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Prince Philip Cup Australian Championship

Post by Webmaster » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:57 pm

Day 1, at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Hobart
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West Australian Sandy Anderson (centre) and her crew of Linnea, Andrew Roberts and John Moncrieff, all from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth. Photo Peter Campbell
Champions duel in Prince Philip Cup

Two of Australia’s outstanding helmsman in one-design yacht racing, Tasmania’s Nick Rogers and Gordon Ingate from Sydney are on equal points in the Prince Philip Cup for Dragon class yachts after a day of frustrating sailing on Hobart’s River Derwent.

Rogers, from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and steering Karabos, ranks first with a first and a third place yesterday while Ingate, sailing Whimsical from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron sailed consistently with two seconds.

Rogers has won 10 Prince Philip Cups as a helmsman and one as crew – ironically sailing with Gordon Ingate when he won his first Cup in 2008, also on the River Derwent.

Ingate, in his 90th year and a veteran of 75 years of highly competitive racing, including the Olympics, America’s Cup, Admiral’s Cup, Sydney Hobart and many world championships, is the current holder of the Prince Philip Cup.
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Gordon Ingate relaxes at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania afer saling Whimsical to two second places in the first two races of the Prince Philip Cup. Photo Peter Campbell
Just one point behind these two is West Australian Sandy Anderson from Perth’s Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club who won race two yesterday after a close fourth in the first race of the Cup.

She is the only woman to have won a Prince Philip Cup and obviously will be a strong contender this year.

Yesterdays’ two races were fraught with problems for the race committee in setting fair courses and they actually abandoned the first attempt to run race two.

Karabos IX led all the way to win the opening race of the regatta, winning from Whimsical and Aquila (Jock Young).

The first attempt to start race two was abandoned after only seven boats had rounded the windward mark, with the wind ‘going up in the air’.

Because of the winds, race two did not start until late afternoon, with the Race Committee moving the course from the eastern side of the river at Bellerive to Sandy Bay on the eastern shore.

Sandy Anderson in Linnia was one of the first to right after seeing the freshening breeze on the Sharpie course to the east.

Gordon Ingate finished second again and might have won the race but for a tactical decision.
Leaders after two races in the Prince Philip Cup are Karabos IX (TAS) 4 points, Whimsical (NSW) 4 points, Linnea (WA) 5 points, Ridgeway (Steven Shield, TAS) 10 points, Leander (Steven Henley, TAS) 10 points and Xanthos (Mike Wilkinson, Tas) 13 points.

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Day 2, Nick Rogers’ two straight wins in Dragons

Post by Webmaster » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:27 pm

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Karabos IX is leading the Prince Philip Cup. Photo Angus Calvert
Nick Rogers’ two straight wins in Dragons

Ten times Prince Philip Cup winner in the International Dragon class, Tasmanian Nick Rogers appears well on his way to another victory in the classic one-design keelboat class.
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Linnea leading a spinnaker run. Photo Angus Calvert
Excelling on his home waters of Hobart’s River Derwent, Rogers yesterday steered Karabos IX to two straight wins on day two, his third first place of the regatta.

It is a remarkable return to racing a Dragon after four years of helming a high-performance SB20 sports boat, but Rogers gave full credit to his longtime Dragon crew, Leigh Behrens and Simon Burrows.

“Leigh and Simon are sailing the boat very well and making good (tactical) calls which has allowed me to concentrate on steering,” he said after today’s racing.

Despite Karabos IX’s three wins, only four points separate the first three boats on the Pointscore after four races.

Karabos is on 6 points from a score 1-3-1-1 while Whimsical, steered by 89-year-old Gordon Ingate from Sydney, is on 9 points (2-2-3-2) while West Australian woman skipper Sandy Anderson in Linnea is on 10 points (4-1-2-3).

Ingate’s comment after yesterday’s racing was: “I’ll have to learn to sail in the same ocean as Nick!” However, he did finish just 10 second astern of Karabos IX in race four.

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11th Dragon Prince Phillip Cup to Nick Rogers

Post by Webmaster » Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:00 pm

11th Dragon Prince Phillip Cup to Nick Rogers
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from left, Simon Burrows, Leigh Behrens and skipper Nick Rogers. Photo Peter Campbell
Tasmanian yachtsman Nick Rogers today eclipsed his own record in the Prince Philip Cup for the classic International Dragon class by provisionally winning the prestigious Cup for the 11th time.
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Karabos IX racing this week. Photo Angus Calvert.
His win with Karabos IX will not be officially confirmed until after tomorrow’s final race. However, the only chance of Rogers being beaten would be a last race, non-droppable penalty for ‘inappropriate’ behaviour on the race track.

