The Sir Thomas Lipton Cup

While visiting Seattle in 1912 on his way to San Francisco, Sir Thomas Lipton was so impressed with what he saw as perfect sailing waters that he promised to commemorate his visit by donating a perpetual challenge cup to the Seattle Yacht Club. Upon his return to London, Sir Thomas commissioned the cup, which arrived in 1913 and was first contested in 1914 by the "R" boats "Sir Tom" of Seattle and "Turenga" of Vancouver, Canada. With the demise of the "R" class, the Lipton Cup became the main trophy for the International 6 Metre Class in the Northwest. The Cup itself is made of solid sterling silver, weighs about 5 or 6 pounds and stands approximately 4 feet (1.3 metres), including her base. Winners of the Cup, including boat name, skipper, and crew, have been inscribed on the Cup or on small placques encircling the base, for the past 85 years. The 2002 Sir Thomas Lipton Cup will be contested on Port Madison on September 14th and 15th, 2002. If you are interested in attending, or would like to charter a boat, September is the most pleasant month of the Summer in Seattle. Please send me an email if you are interested.

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