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Lipton Challenge Cup. A Flurry of Entries

Jul 2019

Lipton Challenge Cup. A Flurry of Entries

There is always a little secrecy to this event as competitors play their cards very close to their chests in an attempt to gain some tiny advantage. So it’s not surprising that there has been a last-minute flurry of entries due to the 17h00 entry deadline today (Friday 5 July).

 Leading the pack in this regard is ‘Nitro’, with owner Mike Hayton as skipper, and representing the Witbank Yacht Club. He leads a highly competent crew led by David Rae who has vast top-class international sailing experience, and who has cherry-picked a great team. These guys have always been a threat on the water racing their C31, and who knows, they may well just peak during the 2019 Lipton Challenge Cup.

 Also representing a Gauteng based yacht club is Philip Baum’s ‘Nemesis’. Baum has selected a crew that have a huge amount of international sailing experience mixed in with some seriously good up-and-coming young sailors.

 MB Racing will be representing the Walvis Bay Yacht Club, and has Bjorn Geiger as skipper. Geiger is a great motivator within the class, and is very keen in terms of promoting the class and sailing on these super-slick, super-fast and exceptionally modern C31 sailing yachts.

 These entries bring the fleet in number to 7 boats, although waiting in the wings are known entries from 3 more clubs.

 ‘CuAI6 (PO4)4(OH)8.4(H2O)’ (Turquoise) will be representing UCTYC; ‘SCUD’ representing Langebaan Yacht Club and ‘Vivaldi’ representing Sailing PE.  

 The magnificent Lipton Challenge Cup was presented to the Royal Cape Yacht Club by Sir Thomas Lipton in 1909 – that’s 110 years ago.

 The first ever Lipton Challenge Cup regatta was in 1911, with this year’s competition being the 66th challenge sailed.

 It is fitting that 110 years after Sir Thomas Lipton presented the Lipton Cup, it is being sailed in a new class of racing yacht – the Cape 31. This is the 6th change of yacht type in the history of the event.


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