Really Old School
John Walker, at 86, is the oldest skipper ever in the history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart, His hand firmly on the wooden tiller, Walker brought his yacht Impeccable into its berth in Hobart, where CYCA Commodore Matt Allen was waiting to present him with a cake to mark his and the boat’s 25th race.
Allen told him “At the age of 86 you are an inspiration not only to all yachtsmen and women but to everyone around Australia.” Walker I’m a very conservative person, I’ve been sailing this boat 25 years, same boat. I’ve been married to the same lady for 60 years. I started a business 55 years ago, I still have the same business, and my son has been in the business for the last 35 years. I’m a very conservative person.” Asked if he will still be racing next year, at 87, Walker replied “I have said many times before that this is the last one and I am saying the same now.”