Australia. Entires flood in for inaugural Lipton Racing Regatta
L to R: Geoffrey Church 89 year old son of Hereward Church, who co-skippered the yacht Helen which won the Lipton Cup in 1909, with Royals’ Vice Commodore Tony Spencer
Photo: L to R: Geoffrey Church 89 year old son of Hereward Church, who co-skippered the yacht Helen which won the Lipton Cup in 1909, with Royals’ Vice Commodore Tony Spencer - click picture to enlarge
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Wednesday, 08 November 2006
Mike Sabey:

With seven days until the registration closing date for the inaugural Lipton Racing Regatta, entries from around the Bay are flooding in to the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria’s

Royals Vice Commodore Tony Spencer says, “The Club is delighted with still two weeks until to the regatta actually sets sail on the weekend of 17-19 November, that more than 50 entries from Grand Prix racers down to Couta Boats and the evergreen classics have been received.”

Amongst the early Grand Prix division entries is Michael Hiatt’s Grand prix Cookson 50 Living Doll from RYCV that is fresh from its IRC handicap win in the recent Cup weekend Melbourne Stanley race. It will do battle in the Lipton Regatta with the crack Geelong based DK46 Shogun skippered by Rob Hanna’s that finished third in last weekend’s dash across Bass Strait.

Other Grand Prix entries include Ray Borrett’s brand new Farr 42 racer cruiser Laurelle (RYCV) that won the PHD division in the sprint to Stanley in its first race since being launched in Adelaide a few weeks ago.

Also expected are John Patterson’s Corel 45 Nautilus Marine Rush from Royal Brighton Yacht Club and from Sandringham Yacht Club Lou Abrahams grand prix Sydney 38 Challenge and Chris Dare’s state of the art Corby 49 Flirt.

At the other end of the design spectrum, Royals have received a swag of entires from the historic Couta Boats including Tony Baxter’s Emily, Peter Costolloe’s Alwyn and Richard Gates’ Wanita in a class that over a century ago made up the famous barracouta fleets fishing off Port Phillip Heads.

Regatta Outline

To be staged from Friday 17 th to Sunday 19th November 2006 by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, the new Regatta is a high standard four race series that will embrace Victoria’s top grand prix racers down to cruisers and even the beautiful classic wooden boats from the major keelboat clubs on Port Phillip.”

Major inter club support

Five leading Bay clubs including Sandringham Yacht Club, Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron and Hobsons Bay Yacht Club together with RYCV have jointly rescheduled their weekend sailing programmes to ensure their boats are on the start line.

Lipton Cup trophy

The major prize is the Lipton Cup (pictured above), presented to Royals 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.

In Melbourne, the Lipton Cup was last awarded in 1909 to the yacht “Helen” but it subsequently disappeared from sailing for nearly 90 years until the Church family gifted it back to Royals in the mid 1990s.

Williamstown is preparing to host hundreds of competitors where bands, BBQs, breakfasts, presentations and meals will be served.

Entries close on November Monday 13th November and more information can be found on line at the Lipton Regatta’s website or by calling the Club
Sponsors: Melbourne City Lexus, Radio 3AW, Champagne Mumm & Nautilus Marine Insurance Agency.

Lipton Racing Regatta at a Glance
When: Friday 17, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 2006
What: Short Regatta with a focus on Racing
From: Royal Yacht Club of Victoria – Nelson Place Williamstown
RYCV Ph 03 9397 1277
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 November 2006 )
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