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2018 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – July 14 – 17, 2018

2016 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

The Bayview Mackinac Race – which will begin on Saturday, July 14, 2018 – 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!

Bayview Mackinac Race Quicklinks:

Online Race Tracking – 2018
Bayview Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac Facebook Page
Follow Via Twitter
Bayview Yacht Club Website


In the ten decades that the Bayview Mackinac Race has been sailed, much has happened. Wars, economic depressions, and other significant events have transpired, yet the Race has gone on. In fact, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wired a message to Bayview during World War II when word reached the White House that the Club was considering canceling the race. That message read: “Sail your race.” Even then, it was clear that this race was and is important for sailors and for the State of Michigan. Bayview did sail the Mackinac Race that year, and has done so every single year since the first Bayview Mackinac Race in 1925, making it the longest consecutively run freshwater race in the world. This year’s race starts on July 14, 2018.

In its own way, the Bayview Mackinac race has become a vital part of Great Lakes history, Michigan history, and sailing history.

Celebrate the start of the race in Port Huron. Then follow the course of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as they head north along the shores of Michigan’s eastern coast. Join the festivities at the finish line on Mackinac Island. Where the hospitality and celebration is always second to none.


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Sunday Afternoon Update – 7/15/18

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Page On Facebook.


Tuesday September 25th, 2018 - 12:49 pm

Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

An update on from David Goodwin on Vashti - Hello, thought we'd keep you updated if you're interested. We had a great season on this fantastic old boat, posted a few videos, and even managed to win a second place flag on an off-the-docks. Here's one video we did on Vashti's history that we thought you'd enjoy: week, we’re revealing the history of our sailboat, the classic and legendary 1958 Bounty II sloop, Vashti, of Detroit, Michigan. The first fiberglass hu... ... See MoreSee Less

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Chippewa Hotel – Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – Photo Gallery (Click on photo for slideshow view)

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


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