San Diego wins 2022 Lipton Cup

Published on October 30th, 2022

San Diego Yacht Club defended their Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup title when they defeated ten yacht club teams in J/105s on October 28-30 in San Diego, CA.

Led by Tyler Sinks with crew Max Hutcheson, Lucy Wallace, Nick Kaschak, Eric Shampain, Jake La Dow, and Nevin Snow, they won three of 11 races in the round robin series to edge out Coronado Yacht Club by five points, with New York Yacht Club seven points off the lead. Yacht Club teams from across the USA competed in the 107th edition, with Sinks claiming his fifth Lipton Cup title.

It has been quite a run for Sinks who has been skippering the club’s entry since 2015, but his title run is shadowed by Shampain who is now the winningest Lipton Cup sailor of all time.

“I’ve been told that Dave Ullman and Dennis Conner have six wins, and this is my seventh,” said Shampain. “I was really honored when Dave called me a few days ago and said if anybody breaks it, I’m glad it’s you. That was really nice.”

Their latest victory found them facing a strong New York Yacht Club team which trailed by one point going into the last race. The two teams battled for their spot on the starting line, with SDYC gaining an edge. “We had a nice last start right above New York, and we controlled our destiny,” noted Shampain.

NYYC split from the fleet which did not pay off, with SDYC rounding the weather mark in third while NYYC was in tenth. Even their four-boat gain on the downwind could not make up for the upwind loss. With perennial contender Coronado Yacht Club winning the last race, NYYC settled for third overall.

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