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More than 300 boats have already registered for the 108th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust, one of the world’s longest-running freshwater distance races. The 333-mile sprint from Chicago to Mackinac Island, MI kicks off on Saturday, July 23, 2016 with more than 3,000 sailors approaching the start line east of Navy Pier.
The Grand Hotel has extended a special room rate for Mac competitors.
Chicago Yacht Club is hosting two seminars presented by experts from the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Space is limited for both events, so register today!
Nov 18, 2015 10:16 PM
Chicago Yacht Club announced Don Maxwell as the Chairman of the 2016-17 Races to Mackinac presented by Wintrust.
Nov 09, 2015 03:44 PM
Chicago Yacht Club is pleased to announce that Wintrust Financial Corporation has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Race to Mackinac for the years 2016-2018.
Nov 02, 2015 07:36 PM
The 2015 Mac Awards Celebration is now sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door. To be added to a wait list, please call 312-861-7777 for the Chicago Yacht Club Front Desk.
Oct 01, 2015 06:34 PM
Tickets are now available for purchase for the November 7 Mac Awards Celebration at CYC. Read on for more information and information on how to buy your tickets.
Spirit Walker Wins Mackinac Trophy. Odyssey Wins Mackinac Cup
Thanks to Official Mac Broadband provider Inmarsat, award-winning onboard reporter Matt Knighton brought daily highlights and images to Mac fans.
Submit your best 2015 Mac photos or one minute video for a shot at the $750 prize purse!
Jul 08, 2015 11:29 AM
Learn how to track the race via YB Tracking. Competitors - a special low-bandwidth link is also available for use on the water.
Jul 08, 2015 03:54 AM
Final details for Mac skippers as they head to Chicago for registration. A must-read for skippers, persons in charge, watch captains and navigators.
Weather resources for Mac sailors.
Jul 06, 2015 03:33 AM
Final Details for Mac Sailors. Click to read more.
Jul 02, 2015 04:17 AM
Final steps before registration for Chicago Mac Race Skippers. Please read on for more details.
With 324 boats participating in the 333-mile journey from Chicago to Mackinac Island this year, the 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust will offer plenty of opportunities for fans to view the boats on land, on the water and from anywhere else you might be. Here’s how you can see and track the 2015 race.
Introduction to the weather patterns of Lake Michigan
Jun 21, 2015 08:29 PM
Important information for crew members in the Mac on registration, safety equipment, and social events. All Mac crew should read this carefully!
The 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust (July 10-14,2015) is working with Newport, RI-based non-profit Sailors for the Sea to become a certified Clean Regatta.
Jun 16, 2015 02:11 PM
Important news for Mac Skippers. Click to read more.
Jun 10, 2015 09:00 PM
There is just one month to go until the 107th Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust, when 324 sailboats will make the 333 mile voyage from Chicago to Mackinac Island. More than 3,000 racers from as far as New Zealand will be coming to Chicago to be part of the tradition.
Jun 04, 2015 01:38 PM
Skippers - June 5 is the Mac entry deadline. Please make sure you have completed all the required steps in NOR section 5 by then to avoid a late entry penalty.
Jun 04, 2015 01:36 PM
This email went out to all crew members addd to boats by their skippers in the 2015 Mac. If you didn't receive it, ask your skipper to invite you to the crew through the race management program. Read on for details of what you need to be thinking about now to get ready for the Mac!
With four days to go before the entry deadline, 321 boats have already entered the 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust. There is still time to enter if a skipper acts quickly.​
Important update for skippers and lead crew for the 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Apr 21, 2015 08:19 PM
Registration is now open for the 2015 running of the Super Mac from Chicago to Pt. Huron, MI
Apr 14, 2015 12:23 PM
Chicago Yacht Club is pleased to announce that Wintrust will be the presenting sponsor of the 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
Updates and 'to dos' for 2015 Mac skippers. Read for the latest information relevant to your entry in the Mac.
