View Full Version : Th Lipton Cup, Regatta on Port Phillip Bay

11-19-2006, 10:43 PM
for a cup donated by Sir Thomas Lipton, last competed for in 1909.
Lipton Regatta Club Update – 28/09/06

Royals announces a new pre-Christmas

Inter club three day Port Phillip regatta

In mid November the northern end of Port Phillip is set to come alive with the biggest three day inter-club regatta of its kind ever staged on Hobsons Bay.


To be staged from Friday 17 th to Sunday 19th November 2006 by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, the new Lipton Racing Regatta will be a high standard four race series, especially for Victorian boats tackling this year’s Sydney-Hobart, Westcoaster and the Australian keelboat class titles. For the Friday twilight invitational race that ends at Royals, there is no entry fee.


In announcing the all new event which is expected to attract up to 200 craft, Royal’s Commodore Michael Smith says, “The Lipton Racing Regatta will embrace Victoria’s top grand prix racers down through the keelboat divisions to cruisers and even the beautiful classic wooden boats from the major keelboat clubs at the top of Port Phillip Bay.”


RMYS’ Sailing Captain Mark Buckley says, “Your Club likes the concept of the Friday twilight invitational race because will give many of our keelboat crews that don’t have many opportunities to do overnight *and weekend regattas a chance to getaway.”

“This regatta will point score towards our Charles Marshall Trophy and *Edward Lumley Trophy series.


The five leading Bay clubs to be involved include Sandringham, Royal Brighton, Royal Melbourne and Hobsons Bay together with RYCV who have jointly re scheduled their weekend sailing programmes to ensure their boats are on the start line.

The Bays only full time race director David Le Roy from Royals who has senior international, national and state experience will manage all the on water aspects of the event.


Lipton Cup trophy

The major prize will be the Lipton Cup which will be presented to the IRC Grand Prix division winner. The trophy was previously owned by the legendry tea merchant Sir Thomas Lipton, who tried five times unsuccessfully in the early 1900s to regain the Americas Cup for England from the USA.

It was last presented in 1909 for racing on the Bay to a yacht called “Helen” but it subsequently disappeared for nearly 90 years until the Church family in Williamstown gifted it back to RYCV by deed in the 1990s.

Ashore the Lipton Racing Regatta will feature bands, BBQs, breakfasts, presentations and meals will be served from dawn until dusk. Royals will accommodate as many of the 200 boats overnight as is possible in its marina and plan to run a free courtesy bus each evening back to the eastern suburbs clubs.


Lipton Racing Regatta at a Glance

When: Friday 17, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 2006


Not for woodies now though.

Lucky Luke
11-19-2006, 11:15 PM
Not for woodies now though.
...is that why its in the bilge?:rolleyes: