Ventura County’s largest sailboat race returns, July 7-9

VENTURA ― The 33rd Annual Milt Ingram Trophy Race, Ventura County’s largest sailboat race, returns to California’s south central coast, July 7-9. Pierpont Bay Yacht Club (PBYC) hosts the race, which is also part of Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s Wilson Series and Ventura Sailing Club’s beach cat series.

Sailors will race out of Ventura Harbor and navigate to Anacapa Island before returning back to the harbor. The race attracts sailors from Southern California and neighboring Arizona.

The monohull entry earning the lowest corrected time will win the Milt Ingram Perpetual Trophy. Only sailing members of Southern California Yachting Association or U.S. Sailing affiliated yacht clubs are eligible for the Milt Ingram Trophy.

Also being awarded at the Milt Ingram Trophy Race will be Classic Yacht Perpetual Trophy, Woman Skipper Perpetual Trophy First to Finish Perpetual Trophy, Craig Ashby Memorial Trophy, The Mates’ Trophy (best scoring double-handed entry), A-Class Trophy (for Spinnaker A class entries), Tom Spurgin Memorial Trophy (non-spinnaker) and Catamaran Class Trophy.

Racers can pick up their race packets beginning at 7 p.m., July 7. A skipper’s meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m., July 8, followed by first start at 11 a.m. PBYC will host a complimentary post-race meal the evening of July 8.

Festivities end July 9 with a champagne breakfast and trophy presentation beginning at 10 a.m.

Complete details about the race, including course information and classes, can be found in the notice of race.

Ventura Isle Marina offers seven nights free dockage for participants docked in marinas beyond Channel Islands, Santa Barbara or Ventura harbors; Santa Barbara-docked boats are offered three nights complementary dockage at the marina, while local boats can take advantage of the offering for one night, based upon availability.

Contact Race Chair Richard Countess at 818-889-2669 or for more information, or visit PBYC on the web at

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