The UCT Yacht Club matched their bar-setting 2007 performance by finishing sixth in the centenary Lipton Challenge Cup, which took place in Table Bay from 24-29 August.
There was still some disappointment for skipper William Norton and his shipmates though, as the team was in fifth place until the final day of the six-day event.
"That would have been our best position in recent years," said team manager Steven Rhodes.
But inexperience cost the team one spot.
"We have some new faces, but I think they will do well in the future."
Other members of the team were backup trimmer and kelp remover Oliver Hobson (someone has to do it), trimmer Constantine Hatzilambros, halyards and tactics Carla Dyer, tactics and assistant foredeck Bridget Clayton, and foredeck Alex Hesketh.
Daly's Insurance, which, like many other boats, had a UCT student on board, successfully defended their title.
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