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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac – July 15 – 18, 2017

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 15, 2017 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 – 2017

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
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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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Tuesday October 17th, 2017 - 12:43 pm

Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac

It's a finish!!! We are going to hold off on posting a finish time until we hear from the WSSR commissioners on site on Mackinac Island. ... See MoreSee Less

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May not be official, but sure does look like congratulations are in order! Congratulations, Team Il Mostro, from your fans at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club!

Whats the time???

Beautiful autumn weather in the Mackinac Strait

Tuesday October 17th, 2017 - 9:32 am

Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac

Il Mostro at 9:10 EST today off the top of the Leelanau Peninsula!9:10 EST off the top of Leelanau Peninsula! Just gybed to port...go get ‘em! ... See MoreSee Less

Il Mostro at 9:10 EST today off the top of the Leelanau Peninsula!

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What’s the odds to break the record?

What IS the record?

Pyewacket set the current record in 2002 for a monohull at 23 hours 30 minutes and 34 seconds.

Per there current Facebook post, they’ve set the record. Congrats to the crew.

Tuesday October 17th, 2017 - 8:25 am

Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac

Here's a brief 630 am update. Il Mostro made good time overnight, currently showing boat speed of 14.2 knots. She's currently mid-lake, west of the Fox Islands and northwest of the Manitous, "going outside" those landmarks of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. The breeze is holding up nicely; the north Lake Michigan buoy is not far away and is showing 21 knots from the SW. ... See MoreSee Less

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these guys must have frozen their butts off last night, nothing beats sailing in a snowmobile suit

Tuesday October 17th, 2017 - 12:25 am

Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac

"Il Mostro" is making great progress up the lake!Il Mostro has picked up the pace and as of 2315 Central time is off of Milwaukee headed just east of north at 16.6 knots. Again, remember the caveats as to time, speed and location based on the tracker. The boys are maintaining their position west of the rhumb line, which is consistent with the strategy articulated by navigator Artie Means yesterday and again today before setting off. Winds at the south Lake Michigan buoy (www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=45002) are trending upwards, currently 21 kts gusting to 25 out of the SSW, nicely consistent with the forecast. This bodes well for a night of fast northward progress for the team. This is the last update before I'm off to bed - we'll see where they are in the morning! ... See MoreSee Less

Il Mostro is making great progress up the lake!
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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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