Boettcher's new boat for Hamilton Island and IRC Championship

Most owners left last year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week tired, tanned and happy after a week of winter Whitsunday racing, appreciating their boats would be safely delivered or trucked home. Most owners aren’t South Australian yachtsman Geoff Boettcher and his mixed fortunes when it comes to yachting, particularly at the established Whitsunday series.

Boettcher’s not even one-year-old modified Farr 400 called Secret Men’s Business 4.5 was involved in a nasty truck accident on the way home from the island in August and declared an insurance write-off. Back in 2007, a former SMB was holed from both sides in a start collision that ended his Race Week campaign before the first start gun had fired.

Undeterred, the veteran and overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race with Secret Mens Business 3.5, an RP51, has started a new chapter in the sport. This time with a TP52 and he’s coming to contest class A of the Hamilton Island IRC Australian Championship with the reigning national titleholder.

“The truck and boat on a trailer ended up in the scrub on the way home and both were destroyed. It was such a shame as the Farr 400 only came out at Christmas and we’d made so many improvements,” Boettcher recalled. “On the bright side it did give me a chance to get back into where I like my sailing; in the 50-52 foot range. “When we were at Hamilton Island last August I was thinking about a 52. Though I heard Beau Geste might be coming up for sale, I didn’t even look at it... y....

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