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Inshore Trophies

The Chicago Yacht Club has sponsored one-design and dinghy racing since the early 1900s. On the walls and in the trophy cases at Belmont Harbor, you will find seasonal championship and individual race trophies that recognize the winners. The history of some of these trophies was not recorded or has been lost. If you have additional information, please let the Trophy Committee know so we can tell their stories.

Enjoy the variety of trophies that include everything from a red wooden horse to a silver salt shaker.


Annual Fleet Championship Plaques


  • Etchells Season Championship
  • J/24 Season Championship
  • L-16 Season Championship
  • R Class Season Championship
  • Shields Season Championship
  • Soling Season Championship
  • Star Season Championship
  • 22 Square Meter Championship
  • Udell Season Championship
  • Sheldon Clark One Design Fleet Trophy
    • Sheldon Clark One Design Fleet Trophy

      At the time of donation in 1925 by then Past Commodore Sheldon Clark, this trophy was called the Sheldon Clark Universal Division Trophy.

      Universal Rule yachts were considered the “racers” as opposed to the offshore boats which were considered “cruisers”. Racers consisted of R, L-16, 22, U, Dragon and Tumlaren classes in the early years. For some reason the larger Q-class boats were also in this division. In more recent decades the classes became so diverse in design that an overall regatta award was discontinued.


      List of Winners

  • Maxwell S. Evans Anniversary Trophy
    • Maxwell S. Evans Anniversary Trophy

      Donated by Maxwell S. Evans in 1961, this trophy was awarded to the winner of an L-16 series traditionally held over July 4th weekend.



      List of Winners

  • Dr. Adolph Gehrmann Memorial Trophy
    • Dr Adolph Gehrmann Memorial Trophy

      Donated by Mrs. Emilia Gehrman in 1920 in honor of her son as a trophy for an annual regatta of the Pup Class also known in 1920 as the “Lake Michigan One Design Class” with further specificity that it be open only to “all yachts conforming to the original design of B.B. Crowninshield, except as to sail plan adopted by the Association.”

      Donated by Mrs. Emilia Gehrman in 1920 in honor of her son as a trophy for an annual regatta of the Pup Class also known in 1920 as the “Lake Michigan One Design Class” with further specificity that it be open only to “all yachts conforming to the original design of B.B. Crowninshield, except as to sail plan adopted by the Association.”

      Beginning in 2017, this trophy will be awarded to the J70 overall winner of the Verve Cup Inshore Regatta.



      List of Winners

  • Sir Thomas Lipton Competitive Cup
    • Sir Thomas Lipton Competitive Cup

      First offered in 1902, this Lipton Cup was originally sailed for by what we now call “offshore” boats in an annual three race competition on a triangular course, windward – leeward course, and a quadrangular course.

      The trophy became an event prize for the R Class in 1922, Chicago’s largest and most competitive racing fleet of the day, and remained so until the R Class dissolved in the 1970’s. Shortly thereafter the cup became an event prize for the newly arrived Etchells Class which, in keeping with the heritage of the R Class, has grown into Chicago’s largest inshore racing fleet. The cup remains the top event trophy of the Etchells Class which proudly hosted the Etchells World Championship in 2009. 



      List of Winners

  • Russell Moon Trophy
    • Russell Moon Trophy

      The Russell Moon Trophy is an event trophy for the L-16 or Luders Fleet.

      It was first offered in 1974 in honor of the 30th anniversary of the L-16 design. Russ Moon was a very active L-16 racer from the time of class inception in 1945 through the 1960’s. You will also find Russ was the Star Class champion in the early 1940’s.







      List of Winners

  • Sterling Morton Trophy
    • Sterling Morton Trophy

      Given by Sterling Morton as an interclub event trophy for the Star Class in 1937, the engraving impressively lists names such as Nye, Stearns, Comer, Parks, all part of Chicago’s sailing heritage.




      List of Winners

  • North - South Trophy
    • North -- South Trophy

      Started as an annual competition between Chicago Yacht Club and Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans, the trophy was raced as an interclub L-16 competition for a number of years.




