May 3, 2023

SinC Lake Erie 2023 Mills Trophy Race 400The picture shows Roadkill, an Olson 30 sailing out of the LaSalle Mariners Yacht Club that won PHRF-D in 2022

Originally started in 1907 as a test of sailing and navigational skills, the Mills Cup Race has evolved into a premier sailing race event on Lake Erie. This annual race in the west-end of Lake Erie, is unique in that the race is held at night. Since 1981, the 68 mile Mills Cup Race has begun at the Toledo, Ohio harbor light and ended at Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

To continue to grow the sport of sailing on the Great Lakes, "More Kids On Sailboats" will recognize the multi-generational Mills Trophy Race crews with their new annual award, the #MKOS 1st to Finish flag. The flag will be awarded to the first boat to cross the finish line, regardless of course, with two (2) or more kids on board. A “Kid" is any crew member under the age of 18 at the finish of the Mills Trophy Race. The flag will be presented to the kids of the winning boat at the flag ceremony on Sunday morning. This demonstrates support for junior sailing. What a great idea!



The European portion of SailGP Season 4 got underway this weekend in Saint-Tropez, France. Having hit record breaking speeds last year on the Côte d’Azur, Phil Robertson and the Canadians were looking forward to this weekend of racing, but things did not turn out as hoped. A penalty in the pre-start of race one was a precursor of what was to come, and it proved difficult for the team to recover.

A collision with Spain early on in race one set the team back and translated into eight penalty points for the event and an additional four penalty points for the season.