Sunday 17th March - Lipton Cup & Fleet race at CMYC
With grateful thanks to Hans Svendsen & Mike Thompson for arranging the prizes generously donated by Unilever Ceylon & for Mike for being OOD and setting a super course & the following report of the racing last Sunday for the Lipton Cup.
"The Lipton Cup race on Sunday 17th March took place on, perhaps, an auspicious day, “St Patrick’s Day”, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Sir Thomas Lipton was born in Northern Ireland in 1850. It was later that his parents and he emigrated to Scotland to live near Glasgow on the River Clyde where he first developed his Tea business from which his name became a global brand. Today, Lipton command 25% of the World’s black tea business, and are currently building significant market shares in green tea in countries like China.
Sir Thomas Lipton had two passions in life, Tea and Sailing both of which are emulated here in Sri Lanka, a Tea island surrounded by water and one of the World’s two largest exporters of Tea. The Sir Thomas Lipton Cup was presented to the Club by Unilever Ceylon some years ago and it celebrates his five challenges for the Americas Cup between 1899 and 1930. He failed to win on each occasion but remained a popular character in the sport.
Our Lipton Cup was competed for last Sunday in fine weather with a steady breeze from the South East. There were seven starters, five GP14s and two Lasers. The Start Flag was raised at 12.45 hrs precisely and the race was underway immediately. The wind on the water was a little gusty which meant continual sail adjustments to both jibs and mainsails. Spinnakers were in good evidence on the downwind legs and one GP14 built up a significant lead which was held on to throughout the race as they romped across the finishing line a good two and a half minutes ahead of their nearest rivals. This boat was helmed by Mini Trepte with Janaka as crew.
Second across the line was Rob Moore with Sarah as crew, and third was our present Commodore, Per Svendsen with ASK De Soyza as crew. The remainder of the Club’s great sports persons came in fourth, Purajitha assisted by KVN Dimal, fifth, Ernst, the old stager, sixth, Roshanara assisted by WMC Marambe, and finally, seventh, young Ramali in her Laser.
In the concurrent fleet race Rob & Sarah came first with Ernst in second place & Mini & Janaka in third.
Well done all of you.
Prizes, supplied by Unilever Ceylon, were presented after the race by Kath Moore to all Helms and Crews, and the Lipton Cup, carefully polished and cleaned, was presented to Mini who promptly filled it with her favourite concoction for tasting by all members present, some of whom went back for more!
Thanks for the opportunity to be your OOD for the race.