The Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club (MBYBC) has announced that the town will be represented by the boat ‘Parental Guidance’ in the 100-year old Lipton Challenge Cup, which gets under way in the Bay in less than three weeks time.
The Lipton Cup is the country’s oldest and most prestigious open water event. It is open to boats of the L26 class.
“A local businessman, Paul Tennant, has done the community ofMosselBaya huge favour by purchasing an L26 to be used by MBYBC in the Lipton Cup,” said South African Sailing’s national training manager, Mossel Bay-based Rob Holden.
Excitingly, the majority of the 6-person crew will be made up of girls and previously disadvantaged sailors.
With Mr. Tennant as team manager, the crew will include Pieter de Villiers as skipper, with 16 year old Jopie Naude on the foredeck, Daleen Naude (21) as trimmer on the spinnaker and genoa, Nelia Dannhauser (16) on the halyards and asgeneralhand, and 12 year old Bathandwa Mthi in the cockpit and on spinnaker retrieval.
“The idea is to provide the team with experience in the event,” said Mr. Holden. “Our main aim is not to win (although that would be nice) but to introduce new people to this aspect of sailing.
“Sir Thomas Lipton’s vision when he donated the cup was to develop blue water racing and this is exactly what we are doing,” he said.
Lipton Cup Project Secretary Gayle Newby of the Knysna Yacht Club (the organising club for this year’s event) said that PetroSA – which is sponsoring a crane to lift all the entries into the water – helped Mr. Tennant to launch his boat two weeks ago.
“It’s the first entry to go into the water atMosselBay,” she said.
A total of twenty entries have been received from yacht clubs aroundSouth Africa.
Ms. Newby said that the Defence Yacht Club entry, ‘MSC DonnaMia Always,’ will also be crewed by a youth development team. “They’re from theIzivunguVunguSailingSchoolin Simonstown and will be sailing under joint skippers Kader Williams and Wandisile Xayimpi. The team is being partly sponsored by an anonymous donor known only as ‘Lion’s Bay Friend,’ but they still need more sponsorship.
“The only lady skipper in the field will be Heidi Burger on Zeekoevlei Yacht Club’s ‘Maverick Meerkat,’ while other boats to watch are the George Lakes Yacht Club’s ‘KYC Challenger,’ and Benoni Yacht Club’s ‘Welsh Witch,’ both of which have spent the past few weeks practicing on the Knysna Lagoon,” she said.
Most of the boats are expected to arrive inMosselBayin the week before the event.
“There will be plenty for spectators to watch over the six days of racing, which starts on Sunday 21 August and continues every day for six days. The minimum number of races that must be completed is three, but depending on the weather, more races usually take place.
“The course may vary on a daily basis with the minimum distance for each race being 12 nautical miles,” said Ms Newby.
Knysna Yacht Club commodore Chick Ramsay said that the business community has come out strongly in support of the event.
“TV coverage, which will be screened in October, has been sponsored by Mossel Bay Tourism and Video Architects; the committee boat, an Admiral 42 catamaran, will be provided by Jan Hoevers Building Construction; the Diaz Hotel has sponsored the VIP boat; Cape Town’s Calulo Shipping will provide funding for the Bedouin tent, where the daily race meetings will take place; Sturrock Shipping will sponsor the fuel for the marker and rescue boats; and Johannesburg’s ColorPress will sponsor the prize giving dinner, which will also promote the wonderful services of the National Sea Rescue Institute,” he said.
Mr. Holden said that “‘Parental Guidance’ is a good boat and will look good on TV, but we’re still looking for sponsors for our team clothing and for some of our other needs.”
He can be contacted on robholden [at] mweb [dot] co [dot] za.
More information: www.knysnayachtclub.com/liptoncup1