of a Category 3 race.
The route takes them south west to Marion Reef at the foot of York Peninsula along the foot to the spectacular Cape Spencer then North West past Wedge and Thistle Islands and Dangerous Reef to the welcome of Port Lincoln nestled on Boston Bay.
The race started on a port beat for 35NM. The Scarlet Runner crew are in the most part inexperienced in Ocean Racing. Rob’s daughter and future son in law, his best mate for more than 40 years and the balance being the usual inshore race crew made 7 crew in total. After passing Marion Reef the course freed up. Scarlet Runner 11 put up the code zero and were doing 14knots with the occasional knock down. Unfortunately the zero did not last the distance. After passing the bottom of the York Peninsula SC11 were into VMG running as the pressure dropped. The final 20 NM was running under A1 and Scarlet Runner 11 achieved the fastest time for this section of the race.
The distance race is then followed by Lincoln Regatta with a mix of inshore and coastal courses over 4 days that make the most of the fantastic sailing in Boston Bay and among some of the surrounding Islands. One race finishing at an isolated beach for a BBQ, drinks and beach cricket before the down hill sail back to the marina.
Scarlet Runner 11 topped the Div 1 leader board at the Regatta scoring 1st on AMS (9points), 1st on PHS, and 2nd by just two points on IRC, a very impressive result considering the competition which included Farr 40, First 45, 47.7’s, Melges 32 and Sydney 38’s and Sydney 47.
Congratulations to Rob and the crew and we hope for fair winds for your homeward journey to Melbourne. Photo Credit: Alex McKinnon Photography