Lipton Cup Regatta 2015
The Lipton Cup Regatta is a fun weekend of sailing for racing, cruising and classic yachts, sportsboats, trailable yachts, and off-the-beach boats.
The sailing program caters for all sailing enthusiasts. The Regatta is conducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in partnership with the Williamstown Sailing Club and the Port Melbourne Yacht Club. Find out more about the regatta on the Lipton Cup Regatta website.
Wrap up of the event
Wow what a cracker of a weekend the Lipton Cup Regatta turned out to be! Fantastic weather, ideal race conditions and a friendly but competitive group of sailors out on the water!
Each year the Lipton Cup continues to grow in the number of sailors and boats participating. Last year the Off The Beach (OTB) Divisions totaled 55 entrants, this year we saw 27 boats competed in five divisions in Port Melbourne Yacht Club races, and 42 boats competed in three divisions at Williamstown Sailing Club bringing our total Off The Beach boats to 71.
The International Cadet Class also held their first round of its Tillet team selection as part of the Lipton Cup Regatta. The first two races of the Lipton Cup on the 14 Nov and the Sixth Fleet sprint series on the 15 Nov counted towards the first round of the team selection. The Victorian Tillet team will represent Victoria in the International Cadet National championships to be held at Middle Harbour Yacht club in Sydney from 27 of Dec 2015. The Tillets competition is for the top State at the Nationals, it has been held by Tasmania for many years. The “Tillet’s” competition is named after the Tillet family from South Australia. Identical twins David and Chris Tillet started sailing Cadets when they were eight years old, the pair winning the International Cadet Class World Championship in Tasmania in 1969.
I’m incredibly proud of the small group of members who entered and won trophies and prizes in both the OTB races and Keelboat Divisions this year, most of our sailors who entered finished in the top three positions.
In the Trailable Yachts and Sports Boats events congratulations go to WSC members Sue Burke (Swallow) and Peter Wright (Fiz IV) for coming 1st and 2nd respectively on [PHS] in Division D of the Keelboat Races.
In the Off the Beach events congratulations go to the following club members:
- 1st place (Phantom) Skipper Trevor Burke & Crew Detlef Becker
- 2nd place ( Rincewind) Skipper Doug Vockler & Crew Basil Sharkey
- 3rd place (Sea Somfin) Andrew Keil
- 1st place (Fire in the Sky) Skipper Stefan Gevers
- 3rd place (LOL) Glenn Charlesworth
See the Lipton Cup website for all race results.
Volunteers and the running of the day
To all of the volunteers who assisted on the day, well done a fantastic effort. The on-water race management was once again of a very high standard and great to see many club members involved. Without our volunteers events such as this simply wouldn’t happen, they are truly the backbone of a successful Regatta. As special mention for the crew on board our Blue RIB Willy 3 in their very timely assistance to one of our capsized boats returning from races conducted at Port Melbourne Yacht Club.
- Race Control Tower: Noel Craven and Graham Knight
- Course Boat (Willy 1): Race Officer – Stephen Meddings, Crew Rod Assafiri & Kevin Holland.
- Rescue (Blue RIB Willy 3): Bruce Mansfield, Michael Attard and Howard Hughes (from Royal Geelong Yacht Club)
- Committee Boat (Jack Cox)
- Race Officer: Simon van den Berg
- Time keeper & finish times: Brian Fentiman
- Line sighter & finish order: Sue Harman (from Royal Geelong Yacht Club)
- Signals (flag): Richard Vuat (from Metung Sailing Club)
- Course board & signal (horn): Jarrod Meddings
- Canteen: Noel Craven and Dawn Beattie
My first experience in being involved in a regatta was in the Mirror National Titles hosted by WSC in 2011 held between Christmas and first week of Jan. Back then I was invited to participate by club member and President of the Mirror Association Rob Cruse who suggested I join in to find out what a Regatta is all about. At the time and from a sailor’s perspective I simply thought a Regatta involved being a member of a class association, a Notice of Race and a set of Sailing Instructions, and a venue, much much later I was to learn just how incorrect this perspective was.
In season 2011-12 (former Commodore) Ian McGrath represented WSC on the Lipton Cup Organising Committee (LCOC) and Michael Horvath Race Officer on the Committee Boat for our first Lipton Cup regatta on 19 Nov 2011. During 2012-13 and shortly after being appointed Vice Commodore I then attended the monthly LCOC meetings. It was then that I began to learn about all that is required in organising, hosting and conducting a regatta.
In closing I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Veronica and John Burgess for their work over the past ten years with the Lipton Cup. As Chairman, John set a standard and great leadership, it has been a wonderful learning opportunity working with him and the rest of the organising committee. I’m already looking forward to the 2016 Lipton Cup.
Simon van den Berg