KNYSNA NEWS - Having won last year’s Lipton Challenge Cup, the Knysna Yacht Club (KYC) had the right to nominate the venue for this year’s sailing race.
"We chose Mossel Bay because it’s known to be one of the world’s best sailing grounds," said KYC member and Lipton Cup organiser, Gayle Newby.
Mossel Bay will thus host the prestigious, 100-year old Lipton Challenge Cup from August 19 to 26 this year.
According to Newby, the race organisers recently secured a crucial sponsorship for the event. "PetroSA has confirmed that it will cover the cost of a crane for lifting the boats in and out of the water - an important requirement when you’re dealing with the L26, which is the class that will contest the race."
She said, too, that local businessman and KYC member Albert Lombard, has agreed to manage the sponsorship drive.
The Mossel Bay Business Chamber also indicated that it will take an interest in the event, and vice chairman (and Mossel Bay Tourism board member) Ray Murray said that the chamber would shortly be circularising its members to invite them to come on board. "We think it’s a fantastic event for Mossel Bay, and we’ll be asking everyone to get involved and come forward with sponsorships," he said.
Newby said that some 50 sailing clubs registered with South African Sailing will receive the Notice of Race from the Lipton Trustees early in April. "However, the top competitors have already indicated to the organisers - the Knysna Yacht club in conjunction with the Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club - that they’ll be competing."
Companies and individuals interested in sponsoring the Lipton Challenge Cup should contact Albert Lombard on 082 882 8159.
Posted on: 08:41 Wed, 06 April 2011
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