      List of Winners

  • Nutting Cup
    • Nutting Cup

      In 1906 Sir John G. Nutting, Baronet, of St. Helens, County Dublin, Ireland presented Chicago Yacht Club with an exquisite and ornate silver cup.


      The cup was first used in an effort to promote the “Chicago yacht Club Eighteen-foot Restricted Class” under the Seawanhaka Rule. The class failed to take hold and in 1909 the competition was opened to the 21-foot”Raceabouts”, an open design class. The competition lasted through 1912. The cup was thereafter inactive until 1920 when it was raced for by the R-Class. The R’s raced for it through 1925 when it was transferred to the Eagle Class until 1941. In 1941 and through 1945 the class was renamed the S-Class, an open class that included the remaining Eagles. In 1947 the trophy was transferred to the 22 Square Meter Class where it remained through 1990. In 1997 it was assigned to the Shields Fleet as an event trophy which stands today.


      List of Winners

  • Ocean - Great Lakes Challenge Cup
    • Ocean -- Great Lakes Challenge Cup

      First offered by Chicago Yacht Club in 1915 to encourage competition between the club and eastern yacht clubs.


      The first club to accept the challenge was Indian Harbor Yacht Club of Greenwich, CT. Addison Hahan skippered the P Class yacht Josephine to victory for IHYC and the cup went to Greenwich. In 1946, at the suggestion of IHYC, the competition was reinstated using Luders L-16’s and continued for eight years.


      List of Winners

  • Red Horse Trophy
    • Red Horse Trophy

      The Red Horse Trophy was a gift from Knud Reimers, noted Swedish sailor, as a gift to the Chicago Yacht Club 22 Square Meter Fleet from the 22 Square Meter Fleet of Sweden.


      The red horse is a traditional Swedish Christmas symbol of cheer and good will. From inception in 1953 though 1963 is was awarded to the winner of a series open only to those who had not placed in the first three in any prior race that year. In 1964 the series was opened to the entire fleet.


      List of Winners

  • Knud Reimers Trophy
    • Knud Reimers Trophy

      The Reimers Trophy was presented to the 22 Square Meter Class in 1955 as a perpetual trophy for good sportsmanship.


      Knud requested that the winner toast the losers from the Orefors aquavit decanter he had made for the occasion of the awards. The decanter is a large vessel capable of holding almost a gallon.

      Beginning in 2011, the Reimers Trophy is presented to the winner of an annual Associates regatta.


      List of Winners

  • James Sennott Memorial Trophy
    • James Sennott Memorial Trophy

      Given in 1965 by members of the Star Class for an invitational Star Class event hosted by the class and Chicago Yacht Club.



      List of Winners

  • Sinclair - Fox Trophy
    • Sinclair -- Fox Trophy

      The Harry Sinclair Trophy was established for power boat competition in 1920 and was won by Gar Wood’s Miss America in 1921 and 1922 in races off the Municipal Pier (now Navy Pier).


      It was inactive thereafter until 1942 when it was transferred by Past Commodore Sheldon Clark to competition by sail yachts. It took the place of the Dreadnought Trophy, which had been retired the previous year by E.W. Schnabel in Yankee. It was the trophy for the best score in the three legs of the Tri-State Race in the Universal (Racing as opposed to Cruising) Division. When participation by the Universal Division declined, it was offered in 1962 as the Universal Division time prize for the 8 Mile Buoy Race.In 2002 the Sinclair Trophy was rededicated to the memory of Barbara Fox McBriarty as an Etchells event trophy and has been so sailed since.


      List of Winners

  • Fido Trophy
    • Fido Trophy



      This 1913 PUPS Class Season Championship Trophy was repurposed in 2013 as the trophy for the new Intercommittee Challenge. Raced in the club’s Sonar one design fleet, the history of this trophy makes it an appropriate choice.

      List of Winners


      In 1912, the Chicago Yacht Club introduced a new one-design boat to Chicago. This was the Pup class designed by Crowninshield and built by the Milwaukee Yacht and Engine Company. The boat was 20’ 2½” long with a beam of 5’4” and a draft of 3’3”. The Pup had a fin keel with 803 lbs. of ballast and carried 231 square feet of sail.

