On-the-water coverage of the Mills Trophy Race, hosted by the Toledo Yacht Club, has not reached the depth of coverage available for the Volvo Ocean Race, but Put-in-Bay Daily™ is happy to share a first-hand report from skipper/owner Brett Langolf.
Thick, grey and low clouds rolled into Western Lake Erie last Friday evening for the start of the 95th running of the Mills Trophy Race. With the wind from the east, and a forecast predicting the same angle for most of the night, the skippers and crews of the 90+ boats knew it would be “into the wind” all night and into the morning to get to Middle Bass Island for the finish. Knee Deep was among the vessels in the second to last start and hammered the boat up the race course. The crew worked the boat though chop and wind, switching back and forth between the largest Genoa (a #1 as sailors call it) to one slightly smaller for alignment with the wind conditions. The evening wind strengths ranged from 0.0 knots to gusts of 17 knots. A very competitive fleet stayed close throughout the slightly chilly night.
Knee Deep rounded Ballast Island a little after 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning and finished at 3:24 a.m. to take 3rd Place in their class. For the crew of eight, three were first time Mills sailors. It was skipper Brett Langolf’s 11th overall Mills Trophy Race race, and the 5th for him and his wife Katie. After docking, it was less than two hours until Frosty’s opened!