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18 AUG 2017

Lipton Cup Challenge

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Race History

Sir Thomas Lipton, world famous tea merchant and avid yachtsman in his day, donated the Lipton Challenge Cup, a beautiful sterling silver trophy crafted in England in 1908, to the Table Bay Yacht Club in 1909 – today the Royal Cape Yacht Club – with the purpose of “encouraging Yachting in South Africa, and especially in the way of friendly contests in sailing and seamanship in deep sea Yacht Racing”, as stipulated by Lipton in his “Deed of Gift”. The document, kept safely at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, accompanies the trophy and stipulates exactly the conditions for the race and the rules of the competition, still known today as the Lipton Challenge Cup, which is South Africa’s most prestigious sailing competition.

Lipton Challenge Cups were donated to many Yacht Clubs around the globe where Sir Thomas had trade interests, where they are still raced for today.

Well-known for having campaigned for the America’s Cup five times between 1899 and 1930, on yachts all named Shamrock, Sir Thomas Lipton was never to win the world’s most famous yacht race. Nevertheless, he remained cheerful throughout his endeavours, setting a wonderful example to everyone around him by highlighting the beneficial side-effects of participating in sailing races, such as good health and true friendship. He was eventually presented with a solid gold trophy and a donor’s book by the mayor of New York, who described Lipton as being “possibly the world’s worst yacht builder but absolutely the world’s most cheerful loser” (The King’s Grocer: Life of Sir Thomas,Robert A.Crampsey, p.133).

Information gathered from Mitchell Library of Glasgow: www.mitchellibrary.org

Previous Winners

No. YEAR VENUE CLASS SKIPPER CLUB YACHT
1 1911 Cape Town 6‑8 Metres N.W. Chiazzari PYC Tess
2 1912 Durban IRR of GB N.W. Chiazzari PYC Skabenga
3 1913 Durban IRR of GB H.J. Spradbrow PYC Skabenga
4 1914 Durban IRR of GB H.J. Spradbrow PYC Skabenga
5 1922 Durban IRR of GB H.J. Spradbrow PYC Skabenga
6 1923 Durban IRR of GB H.J. Spradbrow PYC Skabenga
7 1952 Durban 30 m2 F. Meadows PYC Avocet
8 1953 Durban 30 m2 L.E. Thomas/A.Austin RCYC Tarpon
9 1954 Cape Town 30 m2 G.I. Bartholemew ZVYC Yvette
10 1955 Cape Town 30 m2 L.E. Thomas RCYC Tarpon
11 1956 Cape Town 30 m2 M. Gronn ZVYC Yvette
12 1957 Cape Town 30 m2 H.W. Kohler RYC Trickson II
13 1958 Algoa Bay 30 m2 W.I. Hancock RNYC Sunmaid
14 1959 Durban 30 m2 W.I. Hancock RNYC Mariquita
15 1960 Durban 30 m2 L.N. Horsfield CN Rapid
16 1961 Durban 30 m2 L.N. Horsfield CN Rapid
17 1962 Durban 30 m2 W.I. Hancock RNYC Mariquita
18 1963 Durban 30 m2 L.N. Horsfield HSC Rapid
19 1964 Cape Town 30 m2 W.I. Hancock RNYC Mariquita
20 1965 Durban 30 m2 W.I. Hancock RNYC Mariquita
21 1966 Durban 30 m2 W.I. Hancock RNYC Mariquita
22 1967 Cape Town 30 m2 R.S. Chedburn RCYC Yvette
23 1968 Cape Town 30 m2 H.A. VanHoogstraten ZVYC Trickson II
24 1969 Cape Town 30 m2 C.C. Bowley HYC Sunmaid
25 1970 Cape Town 30 m2 W. Bongers/H.A.Van Hoogstraten ZVYC Trickson II
26 1971 Durban 30 m2 J.M. Whittle RNYC Sunrose
27 1972 Durban 30 m2 D.L.Cox PYC Tintomara
28 1973 Durban 30 m2 J.M. Whittle RNYC Sunrose
29 1982 Durban IOR 3 Ton H.F. Ellens/A.G. Hurter PYC Fuel Free
30 1983 Durban IOR 3 Ton G.V. Meek RCYC Royal Flush
31 1984 Cape Town L26 E. Sternagel TYC Galactica
32 1985 Durban L26 B. Savage UNYC Element
33 1986 Durban L26 E. VanCuyck/C.P. Keeping RCYC Omega Heatwave
34 1987 Cape Town L26 E. VanCuyck/C.P. Keeping RCYC Joko II
35 1988 Cape Town L26 C. King/R. Nankin ZVYC SX Stainless
36 1989 Cape Town L26 C. King/R. Nankin ZVYC SX Stainless
37 1990 Cape Town L26 C. King/R. Nankin ZVYC SX Stainless
38 1991 Cape Town L26 G. Davis HBYC Judron
39 1992 Cape Town L26 C. King ZVYC FG Minnitt
40 1993 Saldanha L26 C. King ZVYC FG Minnitt
41 1994 Saldanha L26 C. King ZVYC Dalys Insurance
42 1995 Saldanha L26 G. Davis/D.Hudson RCYC MBS
43 1996 Cape Town L26 M. Schultz/G. Meek HYC Africa Glass
44 1997 Gordons Bay L26 G. Davis/D.Hudson RCYC MBS Challenger
45 1998 Algoa Bay L26 P. Shaw/S. Du Toit GBYC Fedsure Medway
46 1999 Gordons Bay L26 C. King/R. Nankin TSC Dalys Insurance
47 2000 Simons Town L26 G. Davis/M. Sadler RCYC RCYC Orion Challenger
48 2001 Cape Town L26 R. Nankin TSC Dalys Insurance
49 2002 Cape Town L26 I. Ainslie ZVYC MSC Donna Mia
50 2003 Durban L26 R. Nankin/M. Sadler TSC Dalys Insurance
51 2004 Cape Town L26 R. Nankin TSC Dalys Insurance
52 2005 Cape Town L26 D. Hudson/R. Hudson RCYC RCYC Greenlight
53 2006 Cape Town L26 G. Davis/G. Blankenberg TSC Dalys Insurance
54 2007 Cape Town L26 G. Davis/G. Blankenberg TSC Dalys Insurance
55 2008 Cape Town L26 G. Davis/G. Blankenberg TSC Dalys Insurance
56 2009 Cape Town L26 G. Davis/D. Rae RCYC Dalys Insurance
57 2010 Cape Town L26 G. Davis/D. Rae KYC Colorpress
58 2011 Mossel Bay L26 G. Davis KYC Colorpress
59 2012 False Bay L26 R. Robinson RNYC Orion B2G2
60 2013 Durban L26 R. Weddel PYC PYC Choose Life Coordination
61 2014 False Bay L26 G. Davis RCYC Co-Ordination
62 2015 Cape Town L26 G. Davis RCYC Co-Ordination
63 2016 Cape Town L26 G. Davis RCYC Co-Ordination
64 2017 Cape Town L26