The Hout Bay Youth Sailing Development Trust is taking part in the 3rd Lipton Challenge Cup in 2017, sailing for Hout Bay Yacht Club as team LTC Phoenix, sponsored by Literally Tax Consulting and Phoenix Business Consulting.
Skippered by Theo Yon, the team’s goal in the 3rd year of their campaign is to win the Lipton Challenge Cup and bring it home to the waters of Hout Bay.
The Lipton Cup is always hotly contended for. Not only is the trophy the most valuable of its kind in the whole of Africa, but the winning team takes the cup home – meaning, they are entitled to host the Lipton Challenge on their home waters (or nominate a coastal club to do so, if they are situated inland) the following year.
When Sir Thomas Lipton, well-known tea merchant in his day, donated a magnificent trophy to Table Bay Yacht Club (now Royal Cape Yacht Club) in 1909, he stipulated that the Lipton Cup Challenge was to encourage offshore yacht racing in Southern Africa. Every yacht club along the Southern African coast – from Walvis Bay (Namibia) to Beira (Mozambique) – is invited to participate and enter a team in this annual yacht race. This is but one of multiple precise instructions contained in Sir Thomas’s ‘deed of gift’, a document accompanying the trophy, the rules of which ensure fairness and equality in this competition and are adhered to until today.
This year, 11 teams from 11 yacht clubs, ranging from local Western Cape yacht clubs to inland clubs from Gauteng, have entered the challenge, which kicks off at the Royal Cape Yacht Club on Saturday 19 August with the festive Opening Ceremony