SDYC Wins Tiebreaker at Lipton Cup in J/105s

It’s a marathon, not a sprint. That’s the theory that San Diego Yacht Club skipper Tyler Sinks followed during this weekend’s 12 intense races that brought his team to win the 2018 Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup for the second year in a row. "We hung on by the hair on our chinny chin chin," said SDYC skipper Tyler Sinks. "We just tried to sail our own boat all day. It was such a tricky race course that it was hard to be in the right spot, but I have such good teammates. They kept the boat moving the whole time, and I just took orders all weekend. Having a good team really helped us pull it out." The final day of the Lipton Cup started with gloomy skies and cool breezes around two knots resulting in postponement. Traffic in San Diego Bay was limited, allowing for a wide-open course and minimal wake. Once the breeze picked up to over eight knots, the teams were ready to compete in their final day of races. The sun broke through the clouds, and spectator boats surrounded the course in anticipation of the final results. The overall first place winner was San Diego Yacht Club, followed by Long Beach Yacht Club in second and California Yacht Club in third. LBYC started off day three in first with 32 points followed closely by SDYC’s 35 points. Little did they know those three points would follow them to the last race of the day. Interestingly enough, neither team saw particularly great races Sunday. SDYC’s third place in race 11 was the highest placement for either team all day. However, with incredible races on days one and two, the teams were able to hold their positions at the top of the fleet. The real race Sunday was a match race between LBYC and SDYC. SDYC went into the final race of the day, race 12, with 48 points, three points behind LBYC. SDYC finished in ninth place only beating LBYC by three boats. That was enough for the two teams to end the day in a tie at 57 points. Four bullets for SDYC determined that the tie breaker go to the home team. "It was a close race. Kudos to those guys for sailing a hell of a regatta. It could have easily been the other way around. It was high stress, but we’ve been in these situations before and the guys were cool, calm and collected," explained Sinks. LBYC Skipper Shane Young described the races behind the tie breaker. "There were three races left, and we knew we were tight with San Diego. It came down to one point over the whole regatta and losing the tie breaker. It came down to the last leg, and there were three boats in between us, giving them the points they needed. Congrats to them and hats off!" A notable connection between the two teams were their crews. San Diego Yacht Club brothers John and Chris Busch raced head to head on opposing teams, SDYC (Chris) and LBYC (John). The brothers have been racing together for 45 years. They typically sail against each other in long distance races, but this weekend the two saw a friendly family rivalry. For complete results, visit https://sdyc.org/assets/results/results18/liptoncup18_res.htm.

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