Arguably one of the oldest one-design yachtsmen in the world, 87-year-old RSYS member Gordon Ingate showed he is still a remarkable helmsman by winning two of the three races in the International Dragon class Mini Regatta and Gold Cup series on Sydney Harbour at the weekend. He lost the other race by five seconds.
Steering Whimsical, Ingate finished that close second in the first race of the day to Liquidity (Richard Franklin). In race two he beat Franklin by eight seconds and in the final race scored a comfortable win from Riga (Martin Burke/Ian McCrossin) with a margin of 48 seconds.
The mini regatta was Ingate’s first outing with the Squadron’s Dragon fleet this season. He has not entered Whimsical in the mini regatta series, with Riga leading the pointscore from Liquidity.
Over a yachting career spanning 75 years, Ingate has represented Australia at the Admiral’s Cup and the Olympic Games, challenged for the America’s Cup, won the prestigious Prince Philip Cup in Dragons, and gone close to winning the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with Caprice of Huon in 1972.
The Mini Regatta also included the International Yngling class, with Miss Pibb (Hamish Jarrett) scoring three straight wins. Evie (Karyn Gojnich) scored two seconds and a third while Karma (Gary Wogans) was next best on the day with a 7-4-5 scorecard.
Philip Grove’s Huntress has continued her impressive return to Harbour racing with a second place two weeks ago and then a fine win last Saturday in the Division 1 fleet of 12 starters.
Huntress, which had a great series at Hamilton Island during the winter, won from Xpress (Parkes/West) and Impetuous Too (Graeme Lambert).
Fourteen boats lined up for Division 2, with Galan (Mike Gallagher) winning from Eclipse II (Brian Bergin) and Arcturus 3 (Peter Davenport).
John Vickery’s Windsong took fastest time and first place on corrected time in Division 3 after a close duel with Wallop (Brian Collis) which placed second on handicap. Third place went to Jim Dunstan’s Zeus II.
Division 4 saw another double victory, with ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings (David Smith) dashing away from the fleet but winning on handicap by just six seconds from Beuwulf (Stafford Watts). Therapy (Tom Cehak) took third place.
By Peter Campbell