The Grand Hotel is offering a special room rate for Mac Racers. See the full story for details.
Chicago Yacht Club and Bayview Yacht Club have announced that this summer will feature a "Super Mac" from Chicago to Port Huron, featuring 568 statute miles of Great Lakes racing.
Registration is now open for the CYC Grand Prix Invitational
Invitations were sent out today to 491 skippers who have competed in one of the last four Macs.
Chicago Yacht Club releases Notice of Race and CMSRs for 2015 Race to Mackinac.
The Mac and Grand Prix Notices of Race will be published next week. Click on the link for more information on this, plus information on the Pink Pony Party on January 17 and Strictly Sail.
Jan 05, 2015 09:59 PM
There will be a range of sailing education seminars at the boat show, and many are led by CYC members and staff. Take a look at some of our suggestions when you’re mapping out which seminars to attend, including many that cover topics relating to the Mac.
Nov 03, 2014 07:49 PM
The week leading up to the start of the 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac will feature a new biennial regatta for high-performance racers, the first Chicago Yacht Club Grand Prix Invitational, on July 3-5, 2015 in Chicago.
Little Traverse Yacht Club (Harbor Springs, Michigan) won the Yacht Club Challenge in the 106th Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. The Yacht Club Challenge is awarded to a yacht club based on the success of its members in the annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Nearly 50 people submitted over 300 photos in this year’s West Marine Photo Contest. The submissions from racers and fans capture moments of the Mac and bring the spirit of the race to life.
The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Committee invites you to the 2014 Race to Mackinac Awards Celebration on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at CYC’s Monroe Station. Please join us to toast the teams, trophies and traditions of the 106th Race to Mackinac.
Sep 04, 2014 04:20 PM
Save the date for the 2014 Mac Awards Celebration on November 1 at Monroe Station.
Jul 22, 2014 02:27 AM
Jerry and Greg Miarecki have pulled a hat trick for the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. The father and son team have won their third consecutive Mac on Providence. This year, they won the Mackinac Trophy Division with a corrected time of 41:35:28.
Jul 21, 2014 05:31 PM
Windquest, a Max Z86 owned by Dick and Doug DeVos, was first to finish in the racing fleet in the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. Windquest and its crew of 18 finished Sunday evening at 21:55 CDT.
Infinite Diversion, a Hanse 630 owned and skippered by Joseph Haas, is the first to finish in the cruising division in the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Thirteen boats have been selected to use GPS transponders to tweet during the race. Follow our on-the-water #CYCRTM reporters.
Jul 19, 2014 11:29 PM
The racing fleet is off and running in the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. The double-handed division began first at 11 a.m., with starts just past Navy Pier continuing every 10 minutes until the last division — the turbo division.
Weather update for Saturday from Chris Bedford, Sailing Weather Service
Jul 19, 2014 02:14 AM
The cruising division set sail for the 106th running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 18.
Check out some of the news stories about the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Jul 16, 2014 02:37 PM
Competitors should monitor the official notice board on the web site.
Jul 16, 2014 04:02 AM
Last minute information for all crew members racing in the race. For archived versions of crew and skipper newsletters, see the News tab.
CYC members and Mac participants share their favorite stops along the route from Chicago to Mackinac and back. Take a look at all your options for activities and stopovers for your journey to and from Mackinac Island!
Show us your best photos from the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac in the 2014 West Marine Mac Photo Contest. The grand prize will receive a $400 gift card from West Marine. Entries will be published on the Chicago Yacht Club website and the winners will receive their prizes at the Mackinac Awards Banquet this November.
Meet the three principle judges for the 106th Race to Mackinac!
Jul 11, 2014 01:06 AM
Last minute to-dos for Skippers including information on printing your boarding pass.
Jul 10, 2014 10:48 PM
Matt Gallagher and Jim Murray will discuss how sailors are using Apple technology for racing at the North Michigan Avenue Apple Store on Monday, July 14, at 7 p.m.
