San Diego Yacht Club wins Lipton Cup
Published on October 30th, 2021
San Diego, CA (October 30, 2021) – The 2021 Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup is once again in the hands of the home team as San Diego Yacht Club dominated the 12-boat field. After sailing only nine of twelve planned races due to light winds in South San Diego Bay, SDYC finished with 4 bullets, 4 seconds, and a fifth.
“It’s all about teamwork,” said skipper Tyler Sinks of Lucy Wallace, Nick Kaschak, Nevin Snow, Erik Shampain, Max Hutcheson, and Jake La Dow. La Dow and Hutcheson have sailed with Sinks in five consecutive Lipton Cups, Nevin Snow sailed with the team in 2018, Nick Kaschak is back after a 3-year hiatus, and Erik Shampain is one of the most winningest Lipton Cup sailors of all time.
In addition to the Lipton Cup, most of the team have been actively sailing together the past few years, including in the 2019 and 2021 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.
Sinks himself has now won four Lipton Cups (2015, 2017, 2018, and 2021), making him the Lipton Cup skipper with the most wins in the past decade.
Sinks confessed the secret weapon on their team was tactician Nevin Snow, a job Snow found easier with the team he was with. “We mostly just played it pretty simple in the end,” said Snow. “We had a great crew that made it happen. It was shifty all over and every race was different. Everyone on the team has been sailing a lot this summer so it was easy to plug it into the right system.”
The overall results have SDYC in first with 17 points, Coronado Yacht Club in second with 42 points, and New York Yacht Club in third with 45 points.
The final day of the Lipton Cup was off to another slow start. The AP flag went up at 1125 and didn’t come down until around 1345. After getting in one race won by SDYC, the AP flag went up again. The breeze filled back in at 1515 and the final race of the day was won by NYYC.
San Diego Yacht Club came through the finish line to over a dozen spectator boats beeping their horns, SDYC burgees flying high, and fans cheering them on. As they approached the dock the celebration continued and the Club presented the team with a champagne toast.
“I always have a blast at the Lipton Cup,” shared Sinks. “It’s our yacht club’s premier event and it’s great to see all the SDYC members, volunteers, and supporters out on the water cheering us on. SDYC does a great job organizing the event on and off the water. It’s a first-class regatta.”
Twelve teams will be invited back next year in 2022 to compete for the Lipton Cup once again.
Racing was held on October 28-30.