For the past 33 years the L26 has been the boat of choice for the Lipton Challenge, and for much of that time it has served this event well, providing a sound platform for competitive one-design racing.
In recent years, however, as the L26 has aged and the world of small keelboat racing has moved in the direction of sport boats and beyond, we have seen a declining interest in L26 racing in South Africa.
Consequently the Lipton Challenge is no longer attracting our top sailors as it did in the past.
Now, with the emergence of the Cape 31 (see cape31.co.za), and with these boats being built at a rate of one a month, we have the prospect of a modern high-performance one-design keelboat class presenting an exciting alternative to the L26 for Lipton Challenges in the very near future.
The purpose of this letter is to give your club an opportunity to vote on the choice of boat for the 2018 and 2019 Lipton Challenges.
Option 1. Retain the L26 for the 2018 and 2019 Lipton Challenges.
Option 2. Retain the L26 for 2018, and change to the Cape 31 for the 2019 Lipton Challenge. Option 3. Change to the Cape 31 from the 2018 Lipton Challenge.
Should the majority of clubs vote in favour of changing to the Cape 31, the format of the Lipton Challenge will be changed to include a “Lipton Week” regatta for youth teams (provisionally under 25), in the L26 Class, and held concurrently with the Challenge.
You are invited to comment on ROYAL NATAL YACHT CLUB – LIPTON CHALLENGE SURVEY
Please take part in this survey before 10h00 on Wednesday the 23rd of August.