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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac – July 21 – 24, 2018

Chicago Yacht Club - Race to Mackinac

Sailors from 15 different U.S. states as well as Ontario, Switzerland, and as far off as Hong Kong, are preparing for the race of a lifetime – the 333 mile Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust.

The Mac, as it is affectionately known, kicks off Saturday, July 21, 2018 with 3,000 sailors competing in this world-class sporting event. Although The Mac remains primarily an amateur event, this race has a proven track record of attracting some of the finest sailing talent in the sport.

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest, annual freshwater sailing race in the world. It takes place on Lake Michigan.

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Quicklinks: (Look for updates as racetime approaches)

Race to Mackinac – FAQ – Basic questions (and answers) about the race

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Online Race Tracking – 2018

Mackinac Bridge Call-Ins Page (Keeps track of boats that have passed the bridge)

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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Facebook Page
Follow the Race to Mackinac Via Twitter
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Website

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Monday Afternoon Live Drone Coverage of the Finish Line of the 2018 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

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Il Mostro First To Finish in the 2018 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac Page On Facebook.

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Monday November 5th, 2018 - 10:21 am

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I miss those days, but salute you all!

Certainly a grueling race this year.

Wednesday October 24th, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac

Mac race winner in 1938! Some more information about Manitou is available on Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S/Y_Manitou.Fabulous shot from Mark Krasnow Photography of Sparkman & Stephens Design No. 99, MANITOU, in St. Tropez. An elegant yawl, once owned by President John F. Kennedy, she was designed to win the Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac. Launched in 1937, she won her first Chicago Mac Race in 1938. ... See MoreSee Less

Mac race winner in 1938! Some more information about Manitou is available on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S/Y_Manitou.

 

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Is that a .... Whomper?

Monday October 1st, 2018 - 8:26 pm

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Chicago Yacht Club has released a preliminary report into the tragic death of Jon Santarelli during this year's #CYCRTM, and announced an inquiry into the safety of auto-inflatable PFDs.
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Chicago Yacht Club has released a preliminary report into the tragic death of Jon Santarelli during this years #CYCRTM, and announced an inquiry into the safety of auto-inflatable PFDs.
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Unbelievable.

So the inflatable PFD was incinerated? And only the full CO2 bottle remains? How did this happen?

Kyle Kandt are you tracking this and making sure your PFDs are safe and functioning?

How, I say how in the world do they incinerate an inflatable PFD? During cremation? Did they incinerate the foul weather gear as well?

WTH??

what moron would dispose of evidence?

When not in use, I unscrew the gas canister to avaoid accidental inflation. The first thing I check, before wearing the PFD, is that the canister has not been punctured. Easy to forget if you are on someone elses boat and they hand you a PFD. Also, the manual inflate tab is clearly visible but looks like it would be hard to find when in the water and traumatised.

How exactly do you investigate the safety of inflatables when you don’t even know the brand of the jacket that allegedly failed? If the Cartridge was not punctured there is no proof it was even an automatic inflatable to begin with or that it was not an automatic that was converted to manual. I’m guessing the result will be a ban of inflatables that has more to do with liability than actual safety. That would be a huge mistake since my experience has been that people are much more likely to actually wear inflatables since they are less bulky and more comfortable. A more reliable jacket that nobody wants to wear doesn’t improve safety much.

I don’t like this and this needs looking into

RIP Jon

I’m so sorry.

Please encourage everyone to clip in. Especially when on foredeck.

I was on another TP 52 this year and the first thing we did was rearm all of the inflatable PFD’s because we didn’t know when they were last serviced. Best not to take a chance with peoples lives.

Sorry, but it sounds a bit questionable and concerning on WHY the PFD was disposed of...

Can't decide if I will return to regular extrasport style PFD or use dual cartridge pfd from Europe on next race I do. Wish someone came out with one that could float you with foam and turn you face up woth CO2 if facedown in the water

P Joe Moceri Joseph Moceri

Jacket was incinerated?

Dave Milaeger

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Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac – Photos via Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac, tag it with #cycrtm and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.

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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac Photo Gallery (Click on photos for slideshow view)
 

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