The final day of the Lipton Challenge Cup literally went down to the wire after a day of drama and high tension between the top two contenders – the Witbank Yacht & Aquatic Club (WYAC) sailing aboard ‘Nitro’ and the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) sailing aboard ‘Yanmar’. ‘Nitro’ was co-skippered by Mike Hayton and […]
Today was a phenomenal advert for one-design sailing at its very best as racing on the windward-leeward courses was close with regular positions changes throughout both races right until the finish line. Proof of the closeness of racing is the fact that several protest flag were seen flying, so the International Jury have a busy […]
The second day of racing had so many curve balls thrown at competitors that it made watching the two races exceptionally exciting. But kelp, of which there was plenty, certainly ruined the chances of several different competitors, as did the many wind shifts. Mark Sadler, the skipper of the Royal Natal Yacht Club (RNYC) team […]
The cold fronts bring welcome rain to Cape Town are causing havoc with the Lipton Cup Sailing regatta as racing was again abandoned today (Wednesday) due to the strong winds and confused sea state. Of three days so far, just one has been sailable. Fortunately the weather forecasts are looking good for the final three […]
With day 1 having been blown out due to strong winds and a rough sea state, the Lipton Challenge Cup got off to a great start today with two races in very contrasting conditions. The wind moderated as the day progressed, and the sea which was expected to be quite rough, flattened very quickly – […]
At the Mixing of the waters opening function late yesterday afternoon the cannon that was scheduled to be fired to signal that the regatta had started, failed to fire! Maybe that was an omen for things to come as the wind gods prevented racing on Table Bay today, much to the disappointment of the racing […]
The Lipton Challenge Cup sailing event is this country’s most iconic yacht racing regatta, with its origins dating back to 1909 when Sir Thomas Lipton gave the South African Sailing Community the magnificent Lipton Cup trophy. The opening paragraph of the Deed of Gift says: “Know all men by those present that I, Sir Thomas […]
Has the best been saved for last? The answer will only be known after the final results of this year’s Lipton Cup are tallied. ‘SCUD’, competing under the Langebaan Yacht Club burgee, has a star studded crew with 5 of the 7 named crew so far having a Lipton Cup victory under their belts. But […]
Most sailing pundits knew that there would be an entry from the University of Cape Town Yacht Club (UCTYC) for the Lipton Challenge Cup contest, so there are absolutely no surprises to their entry being received within hours of the closing entry deadline. UCTYC has competed in this contest religiously for many years, and their […]
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