Carl Ryves still holds a firm grip on the Dragon Gold Cup pointscore, despite finishing out of first place for the first time in five races in last Saturday’s Mini Regatta on the Harbour.
At the helm of Sidewinder, Carl managed a 5-3-2 score in the Dragon Mini Regatta, for a net 12 points after a total of nine races to date in the Gold Cup still 7.5 points ahead of his nearest rival Anthony Armstrong, sailing French Connection. Sidewinder’s previous results had been a second and five firsts.
Of course, Carl may have been distracted from Dragons after helming a Flying Dutchman with the Woollahra Sailing Club’s fleet – the first he had been in the back end of FD in 25 years.
Not bad for a 74-year-old to sail one of the world’s fastest centreboard dinghies! But then Carl and Dick Sargeant did represent Australia in the Flying Dutchman class at the Mexico 1968 Olympics.
Sailing the original Sidewinder, they finished fourth overall, just 0.7 point out of a medal.
This summer Carl will be an interested onlooking when the Flying Dutchman world championship will be staged on Sydney Harbour with the Squadron hosting the event for between 50 and 60 competitors.
So, after a Sunday sailing an FD once more, Carl Ryves was back at the helm of the Dragon called Sidewinder last Saturday competing in a competitive fleet of eight of the classic keelboats, like the Flying Dutchman a former Olympic class.
Riga (Martin Bourke and Ian McCrossin) won race one from Indulgence (Robert Alpe) by 17 seconds with Sidewinder third. However, as Riga is not an entrant in the Gold Cup, top points went to Liquidity.
Race 2 saw Anthony Armstrong’s French Connection win by 25 seconds from Indulgence with Riga third and Sidewinder fourth. Riga took out race 3 by 35 seconds from Indulgence and Sidewinder, Liquidity fourth.
Riga was the top-scoring boat in the Mini Regatta, while the pointscore for the Gold Cup saw Sidewinder on 12 points, French Connection 19.5, Shapes (Wolf Breit) 25, Liquidity 30 and Indulgence on 45 points.
In Division 1, Geoff Davidson’s Beneteau 36.7 Jackie Clare won the day to strengthen her lead in the Spring Series pointscore, taking out the race from Impetuous Too (Graeme Lambert) and Euphoria (Anthony Coleman).
After six races in the Spring Series, Jackie Clare has a net 9 points, followed by Sydney (Charles Curran) 17 points and Much Ado V (John & Michael Stephens) 23 points.
Only 34 seconds separated the top three placegetters on corrected time in Division 2, with Will Hutchinson skippering Solange, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409, to first place from Ellipse II (Brian Bergin) and Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Millar) which took fastest time.
‘Til the Fat Lady Sings (David Smith) notched up her fifth line honours and third corrected time wins in Division 3, winning Saturday’s race from Therapy (Tom Cehak) and Esquisse 2 (Richard Staines).
In the Spring Series pointscore, ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings has a net 11 points, just one ahead of the Hood 23 Esquisse II (Richard Staines) which so far has only once placed worse than third in six races. Third overall is Come by Chance (John Nutt) on 20 points.
In the International Etchells Spring Series race, Doug McGain steered Ciao to victory from Top 40 (Peter Merrington and Geoff Bonouvrie), third place going to Magpie (Steve Jarvin).