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In Memoriam. Roy Dunster

by Richard Crockett Sadly Roy Dunster passed away from Cancer over the weekend. He was a good and loyal friend to many, generous to a fault, and importantly, very kind. He would never shy away from a friend in need. He was a man misunderstood by many as he had firm views, which he researched thoroughly, and was never afraid to stand up for what he believed, nor was he ever afraid to air his views in debate, conversation or ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Nankin Again in 2004

by Richard Crockett Gigi Eagles and Andrew Heathcote opened their joint report as follows: “Theewaters Sports Club, the host club for the Lipton Cup, took the bold move this year of moving the event away from a conventional yacht club, basing the regatta at the more publicly visible V&A Waterfront. “There were 25 teams this year, and the event was blessed with some outstanding conditions. For the first time in years not a day was lost to the weather. Defending ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Sadler/Nankin Take the 2003 Title

by Richard Crockett “Due to an incredibly sporting gesture from the Lipton Cup winners in 2002, Zeekoe Vlei Yacht Club, Durban’s Point Yacht Club became the host for this year’s Lipton regatta, held immediately after the NCS Regatta” reported Roy Dunster in SAILING Magazine. “Durban itself served up a good range of generally superb sailing conditions – strong north easterlies for the first three days, nothing on day four, lightish easterlies on day five and then a strong south westerly ... Read More »

RSA 49er Olympics Debut Success

by Richard Crockett Benji Daniel and Alex Burger are by their own high standards likely to be disappointed with their Olympic Debut. They should not be, as they did everything right. Two more decent young guys may be difficult to find, and their tender ages mask the immense ability and knowledge they have garnered in the sport of sailing. They are hot property in our sport locally, and will undoubtedly be in even more demand after their Olympic campaign. One ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Ainslie wins for ZVYC in 2002

by Richard Crockett “Only a top class professional sailor of the calibre of Ian Ainslie could be so self-effacing as to say “I think my team was very good, and my boat was very good, but I don’t think I sailed particularly well. I could have been better … ” after having just won the 2002 Lipton Challenge Cup for Zeekoevlei Yacht Club in Table Bay, Cape Town, in August. “But it was also one instance when his well-known humility ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 2001 to Nankin & Theewaters

by Richard Crockett At the height of the really competitive Lipton Challenge Cup events when competition was at its very, very best, Rob Sharp wrote one of the best ever Lipton reports. It’s worth reading every single word as not only is it entertaining, but it’s full of good advice too. Sailing with Rick Nankin for Theewaters, he describes the crew and their positions as follows: “Adventureland (Bow): Dave Kaine Dreamland (Forward of traveller): Ant Spillebean and Ian Park-Ross Fantasyland ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. RCYC Take 2000 Lipton Cup

by Richard Crockett This was another of those Liptons where the weather layed a crucial role in not permitting the full compliment of 5 races to be sailed, yet the winner was convincing and deserving of lifting the coveted Lipton Cup. Andrew Heathcote reported on the event. The 2000 Lipton Cup Regatta hosted by the False Bay Yacht Club in Simonstown was a mixed regatta with both high and low points. A fantastic venue and a strong fleet representing 26 ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1999 Lipton to Theewaters

by Richard Crockett The reports in the magazines don’t really highlight or enforce any specific aspect of this regatta amongst the winners, but what it did thanks to an editorial by Ian Ainslie in SA Yachting Magazine, entitled “Roll-Call of New Hope”, showed that there were a good number of up-and-coming youngsters waiting to make their mark on the event. It did also show yet again, that consistency counts massively if one wants to win the Lipton Cup. King & ... Read More »

Olympics. Let the Sailing Games Begin

by Richard Crockett Our South African sailors will very soon begin their assaults on Olympic glory as their opening races are due any time now off Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Japan. Benji Daniel and Alex Burger will compete in the 49er class and Leo Davis in Finn class, with their opening races being today. (Japan is 7 hours ahead of us, so their racing is approximately from 06H00 onwards local South African time). Daniel and Burger have put their hearts ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. GBYC Were 1998 Lipton Victors

by Richard Crockett “With less than one point separating the first three boats going into the last race, this year’s Lipton Cup was one of the closest finishes in recent times. The event was hosted by Algoa Bay Yacht Club due to a sporting gesture by the Royal Cape Yacht Club, who, as defending champions, chose the Eastern Cape waters and not their own, in which to defend their title” was how SAILING Mag set the scene for this very ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. RCYC Take 1997 Lipton Cup

by Richard Crockett “Lipton Cup Upset” shouted the headline in SA Yachting magazine as gear failure put the defenders, Hermanus Yacht Cub, out of the running, but the pressure from RCYC was there from race one. Gordon’s Bay was the venue, and the first time the Lipton Cup had been sailed from there, but as Bruce Keen, reporting for SA Yachting said: “although there are some sailors who will argue that we raced closer to Simon’s Town than to Gordon’s ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. RCYC the Victors in 1996 Lipton Cup

by Richard Crockett The 1992 to 1994 Lipton Cup was sailed in Saldanha Bay, the venue for this years challenge, so when that was announced I used the three reports on those races at that time as a preview to the venue. To view them scroll back to 11, 14 & 15 June 2021 when they were posted. So back to 1996 when the RCYC won it and brought the racing back to Table Bay. This was from all accounts ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1992 Lipton Cup to ZVYC

by Richard Crockett Hout Bay was the venue for the very first time, and whilst racing was keen the venue threw up some major challenges as to get fair racing away from the influence of the mountains surround the bay, sailing was moved out to sea where massive depths did at times prove challenging. SA Yachting mag wrote: “The regatta was held in Hout Bay this year, which had never before hosted a regatta of such significance. The responsibility for ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1991 Lipton Cup to HBYC

by Richard Crockett The reports indicate that there may well been weather issues from the very first day, but was is very clear is that the winner was again the team which sailed consistently well. Alex Petersen, covering the racing for SAILING Inland & Offshore mag, said this about the weather: “The weather factor, as always the chief villain in sailing, had decided otherwise. The windless conditions on the first day convinced many spectators to go home, convinced there would ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. The King/Nankin Hat Trick -1988-1990

by Richard Crockett Followers of the Lipton Cup marvelled when Etienne van Cuyck won two consecutive Lipton events in a row, and few probably thought, due to the high level of competition, that three in a row would ever be possible. Well Chris King and Rick Nankin, joint skippers, did just this from 1988 to 1990 through consistent sailing as of the 18 races sailed in those 3 years they won just 2 of them! The 1988 Challenge This is ... Read More »