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Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – Photos

The Bayview Mackinac Race – which will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 – is recognized as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world. Join the excitement of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as boat racers sail Michigan’s Great Lakes to reach their final destination, Mackinac Island. It’s all Pure Michigan from start to finish! – Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – 2017 >>>

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Bayview Mackinac Race – All Things Weather

Weather Resources
With the start of the Race less than 2 weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about your weather forecast. My Lake Huron Marine Weather Dashboard --http://www.lakeeriewx.com/LakeHuron.html  -- offers links to a wide range of marine observations, marine forecasts, surface weather forecasts, and a variety of resources for determining the potential for thunderstorms. If your forecasting skills are a little rusty, you might want to check out the Managing Your Mack Weather Forecast page on my website -- http://www.lakeeriewx.com/Racing/PortHuronMac/BYCWeatherResources.html . The article describes how to interpret many of the images available on the Lake Huron Dashboard. 

Forecasts
Written forecasts will begin on Monday, July 6 and will be posted at http://www.lakeeriewx.com/Racing/BYC/BYCForecast.html

Weather Briefing
There will be no in-person weather briefing in Port Huron this year. Instead, a recorded video briefing will be posted online early Friday evening (July 10). In addition, a quick update to the full briefing will be posted on Saturday morning (July 11). Both videos will be in mp4 format and posted at http://www.lakeeriewx.com/Racing/BYC/BYCForecast.html

Sample Briefing
In order to test online delivery, I have posted a short video introducing the format and contents of the public briefing at http://www.lakeeriewx.com/Racing/BYC/BYCForecast.html Check it out in the next few days to make sure you don’t have any technical issues watching the video. 

Don’t hesitate to contact me at Mark@LakeErieWX.com if you have any questions. 

Mark Thornton
LakeErieWX Marine Weather
Listen to Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race winner BILL MARTIN on SailSportTalk Radio! Way to go Bill and STRIPES! http://sailsporttalk.com/index.php/2019/07/30/bill-martin/

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The shore course yachts are marching up the, well, shore. Looking great.  I'm going to jump in my car and head to The Island.  I may make a post or two from The Pony, but for now, I'm out.  Cheers, all!  mbc, sailing director
Good morning.  Looks like the Cove Island fleet is almost there.  The next few hours will be busy for the finish crew.  mbc, sailing director
Comin' in hot for the Shore course.  mbc, sailing director
Class D has divided into two groups -- north of the rhumb line, and south.  Chico 2, winner of the 2019 Chicago - Mac, has dug back into 2nd at this point.  mbc, sailing director
So, the fleet in class C is chasing Spitfire, but right now she's not saving her handicap time (a boat near and dear to me, Courtesan, is actually winning).  The last 50 miles of this class is up for grabs.
It's a drag race to the Island for the j120s.
Looks like the Pink Pony (and dare I say Horns) will have a crew tonight!
Short tacking up the Michigan shore, unless you're on Contender -- rolling the dice offshore.
They're lining up, coming in for a landing.  Looks like Heartbreaker gets monohull line honors.  Could they be overtaken?  Equation's pretty fast, not to mention Arctos.  mbc, sailing director
Some have asked if the Santa Cruz/Great Lakes 70s are a one-design class.  They're actually not.  I've sailed on four of them, and they're all a little different -- inside and outside.  They're great boats.  But this is why Stripes may correct over Equation at the finish.  But we'll see.  mbc, sailing director
This is interesting.  Comfortably Numb, it seems, tacked to get back to her competition, almost like a boat-for-boat dinghy race. By doing so, it looks like she wasn't making any forward progress to the Island.  Maybe it was the only way to keep the boat going.  She's close to another class winner (for now), Eliminator.  Meanwhile, Contender and Pirate are hoping the offshore route pays off.  That's great racing! mbc, sailing director
Seems to me that the breeze has gone right, allowing the fleet at the front of the Cove Island section to basically point at Mackinac.  They're not close enough to smell the, uh, horses, but they're getting there.  Next stop: Last Call!  mbc, sailing director
So, the shore course boats sure are sticking to the shore! (One even went inside Middle Island!)  There are a couple of boats offshore.  Comfortably Numb has opened up her lead.  But there's many miles to go.  mbc, sailing director
The C&C 35s are generally around Thunder Bay, probably slogging upwind.  Keep at it, folks!  mbc, sailing director
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Wednesday July 26th, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Chippewa Hotel Waterfront

Photo highlights from the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race this week. This year's event was the 93rd annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island. Over 200 boats participated, and good winds enabled a quick finish. The island was busy with sailors and visitors. We had a full house, and of course Pink Pony was "yachts of fun!" Great to see everyone again! ... See MoreSee Less

Photo highlights from the Bells Beer Bayview Mackinac Race this week. This years event was the 93rd annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island. Over 200 boats participated, and good winds enabled a quick finish. The island was busy with sailors and visitors. We had a full house, and of course Pink Pony was yachts of fun! Great to see everyone again!

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