The Challenge will take place from Monday 16 August to Saturday 21 August in Saldanha Bay. The first race on Monday will not start before 11h00.
Witbank Yacht & Aquatic Club (WYAC) are the defenders of the Cup and represented by Mike Hayton and David Rae who are co-skippers aboard ‘Nitro’. David Rae is the helmsman.
The Challenger of Record is the Royal Cape Yacht Club represented by Hylton Hale who will be at the helm of ‘Vulcan’.
Lipton Cup Facts At A Glance
• The Lipton Challenge Cup was donated by Sir Thomas in 1909.
• The first Lipton Cup Challenge was in 1911, and was sailed on Table Bay.
• There have been 66 Lipton Cup Challenges sailed.
• The 67th Lipton Cup Challenge is being sailed on Saldanha Bay.
• The most successful winning club is the Royal Cape Yacht Club with 16 wins.
• The most successful skipper is Greg Davis with 13 wins to his credit.
• The only father and son combination to co-skipper a winning boat are David and Roger Hudson who won in 2005 when sailing under the Royal Cape Yacht Club burgee.
• The only father and son combination competing this year are Philip and Oscar Baum representing Aeolians Club aboard ‘Nemesis’.
• Having used the very versatile L26 Class yacht for 35 continuous years from 1984 until 2018, a new class of yacht, the ultra-modern, ultra-fast and very slippery Cape 31 became the boat of choice in 2019 – the 6th class of boat to be used. This year is the second appearance of the Cape 31.
• The smallest fleet since the graceful 30-Square Metre era was in 1983 when just 4 yachts competed in Quarter-Tonners.
“Ma’am, There is No Second.”
The America’s Cup and the Lipton Challenge Cup events can be compared by the fact that both are inter-club events, and that there is NO second place.
The first race prior to the America’s Cup being established was a race ‘open to yachts belonging to the clubs of all nations’, making club membership a prerequisite from the outset. The prize? A £100 silver cup.
America won that race, finishing several miles ahead. When Queen Victoria who was on the water watching the race asked who came second, an aide replied, “Ma’am, there is no second.”
And so too in the Lipton Cup which is also all about the winner.
The inscriptions of the winning skippers on the Lipton Challenge Cup read like a who’s who of sailing in this country, with this years 67th challenge going to be highly competitive despite the small fleet of 5 yachts.
See the Lipton Cup Roll of Honour Here:
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 1/4 Ton H.F. Ellens / A.G. Hurter PYC Fuel Free
30 1983 Durban IOR 1/4 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 / G. Blankenberg KYC Colorpress
58 2011 Mossel Bay L26 G. Davis / D. Rae 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 / D. Rae RCYC Co-Ordination
62 2015 Cape Town L26 G. Davis / D. Rae RCYC Co-Ordination
63 2016 Cape Town L26 G. Davis / D. Rae RCYC Co-Ordination
64 2017 Cape Town L26 Roger Hudson RCYC RCYC Race Ahead
65 2018 Durban L26 Roger Hudson RCYC RCYC Homechoice
66 2019 Cape Town Cape 31 M Hayton / D Rae WYAC Nitro
See the 2021 Competitor & Crew List Here:
2021 Club of Representation Boat Name Skipper & Crew Witbank Yacht & Aquatic Club (WYAC) Nitro Mike Hayton / David Rae Paul Allardice Joweal Klaase Markus Progli Gary Sindler Murray Wilcocks Reserve - Shaun Ferry Team Manager - Ryan Black Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) Vulcan Hylton Hale Ryan Avery Michelle Beale Andrea Giovanni Chris Gough Peter Marsh Carl Richter Cameron Bousted – Reserve Team Manager - Colin Whitehead
Aeolians Club (AC) Nemesis Philip Baum Oscar Baum Lance Curtis Dave Hudson Sibu Sizatu Owen Middleton Dominique Provoyeur Greg Weeks Royal Natal Yacht Club (RNYC) Orion DYP Davey James Marcello Burricks Mike Clarke Alex Falcon Stef Marcia Pete Shaw Sean Van Rensburg Team Manager - Stuart Bailey Zeekoe Vlei Yacht Club (ZVYC) CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8-4H2O Lance Burger Tammy Bailes Heidi Burger Marine Leblond Ross Mackinnon MJ Rosslee James Stock Tristan Tomlinson Team Manager - Michael McIver
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