Dear Lipton Cup Competitors,

The Lipton Cup for 2022 is this Weekend, June 17-19.  It will be jointly hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club, St. Francis Yacht Club and the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA). 

Ten one-design boats raced in three formats: Multiple Race Friday from StFYC to CYC, Multiple mid-bay Fleet Race Saturday, Bay Tour Sunday.

Saturday’s race will have on-the-water umpiring, and the day’s results will count double!

Clubs entered in this year’s Lipton Cup:

  • Corinthian Yacht Club
  • Richmond Yacht Club
  • Encinal YC
  • The San Francisco Yacht Club
  • Berkeley Yacht Club
  • Inverness YC
  • Sausalito Yacht Club
  • South Beach Yacht Club
  • St. Francis Yacht Club

We are looking forward to being able to once again celebrate camaraderie among the various Yacht Clubs that make up our Northern California sailing community.


Winston Bumpus – PICYA Lipton Cup Regatta Chair


The modern Lipton Cup regatta in San Francisco is three day racing special event presented by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association.

The Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA) is made up of over 100 yacht and boat clubs in Northern California. They are one of the largest such associations in the world and their history dates back to 1896. PICYA was formed to foster communication and cooperation among boaters and their club members.

Overall Lipton Cup Award Plus Individual Trophy Events For Each Day

The Lipton Cup is awarded in a formal PICYA event for the overall points winner of the regatta.   

Since 2018, the regatta also includes three additional trophies awarded at the end of the racing day.

June 17 – a maximum of three races for the Larry Knight Trophy with racing starting near StFYC at 1 pm and finishing near CYC. The helmsperson must be female.

June 18 – A maximum of 7 races may be held for the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Trophy to take place in the Central Bay, starting at noon. There will be on-water umpiring for this day’s races using a modified Addendum Q.

June 19 – a single race for the Admirals Cup starting near CYC at noon and finishing near StFYC. The helmsperson must have reached their 60th birthday before June 20, 2022

Lipton Cup History

Sir Thomas Lipton first came to San Francisco Bay in 1912 to compete in 12-meter racing at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915.  WWI interrupted plans but the Lipton Cup was raced in 1916, 1918, 1919, and 1920.   At that time, the Cup was won by John Hanify.  With the death of Hanify, the 12- meter class also collapsed and the Cup itself was “lost” for 40 years.   PICYA regained control of the Cup in 1960 when it was found at the Olympic Club.

Tragedy hit when the Cup melted in the St. Francis YC fire of 1976.  Then a new trophy was built in the image of one of the 12-meter yachts.  The trophy is on display at the St. Francis YC.

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