Saturday 20th July provided some hot racing on the icy waters of Table Bay, with all 10 Lipton Challenge Cup entries using the Saturday opportunity to test their mettle. Three thrilling races were sailed under the guise of RO Doug Alison, who is becoming the preferred expert on Cape 31 racing circuit. Doug understands the need to run quick efficient races in the sometimes fickle Table Bay, the courses are primarily windward leeward with an offset mark, a leeward gate and often the last leg providing exciting downwind finishes.
The jury is still out if some of the other Lipton Cup favourites were sandbagging or not, however as with all forms of yacht racing, when the 5 minute horn goes the red mist descends and to hold back is almost impossible, so nothing can be taken away from the consistent and clinical performance of the Hall/Hudson helm tactician combination. They finished off in first place with a 1-2-3 score, with Palma based Mark Sadler and his team on the newly launched Orion DYP impressing the pundits with a 2-7-1 score to end up in second place. The aptly named SCUD ended up 3rd overall with a score of 8-1-2, will certainly be the team to watch for the upcoming Lipton Challenge Cup, when this team clicks as they did in race 2 and 3, they will be a force to reckon with. SCUD features one of Lipton Cup’s most successful skippers in Greg Davies who is no stranger to the pressure of this prestigious trophy.
It will take a brave gambling man or women to put money on a winner for the 2019 Lipton Challenge Cup.
Why the Cape 31 for the 2019 Lipton Challenge Cup? The video pretty much sums it up.
PRE-SEASON RACE DAY RESULTS
|Rank||Boat||SailNo||HelmName||DAY 1 | R1
|DAY 1 | R2
|DAY 1 | R3
|2nd||Orion||018||Ellian Perch / Mark Sadler||2.0||7.0||1.0||10.0||10.0|
|3rd||Scud||007||Luke Scott / Greg Davis||8.0||1.0||2.0||11.0||11.0|
|4th||Nitro||011||Mike Hayton / Dave Rae||5.0||4.0||5.0||14.0||14.0|
|10th||SKI||002||Steve Wilson / Rodney Tanner||9.0||9.0||10.0||28.0||28.0|