PCYA Staff Commodore Charles A. Langlais first won this trophy in 1926 sailing the R class boat, “Lady Gay,” in that year’s Championship Regatta of the Pacific Coast Yachting Association.
Mr. Langlais later rededicated it in 1976 to be awarded once in any calendar year to an individual for “exceptional, outstanding, and meritorious service to the sport of yachting.”
The 2016 Charles A. Langlais Trophy for exceptional service to the sport of yachting was awarded to Vern Bendsen, nominated by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association. The Langlais Trophy was presented to Vern Bendsen at the 2016 PICYA Commodore’s Ball.
You can read more about the Langlais Trophy deed of gift and submission guidelines and the history of the “R” class boats (the latter written by St. Francis Yacht Club Historian, Robert C. Keefe). To see the trophy’s recipients, click here.