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 Veuve Clicquot.
The Mac, as it is affectionately known, kicks off Saturday, July 11, 2015 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
• Online Race Tracking – 2015
• Mackinac Bridge Call-Ins Page (Keeps track of boats that have passed the bridge)
YouTube Update From Chicago Race to Mackinac – Monday Morning, July 21
Hi–I posted another video focusing on Grays Reef and what happens there. I tried to show you all on a chart and the tracker the maneuvering that is going to happen. Thought it might bring it to life a little more for new fans. Please let me know if any questions!
YouTube Update From Chicago Race to Mackinac – Sunday Night, July 20
Lots of racing left! Here’s my last video update for tonight. Dan will follow in a minute with another. It really looks light near the finish, and patchy in the Manitous/Gray’s reef area. Hit or miss as to whether a boat is gong fast. Finding those spots with pressure and staying in them looks like an important key to the race!
Infinite Diversion First to Cross the Finish Line
YouTube Update From Chicago Race to Mackinac – Sunday Morning, July 20
Here’s a second, longer video that focuses on the racers and on the weather forecast, with a couple of choices being made by the boats, the consequences of those choices and how they may play out.
YouTube Update From Chicago Race to Mackinac – Cruising Division, Sunday Morning, July 20
Good Morning Race Fans! Winn here. This is the first of two videos for the morning. It focuses on the cruisers and the question we asked last night about going more to the left or more to the right. Another video will follow shortly focusing on the racers and the weather forecast.
More Information and Resources
Photos From The 2009 Race To Mackinac – Click Photo For Slideshow View