2019 Delivered a Tricky, Tactical Race That Challenged Teams From Start to Finish
Mackinac Island, Mich., July 16, 2019 -- A successful 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac (CYCRTM) presented by Wintrust is in the books as the final competitors made their way to the finish line early Tuesday morning. Of the 266 boats that began either Friday (Cruising) or Saturday (Racing) in Chicago, a resounding 265 finished and marked one of the highest completion rates in recent years.
While the wind conditions favored the lighter side of the spectrum, it delivered a tricky, tactical race that tested crews for this year’s America’s Offshore Challenge. Those teams that played the delicate balance of hugging the Wisconsin shoreline and then venturing into the middle of Lake Michigan found it paid huge dividends. The move required nerves of steel, in particular for the veteran teams that are used to jumping over to the Michigan shoreline early in the Race.
This is Doug DeVos’s 39th CYCRTM, and it’s one of only four or five times he spent significant time in the middle of the lake and sailed on the west side of the Manitou Islands. He and the Windquest TP52 team earned the Royono Trophy this year as the first monohull to finish CYCRTM.
"This definitely was a race when finding the right spot was very good and finding the wrong spot was very bad, so it was a very tricky race in that regard," he said.
Metro Detroit’s Jim Weyland, owner of the One Design 35T Chico 2, had a fantastic adventure for his fifth CYCRTM. "Our crew spent a lot of time looking at the forecast and predictions, and all signs pointed toward going up the Wisconsin shoreline," he said. "We knew it was a risk but felt at least 50 percent certain."
The team’s risk-reward strategy paid off. Chico 2, not only won Section 4, it also won the large boat Racing Division for the Chicago Mackinac Trophy.
In the Mackinac Cup Trophy, Rob Evans, the 29-year-old owner and skipper of the J/109 Goat Rodeo, sails with members of Clemson University’s Sailing Team. They have won the J/109 section the past two years, and not only finished first in 2019 but finished on top of the "small boat" Division on corrected time. Check out their story HERE.
Earth Voyager, a Formula 60 trimaran co-skippered by Ryan and Todd Howe from Rochester Yacht Club, NY, won the Martin D. Rieck Trophy as first multihull to finish. They were also the first racing boat overall to cross the line early Sunday morning.
Caliente, a Kris White 44 owned by Michael Steck from Winfield, III., earned the Manitou Passage Trophy for overall Multihull corrected time winner.
In the Cruising Division, Peter Thornton’s classic 104’ ketch Whitehawk, came steaming in Sunday afternoon as the first cruising boat to finish for the Ile Aux Galets Cup.
First overall in the Cruising Division, Ryan Johnson and his Perico team in Cruising 2 won the Vanena Cup on corrected time.
New for 2019 is the Point Betsie Trophy for the team challenge. Three boats, one from each Division, join forces and the lowest cumulative team score wins. The 2019 inaugural winning team is "Red, White and Blue," comprised up of Chicago Yacht Club member boats Eagle (Chicago Mackinac Trophy), Intangible (Cruising), and Providence (Mackinac Cup).
"It’s been an honor to serve as Chairman of the Chicago Mac for the past two years," said Sarah Renz, chair of Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. "As sailors, we’ve been challenged with a broad spectrum of conditions to test our talents. As a part of the organizational team, I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make our race ‘America’s Offshore Challenge’."
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Thanks to our Sponsors
The 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust would not be possible without the support of its generous sponsors: Wintrust, Champagne Taittinger, Mount Gay Rum, Gill, Pentastar Aviation, Team One Newport, Barton & Gray Mariners Club, The Moorings, NAUTIC-ON, Heineken, Grand Hotel, YETI, West Marine, Harken, Marlow Ropes, Mission Point, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry and US Sailing.
About the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac®: "America’s Offshore Challenge™
The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® presented by Wintrust is one of the world’s largest annual offshore races, drawing top-notch sailing talent from around America and the world. Known as ‘The Mac’ to everyone in the region, the ultimate test of Great Lakes navigation starts each July just off Chicago’s Navy Pier. Passing through some of the most beautiful coastal waters in the world on the 333-statute mile (289nm) race route, the fleet faces the storms, reefs, calms and competition that truly make it "America’s Offshore Challenge."
From Friday’s Cruising and Saturday’s Racing starting cannons to the finish line just on the other side of the iconic Mackinac Bridge, fans can follow every racer via the live Race Tracker, while keeping tabs on their favorites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition to title partner Wintrust, race sponsors include Harken and Nautic-on. Learn more at cycracetomackinac.com.
About Chicago Yacht Club
Founded in 1875, the Chicago Yacht Club is one of the oldest and most respected yacht clubs in the world. Its mission is to encourage, promote, and develop knowledge, participation, and enjoyment of all aspects of yachting. To that end, the Club hosts many world-class competitions, including its signature Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and numerous North American and World Championships. The Club is also recognized as a leader in sailing education, with one of the largest junior sailing programs in the United States. The Club is home to more than 1400 members, including a winning America’s Cup skipper, Olympic medalists and hopefuls, and outstanding boaters of all types, from ages 4 to 104. The Club offers year-round activities for its diverse membership at two locations on the city’s shoreline, at Monroe and Belmont Harbors. Learn more at chicagoyachtclub.org.
Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $28 billion focused on providing service- based community banking to each and every customer through fifteen community banking subsidiaries and over 150 banking locations in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market area.