Ingate sets another age record in Prince Philip Cup

Prince Philip Cup Australasian Dragon Class Championship Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Melbourne.


Six years ago, Sydney yachtsman Gordon Ingate became the oldest yachtsman ever to win an Australian championship, the prestigious Prince Philip Cup for the International Dragon class.  Yesterday, six years on, he did it again – at the age of 88!

Ingate, helmed Whimsical to a one point victory in the 2015 Prince Philip Cup, sailed out of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, narrowly outsailing a fleet that included boats from Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia and Great Britain.

In a last day duel, sailed in steady rain and light winds, Whimsical finished just one point clear of British yachtsman Robert Campbell, sailing the borrowed Sydney boat Indulgence. 

Third place overall went to another RSYS entry, skippered by Wolf Breit with an experienced crew that included Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race winning skipper Roger Hickman.

The victory climaxes a remarkable sailing career for Ingate spanning some 75 years, including 58 years sailing in Dragons, which has seen Ingate represent Australia at the Olympic Games, the Admiral’s Cup, the America’s Cup and at world championships in the International Dragon and 5.5 metres classes.

He also finished a close second overall in the 1972 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, skippering the famous yacht Caprice of Huon, beaten by USA America’s Cup sailor Ted Turner sailing a converted 12-metre, American Eagle.

Despite his long career in the Dragon one-design class, Ingate had not won the Prince Philip Cup until the 2008 regatta on Hobart’s River Derwent.

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron member began the 2015 Prince Phillip regatta, the Australasian championship for the Dragon class, with a 4-3 result, then went into the lead with a 2-1 score on day two, just one point ahead of fellow RSYS member Wolf Breit, helming Shapes.

On the final day, with discards coming into effect, the major opposition came from Breit and Robert Campbell, a past international president of the International Dragon Class Association who had until then had carried a 17-point penalty incurred from an OCS in race two.

A regular visitor to Australia for the Prince Philip Cup, Campbell had already made a cleansweep of the Albert Memorial Cup, a precursor to the Prince Philip Cup but the OCS made it a question of catch-up in the major event.

Day two saw Campbell and his crew of Sydney Dragon sailors Robert Alpe and Richard Franklin fight back with a 1-3 score, but still carrying the 17 penalty points. 

Discarding the OCS result, Indulgence and Whimsical were on net 6 points each with Shapes on a net 5 points going into the final day after day three of racing had been abandoned because of extremely stormy weather over Melbourne.

Friday’s racing started in pouring rain and light wind.  Ingate posted a win in the first race of the day, race 5, from Shapes and Indulgence with the overall scores then being Whimsical and Shapes 7 each, Indulgence 9 points.

Indulgence won the sixth and final race but Whimsical’s second place gave Ingate and his crew of Brad Sheridan and David Giles the winning margin and his second Prince Philip Cup in 58 years of racing Dragons. Final scores were:

  1. Whimsical (Gordon Ingate, RSYS) (4)-3-2-1-1-2, net 9 points.
  2. Indulgence (Robert Campbell, Burnham-on-Crouch Yacht Club, UK) 2-(OCS)-1-3-3-2, 10 points.
  3. Shapes (Wolf Breit,  RSYS) 1-1-3-(6)-2-3, 10 points
  4. Wizzzardry (Raymond Chatfield, RFBYC) 5-4-5-2-4-(8), 20 points
  5. Ridgeway (Jeff Rose, RTYC) 3-5-4-5-5-(9), 22 points.

Peter Campbell



Prince Philip Cup Dragon Australasian Championship

6 January, 2015


Arguably one of the oldest one-design class yachtsmen in the world, 88-year-old Gordon Ingate is showing he is still a remarkably talented helmsman by today sailing his International Dragon class yacht Whimsical into the overall lead in the prestigious 2015 Prince Philip Cup on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay.

Ingate moved up from third to first on the leaderboard with a second and a first place today against a 16 boat fleet from Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Great Britain, following his 4-3 score on day one of the regatta being conducted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club.

Photo shows Whimsical (217) leading fellow RSYS boat Indulgence (218)

Over a yachting career spanning more than 75 years, Ingate has represented Australia at the Admiral’s Cup and the Olympic Games and has skippered a challenger for the America’s Cup.  He won the Prince Philip Cup on Hobart’s River Derwent several years back, his first win in what is the Australasian championship for the Dragon class after half a century in the class.

He also went close to wining the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with Caprice of Huon in 1972.

After four races, Whimsical is on 10 points, with fellow RSYS member Wolf Breit in second place in Shapes after placings of 1-1-3-6 for 11 points.  Among Shapes’ experienced crew is Roger Hickman who last week skippered the ocean racing yacht Wild Rose to an overall victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Third overall is the West Australian entry, Wizzardy, skippered by Raymond Chatfield from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club with 16 points from placings of 5-4-5-2.

British yachtsman Robert Campbell and the crew of Indulgence, winners of the Ted Albert Memorial Regatta on Sunday, were OCS in race two yesterday today improved their overall standing to sixth with a first and a third place.

Racing continues Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Royal Brighton Yacht Club.

Peter Campbell

Yachting journalist – 0419 385 028


Stepping Stone House Regatta 2015

“Just a few hours of your time can make a lifetime’s difference”

The RSYS will once again play host to the Annual Charity Regatta and Bridge Day for Stepping Stone House in March 2015 and all members are invited to be part the activities by being involved either as a participating Yacht Owner, as a sponsor of one of the many yachts, or joining the dedicated band of Bridge Players in the beautiful Carabella Room for a day of good cards and an enjoyable lunch.

