– by Jefferey Robb
Had the awesome opportunity to race in the Mills Trophy Race this weekend on Lake Erie with the best crew and friends from Buckeye Lake, Bill Collinson and David Paligo aboard Ariel. We sailed 149.7 miles in total. Started the race off the Toledo Light House at 5:40pm Friday and sailed through the night to Put In Bay and crossed the finish line at 5:12 am Saturday. Placed 7th in our class and 40th overall of 112 total boats in the race. Here are a few pics of our journey.
It has been several decades since BLYC had an entry in the Mills Trophy Race. It was great to see the Club represented on the course again this year. In addition to the crew of Ariel sailing in the event, BLYC member Steve Harris was the Principal Race Officer for the 2021 Mills and BLYC members Don Harris & Mary Muryn also assisted on the Race Committee Signal Boat.