1970's Events

The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 29 Jun 1970, Mon • Page 19

Bob Lippincott Takes 22d Riverton Regatta


Bob Lippincott, former world Star Class sailboat champion, and Riverton, N. J., boat builder, won the Governor's Cup in the 22d annual cup regatta of the 105-year old Riverton Yacht Club on the upper Delaware Sunday.

Although he has competed in the annual classic many of the 22 years, it was only the second time that Lippincott had taken the trophy, his previous one being in 1954. Ed Walsh of Red Dragon Canoe Club, the 1969 winner, was not among the more than 100 entries competing.

The cup went to the winner of the Star Class, which was ruled to have made the best performance rating in the two days of sailing.


The class not only had the largest entry of the seven classes with 20 boats, but, in the three races of the series, only five Star boats failed to finish.

Lippincott finished second to clubmate Ted Rapp in Sunday morning's race, but beat Rapp in the afternoon, to take the Star trophy on 1-2-1 for 3V2 points. Rapp was runner-up on 2-1-2 or 4. Sailing with Lippincott as crew was as Joe Pickard.


Another Lippincott was also a class winner, when Bob's brother, Marcy, took the Lightning division on 1-2-1.

Two other Riverton sailors were class winners. Bob Landgraf took the Comet honors without winning a race, and Charlie Brown had two Sunday victories in the Sunfish to take the honors.

Two class victories went to skippers from the Red Dragon Canoe Club, Edgewater Park, N. J. They were in the thistles, where Dick Godfrey won on 1-2-1, and in the Celebrities where Dick Kerper was victor on 1-2-2.

Jim Walters, of Pine Lake, scored the only sweep when he won all three races in the Dusters. dragon

Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 29 Sep 1970, Tue • Page 20

Dragon Lightnings

BEVERLY Alan Lippincott, Riverton Yacht Club, had a 3-1 on Saturday to win Red Dragon Canoe Club's abbreviated fall Lightning regatta on the Delaware River.

The series was cut to two races when the front came through Sunday morning catching some of the boats out on the river but most still at moorings. The committee then called off the race when the wind gusted up to 40 knots.

Franz Schneider of the host club was runner-up in the 22-boat fleet. Heinz Kornmann, Lake Wallenpaupack, (Pa.) Fleet, won Saturday's other race. dragon

Asbury Park Press Park, New Jersey 26 Oct 1970, Mon • Page 25

1970 Heather Bowl

BEVERLY Elmer Richards, Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, won the Heather Bowl regatta for Thistles over the weekend on the Delaware River with a 4-2-1 series in a 28-boat fleet.

Red Dragon Canoe Club was the host.

Irv Liggett, Westport, Conn., Y.C, won both races Saturday in light wind but got a poor start in yesterday's race, sailed in 10-knot winds, and wound up 10th to settle for the runner-up spot in the regatta. Dan Walsh, 16, the Thistle District champion, of the host fleet, was third over-all.

Courier-Post Camden, New Jersey 17 Mar 1971, Wed • Page 13

Wet Whistles OKd At Canoe Regatta

EDGEWATER PARK - The booze will flow at the Red Dragon Canoe Club's lightning canoe regatta on June 8.

Township Committee last night approved a special one day liquor license to the club so boatmen from the East Coast can wet their whistles while competing in the day long race.

The special license opens the bar from noon to 11 p.m.

(It was a lightning regatta not a lightning canoe regatta)

Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 26 Apr 1971, Mon • Page 18

Lippincott Wins 10th Long John Title


RED BANK - Consistent sailing in a variety of wind conditions paid off for Jim Lippincott, surprise winner of the lOth annual Long John Lightning regatta over the weekend.

Lipincott, a Riverton Yacht Club sailor, had a 2-2-2 series in a 65-boat fleet crammed with many of the big names of the 19-foot Lighting class. The new titl-ist is the son of Bob Lippincott and nephew of Howard, Riverton boat builders and Sar class sailing champions.

A line squall scattered the Navesink River fleet late Saturday afternoon as only 23 boats finished. Twelve capsized and at least 12 more suffered equipment damage.

Saturday's first race was sailed in light, fluky air that varied from five to 10 knots. Yesterday was the best conditions with the winds going northwest at 15 to 25 knots. By that time most of the fleet was on the sidelines nursing Saturday's squall wounds.

Three-time I-ong John champion Stu Anderson of Buffalo's Niagara Sailing Club, was runner-up in the series with a 9-1-1. Anderson found a way to beat Lippincott in the final two races but couldn't make up a ninth in the first race.

