“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1959 Lipton Challenge Cup

by Richard Crockett

As the Lipton Challenge Cup will take place from 16 – 21 August in Saldanha Bay, it’s now time to ramp up coverage of the old historic events. I have already recently covered the 1958, 1993, 1994 & 1995 events, the latter three all being contested in Saldanha Bay, and these can be viewed in the SAILING Mag Blogwww.sailing.co.za

I found a treasure-trove of info in my 1959 Lipton File, and especially found the “Contest” document to be of specific interest as it had the results of each race written in by hand. Plus there were some newspaper cuttings from “back in the day”!

Of interest was that the fourth race was sailed in south westerly winds gusting to 40 knots. Yet despite this, Leon Policansky nursed ‘Rapid’ through to the finish despite a broken backstay.

‘Sun Rose’, representing Henley Sailing Club, led the way past every mark in the first race, but she was beaten on the finishing line by ‘Tintomara’ – 2ft. separating the yachts as the winner’s gun fired.

There is too much good information, and many pics too, in the material available for today, so dig around in the various files provided – and most of all, enjoy learning the history of the Lipton Cup Contest.

READ THE SA YACHTING MAGAZINE FEATURE HERE:  1959 07-08 – SA Yachting – OCR – LIPTON

READ THE LIPTON CHALLENGE CUP CONTEST NOTICE HERE:  1959 Lipton Challenge Cup Contest – 000096 – OCR

1959 06 20 NEWSPAPER CUTTING HERE:  1959 06 20 – Lipton Challenge Cup Contest – newspaper – OCR

1959 06 22 NEWSPAPER CUTTING HERE:  1959 06 22 – Lipton Challenge Cup Contest – newspaper – OCR

1959 UNDATED NEWSPAPER CUTTING HERE:  1959 Lipton Challenge Cup Contest – newspaper – 000097 – OCR