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Sandringham Yacht Club’s Scarlet Runner tales and Caribbean sails


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Team Scarlet Runner. Sandringham Yacht Club's Scarlet Runner has been on the move for year competing in some amazing races and regattas. Credit: Rob Date.

The 11th July 2014 marks one year since Scarlet Runner headed out of Sandringham for her round the world journey.

Over 20,000 nautical miles under her belt, passing through her most southerly point of Wilson’s Prom, travelling to Darwin, The Cocos Islands, South Africa, Brazil (Cape Town to Rio race) and the Caribbean.

She is now at her most northerly point in San Francisco and ready for yet another tough ocean race to Hawaii competing in the PAC Cup.  As you will imagine there are many tall tales to be shared regarding this incredible journey. What follows are some of those stories from the Caribbean adventure.

St Barth`s les Voiles Race Week.
14th -19th April

The St Tropez of the Caribbean……so it says on the brochure…no lies there!  Stunning beaches, luxurious shopping and this French colony island has an airstrip so small you have to duck when a plane lands.  No lies there either!

The first two days gave us two races of around18-16 miles on perfect winds of 10-15kts.  Utterly magical sailing on cobalt blue seas with daily temperatures of at least 30 degrees, shorts and t-shirts were the only attire required. Day 3 was livelier, gusts of 33kts and surfing downwind at speeds of 23kts. What a ride that was!

Ribs were bruised on the inside from thumping hearts! And then there was Glenda Date who every day greeted the sweaty crew with a smorgasbord of rolls, fruit and a huge bag of cold beer, what a gal!

The final day in St Barth’s added to the injury list the crew had sustained with a broken gooseneck (much more important).  This break ended our races and we were forced to retire from the last two races.  However, we got the chance to see the super yachts up close, all over 100ft, one with its own water slide! Why wouldn’t it?

When we arrived back at shore and were greeted with two bottles of Verve Cliquot and Cuban cigar for the boss man!  High fives and hugs all round!  Pack up and on to the last party!  There was fourth place to be proud of…albeit that the placing was on the very swiftly and without warning applied Caribbean handicapping system rather than the IRC we had originally entered into. No comment.

To say that St Barth’s les Voiles know how to party is a bit like saying that Santa is good at giving out presents!  Ok, let’s see.  Opening Night; Pole dancer…then a MALE pole dancer and… sit down, the rum was cheaper than Coke-Cola!
Therefore the drinks were extremely strong and so peaking early was not unusual, to the point of certain crew being `robbed` of the nights entertainment!

(Ahem)…Some would argue they were also robbed of some of the following morning. The lay day eve party…yes, a party before the party (I know!) involved naked poms (as usual), fantastic food, more rum than oxygen and the crew of Scarlet hijacking the sand dance floor.  I don’t know how we made it to Lay Day but we got there.  A beautiful beachside restaurant was the breath taking venue.  The list of fun…..?? here it comes; water volleyball, Verve Cliquot ribs equipped with mini seadoos, scrumptious lunch, mojitos, yet more rum, yet more champagne, a giant bottle of Verve that took four waiters to carry at a cost of a mere 1,000 euros.  But, stealing the show was Scarlet’s crew headlining the table top running and our crew Matilda branding almost everyone with Runner tattoos.  Don’t get up, there’s more.  The final night…the organizers only lit the local fort in red, gave us a firework display, encore of the pole dancers and provided an amazing band.  No Runner casualties reported…ok. ….maybe one.

April 22nd Guadeloupe to Antigua Race

40nm, sunny skies and 10-15kts…is there no end to this heaven?  No there wasn’t because we won both line honors and overall.  Yeah us!  We were joined by Rob and Glenda Date’s son, Courtney, and his girlfriend, Claire all the way from Whistler Canada, you couldn`t ask for a better start to the week.

The following day was the round the island race. A 55 mile circumnavigation.  A 10 mile beat.(never good for Scarlet) saw us at the back of the fleet but a beam reach with new Staysail saw some gains. A vmg  run got us to 2nd. Place but a tight spin reach had us with the wrong sails. We got rolled only to fall into a dead air patch at the west end of the island. We got our selves out best passing the Volvo 70 and all others except Leopard.(super maxi) We really worked the 15 mile beat to the finish to get second on handicap and 3 rd across the line.  A happy crew at the end of a long day.

Antigua Race Week 24th-29th May

Antigua is the island of beaches, 365 to be exact, one for each day of the year! Local rum shacks, reggae, rastas and very friendly locals. Coconut palms and shrub cover most of the island with the main infrastructure surrounding the marinas. Not to mention Rum! Lots of Rum!!

The first night was the infamous Mount Gay Red Hat Party!  Find a ticket! Find a ride to the party! Gate crash the queue! Only the first 500 got the infamous red mount gay hats! And the rum flowed! And the band played! A certain boss’s wife was not to be out done by the half naked poms, so next minute she’s up on the stage strutting her stuff with the band in true Aussie Scarlet Runner style! Karen our trusty van driver ensured all crew were poured into the van at the end of the night. You fit more in when they’re poured. We got 14!

Lay day Eve – a concert at Shirley Heights lookout featuring “Shaggy!”The VIP ticket included all you could drink or carry! (Including verve of course!) Lots of Scarlet tattoo branding occurred that night! Pigeon beach was the venue for the Lay Day party and the RSX challenge. Rob, Snoady and Timmy represented Australia! With a 1st and 2nd, they had it beat, but due to confusion of the race commentator of where the finish line was, everyone was confused! Therefore the Aussies came through with a 3rd!  Awesome effort and they had the biggest fan club! Snorkelling, beach games and a tug of war followed. Another fab day!

During the week whilst Scarlet was racing the trusty shore crew toured the island checking out the markets, galleries, lunch spots and the pristine beaches. They also did an excellent job ensuring food supplies were endless! Vanessa was also a welcoming sight for the crew at the end of every race with her full to the brim esky in tow!

Day 1 – Perfect sailing day and Scarlet came home with a bullet! The delicious rum punch flowed in celebration followed by a stunning crew dinner put on by Glenda and co whilst crew enjoyed the amenities of our fabulous crew house frolicking in the pool! Day 2- Scarlet came home with 2nd and 3rd!  More rum punches! Day 3 and 4 consisted of 2 races each day constant breeze of 15 knots.  Scoring all 4th’s.Scarlet finished 4th overall. It was another fabulous week!  The sailing, courses, crew and the parties were all brilliant!

Bruises have been logged and compared, scarlet tattoos have been widely distributed, rums emptied, and races won and lost. New friends have been made and old friends reacquainted.
What a sensational experience for all those involved!

Crew: Rob, B.A, Disco, Timmy, Matilda, Snoady, Crackles, Emma, Sammy, Matt, Kath, Ben, Courtney, Jenny, Robyn, Glenda, Claire, John, Vanessa, St Barth`s locals Richard,  Dan and Chris.
Shore crew: Karen, Julie, Sarah, Cathy and Lorraine.

Pacific Cup

The next and final race is the PAC Cup from San Francisco to Hawaii.
The Pacific cup is a staggered start. Scarlet Runner`s start will be the 11th July at 14:30 PDT in Division E.

We will be the smallest and probably the slowest in this group. At the end of the day we will probably be last. But by nightfall we hope to be on our jib top doing 20 knots and catching fast.

You can follow Scarlet on the web site www.pacificcup.org

“Good luck Rob and the Scarlet crew in your last and final race. Sail fast and stay safe, from all your proud mates at SYC!”

By Scarlet Runner


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