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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac – July 23 – 26, 2016

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 23, 2016 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 – 2016

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

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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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Last post for the night, barring any excitement...

-Storms still affecting racing fleet, but none severe. Chris Bedford tells me there's one more window for "weather" early tomorrow and then we should be done.
-Leaders in racing fleet are FLYING. last I looked Il Mostro was >10 kts. Arete was over 20 kts (!)
-Rest of racing fleet is very clumped together, going quickly and on course for Point Betsie, more or less
-Cruising fleet leaders have slowed a bit vs earlier. They are going "ok" for what they are capable of. Difficult to generalize rest of fleet. I see speeds that look good and ones that look not so good.
- A few boats dropped out after storm. I don't have any more on those boats, but will tell you if I do.

Have a great night!
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Ivona WszolekThank you for the update.

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Bess GallanisThank you, CYC-RTM!

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Kristin Zimmer SheaThank you for the update. Looking out for Stripes...and hoping all boats are safe.

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Linda WilleyThank you for the great update. Be safe!

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Diane Bailey FooteGood night! Thank you!

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Jodi 'Hanna' SanterreKeep watching the weather from MSP hoping all sailors stay safe on the lake. Thanks for the updates and giving us a peace of mind! #SplitDecision69877

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Barbara VanderClute ConnerHope everyone stays safe!

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Joanna GerardDoes the Coast Guard follow the fleet incase a boat should struggle?

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Becky PoastThanks for all that you do to keep us informed!!!! We appreciate it very much!

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Keith GrabowskiThanks for the report. Go Adventure

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Linda Rincones-WhiteThanks for the update, now go to bed. 💤💤 Go Areté.

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Mary Ann KaufmanThank you that's encouraging! Woot Woot to Warlock!

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Jorie Raymond SlighThanks for the latest news; hoping all boats stay safe.

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Lynn BrezinaThank you.

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Christine Nowak QuinlanKahuna appears to be heading off the course?

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Cynthia KayThanks very informative!!!

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Lisanne CloseAwesome Winn thanks!

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Christopher GouldTerrific insights! Do all of the boats have access to such radar, wind studies, and social media while in the middle if the lake?

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Kara Rosenbaum GirvinThank you!

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Lisa EieslandYou're doing a terrific job‼️👍

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Debbie MartinThanks for the share Marty!

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Sam ClarkWinn, wonderful info as usual...thanks so much!!

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Nel BooseGood stuff!

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John HollandThank you, very informative.

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Thomas Gage KembleVery well done.Thanks

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Carmen MarquezGreat information Thanks!

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Charlie AdamsThis race coverage and technology is awesome. We didn't have this when I was crewing.

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Peggy McGrathGreat update! Keep 'em comin'. Thank you.

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Hi, Everyone...long post...

Please, please...I love hearing from you and your questions, but post them here on the page. I love your comments and questions and reply to EVERY single comment...but with the number of followers we have it's way better if we ask and answer questions in posts because other people will have them too.

1) How is the fleet after the storm/did the race get called off?

How is the fleet???? We see as much as you do...the boats are quiet now as far as tweeting and other communications are concerned. It's dinnertime, they're wet and they can see that there is likely more rain or storms tonight. So they have other priorities.

The highest wind speed we have from a tweeting boat was 28 kts. The Chicago Crib recorded 33 kts. So it was a bad, but not terrible storm, and it was in the daylight and it was well forecast and warned for. I expect almost everyone came through intact, but I don't know for sure.

Using the tracker and monitoring twitter, there were one or two boats that looked headed for home. We're checking on them to see if they really are, if they're OK, etc. But no the race was not called off. To an earlier post I made, it is each boat's OWN decision whether to race or continue racing. We don't call the race off. Racers decide and ONLY racers decide whether they can and will continue.

2) How is "MY BOAT" doing? Did they get hit by the storm?

If your boat is in the racing fleet, they likely just got hit by at least some portion of the storm, but truth be told, you know as much or more than we do. Boats don't call the race committee to tell us how it's going--they probably would call YOU first!

That said, no news is NORMAL. if you didn't get a call, that's probably because your boat is busy with watch changes, dinner, drying out, changing sails, etc. Boats can get in touch if there is trouble. Hearing nothing almost always means that everything is OK!

So, I am happy to help anyone who needs to look at the tracker to find their boat and see how it's going. That's as much information as we have and how I would answer your question! Please let me know if you need help!

It looks to me like almost everyone is headed north, albeit slowly. I'll have a video in an hour or two. There's a lot to cover!
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Dave CrowleyNot a long post at all. Thank you.

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Chicago Yacht Club-Race To MackinacJust heard from Race Committee that High Priority 2 dropped out and is headed home.

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Cynthia KayThanks, hope the storm passes so everyone sails safely ⛵️⚓️⛵️

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Leigh Nissen WolfeThank you so much for the good calm info

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Kathy SchultzThank you! Don't we just love social media and what did we do before it 👍⛵️⛵️. You are doing a fabulous job

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Ivona WszolekThank you the update.

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Sarah MannThank you for update!!

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Ralph BeachamHow come the wind function on yacht tracker doesn't show the storm winds?

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Lisanne CloseThank you for your reports!

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Becky PoastThnx fir update!

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Catherine Hay MillsThank you so much!

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Linda Rincones-WhiteThank you for keeping us updated.

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Kim Brennan McFaddenNew to all of this. How is Details doing? Following this race for the very first time.

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Audrey LangerThanks for all the updates

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Sarah StarrThank you for the updates. It's so hard to just sit back and wait for your boat.

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