2024 San Francisco Lipton Cup

June 14-16



Organizing Authority:  The Encinal Yacht Club, in conjunction with PICYA.

Boats provided through charter from St Francis Yacht Club

This is not a ‘race document’ and is provided for informational purposes only.  All information is subject to verification and clarification in the Notice of Race.

The regatta is open to all Yacht Clubs that are current members of the Pacific Interclub Yachting Association (PICYA) and in good standing.   Eligible teams may enter by completing the online registration found at liptoncupSF.com.  

A great time was had by all at the 2024 PICYA Lipton Cup Regatta held on June 14-16th. Sponsored by PICYA and co hosted by Encinal and St Francis Yacht Clubs. Ten clubs (Berkeley, Corinthian, Encinal, Inverness, Richmond, Francisco, Sausalito, South Beach, St Francis and Tahoe Yacht Clubs) competed for 3 days and raced a total of 13 races. Post race announcement of winners along with food an comradery was held Friday and Saturday night at Encinal Yacht Club and after Sunday’s races at the St Francis Yacht Club.

Race Results can be found here on Jibset.

Drone Video of the three days of racing can be seen below.

Lipton Cup 2024 Friday Races

Lipton Cup 2024 Saturday Races

Lipton Cup 2024 Sunday Races

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.

Friday – a race(s) for the Admirals Cup starting near StFYC  and finishing near host club.

Saturday – A maximum of 7 races may be held for the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Trophy. There will be on-water umpiring for this day’s races using a modified Addendum Q.

Sunday  – a races(s) the Larry Knight Trophy with racing starting near host club and   and finishing near StFYC. 

Plus great festivities at host club and StFYC.


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.

2024 Host: Encinal Yacht Club

2023 Host: San Francisco Yacht Club 

2022 host:  Corinthian Yacht Club

2022 Sponsors:  St Francis Yacht Club  Pacific Interclub Yacht Association

2021 host:  South Beach Yacht Club

2021 host:  Encinal Yacht Club

2021 Sponsors:  St Francis Yacht Club  Pacific Interclub Yacht Association

PICYA Lipton Cup News

2022 Lipton Cup – Clean Regatta

This year the PICYA Lipton Cup will be a Clean Regatta and has been registered with Sailors for the Sea. Clean Regattas is the world’s leading sustainability certification for all on-the-water, near-the-water, and water-loving events. Since the program’s inception in 2006, over 3,000 events have shown their commitments to sustainability by hosting Clean Regattas. This program has reached …

PICYA Lipton Cup Regatta 2024

June 14 – Four races are scheduled for the Admiral’s Cup, with a destination race starting off St Francis YC on the city front to Berkeley Pier, two races at Berkeley Pier, and a destination race to Encinal Yacht Club. The helmsperson must be female.

June 15 – Seven races are scheduled for the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Trophy. Racing will take place on the Alameda Estuary racecourse, starting off Encinal Yacht Club.

June 16 – Three races are scheduled for the Larry Knight Trophy, starting near the Berkeley pier.  The third race will finish in the vicinity of St Francis YC. The helmsperson must have reached their 60th birthday before 6/14/24.

Click Here for Information and Registration



  • Live Music: Groove to the rhythm of the islands.
  • Poolside Paradise: Dive into relaxation at our beautiful pool. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and cool off after the heat of competition!
  • Tiki Bar Specialties: Sip on handcrafted cocktails and mocktails.
  • Shore Games: Individual and team challenges to keep the friendly competition rolling.
  • Delicious Dining Options: On Friday and Saturday evenings, savor the flavors of the islands with our delectable snack and dining options. o
  • Trophy Presentations
  • Docking for Spectator Boats will be available by reservation.
  • After racing on Sunday, the final trophy presentation and a social event will occur at St Francis YC.

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