New format announced for 2019 Lipton Cup Regatta

The historic Lipton Cup trophy will be contested in teams for the first time, after a new format was decided by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV) this week.

Taking place on 16-17 November this year, the Lipton Cup Regatta is a multi-class sailing event hosted by RYCV in November, which is expected to bring in more than 200 entries this year.

Teams will be made up of three boats across three major racing divisions with one boat bringing in their Division A or B IRC result, another from Division C using its AMS result, and the final boat from Division D using its PHS result.

While the teams trophy is only open to the divisional racing, the one-design classes competing can still look forward to an exciting format with Etchells, Adams 10s, S80s, and off-the-beach fleets all sure to have close and competitive racing across the weekend.

The cruiser, trailable and classic yachts will also be ineligible to compete in the Lipton Cup teams events as they only have two races scheduled for the weekend, however their format is set up to be as enjoyable as possible and reaffirms the event’s purpose as the “regatta for everyone”.

As a move to push for inclusivity and add some excitement to the final overall result, teams can be put forward by a yacht club or be individual boats getting together and forming their own teams from across different clubs, which is sure to spice up the rivalry.

The Lipton Cup racing is made up of both keelboats and off-the-beach dinghies and boasts one of the most diverse fleets for annual events across Victoria, while also being one of the most historic sailing events in the state.

Sailors and visitors alike can expect to see strong fleets across a range of junior and senior classes take to the water, showcasing the great capability the club has at running major events, as well as the ideal location it is when it comes to off-water festivities.

Entry is now open, visit https://www.liptoncup.com.au/enter-race

IN SUMMARY:

  • Event hosted by Royal Yacht Club of Victoria on 16-17 November 2019
  • Teams to compete for the Lipton Cup in historic first for the event
  • Putting a team together is simple:
    • 3 boats to a team
    • One Division A or Division B boat, to be scored on IRC
    • One Division C boat, to be scored on AMS
    • One Division D boat, to be scored on PHS

For more information, head to www.liptoncup.com.au.

– Harry Fisher

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