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Lipton Cup: won by Executive Decision

Grant Botica’s Executive Decision, winner of the Lipton Cup for 2013, winning the combined Divisions A & B on both AMS and IRC, and finishing fourth on PHS handicap

Grant Botica’s Executive Decision, winner of the Lipton Cup for 2013, winning the combined Divisions A & B on both AMS and IRC, and finishing fourth on PHS handicap

Grant Botica’s Adams 10 Executive Decision was crowned the winner of the Lipton Cup for 2013, winning the combined Divisions A & B on both AMS and IRC, and finishing fourth on PHS handicap.

There were smiles all round at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria after today’s final day of the Lipton Cup Regatta. The rain cleared just before start time and a gentle breeze slowly built to a brisk 18 knots or so, leading to some exciting moments on the water.

A spinnaker set just a trifle too close to a channel marker left one crew very red faced, as the kite and halyard caught on the channel marker and the yacht was forced to quickly cut it free. As one wit remarked: “At least it was colour coded correctly!”. The green spinnaker, draped over a seven metre high green starboard mark, was retrieved by an adventurous member of a support boat crew a short time later.

A minor mishap on the course led to another competitor, rumoured to be a Royals flag officer, returning to the marina with the spinnaker well and faithfully wrapped around the forestay and will certainly be providing work for a sailmaker before it is hoisted again.

Veloce won Lipton Cup 2013 line honours in all four races for Division A & B and topped the PHS division.

Veloce won Lipton Cup 2013 line honours in all four races for Division A & B and topped the PHS division.

 

Sandringham Yacht Club’s Phil Simpfendorfer sailed a wonderfully consistent series, steering the Elliott 44RC Veloce to line honours in all four races to claim first place overall on PHS handicap. Bruce McCraken’s Ikon, which finished the series in second place on IRC and AMS, also sailed well.
Brendan Kruger sailed Wavelength to victory in both IRC and AMS for Division C, but on PHS handicap, Tim Feore won with Osprey.

In the small boat division D, Craig Black was successful with Drambuie.

Yesterday’s Cruising Division winner Anxious did not compete today, leaving the spoils to Richard English’s Magic, which finished second yesterday and shared fifth place in today’s race with John Duffin’s Eneseay. Second overall was Graham Johnson-Snedden’s Bolero, which won today’s race after finishing eighth in race 1.

The regatta was another resounding success and will no doubt continue to be regarded as one of Victoria’s “must do” events for yachts ranging from Category One ocean racers to single handed dinghies.

Full results are available, go here.

By Bernie Kaaks