98th LIPTON CUP – 30th March 2019
Orion II has done it again – winning the Lipton Cup Interclub Challenge
SPONSORED BY WESTHAVEN MARINE BROKERS Ltd.
What a fabulous day and an Awesome Race !
Ten mullet boats in the line up for the start, 10-20knt Easterly straight down the guts of of the Waitemata with an incoming tide the whole day. This was going to be a challenging 98th race for the Lipton Cup.
The fleet was tight on the start but spread out over the initial windward leewards. Every part of the fleet had tacking duels all the way to resolution buoy resulting in Tamatea and Orion gaining the lead.
The 20 mile course then took the boats over to Rangitoto back to North Head, Northern Leading, Torpedo, Resolution, Bean Rock then finished on a long kite run home. The sea state around North Head saw the bigger boats gain the advantage and it was between Resolution and Bean Rock that saw Orion take the lead from Tamatea. This may have coincided with one of the winches being ripped out of the deck on Tamatea!
Tamatea couldn’t catch Orion from there and Orion -Martin Robertson and his crew- are the winners of this year’s Lipton Cup. A truly challenging race for everyone and well fought across the fleet.
The 100th Lipton Cup has been locked in for the 20th March 2021 and we are expecting to see more Mullet Boats of all sizes coming out of the wood work. If this year is anything to go by, it really could be anyone’s race in two year’s time.
Boats entered: Orion II, Valeria, Tamatea, Rangi Manu, Limited Edition, Tere Kanae, Komuri, Martanza, Tao Too and Scullet.
Oldest and first boat to ever win the Lipton Cup is Valeria.
The trophy was donated by Sir Thomas Lipton who raced the America’s Cup 5 times, but never won. The trophy was made by the same silversmith as the America’s Cup.
1st on Line ‘Orion II’ – again congratulations to Martin and happy crew.
2nd on Line: ‘Tamatea’. Congratulations Brian and crew.
3rd on Line: ‘Limited Edition’. Congratulations Bianca & Paige and crew.
4th on Line: ‘Scullet’. Congratulations Mike and his young crew!!!
5th on Line: ‘Valeria’. Congratulations Ben and crew.
1st on Handicap ‘Tao Too’. Congratulations Suzie and Brendon and crew.
The Lipton Cup is NZ yachting oldest competed for trophy that is sailed in 22ft L Class yachts which are commonly referred to as Mullet Boats. Some of the race fleet are now over 100 years old and are still very competitive.
Young crew on board of Scullet
The PCC and Fleet would like to give a huge
Thank You to
Catherine Wenzel of Westhaven Marine Brokers, the official Sponsor of the Lipton Cup Interclub Challenge and the fleet again this year.
Janet Watkins did a great job as PRO with assistance from Andrew Beavis – thank you Janet and Andrew.
Kevin Gunn and crew on the ‘Watchman’.
Geoff Bagnall for making his launch Achillies available as start boat for the 98th Challenge.
Rachel von Zalinski of LiveSailDie for the great photos.
Kevin and his team at PCC and all those that help make the day a ripper for everyone, of which there were many.
Some photos by Rachel von Zalinski – LiveSailDie