A pool of 15 members were part of the crew of the Papa Gaucho II and they were part of history this summer. The boat, owned by Keith Stauber, has earned the Barthel Trophy.

The award goes to the boat with the fastest corrected overall time of the combined Chicago to Mackinaw (300 miles), Bayview to Mackinaw (205 miles) and the Trans Superior (328 miles) sailing races in the Tri-Lakes Challenge. Papa Gaucho II is the first local boat to accomplish this.

The third race in the Tri-Lakes Challenge was the 2021 Trans Superior International Yacht Race, which began on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at the Gros Cap Light in Whitefish Bay, near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The course is approximately 350 statute miles on Lake Superior with the finish line near the Duluth ship canal. The Trans Superior International Yacht Race takes place every two years.

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Members of the Duluth Yacht Club celebrated finishing the Trans Superior with a gathering at The Sports Garden in Duluth on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. A replica of the Barthel Trophy was on display. Other awards and trophies were presented to the members.

For more about the Trans Superior International Yacht Race, go to transsuperior.com.

For more on the Duluth Yacht Club, to go duluthyachtclub.com.

Christian Fraser of Duluth waits in line at The Sports Garden on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, during an awards banquet hosted by the Duluth Yacht Club. Fraser is the captain of "The O" sailboat. 
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Christian Fraser of Duluth waits in line at The Sports Garden on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, during an awards banquet hosted by the Duluth Yacht Club. Fraser is the captain of "The O" sailboat. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Members of the Duluth Yacht Club gathered at the Sports Garden Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 for an awards banquet. 
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Members of the Duluth Yacht Club gathered at the Sports Garden Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 for an awards banquet. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Trophies were displayed on a table at The Sports Garden on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, during an awards banquet hosted by the Duluth Yacht Club. 
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Trophies were displayed on a table at The Sports Garden on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, during an awards banquet hosted by the Duluth Yacht Club. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Keith Stauber, 69, of Duluth, is the owner and skipper of the Papa Gaucho II, which earned the prestigious Barthel Trophy for fastest corrected overall time of the combined Tri-Lakes Challenge. The Papa Gaucho II is the first local boat to receive the award. Stauber is holding the Bagley Trophy, which is presented to the best performance by a Duluth Yacht Club boat in the Trans Superior race. The Duluth Yacht Club hosted an awards banquet at The Sports Garden in Duluth on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Keith Stauber, 69, of Duluth, is the owner and skipper of the Papa Gaucho II, which earned the prestigious Barthel Trophy for fastest corrected overall time of the combined Tri-Lakes Challenge. The Papa Gaucho II is the first local boat to receive the award. Stauber is holding the Bagley Trophy, which is presented to the best performance by a Duluth Yacht Club boat in the Trans Superior race. The Duluth Yacht Club hosted an awards banquet at The Sports Garden in Duluth on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

A replica of the Barthel Trophy was displayed on a table at The Sports Garden on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, during an awards banquet hosted by the Duluth Yacht Club. The trophy goes to the boat with the fastest corrected overall time of the combined Tri-Lakes Challenge. The 2021 recipient is Papa Gaucho II, owned by Keith Stauber of Duluth.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
A replica of the Barthel Trophy was displayed on a table at The Sports Garden on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, during an awards banquet hosted by the Duluth Yacht Club. The trophy goes to the boat with the fastest corrected overall time of the combined Tri-Lakes Challenge. The 2021 recipient is Papa Gaucho II, owned by Keith Stauber of Duluth. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

The Bagley Trophy is presented to the best performance by a Duluth Yacht Club boat in the Trans Superior International Yacht Race. Papa Gaucho II, owned by Keith Stauber of Duluth, is the recipient for 2021. Members of the Duluth Yacht Club gathered at The Sports Garden in Duluth Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, for an awards banquet.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
The Bagley Trophy is presented to the best performance by a Duluth Yacht Club boat in the Trans Superior International Yacht Race. Papa Gaucho II, owned by Keith Stauber of Duluth, is the recipient for 2021. Members of the Duluth Yacht Club gathered at The Sports Garden in Duluth Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, for an awards banquet. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune