Both Secret Mens Business and Concubine will return to the CYCSA having achieved a podium finish in the Australian Yachting Championships at Hamilton Island. SMB held off a late charge from Concubine to claim third in the major IRC category while Concubine rounded off the podium on ORCi.
With Beau Geste and Ichi Ban running away with the top two positions, the South Aussie pair were left to fight out a close battle with Tasmanian’s Alive for the final podium position.
Concubine capitalised on the breeze that came with the final days’ racing and finished the regatta how they started; with a 3rd. However a 5th from Boettcher’s SMB was enough to hang onto 3rd position for the second year running against tough competition.
“It was a really tough week, really tough”, Boettcher said.
“They (Concubine) had us a bit worried at the start, they really pushed us. They had a good day today and we had a stinker, we were lucky to hold on.
We really had to work hard for third.”
While Concubine had their sights set on beating their home town rivals, they’ll head home fairly happy with their efforts.
“We were only three points behind Geoff before the last race, we knew we could beat him,” said Shevaun Bruland.
“We were close to him for a lot of the race so we were hoping we would get him.”
Concubine started the regatta well, notching up back-to-back thirds before light breezes gave them a tough day on the water for races 4, 5 and 6.
“It was 6-9 knots, and our boat struggles in that breeze. We had no major issues and weren’t sure where we went wrong. That was the frustrating thing, searching for answers”, said Bruland.
SMB also found the conditions testing but were thankful to get through the day without too much damage on the scoreboard.
“It was a hard day, the conditions were very tricky. We got one good result and that kept us in it”, said Boettcher.
Despite missing out on a podium by just one point Concubine remained positive about the week, having learnt more about their new Mills 45 over the regatta than they have over the last 12 months.
“We’re happy to be the first non-TP52. It would’ve been amazing to finish 3rd but when you look at the world class competition here we did okay”, said Bruland.
“We knew our boat would be competitive with the TP52s, being close was encouraging.”
Competition between Concubine and SMB continued off the water; of all the accommodation available on Hamilton Island SMB managed to book a hotel room in between two Concubine rooms. Practical jokes inevitably ensued. We’re yet to get word of who won the off-water battle.
Both yachts will truck their boats back to SA where they’ll have six weeks upon return to regroup and prepare for the local racing season, which kicks off on October 8.
Images courtesy of Adventures of a Sailor Girl