Dick Hallangan, Newark, N.Y., sailing for Sodua Bay Yacht Club, was third over-ail with 7-6-6.

Djoerd Hoekstra, Red Dragon Canoe Club, Beverly, N.J., placed fourth, a point ahead of clubmate and defending champion, Bob Seidelmann.

Arnold Schwartz was the top finisher of host Monmouth Boat Club's Fleet 70. Schwartz was 1-7 Saturday but didn't finish after a breakdown yesterday.

Two highly regarded sailors finished well back. Former World champion Dr. Lou Pocharski, Marblehead, Mass., was ninth with 25-27-3. Many-time World and North American champion Tom Allen of Buffalo Canoe Club, finished near the bottom of the standings with a 20-DNF-DNS. Allen was a victim of the squall and couldn't get his boat in shape to start yesterday.

Lightning class President Jim Carson, Metedeconk River Yacht Club, was 11th.

Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 28 Jun 1971, Mon • Page 20

Governor's Cup

RIVERTON Paul Lippincott of host Riverton Yacht Club won the top prize over the weekend in an abbreviated light wind 22nd annual Governor's Cup regatta on the Delaware River.

Lippincott, the Duster class winner with a 5-1, in a 17-boat fleet, took the Governor's Cup for best performance among ihe 87 skippers competing in seven classes.

He is the son of Stan Lippincott and a nephew of Howard and Bob, the Riverton boat builders.

One race was sailed Saturday morning in light six knot winds but the fleet didn't finish in time to permit an afternoon race. Race chair an Tom Rice started the second race yesterday morning which developed into a drifter. There wasn't enough time left to get in a final race.

Other Riverton winners re Richard lippincott in he 13-boat Star fleet; Steve King in the 19 boat Comet class and Bobby Martin in the Sunfish class.

Red Dragon Canoe Club, also on the Delaware at Beverly, won the other three classes. Dick Godfrey took Thistles, Rick Sork, Celebrities and John Tiegland, the 36-boat Lightnings.

Former Governor Alfred E. Driscoll originally donated the cup.

Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 09 Sep 1971, Thu • Page 42

Red Dragon

BEVERLY - Dick Godfrey won Thistles and Richard Lip-pincott, Stars, in Red Dragon Canoe Club's annual Labor Day regatta on the Delaware River.

A fleet of 76 sailed in eight classes in light winds. John Tiegland took Lightnings and Bob Lunsted, Comets.

Other class titlists: John Weiss, Albacores; Ellen Rapp, Dusters; Martha Young, Sunfish and Mark Schneider, Handicaps.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 05 Sep 1972, Tue • Page 27

Red Dragon, Riverton YC Divide Honors in Regatta


Skippers from Red Dragon Canoe Club and Riverton YC divided honors in the annual Labor Day regatta at Edgewater Park, N. J., as each club won four races in the 100-boat meet.

George Hoekstra was Riverton's stellar skipper, when he scored a victory in the 22-boat Lightning division and won the trophy on points, knocking John Emery, of Red Dragon, out of the lead.

Terry Rapp won in the Stars and Dave Styer in the Comets for Riverton. Johnny Martin continued his winning way in the Dusters.

Dick Godfrey broke Sunday's deadlock with George Betz Jr. and won in the Thistles for Red Dragon. Other home club winners were Don Lewis in Albacores and Horst Seydel in the handicap race.

Three Red Dragon skippers ended in a point tie in the new Laser division and will sail it off next weekend. They are Charley Voigt, Fred Beltz and Stan Pasternack.

A little background on the following article: Ever since 1888 the club had held what was, in the '70s, known as "The Spring Banquet". It was always held at a first class location and we always had a featured outside speaker. We paid for their transportation and lodging in addition to the speaking fee.This was my first year as Vice Commodore, and we were fortunate that Bill was available. The following year, it was held at the Pub. They would wall off one entire end of the restaurant, creating a private room. The speaker that year was Stanley Rosenfeld, famed America's Cup Photographer who was later inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame.
The flag officer's transition was always held at the Annual Mess, which was a men-only event, and held at the club, although our wives did most of the kitchen work. (yeah, yeah, I know). When we changed the bylaws to admit women members, we obviously needed to make the mess open to all, since a woman could be elected to office (One of my Vice Commodores was the first female flag officer). This left only the shad dinner as a men only event. Since we now had a dressup dinner in the late winter the Spring Banquet somewhere along the line disappeared. Entertainment at the Mess was then a dance band.
The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 01 Apr 1973, Sun • Page 50

Red Dragon Club is praised for Perseverance in Sailing in Bad Weather


Sailboat skippers of Delaware Valley were praised last week for their fine racing despite rough waters, strong tides and frequent light winds, when William W. (Bill) Robinson, a national sailing figure, addressed more than 100 members of the Red Dragon Canoe Club at its 86th anniversary dinner at the Forum Inn, Cherry Hill, N. J.