Jul 10, 2014 08:02 PM
Information for invited competitors on the behavior expected of crew in Chicago and on the Island.
Jul 03, 2014 10:16 PM
The Porch Party is one of the most anticipated afternoons for friends, families and volunteers who are on the island awaiting the racers to cross the finish line. Join us on the longest hotel porch in the country to toast the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Jul 03, 2014 04:36 PM
Action items for Mac Crew in early July, 2014
Jul 01, 2014 07:01 PM
To do list for Mac Skippers in early July.
Jul 01, 2014 02:46 PM
Michigan Avenue magazine and the Chicago Yacht Club host Ashore Thing, the Official Parade of Boats Viewing Party, presented by BMO Harris Bank. The festivities celebrate the start of the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac – Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the East End of Navy Pier.​
Jun 19, 2014 03:06 PM
With just one month to go until the start of the race, the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac officially has 333 registrants as of the June 13 entry deadline — a coincidental number of participants for the 333-mile race that begins July 18 and July 19.
Jun 18, 2014 08:21 PM
Information and to-dos for invited competitors in the Mac for mid-June 2014.
If you're sailing on the Mac this summer, this is what you need to know right now.
Jun 11, 2014 12:45 AM
Tickets for busses back from Mac Island after the race are now available for purchase.
Jun 09, 2014 02:09 PM
Final reminder to skippers - the entry deadline is June 13. Please be sure you have completed all steps set out in Sec. 5.1 - 5.9 of the NOR by 11:59 p.m. on June 13 to avoid the late penalty.
With five days until to the June 13 entry deadline, 330 boats have already entered the 106th Chicago Mac.
Information for Mac Skippers on Ratings Certificates
Action items for early May for Mac Skippers
May 03, 2014 02:57 PM
Competitors - please read this reminder about timely submission of ratings certificates.
100 days to the Race
Apr 14, 2014 03:59 PM
Over 100 Sailors attend Safety at Sea Seminar April 12 at CYC.
Apr 10, 2014 06:36 PM
Seminar being held April 12, 2014, is sold out. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Mar 05, 2014 08:28 PM
CYC is hosting a US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar on April 12, 2014. Read for more information
Jan 28, 2014 05:56 AM
Invitations sent to returning skippers
Jan 23, 2014 04:22 PM
The CYC Mac Committee is presenting a variety of seminars at the Strictly Sail Chicago Boat show.
Jan 17, 2014 06:26 PM
The CYC Mac Committee today published the notice of race and Chicago Mac Safety Regulations for the 2014 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Jan 14, 2014 04:23 AM
This year, US Sailing is introducing a new-format Safety at Sea course called a Coastal Safety class. The CMSRs will shortly be clarified to reflect that the Mac Committee continues to recommend attendance at the full-day Offshore Safety at Sea course rather than the Coastal course.
Nov 04, 2013 04:45 PM
400 sailors, family and friends joined together to celebrate the winners of the 105th Race to Mackinac​
CBS TV"s Kris Guiterrez to act as Master of Ceremonies for the Awards Ceremony for the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackianc
Oct 08, 2013 08:53 PM
Info on making reservation for Mac Awards Ceremony
Sep 29, 2013 11:23 AM
This year’s Mac Awards Dinner will take place at Monroe Station. This event is being presented by the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Committee. The evening’s festivities start off with our Annual Trophy Hug and proceed into the Mac Award Celebration in our new Open House format at Monroe Station. Celebrate the “Mac” in the confines of Monroe Station. Pricing and ticket info coming soon. Watch this space.
Jul 17, 2013 02:59 AM
There was nothing quick about getting to the finish line in the extreme light wind conditions sailors faced in the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Despite the historically-light wind conditions that left half of the fleet still on the lake early Tuesday morning, the afternoon awards program will go on for the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.​
By midday Monday there were still about 250 boats left to finish the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. In what is being called “an epically slow race” due to extremely light wind conditions, sailors have been moving at a snail-like pace for several hours.
