qc-banner-tpFriday June 26
Milwaukee WI to South Haven MI

Join the fleet for a terrific time and a grand adventure. Make your plans now to participate in the 77th annual sailing of the Queen’s Cup Race, a storied yachting event.

Sponsored by South Shore Yacht Club, this annual overnight sprint across Lake Michigan departs for South Haven MI June 26. Your hosts on the other side will be the gracious members and staff of South Haven Yacht Club.

We ancitipate that more than 200 boats with crews of more than 1,200 people will venture onto the open waters for this legendary race to the dawn. It's our second trip to South Haven. Those of you who did the first one know that the entire town rolls out the red carpet for racers on the other side.

qc-logoThe 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.

If you’ve participated before, you know we promise and deliver a great party at both ends, while also focusing on being a family-friendly event. Many boats will have multiple generations within their crew. The camaraderie, above all, keeps racers coming back year after year. Join us as part of this communal celebration of the original adventure sport - offshore sailboat racing. 

Join the Queen's Cruise

The Queen’s Cup cruising fleet (jib-and-main) will start several hours ahead to provide cruisers 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.

The Event

• Open to all boats, mono- and multi-hull, 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 monohulls that will not fly spinnakers.

• Scoring within sections will be based on LMPHRF time-on-distance distance handicaps (DHCP).

• Ties will be broken using time-on-time handicap factors.

The Course

• Milwaukee to South Haven MI

• Heading: approx. 117°

• Distance: approx. 76 NM

Race chairman: Peter Engel



Many Thanks to Our Event Partner


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