Teakle Classic | SMB wins regatta, but local boat Fresh sails well

By Harry Fisher

Jason Close's More Noise leading Lincoln Mentor at a top mark. Photos: Take 2 Photography

The racing for the Teakle Classic Lincoln Week Regatta wrapped up today with two races around the cans in Boston Bay.

However yesterday was the fabled Megga’s BBQ race, which is a short destination race around Boston Bay and finishing in the beautiful Spalding Cove, took place in very strong winds.

Spalding Cove is a gorgeous spot and is home to a number of beautiful beaches that are part of the Lincoln National Park.

The race has been run for a number of years and is named after one of the club’s “living legends” Megga Bascombe, who unfortunately passed away a few years ago.

We interviewed one of the regatta organisers and also the navigator off Secret Men’s Business, Steve Kemp, to talk about Megga’s legacy and what the race means to locals.

IRC Results

Although they weren’t able to hold on to second spot, Kym Clarke’s Sydney 47 Fresh, which is a local Port Lincoln boat, managed to finish a respectable third overall on IRC, losing on a count back to the Sydney-based 52-foot Celestial, skippered by Sam Haynes.

The eventual winner after a highly dominant performance was Geoff Boettcher’s Secret Men’s Business, which finished the regatta with four firsts and two seconds.

Kym Clarke's Fresh. Photos: Take 2 Photography
Kym Clarke’s Fresh. Photos: Take 2 Photography

The final day was a moderate south to southeasterly breeze on Boston Bay for two races around the cans and Secret Men’s was slow off the mark in the first race, allowing Celestial to round ahead for the first time in the regatta and hold the lead for a considerable time.

Celestial won the race on IRC, which put them within striking distance of Fresh going into the last race.

Sam Haynes' Celestial
Sam Haynes’ Celestial

AMS Results

Caillin Howard and David Oliver’s Aikin Hames Sharley definitely loves the AMS rating system and after a really consistent regatta took out the overall AMS championship for division one.

The Ker 11.3 was closely followed by Phil Coombs’ 42-foot Simply Fun, which also had a solid regatta on AMS finishing second overall, and Boettcher’s Secret Men’s Business in third.

Fresh and Mark Robertson’s Horopito were also in the mix on AMS finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Lincoln Mentor and Born to Mentor had many close battles. Photos: Take 2 Photography
Lincoln Mentor and Born to Mentor had many close battles. Photos: Take 2 Photography

In division two, the local boats were showing how well their local knowledge favoured them on the beautiful Boston Bay as Peter Teakle’s Born to Mentor, skippered by Simon Turvey took out the overall honours.

He and his team had an extremely close battle with Jason Close’s More Noise, which made the trip over from the Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne, with the decision ending up coming down to a count back.

Close was slightly better than Turvey on the final day but needed one more point to claim victory.

Richard Harries’ Julia closed out the podium with a second and a fourth on the final day of racing, while Lincoln Mentor’s two AMS wins on the final day were good enough to have them finishing fourth overall.

Division one racing on Boston Bay. Photos: Take 2 Photography
Division one racing on Boston Bay. Photos: Take 2 Photography

PHS Results

Clarke’s Sydney 47 Fresh was able to finish the regatta with some consolation after a consistent regatta allowed them to take out the division one PHS honours by a considerable margin.

They raised some eyebrows early in the regatta and continued to sail above expectations with a red hot crew and skipper Bucky all focused on sailing well and winning on home waters.

They were followed by Derek Morrison’s Sydney 38 Asylum, which finished second on PHS and Gary Sinton’s That’s Life in third.

Division two racing on Boston Bay. Photos: Take 2 Photography
Division two racing on Boston Bay. Photos: Take 2 Photography

In division two Lincoln Mentor, skippered by Matt Stephens and filled with a plethora of junior crew members, finished the regatta off with a stellar day and clinched the overall PHS victory.

“The Mentor” was followed by Jason Close’s More Noise in second and Simon Turvey’s Born to Mentor in third.

Paul “Snert” Richards on Tanqueray made the trip down from the Port Augusta Sailing Club for yet another year of booze, banter and good times to finish fourth on PHS.

A certain sailing reporter may have stepped onto the boat for the final day, which they entered in second overall in striking distance of the title, and may have mixed up the routine that saw the team get a seventh and a 15th in the last two races.

… Sorry guys (from Harry)

The Tanquery team of (back) Pip, Snert, Brasso, Trevor; front: Bruno and Tooly. Photo: Down Under Sail
The Tanquery team of (back) Pip, Snert, Brasso, Trevor; front: Bruno and Tooly. Photo: Down Under Sail

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