111th Race to Mackinac sees 269 boats lining up in July
June 3, 2019 02:01 PM
With the June 1 entry deadline just behind us, 269 entrants have accepted #AmericasOffshoreChallenge and will race from the start line off Chicago’s iconic skyline to picturesque Mackinac Island, Michigan this July in the 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust.
Ranging from 27’ in length (Perrin Fortune & Ryan Farrell’s express 27 Air Force) to 105’ (Peter Thornton’s Whitehawk from Chicago Yacht Club), entrants come from as near as the many Chicago boats to as far as James Lidbury’s C&C110 Zen, from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Thirteen states and three countries are represented by the diverse fleet of returning veterans and newcomers who will continue the annual tradition begun in 1898 with a mere five boats.
Coming off of two years in a row of extraordinary challenges, with conditions as challenging as any in living memory, competitors are already deep in preparation for the Race, which starts in only 40 days. The Racing Divisions begin in staggered starts on July 13, 2019, with the 37-boat Cruising Division starting a day earlier on July 12.
New for 2019 will be the team race challenge for the Point Betsie Trophy, sponsored by the Storm Trysail Club. Intended to spur friendly competition, teams of three boats from different divisions team up to race against other teams. The 3-boat team with the combined best placement in Division will win the Point Betsie Trophy.
There is still time for teams to join forces and enter by the deadline of June 15. Competitors wishing to enter should download the form here.
"I’m excited about the fleet that is assembling to take on this bucket-list race," said Race Chair Sarah Renz, who will be racing on the Farr 40 Taipan. "We have a healthy fleet of one- design sections, representing Beneteau 36.7s, J105s, J109s, Level 35s, Tartan 10s, Beneteau 40.7s, and Farr 40s. Another strong one-design fleet of J111s is converging on Lake Michigan for the Race, who are preparing for their world championships in August at Chicago Yacht Club."
"Besides the one-design competition, we have many sections of boats racing under the ORR handicap," added Renz. "These boats racing handicap are the heart of our fleet, and I know many good stories will come out of the heated competition within those sections."