Marine News from the Great Lakes

Toledo Yacht Club Invitational Mills Trophy Race

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, June 7: 2016 Awards Banquet
Thursday, June 8: TYC Mills Party
Friday, June 9: Mills Trophy Race
Sunday, June 11: PIB Flag Awards

The Toledo Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club will host the 94th running of the Mills Trophy Race on Friday, June 09, 2017. The race from the Toledo Harbor Light to Put-in-Bay will be sailed on one of three courses depending on the entrant's class. The first of an anticipated fifteen classes will start at 5:00 p.m. with the final class starting by 6:15 p.m. Depending upon the wind conditions, the first boats will cross the finish line in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Mills Trophy Course (67.8 nm) is for Multi-hulls, PHRF 162 and below, and any higher rated boats racing for the Mills Trophy. The President’s Trophy Course (37.6 nm) is for all JAM classes, Double-handed, PHRF 165 and above, and Cruising Classes. The Governor’s Cup Course (52.6 nm) is a shorter option for PHRF 162 and faster.

The Mills Trophy Race, first held in 1907, is one of the oldest sailing events on the Great Lakes. Commodore Merrill B. Mills of Detroit donated the trophy "for the purpose of encouraging proficiency in the art of navigation upon the Great Lakes by means of popular contests in yachting." Although the first race attracted only four starters, over the past 30 years the Mills Trophy Race has become one of the most popular yacht races on the Lakes.

In addition to the sailing, the Mills Trophy Race will include a full schedule of social activities. The week kicks off on Friday, June 2nd with a reception for the Mills Masters, a fraternity of sailors who have competed in 25 or more Mills Trophy Races. A banquet at Toledo Yacht Club on the Wednesday preceding the race honors the winners of the 2016 race. On Thursday, skippers, crew, TYC members, and other well-wishers will gather at the Club to enjoy an evening of refreshments, dancing, and boat watching. The traditional cannon salute will welcome all the arriving boats. After the race, festivities will resume on Saturday at Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, with sailors sharing their race experiences at the hospitality tent. The weekend concludes with the Sunday morning flag presentation to the winners and a champagne farewell.

We are very pleased to announce the Honorary Chairmen for this year’s event: Julien Gerken of the Toledo Yacht Club, having used his boat(s) Sea Dozer as the Start Line Boat in more than 25 Mills Trophy Races.

The Mills Trophy Race is open to all sailboats sailed by members of clubs/associations affiliated with the United States Sailing Association. For further information and complete sailing instructions, click on the registration site at Yacht Scoring.

tags: Lake Erie, Racing

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