IOM Midnight Race

Isle of Man Midnight Race – ‘Midnight Race’

The Isle of Man Midnight race has a proud heritage, which celebrated its 100th race in 2019. With regret, the pandemic saw this prestigious race cancelled for 2020 & 2021 so we look forward to its return in 2022.

Many distinguished guests attended the very first Isle of Man Midnight race, including the Lord Mayor of Wirral.  Since then, we have continued the practice of inviting the Lord Mayor to be at the race start.  The Mayor passes a letter from fraternal greeting to the Mayor of Douglas, the host city, via the LYC Race Officer and is presented at the results announcement at Douglas Bay Sailing Club.
As the race commences from LYC’s International Start Line at the Royal Albert Dock, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool is also invited to the start of the race.

The overall winner of the race receives The Grand Challenge Trophy; a magnificent cup.  The cup is one of only four in existence, one other being given to the winner of the Australian Open Tennis Championship and another being in the museum of Southport.
The following trophies are awarded in the class categories:
Class 1 winner – 1892 Cup
Class 2 Winner – Milburn Trophy
Class 3 Winner – Puffin Cup
The first club boat outside of the above prize list is awarded the Darthula Vase. All trophies are awarded at a prizegiving dinner.