The Lipton Cup returns to San Diego in October

Twelve yacht clubs will compete in San Diego Bay’s spectacular sailing venue.

SAN DIEGO — Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Challenge, a popular sailing regatta celebrating 104 years in San Diego, is set to return on Oct. 26. San Diego Yacht Club, the prevailing champions from 2017’s Lipton Cup, will host the 104th event.

From Oct. 26-28, 12 races will be held in San Diego Bay. Sailing teams will compete in the series of J/105s with an arena for spectators to watch.

Twelve teams have confirmed they will be participating this year: Balboa Yacht Club, California Yacht Club, Coronado Yacht Club, Chicago Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, San Francisco Yacht Club, Southwestern Yacht Club, St. Francis Yacht Club and San Diego YC.

Michael Dorgan, commodore of San Diego YC, said in a release, “The San Diego Yacht Club is honored to be involved with the Lipton Cup for over 100 years. We have 12 identical J/105s that all have the same hull, mass, make allowing for a great, fair regatta that anyone can win, which is the whole idea. We encourage the yacht clubs to invite their members to come and cheer them on. When you’re racing these regattas, rounding the mark, and all the spectator boats for your club are honking the horn and cheering you on around the first mark … that’s really special. SDYC is excited to see the same clubs come back for another competition!”

At last year’s race, San Diego Yacht Club won followed closely by second- and third-place winners Newport and San Francisco yacht clubs.

The Notice of Race can be found on San Diego YC’s official website.

To learn more about the event, view the website at or email questions to Chair Alli Bell at Twitter users can follow the race @sdyc1886 and use the hashtag #SDYCLiptonCup to interact with fellow followers.

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