      Three of the boats were owned by the Chicago Yacht Club and available to the membership for racing. Others were privately owned with records indicating a fleet of 6 boats. Interestingly, one of the privately held Pups, Seventy Seventy, was owned by the crew of Amorita, the longtime holder of the Mackinac Race speed record. A reasonable guess is that the small size of these boats is why their fleet gained the name Mosquito. Some of the membership must have thought of these small boats as a swarm of meddlesome insects buzzing around their more stately craft. According to the Mosquito Fleet rules for 1912, their races were to be held over a 5 mile course. There were two series per season with a minimum of 5 races in a series. Colored pennants were awarded for first (red) and second (blue) places in each race. For the series, the first prize was to be a silver cup or suitable trophy with a value of $50.00. Second prize was to be a suitable trophy valued at $25, and third prize a suitable trophy valued at $10. That $50 first prize value would be about $1,100 today.

      Apparently, this new fleet raised enough interest to bring in at least one new member. The Pup “Fido” was owned by Arthur C. King and Roy A. Lippencott. Roy was a member at the beginning of 1912, but Arthur first shows up on the membership list during the spring of 1912. King and Lippencott were effective racers by 1913, as in the second series of that year they took first place in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th races of the series. I’m sure that was good enough for the series championship and a silver cup.

      Why is all of this of interest to us today? During renovations of the race committee room at Belmont Harbor, Lloyd Karzan found a trophy behind a wall. The year—1913. The boat—FIDO! The Sterling Cup had been through a lot, containing at least three noticeable dents. We’ll never know how it was lost, or even when, but it instantly becomes one of the oldest trophies in the club’s collection.

      As a side note, the Pup class boat was deemed appropriate for a lady skipper race as part of Chicago’s second annual water carnival in 1913. The Chicago Tribune referred to the women as ‘Skipperesses.’ The Pup fleet also made the Tribune in June of 1913 when a “northerly gale” interrupted one of their races. There were only 4 boats entered and they started the race with three reefs. The winds were so strong that the small craft had difficulty coming about. One boat, Giddy Gaddy, was dashed into a pier and sunken in ten feet of water. Two more, Terrier and Cisco, were disabled, and a fourth, Seventy Seventy, was driven into shelter at Twelfth Street.

      One final note of interest about this fleet, these boats were used in a melon race. The race committee dropped a number of watermelons in Monroe Harbor. The small boats headed out and the crew that gathered in the largest number of melons won the race. This is something we might want to try today in Belmont Harbor with adults out in Optimists. Anyone game?
  • J/70 Season Championship

Frostbite Dinghy Trophies


  • Cargo Ship Trophy
    • Cargo Ship Trophy

      Origin unknown.

      The Trophy Committee solicits facts and clues.


      List of Winners

  • Art Gates Memorial Trophy
    • Art Gates Memorial Trophy

      Art Gates was a member who volunteered to run the frostbite programs for a number of years.


      The trophy was sailed for the frostbite season championship.


      List of Winners

  • Gem of the Praries
    • Gem of Prairies

      Origin unknown.


      The Trophy Committee solicits facts and clues.


      List of Winners

  • Robert N. Hartman Award
    • Robert N. Hartman Award

      This was the fall season frostbite championship trophy for a period of time when Lehman 10’ dinghies were sailed.


      The trophy is a model of the light tower that used to mark the entrance to Belmont Harbor. The tower was removed when the harbor was reconfigured with the addition of new breakwalls.


      List of Winners

  • Salt Water Trophy
    • Salt Water Trophy

      This is a salt shaker turned into a trophy.


      While club salt shakers were often used to thaw mainsheets, this trophy was awarded to the winner of a distance race in dinghies from Belmont Harbor, around the moorings of Montrose Harbor and back. The name is in recognition of the long distance sailed of oceanic or saltwater proportions for dinghy racers.


      List of Winners

  • Spookie Trophy
    • Spookie Trophy

      Origin unknown.


      The Trophy Committee solicits facts and clues.

      Beginning in 2017, this trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of Chicago Junior Race Week.



      List of Winners