by Bernie Kaaks
Jason van der Slot made it two in a row today with a resounding win in the Division A IRC fleet to win his second Lipton Cup in successive years. He won last year’s cup with the original Calm, which sailed in this year’s regatta with John Williams at the helm.
Jason van der Slot had a convincing win in the Lipton Cup Regatta - his second successive win.
Barney Walker, who accepted the trophy on Jason van der Slot’s behalf as his skipper was boarding a plane, was quick to praise not only his crew, but the efforts of the race team led by RYCV’s David Leroy. 'David and his team did a great job this weekend,' said Walker, 'particularly in yesterday’s difficult conditions.'
In today’s long race, most skippers agreed that 'We had a little bit of everything!'
Indeed it was a typical Melbourne day, with cool overcast conditions and relatively light winds at the start, punctuated by a mean squall which burst through the fleet mid-race, which cleared to finish the day in brilliant sunshine.
Tactics varied as the squall hit the fleet, with some opting to tough it out and feather their way through, while others tacked, believing it would offer a smoother passage. Josh White of Executive Decision explained that they were leading their fleet as they entered the squall and found themselves in third place as they emerged from it. They recovered however, to win their division.
Consensus indicates that the Lipton Cup is alive and well. With a record 154 entries this year and strong sponsor support, the future of this great regatta seems assured.
Executive Decision won both IRC and AMS handicaps in Division B - Lipton Cup Regatta
Steve Carey's Deja Vu was the winner of Saturday's Division E race and finished second overall. - Lipton Cup Regatta
Soiree Bleu - winner of the PHD handicap, Division B - Lipton Cup Regatta
John Duffin's Eneseay stands out ahead of an approaching squall. She won Sunday's Division E race and the overall Division E trophy. - Lipton Cup Regatta
The Lipton Cup Regatta continues to enjoy strong sponsorship support - Lipton Cup Regatta
2012 Lipton Cup
Progressive Series Results for Division A IRC IRC Handicapping and Low-Points Scoring Results - Count all Races Last Racing Held on 18/11/2012 at 10:05.
|SM2052||Calm 2||Jason Van Der Slot||1||1||2||2||6||1|
|R55||Living Doll||Michael Hiatt||9||9||9||9||36||8|
For full Lipton Cup results, go to www.rycv.asn.au/results