Lipton Cup Challenge sails into Table Bay

2019-08-06 06:00
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Yacht Club entered the Lipton Cup Challenge.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Yacht Club entered the Lipton Cup Challenge.

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The Lipton Cup Challenge is currently taking place at the Royal Cape Yacht Club finishing on Saturday 10 August.

This year, 10 boats with 80 crew from around the country are participating in the race, which takes place offshore of Table Bay Harbour and Granger Bay.

It is also recognised as the national inter-club yachting event.

“Many of the country’s top sailors who are competing internationally have flown to Cape Town to take part in this competition which always attracts SA’s best sailors.

“This speaks to the prestige of the Lipton Cup and its rich history associated with Cape Town,’ said Mayco member for transport Felicity Purchase.

Being used for the first time in the race is the Cape 31, a 31-foot sport boat, designed by one of the World’s leading Yacht designers, Mark Mills, and built here by local boat builders, mast, rigging and sail manufacturers.

“The Lipton Cup is more than just a race, but has a trickledown effect in terms of economic impact. It provides an opportunity for local boat manufacturers to showcase their capabilities and assists the City in its objectives of creating an enabling environment to attract investment that generates economic growth, said Purchase.

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