Countdown to the 109th CYC Race
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The Trip Back Guide

 

BY BUS

The Chicago Yacht Club has partnered with Odyssey Transportation to tranport weary sailors from Mackinaw City to Chicago after the race and festivities. The motor coaches are comfortable, air conditioned and stocked with a supply of refreshments for your trip back to Chicago. All coaches will return to Chicago Yacht Club's Monroe Station only. There are no coaches returning to Belmont Station.

On Wednesday, July 19, four buses will depart from the Star Line dock in Mackinaw City at 10 a.m. with a later bus departing from the same locale at 3 p.m.

We will note your requested bus time and reconfirm with you the bus you have reserved before the race. Bus tickets are not transferable and you will be assigned a seat on a specific bus. If booked for the early bus, you will not be able to change your mind and opt to take the later one, or vice versa.

Click here to make your reservation.

bus

More information will be available soon.

 

BY BOAT

On your return trip from Mackinac Island, you will likely want to go at a more leisurely pace, stopping in different harbors at night.  This document contains information that we have been able to gather about many of the common "Mac back" destinations.  This information is being provided to Race participants as an unofficial resource. 

Chicago Yacht Club is not responsible for any inaccuracies in this information. We urge you to call the harbors well in advance.

An excellent resource on Great Lakes Harbors is the Great Lakes Cruising Club (http://www.glcclub.com/). Membership in this organization gives you access to their Harbor Reports, which are a superb resource. We highly recommend membership in this organization to all Mac skippers bringing their boats back from the Island, or otherwise cruising the Great Lakes.

Please direct any corrections to this resource to racecoordinator@chicagoyachtclub.org.

A few overall tips on the return trip:

1. Many boats leave on Wednesday morning. If time permits, we suggest that you depart at an alternate time. This will help you reduce the congestion during your trip home. Remember, you MUST depart the harbor at Mackinac Island or St. Ignace or Straits Harbor no later than noon eastern time on Wednesday. If you intend to stay later than that, you must make separate arrangements directly with the Harbor.

2. Always call the marina in your intended destination prior to arrival to ensure that their facility will suit your needs.  Although we have done our best to pull together relevant information regarding each harbor, we may have missed some amenities or other information pertinent to you. (If you find an error or discover some information that should be included for next year, please e-mail us at regattamanager@chicagoyachtclub.org.

 3. Always consult charts, notices to mariners, and other relevant navigational resources.  We encourage you to pay particular attention to water levels in each harbor, as lake levels vary year to year.

MACKINAC ISLAND

  • Mackinac Island State Dock
  • Telephone: (906) 847-3561
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: Sun – Thurs 0800-2030,  Fri – Sat 0800-2130
  • Latitude:             4550’40"N
  • Longitude: 8436’42"W
  • Reservations: 80 percent of slips require reservations.                   

                              Reservations are required for stays beginning                     

                              Wednesday – If you wish to stay at Mackinac    

                              Island beyond 1300 EDT on Wednesday , you must       

                               contact the Docking Office in advance to  

                                get on an "Extension List." 

  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Ample hotels, restaurants, and 30 or 50 amp 

                              electricity

 

MACKINAW CITY (appx. 6 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Mackinaw City Municipal Marina
  • Telephone: (231) 436-5269 (For reservations, call state   

                              park reservation system at 1 (800) 447-2757)

  • VHF: 9, 16
  • Hours: 0800-1700
  • Latitude: 4546’85"N
  • Longitude: 8443’45"W
  • Reservations: Strongly recommended through state park reservation system.
  • Rafting: Yes
  • Amenities: Ample hotels and restaurants, fuel, movie theater, and a shopping mall
  • Depth: Harbor entrance at 9 feet; most slips below 7 feet
Straits State Harbor (appx. 6 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)
  • Telephone: (231) 436-5326
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0700-2200
  • Latitude:  4546’42.1"N
  • Longitude: 8443’11"W
  • Reservations: Strongly recommended
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, laundry, fuel,         

                              pump out; electric, water, dog run, 

                              grilling area, and picnic pavilions. 

                              Within walking distance are ample 

                              hotels and restaurants, movie theaters, 

                              and shopping.

