Lipton 2018 Wrap Up

More photos available on the Lipton website in the Gallery. More will be added as we process them.

See, full  Lipton 2018 Gallery

The Lipton Cup regatta was held on the 17-18 November 2018. Over 70 keelboat (including trailable) and around 65 OTB entered the event, an increase from 2017.

Well done to IKON yet again! For full results, see: Lipton Cup Results 2018

The regatta was supported by 45 volunteers both on and off water ranging from race officials, car park advisors and regatta registration. Thank you to the following (please sing out if we’ve missed someone!:

Stephen and Donna Hendy (volunteers)

Registration desk: Leonie Gunther, Heather Barnett, Ann Goodwin and Paige Butcher (volunteers)

Per Bengtzen
Peter Roberts
Patti Pearce
Rod Alsop
Dave Panton
Joel Taburet
Lisa Stevens
Danny Trainor
Paul O’Driscoll 
Stephen Hendy
Donna Hendy
Gavin Gourley
Dennis Spinnley
Rick English
Brad Collis
Leonie Gunther
Kay Watkins
Marty Watkins (holding up the banner when everyone left!)

Heather Barnett
Ann Goodwin
Maddie Munro
Julie Webb
Susan Webber and her ‘Open Day’ crew inc Julie Standen for providing street signage

Lipton Jury – No protests this year!

Guy Schofield
Tom Kirkpatrick
Clare McAuliffe
Rod Anders
Howard Hughes
Andrea Maertens
Martin Speller
Owen Church
Cat Manning
Ryan Grieve
Rebecca Grieve
Tess Kirkpatrick
Pat Ronchi
Jacintha Anders
Paula King
Ann Scambary

The weather for the weekend was a highlight with fine and sunny conditions for the entire event. Saturday saw the wind build from 10 -15 kts Sly to 15 to 20 Kts gusting to 25 Kts at times, resulting in some rough racing for many of the fleets. Sunday was a more sedate affair with a 10-15 kts sea breeze and a warm 27 degrees that ensured the long race was able to be completed after a 1 hr delay for the sea breeze to get up and moving.

The Lipton Cup Regatta involved many months of planning from a core team that covered the following areas:
Regatta Management – Paige Butcher
Operations Management– Roger Eastham
Sailing Management – David Le Roy
OTB Management – – Ray Duncan PMYC
Volunteer Management – Peter Roberts
Sponsorship and Marketing – Amelia Martin
House and Social – Rene Sneddon
Communications – Elizabeth Johnson
Unfortunately, Liz Johnson was overseas for the later part for the Regatta planning and was unavailable with Amelia taking on most of the load for communications. We were also supported throughout the weekend by Cadet volunteers, social media volunteers and photographers. Special mention to Guy Schofield for his management of the cadet series.

It was great to have Deb from Mysail attend the opening of the regatta on the Friday and Col Anderson from Doyles Sails attended the Sunday presentation. Rear Commodore Sailing and Regatta Chair attended OTB Presentations at PMYC on the Saturday evening. A big thank you to Ray Duncan, PMYC and volunteers for OTB management over the bay.


The social side of the regatta was a major highlight of the weekend with Pier 41 partnering with the Lipton Cup 

Regatta committee getting the club ready for entertainment. It was the best atmosphere with a great vibe and ambiance. 

Moving forward we will be conducting a review of the regatta to ascertain lessons learnt and highlight those areas that require specific attention to improve the weekend.

From Lipton Chair, Paige Butcher

Now the Social Side

The regatta for everyone”, certainly lived up to it’s name. As I enforce Paige’s comments above,  we had an 

effervescent regatta both on and off the water, the scene was set in the bar , Friday night by “Mr Saturday night ” who played all our dancing and prancing favourites.

Come Saturday morning, it was all hands on deck, mostly clutching sailing instructions and egg and bacon rolls. Boats returned to a fabulously festive atmosphere , created by “Jumpstart ” and passion fruit daiquiries . It was great to see over 60 club members and friends enjoying dinner in the dining room. 
Sunday, the Regatta concluded all too soon , with Award Presentations , “Big Kev” and many a tall tale. Until next year ….

From Rene Johnson – Sneddon , H&S, Lipton cup Regatta