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Lipton Challenge Cup | A Roll Of The Dice

by Ingrid Hale

The Cape 31 fleet starts race 4 in the Lipton Challenge Cup

After the third scheduled day of racing of the Lipton Challenge Cup was cancelled on Wednesday due to a strong Cape winter’s storm, racing resumed yesterday.

The conditions were icy, with rain, and huge swells of between 2.5-3m’s with drastic wind shifts. All this didn’t make for an easy day out on the water.

Going into the day’s racing the leaderboard looked like this: 1st – Witbank Yacht Club/Nitro; 2nd – Royal Cape Yacht Club/ Yanmar; 3rd – Walvis Bay Yacht Club/MB Racing. At the day’s prize giving, the top three boats were handed different colour decals for their sails. Reminiscent of the Tour de France the first boat showed yellow for 1st, white for second and red for third.

Witbank’s Nitro had a consistent day’s sailing in the Lipton Challenge Cup

But it was anybody’s day. The positions changed from leg to leg, and boats that were in last place landed up in the top 5 positions and vice versa.

The first race sailed was the obligatory triangle course. Mark Sadler, helming Orion For Royal Natal Yacht club took the win by gaining on a wind shift, followed by David Rae, sailing Nitro for Witbank Yacht club, and Bjorn Geiger’s MB Racing sailing for Walvis Bay Yacht Club, came in third. Gerry Heggie sailing Yanmar for Royal Cape Yacht Club lost his first place due to the wind shift after leading for most of the race.

Royal Natal Yacht Club’s Orion ploughs through the swell in the Lipton Challenge Cup

The second race sailed was a windward leeward course, and once again the shifty conditions made for a lotto in the results. No two legs produced the same top three positions, and until the very end, it was anyone’s race.

However, Nitro’s consistent sailing, and by mostly being on the right side of the course helped them take the win over Geoff Meek on Scud sailing for Langebaan Yacht Club. They were followed Orion (Royal Natal Yacht Club),

Magic sailing in the Lipton Challenge Cup for Hermanus Yacht Club

The provisional overall results after 4 races:

Nitro (WYAC) – 6 points

RCYC Seascape powered by Yanmar (RCYC) – 12 points

Orion DYP (RNYC) – 15 points

MB Racing (WBYC) – 16 points

Magic (HYC) – 21 points

SCUD (LYC) – 24 points

Vivaldi (Sailing PE) – 30 points

Nemesis (AC) – 31 points

Maverick (UCT) – 31 points

SKI – (GBYC) – 34 points

Hosted by Royal Cape Yacht Club, racing continues today and tomorrow in Table Bay.

Pictures: Liesl King




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