Nov. 26, 2002 The St. John Yacht Club will hold its annual Duke's Trophy Race on Dec. 8. The monohull with the fastest elapsed time gets the honor of claiming the perpetual Duke's Race trophy.
However, the captain has to return the trophy to the yacht club so it can be used next year, according to Lee Morris, who serves as the yacht club's rear commodore.
Morris said the club has located the sterling silver perpetual trophy that dates to the race's earliest days.
The race is named after Duke Ellington not the famous musician but the man who opened up the first Ellington's Bar where Gallows Point Resort now sits. When Ellington's Restaurant recently changed hands to Zozo's, the Ellington's owners packed up the trophy.
"It sat on the bar for years," Morris said. She said it took her hours to polish it up. They discovered it when they unpacked the boxes to have a yard sale, she said.
The skippers meeting and pre-race party begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Rumbalya Restaurant, located on the beach at Wharfside Village.
The race begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at Two Brothers, located in Pillsbury Sound. The race takes place around the Pillsbury Sound Cays and finishes at Two Brothers.
A post-race party will follow at Rumbalya. The yacht club will provide launch service from boats to Cruz Bay beach.
Morris said that if anyone wants to participate but doesn't have a boat or a crew spot, they should attend the skippers meeting. Captains will be on hand to look for crews. "Just ask around," she said.
The entry fee is $30. If you, or your yacht club, are a member of a national yacht racing organization, the fee is $25.
For race instructions, entry forms and other information, call Morris at 776-6666.
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