In September of 1955 (when this information was provided) Mr. Brittain was 89 years old and the oldest living member of the Club at the time and he was still very active in club interests. Mr. Brittain was born in 1866 and died in 1960 at the age of 94.
The trophy was originally, and is still, presented to the winner of the same race from the Club to Pinhey's Point and back. The Pinhey’s Point Race used to be a two-day race where boats would race up-river, rest overnight and race back home the next day. Pinhey’s Point is located 7.5 nautical miles upriver. Pinhey’s Point itself is a historical site in Ottawa. For more information on Pinhey’s Point please click here.
The race is now a one-day race for PHRF-LO rated boats - Elapsed Time (first to finish).
The past winners’ names from 1905 to 1941 used to live on a plaque in the stairwell of the clubhouse. My history states that this plaque was likely “misplaced” during one of the many Club renovations over the years. We would love to find this plaque and return it to its rightful place in the trophy case. If anyone has any knowledge of the winners in this period in their archives or knows where the plaque may be, please contact the Trophy Keeper.
Starting in 1942 the first 5 winners were:
1942 -“LADY ESTHER” Int. 14 - DOUGLAS CARMAN
1943 “AQUILO” Sloop - J. R. (Reg) DELAHAY
1944 -“AQUILO” - J. R. DELAHAY
1945 -“NIAID” Sloop - IRENUS W. MIX
1946 -“SAKANA” - W. W. SCOTT
The last 5 winners were:
2014 - “GUNSMOKE” Beneteau FC 10 - David Foy
2015 - “GUNSMOKE” Beneteau FC 10 - David Foy
2016 – “GUNSMOKE” Beneteau FC 10 - David Foy
2017 – No Race – Gates still in – Flood levels equal to 1979
2018 – “GUNSMOKE” Beneteau FC 10 - David Foy
2019 – No Race – Gates still in – Highest flood levels recorded – Mother Nature wins again!
Based on the information I have it appears that this trophy has been awarded every year except 2017 and 2019, the years of the floods. Which means that there has been a finisher every year for this race and makes this the most awarded trophy at Britannia.
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