J/111 Scarlet Runner – Lincoln Race Week

The end of February saw the start of the 70th ‘Teakle Classic’ Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race, followed by Lincoln Race Week comprising six races over four days on the waters of St Vincent’s and Spencer Gulfs in South Australia.

The event starts with the 160nm Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race which starts off Outer Harbour in the Gulf St Vincent. 

Once in Port Lincoln, the teams race on the waters of Boston Bay and Spencer Gulf for a four day regatta run by Port Lincoln Yacht Club. Established in 1931, PLYC today operates very much by its foundation principle… “To Foster a Love of the Sea”.  PLYC enjoy sailing and racing on one of Australia’s best natural harbours. With consistent breezes, Mediterranean style climate, minimal shipping traffic and only an hour’s sail to an aquatic playground of spectacular islands. It’s no wonder the annual event is always a success.

Rob Date trucked his J/111 ‘Scarlet Runner’ from Sandringham, Victoria to Adelaide for the event.

Rob said:  ‘It was a great regatta. The race to Port Lincoln was close to typical conditions although a little windier at the start.  Scarlet Runner struggled with their reefing system soon after the start and dropped 30 minutes on their competitors in the 40 NM upwind section.

Along the bottom of York Peninsula the wind gradually went left and the angles improved as the wind freshened.  Eventually we set the Black A3, with the crew mantra “Never Go Back From The Black!” In 20-25 knots of pressure and travelling at 14-18knots, she rode the 4 metre swells throughout the night in pitch black, no moon.  It was a wild ride until dawn and had the J/111 back in the hunt.

Good navigation avoided the fish farms (though some did not).    80NM VMG running in 10-14KN, resulted in a respectable but non podium finish.”

Lincoln Race Week consisted of 2x WL races on both Monday and Thursday inside Boston Bay in flat water. A 40Nm offshore race was held on Tuesday and a 15NM inshore fixed mark race on Wednesday.

Final results in AMS (Australian Measurement System) for Scarlet Runner was 5x Firsts and a Second, (and dropped the second) – Great work to Rob and the team.

On IRC, Scarlet Runner finished 3rd overall behind a First 40 Carbon Rig and a Fast 40+, and was 2nd on Performance Handicap.

Rob and the crew from J/111 Scarlet Runner

Race Week is just as much about the social side of sailing, with Port Lincoln being home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet, a diverse aquaculture industry, and undoubtedly a seafood lover’s paradise, with some of the freshest and most sought-after seafood in the world.  Additionally, there are award-winning wineries, local goodies, and an incredible diversity of coastal activities and ocean experiences such as shark cage diving, swimming with sea lions, rugged coastlines, breathtaking coastal views, perfect beaches, native wildlife and so much more.

Evening events included the ‘Teakle Winery’ Skippers Dinner on Monday. Clean Seas-Kingfish and Yamaha Generators -Boston Bay Winery entertainment BBQ on Tuesday.  Scarlet Runner-Shark House-Crayfish/Oyster/Tuna/Kingfish Dinner with thanks to Kim Clark, Ralph Czabayski (Shark Diving), and Coffin Bay Oysters for their generous donations. Thursday -Presentation Dinner at Port Lincoln Hotel.

On Friday Scarlet Runner sailed back to Adelaide on a joyous 10-12 knot beam reach, all be it in 3-5m rolling seas from the south pole!

Rob is now planning to truck Scarlet Runner 2500km up to Queensland ready for Hamilton Island Race Week.

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