Monday Race to Mackinac
Morning Video--7-15
Congratulations to Windquest, a Max Z86 owned by Dick and Doug DeVos, on being first to finish in the racing fleet in the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Video Update Late 7/14
Congratulations to Infinite Diversion, a Hanse 630 owned and skippered by Joseph Haas, on being first to finish in the cruising division.
So far this year’s Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, has been better than early forecasts indicated, with moderate southeasterly winds positioning most of the fleet in the middle of Lake Michigan.
Racing fleet sets sail for the world’s oldest annual freshwater race
Racing Fleet for the world’s oldest annual freshwater race in progress
Morning Video Race Update--7-14
The racing fleet set sail today on the 105th CYC Race to Mackinac
Jul 13, 2013 04:37 AM
Evening video update on cruising fleet, weather forecast and racing fleet tactics.
Jul 12, 2013 09:12 PM
Video Guide for Using Tracking Here!
Jul 11, 2013 12:44 PM
Welcome to Mac Week
Jul 10, 2013 05:35 PM
CNN to film Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac sequences as part of docu-series executive produced by Robert Redford and Sundance Productions
Jul 10, 2013 03:27 AM
Fan's Guide to the Mac
Jul 08, 2013 05:55 PM
ASI number one, Starting times, as well as SIs and scratch sheet are all available.
Jul 02, 2013 05:32 PM
Mac social activities
Jun 19, 2013 08:46 PM
Skippers need to update their crew list and send in their ORR certificate today
Jun 10, 2013 12:14 PM
Reminder of the new crew waiver procedures
Jun 06, 2013 08:01 PM
It's not too late to request an inviation
May 29, 2013 08:30 PM
Entry deadline for the Mac is June 7
May 26, 2013 12:18 PM
Two weeks to entry deadline
May 20, 2013 02:51 PM
Yellowbrick tracking is back, and it's on us
Apr 24, 2013 07:31 PM
Materials from the April 20 Safety at Sea seminar are available on our website.
Feb 11, 2013 04:31 PM
Returning Skippers - invites sent 2/10/13
Feb 11, 2013 04:29 PM
Invitations issued for 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
Jan 29, 2013 04:51 PM
Version 2 of MSRs published
Jan 24, 2013 12:23 PM
The Notice of Race and Mac Safety Regs for 2013 have been published to the Mac website
Jan 11, 2013 10:56 PM
First letter of 2013
Jan 11, 2013 10:25 PM
Please join us for the kick off of the 105th CYC Race to Mackinac, the Pink Pony Party!
Nov 01, 2012 08:46 PM
Winners of the 2012 West Marine Photo Contest
Oct 17, 2012 02:32 PM
Information on West Marine Photo Contest
Oct 02, 2012 06:59 PM
You are invited to attend the 2012 Mac Awards Dinner
Jul 25, 2012 10:49 PM
Winners announced for the Mackinac Cup, Mackinac Trophy, Doublehanded, Multihull and Cruising Divisions.
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Jul 23, 2012 09:48 PM
A building southwesterly breeze provided postcard-perfect finishes for the fleet; Race celebrations are underway on Mackinac Island.
Early Morning Finishers
Jul 23, 2012 11:28 AM
At 6:30 a.m. CDT, approximately 60 of the 326 boats entered, have completed the race.
Jul 23, 2012 02:04 AM
Light air stalls forward progress much of today; By 9 p.m. EDT, breeze slowly filling from the south helped to cluster the majority of the fleets between Big Sable Point and Beaver Island. UPDATE CURRENT AS OF 8:30 p.m. EDT
Jul 22, 2012 06:40 PM
From-the water and the shores, here's a snapshot of what's happening via Twitter. Enjoy!
Jul 22, 2012 03:56 PM
Update on weather conditions and the fleet as they make their way along the Michigan shoreline.
Jul 21, 2012 12:59 PM
Overnight update on the cruising fleet, and it's go time in Chicago for the racing fleet!