 

ST. IGNACE (appx. 4 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • St. Ignace Municipal Marina
    • Telephone: (906) 643-8131
    • VHF: 9, 16, working channel is 7
    • Hours: 0800-2000
    • Latitude: 4551’58"N
    • Longitude: 8443’06"W
    • Reservations: Strongly recommended
    • Rafting: Yes
    • Amenities: Restaurants, motels, fuel, pharmacy, pump-

                              out, ice, and Internet. Shops within walking              

                              distance

  • Depth: No issues

BEAVER ISLAND (appx. 35 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Beaver Island Municipal Marina (St. James Harbor)
    • Telephone: (231) 448-2300
    • VHF: 16 
    • Hours: 0700-2100
    • Latitude: 4544’48"N
    • Longitude: 8531"00’W
    • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, car rentals, grocery store a short drive away. There are four (4) restaurants just a short walk from the Municipal Marina and two more provide transportation upon request.  http://www.beaverisland.org/restaurants/index.html
    • Depth: 9 feet at south end and 6 at north end. Water depth at the fuel dock (Beaver Island Marina) is 5 1/2 feet.
    • Note: This is the first dock that you see when 

                              entering St. James Harbor.  There is another    

                              marina to the north, but water depths make 

                              access to it extremely difficult.  The 

                              Municipal Marina Harbor Master will 

                              accommodate as many as possible on rafts.  

                              Boats will also be allowed to anchor in the 

                               north end of the harbor.  Contact marina via 

                               VHF for directions. 

 

 

 

 HARBOR SPRINGS (appx. 42.6 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Harbor Springs Municipal Marina
    • Telephone: (231) 526-5355
    • VHF: 16
    • Hours: 0800-2000
    • Latitude: 4525’38"N
    • Longitude: 8459’15"W
    • Reservations: Not available
    • Rafting: Yes, at Harbor master’s discretion
    • Amenities: Restaurants
    • Please Note: This LTYC Ugotta Regatta begins on  

                               July 25th  and runs through July 27th.  A safer bet for space       

                               is the Charleviox Marina, which takes 

                               reservations as noted below.

  • Walstrom Marina
    • Telephone: (231) 526-2141 or (231) 526-2121
    • VHF: 16
    • Hours: 0800-1800, Monday-Thursday; 0800-1900 Friday-Saturday; 0900-1600,Sunday
    • Latitude: Next to Municipal Marina
    • Longitude: Next to Municipal Marina
    • Reservations: No transient dockage at location next to 

                              municipal marina.  Limited transient dockage  

                              at basin facility in front of white condos just         

                              to the east of Josephine Ford Park. 

  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restaurants and fuel
  • Irish Boat Shop
    • Telephone: (231) 526-6225
    • VHF: 16, 9
    • Hours: 0800-1700, Monday-Saturday; 1000-1600, 

                              Sunday

  • Latitude: 4518’06"N
  • Longitude: 8514’54"W
  • Reservations: Yes (Marina is busy during that week, but  

                               availability will be determined on an  

                               individual basis)

  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Full service marina including authorized 

                              Yanmar and Yamaha technicians, rigging, 

                              swaging and splicing.  Complete ships store 

                              and sail loft for sail and canvas reports.  Haul 

                              out to 55 tons.  Restaurants. 

CHARLEVOIX (appx. 48 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

NOTE: Entrance to Charlevoix Harbor is obstructed by a bridge, which opens on the half hour between 0600 and 2200, and on request.  

  • Charlevoix City Marina
  • Telephone: (231) 547-3272
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0800-2000
  • Latitude: 4519’00"N
  • Longitude: 8515’23"W
  • Reservations: Yes, via 1-800-44PARKS
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restaurants
  • Depth:  No issues
Irish Boat Shop
  • Telephone: (231) 526-6225 
  • VHF: 9, 16
  • Hours: 0800-1700
  • Latitude: 4518’06"N
  • Longitude: 8515’54"W
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Full service marina, including authorized 

                              Yamaha technicians, rigging, swaging and 

                               splicing. Complete Ship’s Store and  

                               restaurants.

  • Charlevoix Northwest Marine Yacht Basin
  • Telephone: (231) 547-5552
  • VHF: 9, 16, 80
  • Hours: 0700-2000
  • Latitude: Next to Irish
  • Longitude: Next to Irish
  • Reservations: Call to determine availability
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restaurants

 LELAND (appx. 75 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Leland Township Harbor
  • Telephone: (231) 256-9132 (Harbor mobile: (231)534-4580) 
  • VHF: 9, 16 (working channel is 68)
  • Hours: 0800-1000 (fuel services during other hours by prior 

                                                arrangement)

  • Latitude: 4501’26"N
  • Longitude: 8545’51"W
  • Reservations: No, first come, first serve.  69 ships and numerous broadside mooring space for vessels up to 130’
  • Rafting: Yes, third raft free
  • Amenities: Diesel, 90 octane gasoline, pump-out, 

                              showers, restrooms, lounge, laundry, 30/50 

                              amp power, WiFi, wet/dry goods within one 

                              block, 3 restaurants within two blocks, 

                              fresh/smoked fish next door in Fishtown.