A quarter century ago Robinson sailed on the upper Delaware in a regatta sponsored by the Red Dragon club at its quarters at Edgewater Park, N. J. A boating writer for years, he is now editor of Yachting Magazine. The Philadelphia

Robinson spoke of his recent round-the-world cruise in small boats, particularly one trip from New York to the 'South Seas last. fall. He said there was nothing new on the Olympic sailing picture at this time, but the changes in types of boats sailed were .good in his opinion.

Red Dragon Commodore Bill O'Leary of Cherry Hill, the toastmaster, told Robinson and the diners that the first half century of the club's history was as an active canoe racing club but now it promotes sailboat events in many classes.

Five classes' are most active now, Thistles, Lightnings,-Comets, Lasers, and Alba-' cores. The lengthy ', season starts April 15, and continues until Nov. 4.

First major feature will be the "Open House" and Early Bird regatta April 29, which is planned as a handicap event for all classes. A race down river from Red Dragon to Riverton (N.J.) Yacht Club is set for May 5; Boyer Cup regatta May 6; Memorial Day regatta May 27-28; Independence Day regatta June 30-July 1; Labor Day regatta Sept. 1-2, with Stars and Dusters added, and race from Riverton to Edgewater Park preceding the races; Lightning regatta Sept. 29-30; Burlington Island race Oct. 21; and Heather Bowl regatta for Thistles Oct.- 28.

Commodore O'Leary stated that the club is planning junior and senior sailing instruction courses for weekends, which will be open to all would be skippers. A committee is working out details.

Jack Perkins, of Edgewater Park, is vice commodore of the club, and Stan Pasternak, of Cherry Hill, rear commodore. Other officers are John Emery, purser; Don Lewis, secretary; Marty Gennett, quartermaster; and trustees Keith Young, George Betz, George Rhawn, Dick Parker, and Ingo Stephan.

Two other sailboat clubs of. Delaware Valley are planning instruction classes in sailing next, summer. Chuck Hewins will again be the sailing instructor at the Riverton YC, where classes start the last week of June. Juniors will be taught for six weeks, starting in late June, and ending July 31. Their classes will be five days per week. Adult classes are planned for Thursday evenings.

Riverton is also launching a campaign for interclub sailing of larger cruising type fixed keel boats. Serveral clubs are showing' interest in this campaign. Tom Rice, Riverton's sailing chairman, will also be instructor of the sailboat classes to be conducted by" P. Evanson Yacht Co., Riverside, N. J.

The Cooper River YC is also on the eve of a big season, and plans sailing classes at ; Collingswood mostly for juniors.

Commodore Bob Chappelle of the Sail Club of the Delaware River Power Squadron, reports a good attendance at the Club's recent sail, seminar, when sail-maker Bob Seidelman was the speaker. Robert Griffith will address the May 10 meeting; and the Sail Club's cruise starts at Solomons Island July 1.

Season plans will be set at next Tuesday night's meeting of the 35-cIub Delaware River Yachtsmen's League to be held at the Paulsboro (N. J.) Sportsmen's Association. The League is sponsoring a pageant to select Miss Delaware River, arid entries from six clubs are likely.

Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 18 Jun 1973, Mon • Page 15

Beachwood Thistle Regatta

George Betz of Red Dragon C.C., Edge water Park, had a 2- 1-2 series over the weekend to win the open Thistle regatta at Beachwood Y.C.

A 20-boat fleet sailed a three-race series. Two races went off Saturday in gusty winds on 'the Wanamaker course of Barnegat Bay. Yesterday a final race was sailed in 15-18 knot northeasterlies on the river..

Noel Cram, Lavallette i.e., was runner-up with a 3- 2-3. Dan Walsh, Red Dragon, placed third..

Beachwood's Thistle Fleet 154 was host.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 02 Sep 1973, Sun • Page 42

Lippincott Wins 9-Mile Race In Opener of 3 -Day Regatta

Two members of the Lippincott family of Riverton Yacht Club scored victories in the 9-mile sailboat race on the upper Delaware River Saturday.