Cruising Division Start
Jul 20, 2012 11:31 PM
The Cruising division set sail at approximately 3 p.m. Friday. Read on to check out Racing Division updates and what's planned for onshore and online tomorrow.
Jul 19, 2012 03:21 PM
Welcome to Chicago!
Jul 16, 2012 05:40 PM
Three ways for Racers to share the Mac with their family and friends ashore.
Jul 16, 2012 02:09 AM
Yellowbrick Tracking is live. Plus, stay tuned to Social Media for live commentary during the Race.
Jul 15, 2012 11:24 PM
Amendment One to Sailing Instructions
Jul 12, 2012 01:15 PM
Not all the fun occurs on the water! We have a wide variety of activities on land both in Chicago and on the Island!
Jul 02, 2012 08:59 PM
104th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac- Tracking Update
Jun 26, 2012 07:51 PM
Options for getting back to Chicago after the Race
Jun 20, 2012 05:41 PM
31 days out! There are several deadlines and other matters skippers need to address.
Apr 11, 2012 04:27 PM
100 day update
Mar 19, 2012 04:29 PM
Update on Registrations for the Race
Mar 02, 2012 03:25 PM
Race registration off to a great start, expected to sell out
Feb 17, 2012 03:27 PM
2012 Race to Mackinac is Open
Jan 26, 2012 07:25 PM
2012 CYC Race to Mackinac NOR and MSRs released
Jan 25, 2012 09:20 PM
We Hope to see you at the Pink Pony Party & Strictly Sail 2012!
Jan 25, 2012 01:22 PM
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac selects YellowBrick Tracking for the 104th Running
Info on activities during Strictly Sail
Jan 10, 2012 06:09 PM
Pink Pony Party
Dec 16, 2011 03:58 PM
Summary of proposed changes for the 104th
Trophies awarded at 103rd RTM Awards
Welcome to the 104th CYC Race to Mackinac!
Mac Awards Dinner Information
Winners of Point Betsie and Clark-DeRoy Trophies Announced
Aug 31, 2011 09:05 PM
Results from 2011
Preliminary Winners
Independent Review Panel Named
I thought I’d give a few updates and shout-outs as we get closer and closer to Race Day. For those of you looking for photos of your boat taken during the race, we have more than 10 photographers shooting pix this year. There’s a flyer in the Skipper’s Bag and we’ll have more information after the race on how you can check out their wares, or click here. If you need a room, Grand Hotel has rooms and a great deal. $299/night, up to four in a room, and no minimum number of nights required. Incl​
Jul 04, 2011 02:18 PM
Mac Week Parties Party – Party - Party! Wednesday July 13th Family Night - Monroe Station Parking Lot Activities are free. Many fun things for the kids to do - gutter sailboat races, Lake Michigan bean bag toss, hula hoops, jump ropes, prizes, goody bags and more. Dinner will be available for purchase. Be sure to make you dinner reservations. Friday July 15th Pre-Race Party – Monroe Station Come one come all! No reservations required. No restrictions on the number of guests. Music provided ​
Jun 29, 2011 02:32 PM
June 29, 2011 - News Sailors Can Use
It looks like Summer may arrive this weekend with any luck. Like you, I am anxious to get out on the water.
We are pleased that you are joining us for the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
We all wear our grungiest clothes to the boatyard at this time of year.
It felt like summer yesterday with a hot wind blowing through the boatyard.
Here’s an update on the 2011 Mac Race
Chicago Yacht Club announced today that the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot has reached the 300 entry threshold.
At least not right away!!
Mac Stories Night – The Trophies Speak
Mac Racers
Entries in the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Presented by Veuve Clicquot, are now open.
I am pleased to announce that the Notice and Conditions of Race (NOR) for the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, is now available on our website
Can you believe it? The start of the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is less than 180 days away.
Chicago Yacht Club is proud to share 'The Arrival' - a documentary on the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
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