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Race Committee Awards

No matter how we compete — offshore, inshore or power — we all rely on Race Committee members to set a course, get us going and keep track of who won. These trophies, found in the trophy case at Belmont, recognize our Race Committee chairmen and our longest-serving Race Committee members.

Race Committee Awards


  • Richard Latham Canon
    • Richard Latham Canon

      Given by the Latham Family as a racing class trophy but never awarded, this working brass signal canon was redirected in 2006 to commemorate the Race Committee chairs of Chicago Yacht Club.


      Due to the loss of many of the club’s historical records in a fire in a member’s home in the 1930’s, early records are sketchy. Research of old newspaper articles has filled most of the gaps. In researching old club bylaws, we learned that the original title of the Race Committee was “Regatta Committee”, a title used into the 1920’s, for the committee charged with “duties including selecting judges, sailing ground, and prizes, plus to direct all matters connected with regattas”. Orchestrating over one hundred volunteers to run racing requiring over 10,000 hours on the water each year is a formidable task.


      List of Winners

  • Kay Baxter 25 Year Recognition Trophy
    • Kay Baxter 25 Year Recognition Trophy

      Given to the club by the Baxter Family in 2003 to honor Kay Baxter and others who followed in her footsteps in recognition of 25 generous years of service to the Race Committee.


      Known as “Mom” to many racers and race officials, Kay Baxter served on the Race Committee for more than 50 years.


      List of Winners