This weekend – for the first time in decades – BLYC will be represented in the annual Mills Trophy Race from Toledo to Put-in-Bay. It was first raced in 1907 and has long-been a “must-do” for Lake Erie sailors. The overnight, distance race is a test of skill, seamanship, and endurance as western Lake Erie is known for its unpredictable and wildly-varying conditions.
Through the years, a number of BLYC sailors have participated in the event, but it has been decades since our last entry. That all changes in 2021! BLYC member Jeffrey Robb, along with crew Bill Collinson & David Paligo, will sail Robb’s 46′ Hunter, Ariel, to Toledo later this week, to make ready for the start near the Toledo light on Friday.
From the official Mills Race site:
BLYC History with the Mills Race…
- As BLYC Commodore, George F. Mooney, presented I-LYA with an 11″ silver loving cup trophy to be awarded at the 1911 I-LYA Regatta. It was won by the crew of Bones out of Toledo Yacht Club. On display in the TYC Trophy Case for many years, in 1983 TYC rededicated the trophy to the Mills Race. Click Here to read Commodore Ron Gobel’s (TYC Historian) article from 2010 about the BLYC Trophy.
- BLYC’s Steve Harris has served as the Principal Race Officer (PRO) for the Mills Trophy Race since 2015.