Friday, July 1 • Milwaukee, WI to St. Joseph, MI
Join The Resurgence
Plan now to enter the 2016 Queen’s Cup. It's the 78th sailing of one of the most storied yacht races on the Great Lakes. Sponsored by South Shore Yacht Club, the annual overnight sprint across Lake Michigan departs from Milwaukee for St. Joseph on Friday, July 1.
Bigger and better is our goal. Last year, participation grew 25 percent. Let's build on that. Join a growing fleet for high adventure on the open waters. We expect close to 200 boats with more than 1,200 sailors aboard.
As always, there will also be great parties ashore. And yet the Queen’s Cup also prides itself on family friendliness. Many boats will have multiple generations in the crew. The camaraderie, above all, keeps people coming back. Be part of this annual communal celebration of the original adventure sport - offshore sailboat racing.
Take the Queen's Cruise
The Queen’s Cup is one of yachting’s most renowned offshore races, drawing plenty of tricked-out rockets with the latest carbon fiber sails and go-fast gizmos. But for those who cruise with a barbecue on the stern and the wine rack well-stocked with primo Pinot, it’s also an unforgettable way to start your annual cruising vacation. You will cross in style as part of a big, organized fleet, in the company of some of the best sailors on the Great Lakes.
Our cruising fleet (jib-and-main) starts several hours early to provide a head start and added daylight sailing time. Each boat must be entered, comply with all safety and insurance regulations, and have a PHRF certificate.
Small-Boat-Friendly Fee Structure
The race will use a fee entry system based on LOA. It’s a move on our part to make the fee schedule more equitable and increase participation in the small-boat sections.
This year we are starting an online crew search service for skippers to connect with crew. Users get a private login.
Earlier Start Times This Year
To capitalize on better breeze and to add daylight sailing time, we will be moving up start times by several hours. The cruising fleet will start at 2 p.m., with sequences for the racing fleets beginning an hour later. Details will be found in the NOR.
Bring Your Eye
Do you have a good eye for a picture? The Queen's Cup Photo Contest is now a permanent part of the event. Your work will be featured and credited in promoting future races. It also will be featured in our photo contest gallery. Prizes for first, second and third place.
This year's southerly finish destination has made a splash in the Windy City. A friendly homebound race for charity will take place Sunday morning, June 3. The Chicago Regatta is a unified event organized by the Pinnacle Foundation and sponsored by all LMSRF Area III Yacht Clubs including Burnham Park, Corinthian, Chicago, Columbia, Jackson Park, Michigan City, St. Joseph River and Waukegan.
Chicago skippers: Your entire $50 race entry fee will be donated to the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Let's take it home together and support this worthy cause.
• Open to all boats with valid LMPHRF handicap certificates.
• Open to all one-design classes if enough entries are received.
• The multihull fleet will race if at least five entries are received.
• The short-handed fleet is for monohulls with a crew limit of two
• The cruising fleet is for non-spinnaker monohulls.
• Scoring within sections will be based on LMPHRF time-on-distance distance handicaps (DHCP).
• Ties will be broken using time-on-time handicap factors.
• Milwaukee to St. Joseph
• Heading: approx. 131°
• Distance: approx. 79 NM
Thursday, June 30
Registration: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Queen’s Cup Party: 6 p.m. - ?? Enjoy the party and free shuttle bus to Summerfest.
Friday, July 1
Registration: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Starts staggered from mid afternoon through early evening.
Saturday, July 2
The fleet arrives in St. Joseph for post-race festivities hosted by St. Joseph River YC. Enjoy the party, local bars, restaurants and attractions - all within walking distance. For more in, view flyer.
Race chairman: Jerry Kedziora
Our Event Partner
Located in the Historic Light House Depot, the St. Joseph River Yacht Club was established in 1913 to foster a casual environment for boating on the St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan. The 122-year-old clubhouse on the inner harbor of the St. Joseph River was acquired in 2003 and has been the home of the club ever since. Amenities include multi-floor dining, riverside bar bar and grill, heated Olympic-size swimming pool, children’s play area and bath house. Temporary docking is available but no marina service.
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