The Invitational Mills Trophy Race is a revered treasure of the sailing season, dating back to 1907. Besides the signature Mills Trophy, there are four dozen other cups and awards now attached to the race, going to winners in various classes and on different race courses.
"Because of all the history behind these trophies, it's a very proud moment for a sailor to have their name engraved on one of these," said
Most of the artwork on the sailing trophies was done on the
"They are really art museum pieces,"
"Many of these trophies came from famous individuals in sailing, prominent businessmen, or well-known politicians," said
The Mills Trophy itself was a gift from Commodore Merrill B. Mills in 1907 to encourage "proficiency in the art of navigation ... by means of popular contests in yachting." It is a stunning bowl that sits on a broad, black, circular base.
The President's Trophy was presented to TYC by
The Toledo Blade Trophy was gifted to the TYC in 1909 to advance competition in the 21-foot racing yacht class. It was crafted in
of wild roses. The Blade Trophy now goes to the fastest sailing yacht in the Jib and Main class over the President's Course.
"The Blade Trophy is a beautiful piece, so detailed and so intricate," said
At an awards banquet later this week, the winners in the various classes and race courses will be recognized and see their names on the trophies for the first time.
"Sailing has been around for so long, and the history means something to the people who love sailing," he said. "They tend to gravitate toward that history and the symbols of our rich racing past, such as these trophies. There is really a special reverence for these magnificent trophies."
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