Is there a  better way  to support a wonderful organisation which is doing such valuable work with young people, than to join in the spirit of these two days which the Club has hosted and supported for the past sixteen years?

Stepping Stone House has been helping and assisting young people to rebuild their lives for more than 25 years. Many have lost their way in society through no fault of their own. It is Stepping Stone House’s  job, together with your support,  to help them put their lives back together.

For your diary the Bridge Day is Tuesday 10th March 2015, with  9.30am welcome and  coffee in the Neutral Bay room. Entry forms can be obtained by ringing Sandy Lawson 9925 0908 or Lynette Harrison 9960 2287.

The Annual Regatta is scheduled for Thursday 12th March 2015 with a noon lunch followed by a Skipper’s Briefing at 1pm adjacent to the Flag Pole. To enter the regatta either as a sponsor, individual or yacht owner please go to the RSYS Regatta page.

For any enquires see call Richard Lawson 0416 088 111, Rex Harrison 0410 524 158,  Max Connery 0418 647 576, or Monica at


Spring Pointscore winners are certainly grinners

RSYS Division 1’s Jackie Clare and Division 2’s Campeador won their divisional Spring Pointscores with flair, both yachts winning their final races on the Harbour last Saturday.

Jackie Clare, Geoff Davidson’s Beneteau 36.7,  really got into top gear in the last three races of the Spring Series with a 1-3-1 score that took her to a net 30 points,  eight points clear of Charles Curran’s 60-footer,  Sydney, which finished with a net 38 points after a third on Saturday. Saturday’s final race for Division 1 saw John and Michael Stephens’ Much Ado V oust Graeme Lambert’s Impetuous Too from third place overall. Much Ado V finished second in the race to Jackie Clare to end the Spring Series on 41.6 points while Impetuous placed fourth in the race and fourth overall for a net 44 points.

The Squadron conducted 14 races for the three mixed divisions in the Spring Series, with close on 40 boats regularly racing, boosted at times with casual entries and for special days when the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Division 1 fleet joined with the Squadron fleet.

In Division 2, Jonathan Threlfall’s Campeador, a Jeanneau Sunfast 36, followed up her third on Saturday week with a fine win in the last race, finishing the Spring Series with 36 points. Runner-up was Can Can (Roman Tomawsky) on 42 points; third overall was Ambitious (David Matthews) on 51 points.

In Division 3, the Spring Series saw a comfortable overall win for David Smith’s ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings, which was one of the former Division 4 fleet now combined with Division 3.  The fast little boat outpaced the fleet many times during the spring and won three  races on corrected time to finish on a net 45 points,  with Marigot Bay (Merryl Semple) winning Saturday’s race to finish second  on 57 points,  John Jeremy’s Tingari placing third overall on 62.5 points. 

The International Etchells and Dragons finished the Spring segment of the 2014-2015 season with a mini-regatta.  For the Dragons it was also part of the Gold Cup pointscore. Racing over the past two weekends shows that octogenarian Dragon sailor Gordon Ingate is still an outstanding helmsman.   In the Dragon mini series last Saturday week he steered Whimsical to a 2-1-5 scorecard while Liquidity (Richard Franklin) had a first and two thirds and Sidewinder (Carl Ryves) a 4-2-1 score. Sidewinder (Carl Ryves) taking out the Series from Liquidity and Indulgence.

The final mini regatta for the Etchells, last Saturday week, attracted 24 starters with Jarrod Rhodes steering Achilles to the excellent score of a 5th and two wins.  The other winner on Saturday was Cameron Miles, helming The Hole Way to a first and a third, but slipping to 13th in the final race. David Clark sailed consistently well in Fifteen+ for a 5-2-3 scorecard while Shindig (Rob Weir and Mike Tyquin) notched up a 2-4-8 result.

Another strong fleet, 19 starters, lined up for the final Spring Series  race last Saturday with Ciao (Doug McGain) ending a most consistent first half of the season with a close second to Top 40 ((Peter Merrington and Geoff Bonus). Ciao finished the Spring Series with a net 16 points, second place going to Alchemist (Richard Hammond and Roger Gain) on 36 points, third to Zapper (David Baker with 83 points). This season’s Etchells Australian championship will be sailed in Adelaide from 10-16 January.

RSYS Club racing will resume on Saturday, 10 January 2015 with the first of the Summer Series.

Peter Campbell

McConaghy 38 - Tuesday 16th - Postponed

Attention Competitors - MC38 Maserati Twilight Regatta.

We have been monitoring the wind and sea state over the last few hours. The wind is following the forecast, if not a knot or two above the predictions. We are seeing breeze above 25 knots since 1200 and the gusts going up to 33 knots.

The sea state is rough due to the fetch and even an alternate course using Athol Bay and Bradleys Head as protection results in a gusty / shifty course where the finish would be close to moorings and exclusion zones on a lee-shore in Rushcutters Bay. 

As a result of these facts, the Race Committee has again decided to postpone all racing for Tuesday. ("AP over A" for all you rules minded people)

It looks like we will be going into the final day of racing with all boats on equal points and three races scheduled. The forecast is for a South Easterly of about 15 knots, decreasing to about 12 knots by the end of racing.  

 Richard Slater - MC38 Association