The race, sponsored by the Red Dragon Canoe Club, opened its three-day regatta. Races continue Sunday with morning events at 10:30 and afternoon events at 2. The series final is set for 11 A. M. Monday. dragon

The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 03 Sep 1973, Mon • Page 14

Hutchinson, Lewis Pace Sailng Meet

Light winds were no help for the 88 small sailboats which battled strong tides of the upper Delaware River Sunday in the second day's events of the 86th anniversary Labor Day regatta of the Red Dragon Canoe Club.

Double victories by two of the home club's sailors in Sunday's morning and afternoon races gave Red Dragon a narrow lead as the skippers from the Edgewater Park club hold point leads in four of the seven classes. Riverton Yacht Club leads in three. Today's third and final race in all seven classes start at 11 A. M.

Don Lewis was the double winner in the Albacore class by a wide margin in his new boat.

Bill Hutchinson, Red Dragon, was the other double winner, winning handily in both Lightnings.

Dan Walsh, son of the former International champion, took the lead in the Thistle on a first and second and Ed Shipman, Red Dragon, had a first and third to lead in the new Laser class.

Riverton leaders were Terry Rapp in the Stars; Tom Lippincott in the Dusters; and Dick Hendrickson in the Comets.

Clipping location on The Philadelphia Inquirer page 14 dragon
(Thanks to the efforts of Ed Weiss, who owned a boat dealership in Pa., we were able to have a free booth on the main floor of the Philadelphia Boat Show for several years. That was extremely helpful in gaining a few sailing members every year. At the time we had a 100 active member limit and a waiting list of 4 or 5, so we raised the member limit to 110. Being included in the Inquirer's report on the show didn't hurt, either.)
The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 17 Feb 1974, Sun • Page 93

Despite Fuel Shortage, Phila. Boat Show May Break Last Year's Record


Competing against last year's record-breaking exhibition, the 38th annual Philadelphia Boat Show heads into its secoond and final weekend today at the Philadelphia Civic Center, 14th and Spruce sts., with a good chance od matching it if not exceeding it.

Although far ahead on the basis of number of boats shown, the handicap of gasoline shortages and icy roads appeared certain for a time to cut into public acceptance. However, last week the sun caused a turnaround.

Sunday hours are from 12 noon to 7 P. M. Washington's Birthday hours Monday are also from noon to 7 P.M., when the Show formally closes.

Boating's answer to the fuel shortage was appropriately provided by the sailboat contingent. By actual count there were 97 sailing craft among the nearly 400 boats displayed. That 97 was more than the total fleet of sail and powerboats in the show a decade ago, according to Paul Rimmeir, the sponsor.

"We had well under 100 boats in the first Show I ran a decade ago, including a dozen or so sailboats," Rimmeir said. "Sales are close to last year. The buying section of the public came out and followed through with purchases, largeky of smaller boats. Among the sales were several by Bob Navar of York, Pa."

As for the 44 foot queen of the show, that King's Craft aluminum home cruiser priced at $45,000 is still being bid on by several would-be buyers, according to Chot Rogers of Harbour North Boat Sales of Chesapeake City. It will probably be sold before the show closes

Following is the annual Jersey Coast Boat Show which opened Saturday in Asbury Park, N,J, continuing all next week and closing Sunday, Feb. 24. The exhibition is in Asbury Park's beachfront Convention Hall.

Still later is the Garden State Marine and Recreational Exposition at Atlantic City's new Convention Hall, March 27-31, conducted by Showcase Expositions, Inc., of Turnersville, N.J.


A fine sailing season is ahead for the 86-year-old Red Dragon Canoe Club, according to its top officials. Organized as a canoe club in 1887, the club switched into sailing when it took over its present location in 1923

Spacious grounds, excellent waterfront on the high bank at Edgewater Park, N. J., and the colorful old Victorian mansion which has been remodeled as a clubhouse, give the club one of the finest homes in the Delaware Valley. It is about a mile south of the Burlington-Bristol Bridge.

Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 24 Sep 1974, Tue • Page 17

Goetz Thistles

Dan Walsh, Red Dragon Canoe Club, Edgewater Park, won the Goetz Memorial regatta for Thistles on Lake Hopatcong over the weekend and took the North Jersey Y.R.A. Thistle Championship.

There was a three-way tie for first place in the 32-boat fleet. Walsh won it on the tiebreaker with a 4-1-6.

Lloyd Kitchin of the host Lake Hopatcong Y.C, was second with 1-3-7 and club-mate Ed Barbehenn, was third with 4-6-1.

Two races were sailed Saturday in strong winds. It was moderate air for Sunday's final race.

Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 24 Oct 1974, Thu • Page 68

Albacore Circuit

RED BANK - Monmouth Boat Club won the Alhacore fall circuit team championship for the second year in a row as the circuit wound up Saturday at the Red Dragon Canoe Club regatta on the Delaware River.

