Lipton Cup Challenge 2013





A Royal Celebration – The young team of sailors from Royal Natal Yacht Club clinched the 2012 Lipton Challenge Cup by 1 point from Cape Town’s Royal Cape Yacht Club. With the typical False Bay winter weather finally having it’s say the racing on the last day had to be abandoned on the first upwind leg. So without having actually won an individual race in the regatta but with some constitant top 5 placing the Royal Natal team became first Kwazulu Natal Club to win the coverted Lipton Cup since fellow Natalians Point Yacht Club’s victory in 1984.

The RNYC victory in the 2012 Challenge, since JM Whittle sailing ‘Sunrose’ a 30m2, is their first since 1973, and now places the club in joint second place on the all time leader board with a total of 10 Lipton Wins –

So next year in Durban “we will defend the Challenge in board shorts and T shirts” said a humble an excited skipper Ricky Robinson.

Judging by the ‘Standing Ovation’ the RNYC Team received as they collected the Lipton Challenge trophy, at the prize giving function, it would seem that Durban in the Sun is a popular choice of venue.

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Royal Natal Yacht Club (RNYC), present holders of the Lipton Challenge Cup, hereby gives notice of its intention to defend this trophy, to be sailed Offshore Durban.

The terms of this challenge are detailed in the enclosed copies of the Notice of Contest, Sailing Instructions, Entry Forms and other relevant documentation for this event.

Please note that the closing date for the entries is Friday 7 June 2013 and that late entries are not permitted.

The entry fee has been set at R3 750,00 (VAT inclusive) per club which will allow the Organising Committee to cover the costs of managing the event. We have no doubt that the Contest will, as in previous years, be a highly memorable and enjoyable event.

Relevant Documentation

Sailing Instructions 

Annexure A  –  Protocol For On The Water Scrutineering 

Crew List 

Crew Weight Declaration 

Formal Notice Of Entry 

List of Trophies 

Measurement & Safety Declaration 

Notice Of Contest 

Safety Check List 

Sail Measurement Verification Declaration 


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Royal Natal Yacht Club

Ola Lipton Challenge Cup Regatta 2013

Offshore Durban: 6 – 12 July

Durban plays host to the biggest sailing event in South Africa, the Ola Lipton Challenge Cup taking place offshore from 7-12 July.

Defending champions, the Royal Natal Yacht Club welcomes the crème-de-la-crème of the country’s ‘yachties’ travelling to our warm waters as they compete in search of the holy grail of the aquatic sport sailing, the historic Lipton Cup.

The fairer Cape has kept a firm grip on the Lipton Cup for well over a decade with a Durban club previously claiming a victory in 1985 when the University of Natal’s Element won the event. The oldest club in Africa, the Royal Natal Yacht Club, after an exceptional three year campaign managed a spectacular victory last year at the 2012 Lipton Challenge Cup in False Bay, winning by a mere one point, bringing the prized silverware back to Durban.

The defence of the Challenge Cup in the sturdy L26 yacht Orion B2G2 will be led by well-known Durban sailor, Patrick Harris with his able crewmen. Their single aim is to keep the cup in Durban. Harris is joined on the deck by Jeremy Kriek, Euan Hurter, Trent Bingham, Andrew Wadsworth, Ngoba Mswazi and Michael Boorman (reserve) making up the Royal Natal Yacht Club team. Three more teams from KwaZulu Natal join the Royals out on the water.
The Ola Lipton Challenge Cup is a one design class event, meaning that every single yacht is the same design, same length and same weight making the regatta a battle of wits, testing the crews’ skill and capabilities out on the water.

“Durban is ready!” encouraged Phil Downing, Rear Commodore for the Royal Natal Yacht Club. “Sailing offshore Durban in winter is spectacular, the conditions gorgeous. Our guys have been hard at work training for this event and the whole sailing community is behind the team 100%, pulling out all the stops so that we keep this historic trophy in Durban.”

Durban’s winter waters will be a flurry of action as sailors from around the country will be flocking down to Durban to get as much knowledge of the conditions in the regattas leading up to the Ola Lipton Challenge Cup. First up is the KZN Provincials, followed by the L26 Nationals that is run concurrently with the MSC Week.

The Ola Lipton Challenge Cup is hosted by the winning team each year, and was last held in Durban in 2003 when Theeswaterkloof Sports Club from Western Cape opted to race the event in Durban.

Deep sea sailing action is about to hot up with the one hundred and second hosting of the Ola Lipton Challenge Cup that sees sailors from around the country taking to Durban waters to compete in this renowned regatta.

Royal Natal Yacht Club’s Lipton Challenge Cup wins: year, vessel and skipper
1958 – Sunmaid, W.I. Hancock; 1959 – Mariquita, W.I. Hancock; 1962 – Mariquita, W.I. Hancock; 1964 – Mariquita, W.I. Hancock; 1965 – Mariquita, W.I. Hancock; 1966 – Mariquita, W.I. Hancock; 1967 – Yvette, R.S. Chedburn; 1971 – Sunrose, J.M. Whittle; 1973 – Sunrose, J.M. Whittle; 2012 – Orion B2G2, Ricky Robinson


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Royal Natal Yacht Club

Ola Lipton Challenge Cup – Firing of Cannons

Royal Natal Yacht Club’s lawns: Saturday 6 and Friday 12 July

The Royal Natal Yacht Club has issued two warnings where they will be firing off their century old cannon; the first will be on Saturday 6 July at 5.30pm for the opening of the Ola Lipton Challenge Cup ceremony where one shot will be fired and another single round on Friday 12 July at 8:00pm for the closing ceremony.

The public in the yacht basin vicinity and surrounding areas are advised that the sound will be incredibly loud, similar to a bomb going off. On both occasions, there will be only one shot fired and the club will be firing blanks, so no ships in the channel will be harmed.

The historic event, the century old Ola Lipton Challenge Cup has returned to Durban after a number of years and the crème-de-la-crème of South Africa’s sailors will be duelling it out on the water for the 2013 title. As part of the pomp and ceremony, the as one of the oldest yacht club in the Southern Hemisphere and oldest in Africa will be opening the major sailing event in style with their naval treasure.

“Our delightful antique miniature cannon was last fired for the Queen’s Jubilee last year; it has had a good polish and is rather looking forward to the occasion, as are all of us sailors. They will be rolled out onto the lawns and will be fired in honour of the occasion.” stated a pleased Vice Commodore, John Banfield.

For more info contact Gayle at the RNYC during office hours on 031 301 5425.


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