“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Davis Teams Up with Rae in 2009

2009 Lipton Cup winners.
L-R. David Rae; Greg Davis; Hein de Jamaer; Ian Wolmarans; Mike Daly (sponsor) and Mike Giles with the champagne.

by Richard Crockett

Having won three years on a trop with Gareth Blanckenberg as co-skipper, Greg Davis took the young up and coming star, David Rae, under his wing as co-skipper.

This was another event where the weather played havoc with the racing, with two days of no racing and another with a race abandoned after starting due to the conditions.

With just one race left, Davis only needed to finish sixth or better to win, but worse forecasts were predicted on the final day and an abandoned race would give Davis the win.

As per the predictions, sailors waited anxiously for one more shot and just when their hopes began to fade, the late afternoon produced enough for a race to get underway.

Davis suffered a bad start and Daly’s was sucked into the pack while Sadler shot off to take the lead. Daly’s chased from behind in fifth place, dangerously close to destroying their hard work, as the event drew to a nail-biting climax. But conditions were not steady and with Sadler agonisingly close to the finish, the race was abandoned.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE:  Pages from 2009 10 – SAILING Magazine – OCR