Julius H. Barnes Points Trophy

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The Julius H. Barnes Points Trophy, knows as the Sulger-Barnes Points Troohy, is a trophy originally awarded by the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen to the winning club of their national championship regatta. The trophy was first awarded in 1916 at the regatta held in Duluth. It was valued at $4,000, equivalent to $112,000 in 2023. It is named after a wealthy grain exporter who bankrolled the regatta, and later was refurbished in honor of the Francis Sulger and Jack Sulger of long-time winning teams from the New York Athletic Club. The scoring system was designed to be similar to that of the Lipton Cup, a trophy for sailing.[1] As of 2017, the United States Rowing Association, successor to the NAAO, has the original Barnes trophy in their possession and occasionally displays it at events.[2]

The USRA continues to award a "Sulger-Barnes Men's Points Trophy" at their National Championships Regatta to the club with the most points in men's events.[3] The scoring system used by the USRA for the Sulger-Barnes trophy and other points trophies is as follows.[4] Identical or similar systems, often referred to as "Barnes scoring," are used in many American regattas.[5][6][7]

Points for 1st place in grand final
Boat class Points
1x 10
2x, 2- 15
4x, 4-, 4+ 20
8+ 30
% of 1st place points
# boats in final 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
2 20%
3 40% 20%
4 60% 30% 5%
5 80% 40% 10%
6+ 80% 40% 20% 10% 5%


  1. ^ "MANY ENTERED IN RACES AT DULUTH; At Least 150 Oarsmen Will Compete in Annual Regatta of National Association. NEW TROPHY CUP OFFERED J.H. Barnes Gives Challenge Award to be Contested on Point Scores". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  2. ^ "NAAO Trophies – Friends of Rowing History". Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  3. ^ "2019 USRowing National Championships | USRowing - USRowing". 2019-03-08. Archived from the original on 2019-03-08. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  4. ^ "USRowing National Championships" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Eagle Creek Invitational" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship". www.regattacentral.com. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  7. ^ "Midwest Junior Rowing Championship - Results". www.regattacentral.com. Retrieved 2021-03-12.