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OUR PREMIER TROPHY - THE CHALLENGE CUP

In 1923, the RSYC gained its most precious treasure when Sir Thomas Lipton gave the Club the Lipton Challenge Cup, a magnificent silver trophy. Today, the Lipton Cup is given pride of place at the Singapore Sports Museum.


Sir Thomas Lipton (1850–1931) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, although his parents were from Ulster, in Northern Ireland. Early in life, he made a fortune in the grocery business and developed his famous Lipton Tea. He put his fortune to good use by supporting charities, and was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1898. Sir Thomas Lipton became an international celebrity, and a friend of Queen Victoria’s son, King Edward VII.


Besides being a tea merchant and a philanthropist, Sir Thomas Lipton was also an avid yachtsman. He joined the prestigious Royal Ulster Yacht Club and entered several yachts, each named Shamrock, in the America’s Cup, and earned a reputation as a great sportsman – proof, perhaps, that what makes a sportsman truly great is his ability to lose gracefully. He donated trophies to yacht clubs in various countries, including the United States and New Zealand.


Sir Thomas Lipton donated the Lipton Challenge Cup to the RSYC sometime in 1923. This cup is mentioned briefly in the RSYC Minutes of 10 April 1923: “A letter was read from Sir Thomas Lipton to Mr Blake offering a cup to the Club and. Mr Knowles and Mr Carver were asked to draft a suitable reply.“

 
The Cup must have arrived at some point during 1923, because the minutes in 1924 state: “A letter was read from Sir Thomas Lipton to WM Blake thanking him for an account of the races in which ‘Polly’ won the Lipton Challenge Cup in 1923.“


The Polly belonged to WM Blake.


For those who would like to read more about Sir Thomas Lipton, there is an excellent illustrated biography titled The King’s Grocer: The Life of Sir Thomas Lipton by Bob Crampsey. It is published by the Glasgow City libraries in Scotland. The book may be purchased by mail order from the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. The Mitchell Library can be contacted by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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OUR TROPHIES
TROPHY NAME CLUB EVENT YEAR
ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB
ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB ILLAWARRA CUP 1920
THE BURTON CUP SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1920
THE ABBOTSFORD CHALLENGE CUP THE SINGAPORE ROWING CLUB THE ABBOTSFORD CHALLENGE CUP 1920
REAR COMMODORE'S CUP SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB REAR COMMODORE'S CUP 1921
GUILLEMARD CHALLENGE CUP SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB GUILLEMARD CHALLENGE CUP 1921
BERESFORD CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB BERESFORD CUP 1922
CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB
CHALLENGE CUP 1923
THE JOAN CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB THE JOAN CUP 1923
THE JEAN CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB THE JEAN CUP 1926
PULAU JONG CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB PULAU JONG CUP 1926
BODEN KLOSS CHAMPION CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB BODEN KLOSS CHAMPION CHALLENGE CUP 1927
ROUND THE ISLAND CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB ROUND THE ISLAND CHALLENGE CUP 1927
BODEN KLOSS MATCH CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB BODEN KLOSS MATCH CUP 1927
ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB VS JYC CHALLENGE CUP - - - - - - - - - - 1927
THE "CHINTA" CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB THE "CHINTA" CHALLENGE CUP 1928
LEMBERGER CHALLENGE CUP - - - - - LEMBERGER CHALLENGE CUP 1928
WINDSTEDT CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB WINDSTEDT CHALLENGE CUP 1929
BATAVIA VISITORS CUP SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB BATAVIA VISITORS CUP 1929
CLIFFORD CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB CLIFFORD CHALLENGE CUP 1929
SEA SPORTS "B" CLASS CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB SEA SPORTS "B" CLASS CHALLENGE CUP 1929
INTER-PORT CHALLENGE CUP PORT DICKSON YACHT CLUB INTER-PORT CHALLENGE CUP 1930
HOOPS REMEMBRANCE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB HOOPS REMEMBRANCE CUP 1931
THE MOWGLI CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB THE MOWGLI CHALLENGE CUP 1932
CAPRICE CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB CAPRICE CHALLENGE CUP 1933
LADIES' CHALLENGE BOWL ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB LADIES' CHALLENGE BOWL 1933
TRIX CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB TRIX CHALLENGE CUP 1934
SATURDAY CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB SATURDAY CUP 1935
THE MCDONALD CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB THE MCDONALD CHALLENGE CUP 1935
BLACK SWAN TROPHY ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB
BLACK SWAN TROPHY 1935
SHENTON THOMAS CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB SHENTON THOMAS CHALLENGE CUP 1938
UNITED SERVICE CHALLENGE ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB UNITED SERVICE CHALLENGE 1938
CHIANGMAI CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB CHIANGMAI CHALLENGE CUP 1938
SPRING SERIES ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB SPRING SERIES 1938
ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB AND CHINA FLEET CHALLENGE CUP
- - - - - - - - - - 1938
FOUNDERS' CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB

FOUNDERS' CUP

1939
UBIQUE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB UBIQUE CUP 1947
THE SULTAN'S CUP NAVAL BASE SAILING CLUB THE SULTAN'S CUP 1949
BLAKE HANDICAP CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB BLAKE HANDICAP CUP 1949
LADIES' RACE NAVAL BASE SAILING CLUB LADIES' RACE 1950
DUNMOW FLITCH TROPHY ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB MAN & WIFE DINGHY HANDICAP RACE / PALMAN QUI MERUIT FERAT 1952
THE PLANTERS' CUP NAVAL BASE SAILING CLUB NAVAL BASE SAILING CLUB (NBSC) AT RED HOUSE 1952
GORDON MACKIE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB GORDON MACKIE CUP 1953
CORONATION CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB G.P. DINGHY CLASS 1953
CORONATION CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1953
COMMODORE'S CUP FARELF SAILING CLUB

COMMODORE'S CUP

1954
CHINESE NEW YEAR ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1954
SAIGON CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB LONG-DISTANCE FOURS 2ND DIVISION 1954
JEREMY'S MUG ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1955
PRINCESS ELIZABETH CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1957
G.P. CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1959
G.P. 14 CLASS (CHAMP OS SINGAPORE) ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1960
ALAN HiLL - REIS CHALLENGE TROPHY ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1960
RODESE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1960
PEROPI ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1960
CHAMPAGNE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1961
RED HOUSE NAVAL BASE SAILING CLUB - - - - - 1962
OSPREY CLASS RARELF SAILING CLUB 1962
SERANGOON ISLAND CREW NAVAL BASE SAILING CLUB - - - - - 1965

ROUND-THE-ISLAND CREW'S CUP

NAVAL BASE SAILING CLUB - - - - - 1965
POPPY DAY MUG NAVAL BASE SAILING CLUB - - - - - 1969
THE RED HOUSE BUCKET

NAVAL BASE SAILING CLUB /

ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB

- - - - - 1976
DINGHY RACING REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1977
GOLDEN JUBILEE REGATTA PORT DICKSON YACHT CLUB - - - - - 1977
LADIES' CHALLENGE CUP ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - - - - -
SINGAPORE OPEN G.P. 14 CHAMPIONSHIP RED HOUSE - - - - - - - - -
CHALLENGE CUP (FOR LADIES SCULL) ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - - - - -
NOVICE'S SKIPPERS CUP G.P. 14 CLASS ROYAL SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB - - - - - - - - -

 

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