In 2012 MHYC teamed up with Edgewater Yacht Club to have two starts and finishes to encourge more Cleveland boats to participate and to make it more exciting. The 2012 course will be simultanious starts at Mentor and EWYC X mark and the course will be MHYC S – Crib – X – Crib – MHYC S and EWYC X – Crib – MHYC – Crib – EWYC X, each start will pass each other twice through the night. Awards will be held at MHYC in the late afternoon. Watch for more details as they develope.
The Indigo Trophy was donated by S.K.”Skrubby” Wellman who owned a series of boats named “Indigo”. The first was a Snipe in the 1930’s. Right after World War II he bought a Sparkman and Stephens 35ft Weekender, followed by a larger S&S 38’ near sister ship to Carlton Mitchell’s “Finisterre”. Then he built a Ted Hood designed 46 footer with which he won the Transatlantic Race which finished on the Baltic Sea in Germany from a start at Newport, Rhode Island. He was 76 years old at the time! Meanwhile he sailed countless Mackinac Races, SORC campaigns, and several Bermuda Races.
The Indigo Race has always followed the Falcon Race by several weeks and has had various courses, but has always included rounding the Cleveland waterworks crib at night. The first Indigo Race was held on September 5, 1969.