Classic shines on

Ichi Ban claimed its fourth straight line honours in the Teakle Classic Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race.

Photography by Down Under Sail

22 February 2022


The 72nd Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race was held Friday 18 February in the lead up to the Lincoln Week Regatta which runs Monday 21 February to Thursday 24 February.

Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban has clinched its fourth Teakle Classic Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race in as many appearances, taking out line honours and overall handicap in a wet and windy race.

Ichi Ban finished at just after 3am Saturday morning in a time of 12 hours, 29 minutes and 45 seconds, just 20 minutes clear of Secret Men’s Business, skippered by Geoff Boettcher in a time two hours slower than the race record set in 2020.

The win caps off a great season for Allen and his crew who won their third Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 2021.


“It’s a great combination (of sailing skills), we really enjoy it, that’s why we come back,” Allen said.

“This is our fourth year here and I think we’re the only boat from New South Wales here, but we love coming here and it sort of makes sense coming up after the Sydney-Hobart.”

South Australian sailing veteran Boettcher said his Secret Men’s Business crew sailed really well, however weren’t quite good enough for the talented Ichi Ban crew.

“For us to hang off the back of (Ichi Ban) for most of the trip across, we’re pretty happy,” he said.

“We had a couple little hiccups that probably cost us a mile or two, but other than that the boys performed really well.”

The fleet is now involved in the four-day Lincoln Week Regatta on the waters of Boston Bay, which started on Monday.

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