He could win the Prince Philip Cup just by not racing in the final race on Hobart’s River Derwent.

“I don’t think we would be likely to put ourselves in that situation,” said Rogers, who won his first Prince Philip Cup in 1959. In addition to 11 (almost) Cup wins as a helmsman since 1959, he won one as a crew for 89-year-old Gordon Ingate.

Karabos IX finished second in both races for the one-design class today, maintaining consistency that allowed him to discard a third place for a net 7 points.

Sailing conditions were difficulty with a gusty westerly wind gusting to 20 knots blowing across the Dewent with an strong ebbing tide.

Even if Rogers elected not to sail today, or finished last, he could discard that race and end the regatta with a winning net 10 points.

If either of his nearest rivals, Western Australian woman skipper Sandy Anderson in Linnea and defending Prince Philip Cup champion Gordon Ingate, helming Whimsical, won the last race they still fall short of Karabos IX’s net score discarding one race.

“I have a brilliant crew and they have not sacked me yet,” Rogers said in praising his longtime Dragon crew of Leigh Behrens and Simon Barrows.

The duel is on now for second and third places, with Linnea on a net 11 points after 1-5 score yesterday and Whimsical on 12 points from a 4-3 results.

An outside chance of an overall place is Ridgeway, skippered by Tasmanian Steven Shield, the youngest sailor to ever win a Prince Philip. Ingate, incidently, is the oldest to win the Cup.

Ridgeway had its best result of the regatta, winning race 6 from Karabos IX and Whimsical while Linnea won race five from Karabos IX and Ridgeway.

Today’s race was sailed a westerly gusting to 20 knots, with Aquila (Jock Young) forced to retire from race six with mast and rigging problem only 500m from the finish and in the top four boats.

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Nonagenarian sailor fights back in Prince Philip Cup

Post by Webmaster » Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:20 am

Nonagenarian sailor fights back in Prince Philip Cup
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Gordon Ingate (right) and his crew, from left, David Giles and Davide Brittain. Photo Peter Campbell
Helming a one-design class keelboat such as an International Dragon in blustery winds south-westerly winds of 25 knots plus of wind and a choppy sea can be daunting for many skippers, but not for Prince Phillip winner Nick Rogers and runner-up, nearing 90-year-old Gordon Ingate.
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WA boat Linnea leading the fleet in an early race but had a shocker in the last race. Photo Angus Calvert
The strong sou’wester came roaring up Hobart’s River Derwent midway through yesterday’s final race of the Prince Philip Cup catching several crews unprepared as they surfed downwind under spinnakers.

There were several near ‘death rolls’ and broaches but not Tasmanian Rogers, at the helm of Karabos IX, or Ingate, steering Sydney entry Whimsical were always well in control of their boats.
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Prince Philip Cup winners with their loot at the RYCT, from left Simon Burrows, Nick Rogers and Leigh Behrens. Photo Peter Campbell
Karabos IX had virtually won the Prince Philip Cup after Friday’s race, and would have confirmed victory by staying ashore yesterday. On the water, only a rare racing rules infringement could cost the Tasmanian crew a Cup victory.

Rogers chose to sail and sail he did, surfing downwind under spinnaker to win the last race by nearly two minutes from Allegra, skippered West Australian Geoff Totterdell, who finished 35 seconds ahead of 89-year-old Gordon Ingate, sailing Whimsical from Sydney.

Ingate, the defending Prince Philip Cup holder, has been sailing Dragons for about 60 of his 89 years, graduating from Vee Jays in Sydney’s Mosman Bay.

In a remarkable career, he has represented Australia as a helmsman in the Admiral’s Cup, America’s Cup and Olympic Games, has finished second overall in the Sydney Hobart race and contested world championships in International Dragon and 5.5 metre one-design yachts.

“I’ve just sailed ten races on the Derwent this past week and not got my feet wet once,” the former Admiral’s Cup, America’s Cup and Olympic helmsman grinned through a salt-encrusted face, praising the consistent sailing of Rogers.

Karabos IX finished with a net 8 points, giving Nick Rogers his 11th Prince Philip Cup victory since 1959, plus one as crew for Gordon Ingate.

Whimsical fought back from fourth place mid-race to take third place in the final race and end up second on a net 15 points, just one point ahead of Linnea, skippered by West Australian Sandy Anderson, the only woman to have won the Prince Philip Cup.

Linnea had its worst race of the regatta, finished 10th after caught in an in windless ‘hole’ on the first spinnaker run. Fourth placed Ridgeway (Steven Shield) also had a forgettable day.

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