History of the Chicago Yacht Club

Race to Mackinac

 archive"It is not just a desire to win which impels yachtsmen to undergo the hardships of the long race, but it is something far greater — possibly the modern reflection of the ancient love of the art of seafaring, the rigorous discipline, the peerless craftsmanship, the full life that comes to the sailor and no other, and the opportunity to match skills with other men other ships."

There Will Always Be a Mackinac --D.F. Prather, 1925 


Chicago Yacht Club's most famous event is the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, which is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. Check out some historical information about this prestigious event, which is over a century old.

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