The coveted Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup trophy is leaving San Diego Yacht Club and heading north to the home of this year’s winners: Newport Harbor Yacht Club! After three days of intense, close racing, skipper Justin Law and his seasoned crew earned their bragging rights by winning four of eleven races and staying in the top half of the fleet for almost every other race this weekend.
“It was super stressful. We just really played ball that last race. We had to stay five boats within Chicago and the team just did enough. Winning the first race made the tension go away and it was a great way to start the day. It set us up for a successful final two races,” commented Law.
The overall results of the 2019 Lipton Cup show Newport Harbor Yacht Club finishing first overall with 40 points. Close behind is Chicago Yacht Club in second with 43 points and San Diego Yacht Club in third with 47 points.
Team NHYC, led by skippers Bill Menninger and Doug Rastello, traveled to Stockholm, Sweden to compete in the 2 on 2 Swedish International Team Race Regatta sailed in J/80s.
Crewing for Bill were Michael Menninger, Kayla McComb and Robert Kinney. Doug’s crew was Alex Curtis, Jake La Dow and Bob McDonald.
Final Results – Stockholm International Team Race Regatta 2019 1 Newport Harbor Yacht Club, NHYC, USA 2 Royal Thames Yacht Club, RTYC, GBR 3 Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet, KSSS, SWE 4 New York Yacht Club, NYYC, USA 5 Gamla Stans Yacht Sällskap, GSYS, SWE
NHYC hosted the first Class Championship for the Harbor 20 class this past weekend. Two teams from Annapolis flew in, and a team from the Hilton Head Fleet as well as a member of the fleet in Santa Barbara showed up to compete.
There were six qualification races on Friday which split the 30 boat fleet into gold and silver divisions. Then 10 races where run over the next two days, Bill Menninger with Peter Stemler as crew won the gold flight with Brian Bissell in second and Walter Johnson in third. The Silver Fleet was won by Jay Swigart with Bruce Stuart as crew.
Next year the Harbor 20 Class Championships will be held in Annapolis. The winner of next years 2020 Harbor 20 Class Championships will be able to return to Newport Beach for the 2020 US Sailing Championship of Champions which will be held in Harbor 20’s and hosted by Balboa Yacht Club.