The Lyver Trophy race was first introduced as a bi-annual race by Gordon Dewar from Liverpool Yacht Club, as a joint initiative with the Royal Dee Yacht Club. The aim is to provice a R.O.R.C. Fastnet qualifying race for boats based in ports around the North West, including Liverpool, Blackpool, Fleetwood, Pwllheli, Holyhead and the Irish ports.
Requiring a minimum distance of 75 nautical miles, the first race in 1997 started in Liverpool and ended in Pwllheli, since then the start of the race moved to Holyhead, in order to maintain the growing reputation of the event and to attract yachts from Ireland and South Wales. The start of the event returned to Liverpool in recent years following the devastation of Holyhead marina during storm Emma in 2018.
The race is independently organised and managed by LYC forming a committee every 2 years for the purpose of providing a testing course and a qualifying race for the world famous Fastnet race and is funded jointly by members of LYC and Royal Dee Yacht Club.
Entries are welcome from all handicapped yachts and all issues regarding the running of such an event are strictly observed.
The overall winner of the race receives a magnificent Waterford Glass trophy with mementos presented to other class winners.
Isle of Man Midnight Race – ‘Midnight Race’
The Isle of Man Midnight race has a proud heritage, which celebrated its 100th race in 2019.
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.
Three Peaks Challenge
Sail up the wild West Coast and run to the summits of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, the highest peaks of Wales, England and Scotland. A classic adventure race for teams of runners and sailors, since 1977.
Teams of four or five per yacht sail from Barmouth to Fort William, with two of the crew climbing the highest mountains of Wales, England and Scotland en-route, running the equivalent of three marathons in 3 or 4 days. team members must be over 18 years old (those over 16 will be considered with parental and Skipper’s consent).
Use of engines is not allowed, except for safety reasons in specific areas in ports however a unique feature of the race is that rowing is allowed! Over the years, many teams have been known to row during light airs and periods of calm.
Back up support teams can meet the crews on land but are restricted in what support they can give. many teams participate without any form of back up at all.