Wynberg Sailors take 2nd place in Lipton Cup

Wynberg Boys' High School Sailing: Lipton Cup 2014

Wynberg sailors were part of the Zeekoeivlei Yacht Club team that caused a stir by taking 2nd place in the recent Lipton Cup. Wynberg’s Nicholas Faraday reports:

“Building up to the race people were telling us that we would find ourselves at the back of the fleet and that no one wins the Cup on their first attempt as a team – which we didn’t, but we sure did come close.

After MSC week in Durban (provincials) where we placed second, people were still telling us that we stood no chance in Lipton which we were starting to believe. Then came the Western Cape provincials and at the end of the first day we were lying 3rd and hoping for some good racing the next day which unfortunately was cancelled due to lack of wind. We were still overjoyed with our 3rd place.

The first day of Lipton made our whole team very nervous because after doing reasonably well in Durban and at the Western Cape provincials, people started to expect something of us. Each race was a minimum of 12 nautical miles with 3 compulsory courses to be sailed: the square course, the triangle course and the sausage course. Due to the fairly light wind predictions for the day, we decided on the square course –  but the weather was too light and racing was cancelled.

The forecast for the next day was similar, but the predictions proved to be wrong. The wind went from 35 knots on the start to 8 knots at the top mark and then 25 knots on the beat. This went on throughout the race. We were the last ones to cross the start line in the first race and managed to reach about 8th on the top mark. The next beat stunned everyone. We were about 7th and while looking around for wind we spotted a shift and tacked into it and we reached the top mark in 2nd position. We kept this position to the finish line but were battling it out for first place with Greg Davies (12 times Lipton Cup winner) towards the second last downwind.

The second race was decided to be a triangle course and the wind that day was a minimum of 12 knots and about a maximum of 18-20 knots. We finished 3rd that day and for most of the race we were ahead of Greg Davies but he slipped passed us.

The 3rd race we all knew was going to be hectic. The wind was up to 35 knots (I was told) and we had an amazing start. We rounded the top mark in second and fought for 1st place the entire race but happily finished second.

Overall results were now: RCYC 4, ZVYC (us) 7, RNYC 10, FBYC 13 which meant we needed to finish 3 points ahead of RCYC to take the win. The next day of racing was called off due to high winds so we would have to do it on the last day.

There was to be no more racing after 1:55 on the last day: the first race was a general recall and racing time was nearly up. Unfortunately the next race was also a general recall and that was the regatta for us. We finished 2nd overall which was a shock to many (including ourselves!) but many ‘well dones’ were gratefully received. It was a huge learning curve and I look forward to it again next year.”

Read more about this young team: “Lipton Cup – the performance of the regatta” on sailing.co.za

Zeekoeivlei Yacht Club Lipton Cup Team
Daniel Agulhas – skipper
Sieraj Jacobs (Wynberg Old Boy) – helmsman
Nick Faraday (WBHS) – bowman
Mike Hardy (WBHS) – downwind trimmer
Shane Hendrickse – upwind trimmer
Rhino Lawson – halyards