1929 - 1937 : THE GOLDEN YEARS Sir Thomas Lipton was the owner of the English grocery chain Liptons. He challenged for the America’s Cup many times, on each occasion as a member of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Northern Ireland. In 1929 Sir Thomas Lipton issued a challenge to the Americans for the America’s Cup. It was his fifth challenge and signified a whole new era in design evolution and racing. He commissioned the build of a J Class Yacht - the first!