Published on April 12th, 2013 | by NSB Observer0
85th Annual Lipton Cup Regatta
The two-day racing action will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 2013 in the Atlantic Ocean just north of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Festivities kick off Friday, April 12 with the traditional skippers meeting and opening reception for race crew at the yacht club’s Tiki Bar.
Prime viewing of all the on water action can be enjoyed along New Smyrna beaches and at Toni & Joe’s Patio, another proud sponsor of both the Lipton Cup and Solstice Regatta (another Smyrna Yacht Club sailing event coming June 22).
The first International Regatta sponsored by the Smyrna Yacht Club was held in 1932 for both sail and powerboats. In those days, the SYC regattas would draw spectators from 20,000 to 60,000. They came from all over the U.S. and Europe.
Notable at many of these events were the Baron Von Rothschild, and the undisputed king of unlimited hydroplane racing, Gar Wood. Racing at SYC continued through the 1930′s, as the event sponsored by SYC gained worldwide acclaim.
Sir Thomas Lipton is famous for his many America’s Cup Challenges with his famous “J boats.” As a yacht racing enthusiast, Sir Lipton encouraged the sport by giving a number of prestigious trophies to yacht clubs around the world.
In 1922, he donated a beautiful sterling cup to perpetuate the sport of yacht racing in the Central Florida area. The history of this cup is shrouded in mystery up until 1941, at the beginning of World War II, when the cup was placed in a bank vault for safety and forgotten until 1982. At that time, having sponsored International Lipton Cup regattas in the early 1930′s, SYC adopted the cup in order to preserve the tradition.
The trophy has resided in the trophy case at the SYC in a place of honor for over 20 years. Sir Thomas Lipton’s Cup has banded SYC in a single effort to continuously stage a first class regatta, open to all those who wish to share the significance of the event.
The 2013 Lipton Cup Regatta is sponsored by: The Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach, Collado Real Estate, Ocean Properties, Regions Bank, P&S Paving, Ocean Properties, Buddy Davenport State Farm Insurance Co., WSBB 1230 AM radio, Edgewater Power Boats, Toni & Joe’s Patio, Blackbeard’s Restaurant, North Causeway Marine, Pusser’s Rum, New Way Electronics, That’s Amore/Barracuda’s Restaurants, Brown & Brown Insurance, Hampton Inn New Smyrna Beach and Wet and Wild.
The race boats depart from the Smyrna Yacht Club docks
9:00 AM Boats will assemble in the ocean off Ponce Inlet
9:30 AM Lipton Cup party begins at Toni & Joe’s
9:30 AM Private party for invitees at the Lipton Cup Skybox
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM Two ocean course races
6:30 PM Captain’s Party (for ticket holders) at the Smyrna Yacht Club
8:00 AM Race boats depart the Smyrna Yacht Club
9:00 AM Boats assemble in the ocean off Ponce Inlet
9:30 AM The Lipton Cup party at Toni & Joe’s
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Ocean Course 3 races take place
3:30 PM Cocktails at the Smyrna Yacht Club Bar
4:30 PM Awards Presentation