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Mills Cup Race Sponsored By The Toledo Yacht Club

The Invitational Mills Cup Race is sponsored by the Toledo Yacht Club. This is known as ‘THE’ premier sailing race of the Lake Erie islands. Dating back to 1907, the original purpose of the event was to test the navigational skills of the Lake Erie sailors. Since then, the race has been held every year and grown in popularity.

The Mills Cup Race is unique in that the competition is at night. Put-in-Bay became more involved in the race in 1981 when the race began at the harbor light and ended at Put-in-Bay. Thirty-five years later, this historical tradition still stands as one of the greatest races on Lake Erie. The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club has become the social focal point for the event. The morning after the race, you will find the Put-in-Bay Docks and Marina full of these sleek, colorful racecraft.

Mills Cup Race Accommodations

The best way to be a part of this historic weekend is by staying overnight. The race is at night after all. There are several Put-in-Bay Hotels to choose from.  That is if you book early enough. If you’re planning to bring a group or the family consider the Put-in-Bay Villas. There is no place like home, but Put-in-Bay villas are as close as it gets. Each villa sleeps between 8 to 12 guests and offers a full kitchenette, fridge, and freezer. It is the perfect option for groups looking to cook their meals and save a little money in between the race and post-race festivities. With that said, each villa comes with 2 balconies for you to enjoy the lakeside breezes.

If you’d rather get a little closer to the water, consider staying at the Bay Lodging Resort, the official hotel for the event once block from the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club.

After the Invitational Mills Cup Trophy Race

Once the Mills Trophy Race finishes, you will likely want to get out and enjoy the water as well!. There are several fun ways to explore Put-in-Bay and South Bass Islands waterfront.

 Kayak the Bay just down the street from the event offers Kayak rentals as well as tours and instruction. You can also rent a wave runner or boat at Put-in-Bay Watercraft.