Fourth Lip­ton Cup for Davis

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - JA­SON ACAR

A DRA­MATIC end to the 2009 Eden Is­land Lip­ton Cup saw the fi­nal race aban­doned, giv­ing Greg Davis his fourth con­sec­u­tive Lip­ton Cup, and keep­ing the tro­phy at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.

Davis, the de­fend­ing cham­pion, went into the fi­nal race yes­ter­day with a sub­stan­tial five-point lead af­ter vic­to­ries in all three of the pre­vi­ous races, but was strug­gling in fifth place when the race was called off.

Davis and co-skip­per David Rae saw their main ri­val, Mark Sadler on Royal Natal’s Orion Chal­lenger, fal­ter in race three with a fourth place fin­ish.

But he came back strong on the fi­nal day to lead the fleet and was ag­o­nis­ingly close to fin­ish­ing first, but will now hold on to sec­ond over­all with the eight points ac­cu­mu­lated over the three com­pleted races.

Fish Hoek’s Intasure pro­duced the ma­jor sur­prise with skip­per An­drea Gio­van­nini steer­ing them to third in all three races to earn third over­all, just one point be­hind Sadler.

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