Black Point Perpetual Trophy

Ernst C. Schmidt, commodore of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club from 1931 to 1934, donated this handsome silver vase to the Cub Class in 1944 “to be awarded annually to the yacht winning that day’s race.” (In 1947, the ILYA changed the name of the Cub Class to Class X.) In recent years, the Black Point Perpetual Trophy has been awarded to the winner of a Class X championship series race. Ernst Schmidt was a long-time supporter of junior sailing on Geneva Lake and a driving force behind the establishment, in 1938, of what was then called the Lake Geneva Yacht Club Sailing School. At the time of his death, in 1977, he held the title of honorary commodore of Lake Geneva Yacht Club (from 1963) and trustee of the Sheridan Prize, and he had served the Yacht Club and the Inland Lake Yachting Association as secretary and treasurer for many decades. Black Point was the name of Commodore Schmidt’s family home and of a number of his Class A Scows.

  • 1944 Bruce Johnson
  • 1945 Buddy Melges
  • 1946 William H. Freytag Jr.
  • 1947 James E. (Peter) Freytag
  • 1948 George Kummer
  • 1949 James E. (Peter) Freytag
  • 1950 James E. (Peter) Freytag
  • 1951 Not awarded
  • 1952 John Anderson
  • 1953 Jack Thompson
  • 1954 John Anderson
  • 1955 Terry Leahy
  • 1956 Chuck Anderson
  • 1957 Chuck Anderson
  • 1958 Barbara Jones
  • 1959 Peter Hollister
  • 1960 Peter Hollister
  • 1961 Jerry Williams
  • 1962 Maryann Johnson
  • 1963 Laurie Gray
  • 1964 Vince Jacobs
  • 1965 Tom Fiedler
  • 1966 George Beukema
  • 1967 Mike Brennan
  • 1968 Jack Terry Jr.
  • 1969 B. J. Terry
  • 1970 Susie Pegel
  • 1971 Not awarded
  • 1972 Not awarded
  • 1973 Chuck and Vickie Lamphere
  • 1974 Not awarded
  • 1975 Jeff Perrigo
  • 1976 Jeff and Scott Perrigo
  • 1977 Harry Melges III
  • 1978 Harry Melges III
  • 1979 Tom Freytag
  • 1980 Harry Melges III
  • 1981 Hans Melges
  • 1982 Jamie Phillips
  • 1983 David Wall
  • 1984 Jeff Doubek
  • 1985 Tom Ditzler
  • 1986 Jack Lothian
  • 1987 Jack Lothian
  • 1988 Jim Carlson
  • 1989 Jim Carlson
  • 1990 Jim Carlson
  • 1991 Jim Carlson
  • 1992 Steven Zils
  • 1993 Steven Zils
  • 1994 Justin Hood
  • 1995 Justin Hood
  • 1996 Iggy Labanauskas
  • 1997 Rob Harring
  • 1998 Iggy Labanauskas
  • 1999 Vincent Porter
  • 2000 Andy Labanauskas
  • 2001 Nathan Quist
  • 2002 Patrick Doran
  • 2003 Not awarded
  • 2004 Not awarded
  • 2005 Clifford Porter
  • 2006 Not awarded
  • 2007 Michael Lee
  • 2008 Jessica Luttrell
  • 2009 Matt Ripkey
  • 2010 Matt Ripkey
  • 2011 R. J. Porter
  • 2012 R. J. Porter
  • 2013 Will Huerth
  • 2014 Kyle Navin
  • 2015 No Race