Home teams rolling at Lipton Cup
Published on October 29th, 2021
San Diego, CA (October 29, 2021) – The second day of the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup started with nearly an hour-long postponement while Race Committee waited for the breeze to fill in. Once the first race, Race 5, got started, the San Diego Yacht Club team picked up right where they left off. Skipper Tyler Sinks got in front of the fleet at the start and extended his lead throughout the race.
Before the second race of the day, the winds died back down, resulting in another postponement for just under an hour. The remaining two races of the day allowed for movement in the scoresheet. The course shifted from 215° in the first race to 190° in the second. Compared to the 315° from yesterday, it was almost like an entirely new racecourse on South San Diego Bay.
Race 6 was won by Newport Harbor Yacht Club and Race 7 by New York Yacht Club. Although sailing well and in the top five of the fleet on day one, Race 7 is NYYC’s first win of the regatta. The team finished the day with a 4-9-1.
NYYC Skipper Jon Singsen noted how their good start translated to a good finish. “The first day we had four bad starts but still ended up okay. Today I listened to my team and collectively we’ve had good boat speed. It’s been really hard to see upwind, so Taylor’s job (tactician Taylor Canfield) has been pretty difficult.”
Giving NYYC a run for their money is local team Coronado Yacht Club. Skipper Scott Harris grew up at the venue and has sailed an incredibly consistent regatta, placing in the top half of the fleet in every single race. Harris’ practice for the Lipton Cup was last weekend’s International Masters Regatta.
“I just listened to the tactician,” started Harris. “Just take a look at my crew. They’re some of the best sailors I’ve ever sailed with. We’re thinking the trick tomorrow is to make sure SDYC drinks some tequila tonight,” he joked.
NYYC and CorYC are currently sitting within one point of each other on the scoresheet, which is exactly how they finished after the first day. The current standings leave the teams with 32 and 33 points, 18 points behind SDYC in first.
Racing is planned for October 28-30.