1968 UIM World Championship
ĎMomís Going to be Upsetí But Wracked-Up Regas Wonít Retire
Talking was difficult, but Jack Regas murmured an answer to an obvious question:
"No, Iím not ready to retire. Iíve had my three accidents."
He managed a weak smile.
Jack is in Virginia Mason Hospital again, recovering from injuries suffered when the Notre Dame pitched him into Lake Washington in the final heat of the world-championship Seafair Regatta. A year ago, the day after the Gold Cup race, Jack also was in Virginia Mason.
Regasí injuries, like last year, are not as serious as those suffered when the Miss Bardahl dived into Lake Coeur díAlene in 1959. That accident put Regas on the beach until the Notre Dame camp "reactivated" him last season.
"Mom," Jack whispered, "is going to be awfully mad when she hears about this. I hope to talk to her soon.
"Weíre going to talk about this racing. I donít want to give it up, but Momís going to be awfully upset."
Mrs. Catherine Regas knows about the accident, of course. She learned by telephone last night at her home in San Leandro, Calif.
Jackís brother, Danny, left this morning to drive to San Leandro to be with his mother.
Jackís injuries are similar to those suffered in last yearís accident. Yesterday, when the Notre Dame nosed in and Regas was tossed heat first into the water, he suffered a dislocated right shoulder, broken ribs and a hairline fracture of the fourth vertebra.
The hospital describes his condition as "satisfactory". He is expected to be hospitalized several days.
The future of the boat, like Regasí, is not clear. The Notre Dame came through the accident better than the driver. There was a popped seam in the hull, which caused the boat to sink. Otherwise, the boat also is in "satisfactory" condition.
It still is undecided if the hydro will be raced again this season. The hydro fleet heads east this week for next Sundayís Diamond Cup race in Coeur díAlene, then to Detroit and a hoped-for rerun of the Gold Cup race, postponed last month by foul weather.
(Reprinted from The Seattle Times, August 5, 1968)
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