 

 

FRANKFORT (appx. 106 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Frankfort Municipal Marina
  • Telephone: (231) 352-9051
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0800-2100
  • Latitude: 4437’53"N
  • Longitude: 8614’08"W 
  • Reservations: No
  • Rafting: Determined on an individual basis
  • Amenities: The marina is just two blocks from town. 

                              Restrooms, fuel, showers, many restaurants 

                              and stores available.

  • Depth: East end  less than 6 feet.  No problem at 

                              channel entrance.  No slips greater than 8 feet.

Jacobson’s Marina and Resort
  • Telephone: (231) 352-9131
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 24 hour operation during MAC return week
  • Latitude: 4437’53"N
  • Longitude: 8614’08"W 
  • Reservations: Yes – call ahead.  
  • Rafting: Yes – call ahead
  • Amenities: Restrooms, fuel, and showers. Many 

                              restaurants and stores, two blocks from town.  

                             There’s a deli at the marina.  Barbeques and 

                             meal/activities will be scheduled on a daily 

                             basis and are available during this week.  For 

                             more information, see  

                             www.jacobsonmarinaresort.com

  • Depth: 10-12 feet

ARCADIA (appx. 115 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Arcadia Veterans Memorial Marina
  • Telephone: (231) 889-9653
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0800-1700
  • Latitude: 4429’27"N
  • Longitude: 8614’21"W 
  • Reservations: Yes, via 1-800-44PARKS
  • Rafting: At discretion of harbor master
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, fuel.  Restaurant, 

                              convenience store, and ice cream shop located 

                              five blocks from harbor.

  • Depth: 10 feet maximum.

PORTAGE LAKE (appx. 123 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

NOTE: Water levels are insufficient for Race participants. We strongly recommend avoiding this harbor.

 

MANISTEE MUNICIPAL MARINA (appx. 130 nautical miles from Mackinac Island) 

  • Manistee Marina
  • Telephone: (231) 723-1552
  • VHF: 9,16
  • Hours: 0600-2200
  • Latitude: Channel 44o 15’ 08"N              Marina 44o 14’ 54"N
  • Longitude: Channel 86o 20' 58"W           Marina 86o 19' 37"W
  • Reservations: Yes – 800-447-2757 or www.michigan.gov/dnr
  • Rafting: Yes, at Harbor Master’s discretion
  • Amenities: Downtown Manistee on the Riverwalk.
    Transient slips to 60’, broadside to 100’ with power & water.
    Gas, diesel, ice & pump-out. Grilling and picnic areas, dog run.
    Certified State of Michigan Clean Marina. New Marina Building
    with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities, boaters lounge,
    TV, free WiFi, coffee bar & microwave. Walk to restaurants, shops,
    groceries, hardware, ice cream, library and museums.
    Taxi or Dial-a Ride to nearby ship’s store, Casino and additional
    shopping, restaurants, and emergency room (West Shore Hospital).
    Car rentals and Commercial flights at nearby Manistee Blacker Airport.
    For more information go to www.manisteemi.gov/marina
    Full service marinas with transient dockage & haul out facilities are nearby.
  • Depth: No depth issues, channel is dredged to 20ft. No bridges.
  • Note: Reservations are recommended.

 

SENG's MARINA

  • Telephone 231-723-9444
  • VHF 9,16
  • Hours: 0600-2200
  • Latitude: Channel 44o 15’ 08"N         Marina 44o 14’ 97"N
  • Longitude: Channel 86o 20’ 58"W      Marina 86o 18’ 62"W
  • Reservations: yes, 723-723-9444` or www.sengsmarina.com
  • Rafting: Yes, (if needed)
  • Amenities: 25 ton travel lift, fuel, pump-out, 2 marine techs on staff. Clean restrooms and showers, ice. Walking distance to restaurants & shops, bicycle rentals.
  • Depth: No depth issues, 30 ft. at marina.

