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Isle of Man Midnight Race

Grand Challenge Cup
Grand Challenge Cup

Next Event:

To be confirmed for 2020

Last event:

Friday 5th July 2019

The Isle of Man Midnight race has a proud heritage, which celebrated its 100th race in 2019.

At the first Isle of Man Midnight race many distinguished guests attended including The Lord Mayor of Wirral. Ever since then we have continued the practice of inviting the Lord Mayor of Wirral to be at the race start. The Mayor passes a letter of fraternal greeting to the mayor of the host city of Douglas, via the LYC Race Officer, which gets passed at the results announcement at Douglas Bay Sailing Club.

We now also as a matter of courtesy invite the Lord Mayor of Liverpool to the start of the race as it is started from LYC’s International Start Line at the Albert Dock.

Darthula vase
Darthula vase

The overall winner of the race receives The Grand Challenge Trophy; a magnificent cup, one of only four in existence, one other being given to the winner of the Australian Open Tennis Championship, (it would be great if one year Andy Murray could win it, we could have a real scoop on our hand showing the winner of the Midnight Race and him at Tranmere!) another being in the museum at Southport. There are also other trophies for the winners and these are:-

Position Prize
First overall
First Class 1
First Class 2
First Class 3
First club yacht out of normal prize list    
Grand Challenge Cup
1892 Cup
Milburn Trophy
Puffin Cup
Darthula vase

In November the Grand prize-giving is held at Tranmere according to tradition and the Tranmere Offshore Race to Conwy presentation is also made together with the Midnight Race awards. The running of the Tranmere Offshore Race is a further promise that LYC made in 2007/8 to Tranmere and has been faithfully maintained as part of the LYC Long series.

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Isle of Man Midnight race results

From 2000 the winners of the Isle of Man midnight race are:- 2000   class A LBSA WAVESWEEPER SALAMANDRA D. LEE J.&.V. GAVIN 2001 class B class (More info)
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