Alive, Intrigue win Bruny handicap honours

  • February 13, 2017

Alive, line honours and near record breaker, and Intrigue,  the veteran of the fleet shared handicap honours in the  91st Veolia Bruny Island Race, sailed on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday.

Alive, Derwent Sailing Squadron member, Phil Turner’s state-of-the-art Reichel Pugh 66, skippered by Duncan Hine, sailed a powerful race to come within 12 minutes of breaking the race record.

Despite her high rating, Alive also took out the IRC and PHS trophies.

Intrigue, 81-year-old Royal Yacht Club of Tasman’s member Don Calvert’s Castro 40, a wooden boat built 32 years in an apple shed down the Derwent, won the AMS trophy.

Intrigue recovered well from this spectacular broach to score her 11th handicap win. Photo Jimmy Emms/

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania yesterday confirmed Alive and Intrigue as handicap division winners of the race that circumnavigates the elongated island south of Hobart.

In a demanding race for the fleet of 15, winds reached in excess of 40 knots, at others times falling away to near nothing.

This was Alive’s first Bruny Island victory while this was the 11th handicap win for Intrigue since 1985,  the year she also represented Australia at the Admiral’s Cup in England.

Don Calvert has skippered Intrigue in all but two of her 11 wins, his son David skippering her twice.  David was among the crew who sailed the boat in this year’s race.

“This was a typical Bruny race…you always get plenty of variety (in sailing conditions),” Don Calvert said yesterday, recalling Intrigue’s spectacular broach in a 25 knot gust at the start on Saturday morning.

“We had flukey conditions sailing down the Channel then winds of 35 knots near Partridge Island and across to The Friars.

“We had some fine helmsmen on board who steered the boat so well through the tricky stuff….giving me break from the helm were my son David, Patrick Copeland,  Ross Mannering and Julian Salter,” he added.

“We had a good race….we were up with Tilt right down the Channel to Partridge Island and it was only at the Friars when we were all able to ease sheets that Tilt and then The Fork In Road, with their longer waterlines,  were able to get away from us. We still finished fourth.

The Fork in the Road was also hit by the sudden westerly gust at the statrt.

Intrigue won the AMS trophy from Stewart Geeves’ Footloose, a Young 88, by just over 12 minutes.  Third place went Cromarty Magellan, Richard Grant’s Knoop 39 which also sailed a good race.

Alive won the IRC trophy from Intrigue and Tilt, Peter Cretan’s Martens 49, which finished second in fleet, ahead of the luckless 45-footer, The Fork in the Road.

In the PHS category, Alive won outright from Footloose and Tilt.

Alive stayed on in Tasmania following the Rolex Sydney Hobart race especially to contest two of Hobart’s iconic yachting events,  the King of the Derwent and the Bruny Island Race, taking line honours in both events.

The Reichel Pugh 66 will return to Sydney shortly to contest the Australian Yachting Championships,  hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania in March,

Three yachts did not finish the 89 nautical mile Bruny Island Race:  Emotional Rescue, Wildfire and Peregrine.


Words:  Peter Campbell

Photos:  Jimmy Emms

13 February 2017