The individual fall circuit champion was Bill Ewing of the Hunterdon SC. Clinton.

The circuit consisted of five regattas - at Richmond County Y.C, Staten Island, Hunterdon S C.; Chowder Bowl at Fair Haven, River Rats Tuna Bowl at Monmouth B C , and the Red Dragon regatta at Edgewater Park.

Don Johnson of Hunterdon won the Red Dragon regatta with a 2 3 1. Doug Marsh, Monmouth BC, was second with 3 2-2 Fwing won two races, but was disqualified in the third to finish in third place over all.

The regatta was sailed in strong currents and fluky winds.

Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 28 Oct 1975, Tue • Page 27

Pumpkin Penguins

Carl Cheney of Richmond County Y.C., Staten Island, N.Y., sailed 2-1-1-3 on Oct. 18 on the Delaware River to win Red Dragon Canoe Club's revived Pumpkin Bowl regatta for Penguins.

A five-boat fleet sailed in the worst of weather conditions. Heavy rain pelted the area but the expected 20-30-knot winds came in at 8-10 to save the day. .

Individual firsts were taken by Gardner and Vida Cox of Cooper River Y.C., Mark and Sue Schneider of Red Dragon, C.C. and Cheney and Pat Sims of Richmond County. .

Cox finished second in the regatta with 3-2-2-1. Mark Schneider was third with 1-3-4-4, followed by Franz Schneider of Red Dragon with 4-4-3-2 and Sig Boysen of Red Dragon with 5-5-DNS-DNS..

The top three finishers received trophies, a real pumpkin and a pumpkin pie..

The regatta was formerly part of the old fall Penguin class circuit. The club plans to continue to regatta now on a regular basis.

Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 28 Jun 1977, Tue • Page 25

Schneider Wins Governor's Cup at Riverton

Lightning class winner Franz Schneider of Red Dragon Canoe Club won the Governor's Cup for best performance in the annual open regatta at Riverton Yacht Club over the weekend.

An 81-boat fleet sailed a three-race series in seven classes in 8-15-knot winds on the Delaware River.

Steve King of the host club took the 18-boat Comet class over favored Jim Lippin-cott while Tom Meenen's Columbia 24 Chaos won the 17-boat cruising auxiliary class.

Other class champions: Jim Wolf, Cooper River Y.C. in Lasers; John Martin Jr., Riverton Y.C, in Dusters; Terry Rapp, Riverton Y.C, in Stars and George Stewart, Potomac River, Md., S.A., in Celebrities.

(Some background for the following article: We had had quite a few Sunfish class sailboats stored on a large 3 level rack lust downriver of the blacktop. They were used mainly by the youth but were not very well adapted to the tidal currents of the Delaware because they are unable to point high enough to overcome an opposing tide in light winds, and frequently had to be walked or towed back to the club. Therefore, the new Laser class began replacing the Sunfish. After a storm blew a tree onto the rack and destroyed it, the Lasers were then stored in the upriver half ot the boathouse.)
Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 02 May 1978, Tue • Page 29

Red Dragon Lasers

Shawn Kempton, Ocean Gate Y.C., won the Red Dragon Canoe Club's spring Laser regatta Saturday on the Delaware River with a 2-1-1-1-1 series in a 16-boat fleet that sailed in 7-25-knot winds. Kevin Kempton, Ocean Gate Y.C., was second with 1-5-3-3-1.

The Baltimore Sun Baltimore, Maryland 09 Jul 1978, Sun • Page 39

Youth regatta scheduled for New Jersey

The Red Dragon Canoe Club, of Edgewater Park. NJ, is inviting all Chesapeake Bay sailors who will not be 20 years old before January I, 1979, to enter their United States Yacht Racing Union (USYRU) Regional Youth Regatta next Saturday and Sunday.

One, two and three-person boats (Lasers, Comets and Lightnings) will be started on both days.

The regatta is not a championship of any kind and there is no need to qualify to go. Just take your own boat. The 15 regisyration fee entitles each sailor to two lunches. The registration may be sent in advance to Sig Boysen. 7 Park Ave., Beverly, NJ 08010 (609-387-1564) or paid anytime up to the 1 1 A M Mart of the f irt race Saturday.

The USYRU, which assists any club wishing to host a Regional Youth Regatta states as its purpose, "To encourage youths to sail outside their own clubs and to broaden their experience."

Peg and Sig Boysen describe the teenagers at the Red Dragon Canoe Club as enthusiastic about the regatta, eager to compete against juniors from other clubs and anticipating tome good competition