Rudy and Linsay.
Rudy and Linsay. Contributed.

One man's love affair with sailing

LINSAY Patterson was just nine years of age when his love affair with yachting started.

"I was always around boats as my father built fibreglass yachts and raced a B2 class airfoil masted ... catamaran called Mystery in the 70s," Linsay said.

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"I started yacht racing at nine years old in Botany Bay and was hooked.

"Since then I've raced in Endeavour 24 and 26ft and Etchells 22ft keelboats in Botany Bay; dinghies, catamarans..., lasers, 505 and a windsurfer at Malpas Dam, Armidale, trailer sailers with the Trailer Sailor Club in Brisbane and then ocean racing on Too Impetuous (43ft Holland) and, more recently, on Ragtime, a J130 43ft yacht."

Today, Linsay is a certified Race Officer Yachting Queensland and has run many events over the years, including the Moreton Bay Classic, an annual trailer sailer event from Manly to Scarborough in Brisbane.

In his role as the Hervey Bay Sailing Club starter, he runs the races and helps with the annual Bay-to-Bay Yacht Race, which has up to 150 trailer sailers racing from Tin Can Bay to Hervey Bay held in May each year.

"I'm also the treasurer for Fraser Coast Radio Yacht Club and certified as Principal Race Officer with Queensland Radio Yachting Association," he said.

Linsay lives in Torquay and works in Maryborough, but was originally from Sydney and the Central Coast of New South Wales.

He moved to Queensland in 1988 after meeting a girl from an appearance on the then popular television show Perfect Match.

"Then I met my wife, Annette, and we used to often visit the Fraser Coast after racing in the Bay-To-Bay Yacht Race," Linsay said.

"This caused us to holiday here with the girls for Easter and Christmas at various times.

"With retirement looming I figured it was time to head to where we want to retire and it's here."

Last year, the 56-year-old flew to Sydney on the first weekend of December to sail in the Admiral's Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta, which was held to commemorate 50 years since Australia first won the Cup in 1967.

 

"Australia won it in 1967 and 1979, but contested for many years," he said.

According to Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Admiral's Cup heralded an era of popularity for team events around the world and the growth of professionalism in the sport of yachting.

Starting in 1957, the biennial event grew to attract teams from up to 19 countries and stimulated the design of seaworthy race boats all over the world.

Events like the Southern Cross Cup, the Onion Patch series, the Kenwood Cup and Sardinia Cup were based around the Admiral's Cup format using a long classic race (Sydney to Hobart Race for the Southern Cross Cup) as the basis for the events' climax.

 

Rudy Weber on Too Impetuous in Sydney December 2017
Rudy Weber on Too Impetuous in Sydney December 2017 Contributed

The Admiral's Cup survived until 2003, when most other team events were being abandoned.

"The event was the culmination of various series at the competing countries to form the best three-boat team from each country," Linsay said.

"Then they compete as a team in various ocean races and the winner receives the Admiral's Cup."

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While Linsay was only away in Sydney for the weekend, the boat he raced on, Too Impetuous, won't be back in Brisbane until later this month.

"Too Impetuous is a bit large to transport so much easier, and cheaper, to do a delivery trip," Linsay said.

"Besides, the delivery is a very enjoyable part of any campaign.

"We had a number of crew assist with that, including owner Rudy Weber, his wife and co-sponsor Robyn Weber, Jim Haig, Paul Bowler, Christina Spurgeon and others joining for smaller legs of the trip.

"They had stops at Southport, Coffs Harbour and Broken Bay.

"A delivery is much the same as an Ocean Race without the hectic pace."



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