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In 2019, the historic Lipton Cup trophy was contested in teams for the first time, after an exciting new format was decided by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV).
Taking place on 18-19 November, the 2023 Lipton Cup Regatta is a multi-class sailing event hosted by RYCV, which is expected to bring in more than 200 entries this year.
Teams will be made up of three boats across three major racing divisions with one boat bringing in their Division A or B ORCc result, another from Division C using its AMS result, and the final boat from Division D using its PHD result.
While the teams trophy is only open to the divisional racing, the one-design classes competing can still look forward to an exciting format with Etchells, Adams 10s, S80s, and off-the-beach fleets all sure to have close and competitive racing across the weekend.
The cruiser, trailable and classic yachts will also be ineligible to compete in the Lipton Cup teams events as they only have two races scheduled for the weekend, however their format is set up to be as enjoyable as possible and reaffirms the event’s purpose as the “regatta for everyone”.
As a move to push for inclusivity and add some excitement to the final overall result, teams can be put forward by a yacht club or be individual boats getting together and forming their own teams from across different clubs, which is sure to spice up the rivalry.