Offshore Yachting : October November 2007
RACE & REGATTA ROUND-UP 36 | offshore Island Race Week. Within 24 hours, a bitterly disappointed Boettcher had booked his boat in for major structural repairs at Hart Marine in Victoria. Boettcher estimates his Reichel/Pugh 46, possibly with modifications, will be back in the water by mid November. He'll miss the start of his local series but he should have just enough time to return the boat to Adelaide to prepare it for the Rolex Sydney Hobart, then deliver it to Sydney for the start on Boxing Day 26 December. Regatta director Denis Thompson stood by his decision to start the IRC Racing division in a 15 knot sou'easter in Dent Passage on day one, when HSMB found itself the unlucky meat in a fibreglass sandwich, but down the track he says he would consider moving this division to an open starting area should circumstances warrant it. "We now have a lot of flexibility so if it's blowing 25 knots and it's a downwind start in Dent Passage, we can take the big boats elsewhere. I get a bit nervous with a big fleet starting in Dent Passage in some conditions, and we could get 250 boats for the 25th anniversary next year," Thompson said.
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