 

LUDINGTON (appx. 150 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Ludington Municipal Marina
  • Telephone: (231) 843-9611 
  • VHF: 9,16
  • Hours: 0600-2200
  • Latitude: 4357’08"N
  • Longitude: 8627’20"W 
  • Reservations: Yes – call (231) 843-9611
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers.  Wide array of 

                              restaurants two blocks from town.  For more 

                              information, see   http://www.ludington.mi.us/departments/municipal_marina/index.html

 

PENTWATER (appx. 160 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)
Pentwater Channel Depth
 
Pentwater Yacht Club (www.pentwateryachtclub.com)
  • Telephone: (231) 869-8921
  • Rafting available
  • Transient slips available.
  • Friday, July 29: "Back from Mac" Party. Features $22 pp ticket for buffet (BBQ Chicken, sausage links, corn on the cob, sides and dessert) and party (w/"Mid Life Crisis" band). Buffet available 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Band 8 p.m.-midnight.  Cash bar all evening.
  • Saturday, July 26: Beginning approx. 6 a.m., complimentary coffee/juice/donut holes available for departing race crews.
 
Pentwater Municipal Marina (www.pentwatervillage.org > parks & rec)
  • Telephone: (231) 869-7028
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Latitude: 4336'37"N
  • Longitude: 8626'02"W
  • Reservations: Yes, via 1-800-44PARKS
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, nearby restaurants and shops
  • Note: Some limited space on first-come-first-serve basis
 
 
 

 

WHITELAKE/WHITEHALL(appx. 185 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Whitelake Municipal Marina
  • Telephone: (231) 894-9689
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0800-2000 
  • Latitude: 4322’05"N
  • Longitude: 8625’08"W 
  • Reservations: Yes, via 1-800-44PARKS, "Float ins" also 

                              welcome.

  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers.  Restaurants walking 

                              distance.

  • Depth: 7 feet limit

 

MUSKEGON (appx. 195 nautical miles from Mackinac Island) 

  • Muskegan Harbortown Marina
  • Telephone: (231) 755-2218
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0800-1600
  • Latitude: 4336’37"N
  • Longitude: 8626’02"W 
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, fuel, pump-out, 

                              picnicking.  Restaurants walking distance.

  • Depth: Right at mouth of entrance between 10-11 

                              feet.  Please stay dead center at mouth.   

                              Depth of 11 feet in main channel of marina 

                              basin.

GRAND HAVEN (appx. 205 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Grand Haven Municipal Marina
  • Telephone: (616) 847-3478
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0800-2000
  • Latitude: 4303’58"N
  • Longitude: 8615’26"W 
  • Reservations: Strongly Recommended
  • Rafting: No, but tie-up on wall is permitted without 

                              permission.

  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers.  Restaurants and shops 

                              nearby

  • Note: Coast Guard Week starts July 30th, so be sure 

                              to call ahead for reservations.  Space will be 

                              limited.

  • Depth: 10 feet maximum.

 

 

HOLLAND (appx. 225 nautical miles from Mackinac Island) 

 

  • Eldean’s Shipyard
  • Telephone: (616) 335-5843, or (616)-786-2205
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0800-1700-Ship Store, Sunday 0900-1700, 

                              Fuel 0900-2100

  • Latitude: 4246’04"
  • Longitude: 8613’00"
  • Reservations: Call ahead
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, ship’s store, restaurant, 

                              pool, hot tub and laundry facilities.  Taxi and  

                              car rentals available.  Clubhouse open 0800-

                              2100.  Pool only open from 1000-1100.

  • Depth: No depth issues.

 

 

 

WEST SHORE

  

MENOMINEE (appx. 135 nautical miles from Mackinac Island) 

  • Menominee Municipal Marina
  • Telephone: (906) 863-8498
  • VHF: 9, 16.  Working channel is 71.
  • Hours: 0700-2000
  • Latitude: 4506’21"N
  • Longitude: 8735’58"W 
  • Reservations: Yes, but limited to maximum length of 35 

                              feet.

  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Transient Dockage, 

                              Fuel, pump-out, Restaurants.

  • NOTE: 100 Miler will be run out of 

                              Menonimee on July 25.

 

STURGEON BAY (appx. 135 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Sturgeon Bay Municipal Marina
  • Telephone: (920) 743-3311
  • VHF: 9, 16
  • Hours: 0800-1630 Weekdays, 0800-1200 Saturday, 

                              Closed Sunday

  • Latitude: 4453’06"N
  • Longitude: 8724’08"W 
  • Reservations: Strongly Recommended
  • Rafting: Yes
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, fuel.  Restaurants 

                              walking distance, Close to Sturgeon Bay 

                              Yacht Club.  WiFi

  • Depth: No issues.

