The 67th edition of the Lipton Cup Challenge kicks off today; Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase was on hand to officially launch the 2019 race last night.

The City of Cape Town is continuing its long-standing support for Africa’s premier offshore sailing regatta taking place at the Royal Cape Yacht Club over the next six days.

The Lipton Cup Challenge features sailing clubs from across the country, racing offshore of Table Bay Harbour and Granger Bay for the coveted domestic trophy.

This year, 10 boats with 80 crew are participating in the race, recognised as the national inter-club yachting event.

‘Many of the country’s top sailors who are competing internationally have flown to Cape Town to take part in this competition which always attracts SA’s best sailors. This speaks to the prestige of the Lipton Cup and its rich history associated with Cape Town,’ said City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport Alderman Felicity Purchase.

Being used for the first time in the race is the Cape 31, a 31-foot sport boat, designed by one of the World’s leading Yacht designers, Mark Mills, and built in Cape Town by local boat builders, mast, rigging and sail manufacturers.

‘The Lipton Cup is more than just a race, but has a trickledown effect in terms of economic impact. It provides an opportunity for local boat manufacturers to showcase their capabilities and assists the City in its objectives of creating an enabling environment to attract investment that generates economic growth. The event also helps us in promoting Cape Town as an events capital and a premier tourism destination,’ said Alderman Purchase.

Organisers are also committed to environmental sustainability and will use the platform to raise awareness about clean oceans as well reducing the amount of plastic and litter in our oceans.