Six Entries Received

Lipton Challenge Cup entries closed last night (Sunday) with 6 yacht clubs looking to win the prestigious Lipton sailing cup.

The Defending Club is the Royal Natal Yacht Club, sailing the same boat as last year, with Davey James the winning skipper back at the helm of ‘Orion DYP’.

The Challenger of record is the Royal Cape Yacht Club who have selected Rob van Rooyen and Jimmy Jacka as co-skippers aboard the Modified Farr 38 ‘Jackal’.

The False Bay Yacht Club has entered ‘Avatar’, an L34 with a highly modified rig and sail configuration. She will be skippered by Allan Lawrence, a very experienced Lipton Cup campaigner.

From the Vaal Dam, Aeolians Club has entered ‘Nemesis’ with her owner Philip Baum as skipper. His team have the distinction of winning the last race in the previous two contests, and have their sights firmly set on adding to that record, as well as of course, lifting the Lipton Cup as winners too.

Imperial Yacht Club in Muizenburg has entered ‘Atura’ a highly competitive J 105 design yacht that is super-fast and highly competitive. She will be skippered by Paul Cartmel.

And from Namibia we have an international entry from the Walvis Bay Yacht Club. Bjorn Geiger, a regular competitor in Cape Town will be sailing ‘MB Racing’, a Cape 31 design. He last competed in the Lipton Cup in 2019 when he was very fast on the water and looked threatening, but was simply not able to take this good performance all the way to the finish line.

In promoting the event, the Lipton Cup Trustees enthused about the close and highly competitive nature of the previous two events where the fleet of Cape 31s provided exciting and very close competition where yachts were often overlapping crossing the finish line.

“This year will be very different” they said, “as we heeded the call from many quarters to make the event less exclusive and open to a broader range of yachts and clubs”.

“With the importance of inclusivity uppermost in our minds, in the absence of a suitable wide-spread one-design class in our country, and after very careful consideration, the Lipton Trustees opened the contest to any boat with an ORC (Offshore Racing Congress) International Certificate and with an ORC Class Division Length (CDL) between 8.000 and 9.7800.

All over the world the ORC rating system, properly applied, is proving to be an exceptionally good basis for handicapping boats that are very different from each other in design, but not too different in size.

“This upper CDL (Class Division Length) limit of 9.780 will be the top end of ORC Class C at the 2022 ORC World and Continental Championships – a useful arms-length cut-off – and the lower limit of 8.000 bringing many local yachts into contention.”

Proof that this handicapping system works is that two vastly different yachts competed in the Royal Cape Yacht Club Lipton Cup trials to select their defender. One was a 40 year old design, the other a 5 year old design – with the older boat winning the trails after a best of three series.

54 yachts on the South African ORC register fit the CDL bandwidth, opening up the event to many Clubs. “The 69th Lipton Cup series, with it’s new look, will be as exciting and closely fought as ever” said David Hudson, Chair of the Lipton Cup Trustees

Richard Crockett

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