 

ALGOMA (appx. 140 nautical miles from Mackinac Island) 

  • Algoma  Marina (Pier 42 Marina)
  • Telephone: (920) 487-2232
  • VHF: 16
  • Hours: 0400-2000
  • Latitude: 4436’17.1"N
  • Longitude: 8725’29.6"W 
  • Reservations: No.  But 400 feet of dockage
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restrooms, gas, pumpout, showers, laundry, snacks
  • Note:  Week of July 24th – August 1st is Door 

                              County Fishing Tournament and therefore 

                              space will be limited.

  • Depth: Within harbor, limited to 3 to 5 feet.  But on 

                               river wall limited to 8 feet.

 

KEWAUNEE (appx. 150 nautical miles from Mackinac Island) 

  • Salmon Marina
  • Telephone: (920) 388-2120
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0800-1800
  • Latitude: 4427’915"N
  • Longitude: 8729’977"W 
  • Reservations: No
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, gasoline, pumpout, 

                              laundry.

 

TWO RIVERS (appx. 162 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Two Rivers  – Seagull Marina
  • Telephone: (920) 794-7533
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 0500-1900
  • Latitude: 4408’05"N
  • Longitude: 8733’06"W 
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Unattended docks across the way – sailboats tie up for free
  • Depth: 12 feet maximum.

 

MANITOWOC (appx. 165 nautical miles from Mackinac Island 

  • Manitowoc Municipal Marina
  • Telephone: (920) 682-5117
  • VHF: 9, 16
  • Hours: 0800-1900 Sunday-Thursday, 0800-2100 Friday and               

                                                Saturday

  • Latitude: 4405’05"N
  • Longitude: 8738’06"W 
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities Restrooms, showers, fuel, pump-out, laundry, 

                              snacks, picnicking, Ship’s Store, full service 

                              capabilities.  

  • Depth: Depth in marina basin between 8 and 11 feet.  

                              Approach channel from inner harbor is 

                              approximately 14 feet.  Can service Santa     

                              Cruz 70s.

 

SHEBOYGAN (appx. 185 nautical miles from Mackinac Island) 

  • Sheboygan Harbor Center Marina
  • Telephone: (920) 458-6665
  • VHF: 9
  • Hours: 24 Hours
  • Latitude: 4345’0"N
  • Longitude: 8741’05"W 
  • Reservations: Preferred
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, pool, fuel, pump-out, 

                              power, mechanic on duty, restaurants.

  • Depth: No issues.

 

  • Sheboygan Yacht Club
  • Telephone: (920) 458-6601
  • VHF: Not Monitored
  • Hours: 1100-2100
  • Latitude: 4345’00"N
  • Longitude: 8741’05"W 
  • Reservations: No – slips 1st come, 1st serve
  • Rafting: No
  • Amenities Restrooms, restaurant.  Other restaurants 6 

                              blocks away.

  • Depth: GL70s may need to dock at Sheboygan 

                              Harbor Center Marina.

 

PORT WASHINGTON (appx. 205 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Port Washington Marina
  • Telephone: (262) 284-6606
  • VHF: 9, 16
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday, 0500-2100.  Friday – 

                              Sunday, 0400-2200

  • Latitude: 4323’01"N
  • Longitude: 8751’06"W 
  • Reservations: Strongly Recommended
  • Rafting: Yes
  • Amenities: Restrooms, showers, 1 block from town with 

                              stores and restaurants

  • Depth: No depth issues.

 

MILWAUKEE (appx. 225 nautical miles from Mackinac Island)

  • Milwaukee Yacht Club Marina
  • Telephone: (414) 271-4455
  • VHF: 71
  • Hours: 0830-2200
  • Latitude: 4301’06"N
  • Longitude: 8752’09"W 
  • Reservations: Strongly Recommended
  • Rafting: Yes, wall space also available
  • Amenities: Restrooms.  Yacht Club serves food until 

                              2100.

  • NOTE: Direct phone to Dockmaster: (414) 403-6921 

                              – website is www.milwaukeeyc.com

  • Depth:             Half of slips less than 8 feet.  Half less than 9 

                              feet. Depth at end of dock is 10 feet.

 

  • Milwaukee South Shore Yacht Club
  • Telephone: (414) 481-2331
  • VHF: 9, 16
  • Hours: 0800 until bar close (approximately 2400)
  • Latitude: 4300’00"N
  • Longitude: 8753’0"W 
  • Reservations: Strongly recommended, 1st come-1st serve
  • Rafting: Yes
  • Amenities: Restrooms, fuel.  Yacht Club serves food 

                               until 2100.

  • NOTE: Bar open until 0200 on weekends 
  • Depth: No depth issues.
 
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