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Marlow Ropes Joins 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Race Family As Official Rope Supplier to #AmericasOffshoreChallenge

July 8, 2019 01:59 PM


CHICAGO, July 8th, 2019 -- Marlow Ropes is pleased to announce that the UK- & US-based cordage manufacturer is the Official Rope Supplier for the 2019 edition of Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac™ (CYCRTM), presented by Wintrust. Kicking off on July 12 and 13, 2019, 270 cruising and racing boats will begin the 111th edition of America's Offshore Challenge™ against the magnificent Chicago skyline, and finish 333 statute miles (289nm) at historic Mackinac Island.


In honor of the 111th edition of the Race, Marlow will award a Marlow rigging package to the 111th boat under 37’ that finishes.


"The Mac Race is truly the embodiment of how Marlow Ropes views the sailing culture on the Great Lakes," said Sam Vineyard, Marlow’s US Yachting Sales Manager. "It’s diverse, highly competitive, and steeped in tradition, and like the Hobart, Fastnet, and Bermuda Race, the Mac goes on the short list of the world’s great races that are permanently intertwined with the culture of their geography. We are thrilled to be a part of it."


CYCRTM Chair Sarah Renz said Marlow is a perfect fit for ‘America’s Offshore Challenge’.  "Lake Michigan's ever-changing conditions provide a great test not only for our sailors but also their equipment," said Renz. "Marlow Ropes is a great partner for Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac and its competitors"  


Much of Marlow’s strength comes from experience gained in rigging boats for more than a century, including partnerships with some of the world’s most competitive teams and sailing nations. Collaborating with leading Olympic teams like the US Sailing Team, British Sailing Teams as well as Ineos Team GB and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race leads to the development of innovative products like D2 Racing, a high performance Dyneema fiber upgrade that’s accessible to every type of sailor from top racers to ‘everyman’ cruiser racers.   


For advice on upgrading and getting the most from your Marlow lines, visit your local CYCRTM-based stockist or riggers at Chicago Yacht Rigging, Chicago Marine Rigging, Datum Marine, or Crowley’s Yacht Yard, UK Sailmakers and Doyle Sailmakers.




To find out how Marlow’s Grand Prix Series can make your distance racing faster, safer and more fun, call your local rigger or chandlery or visit



About the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac(R): "America’s Offshore ChallengeTM"

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac(R) 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. Learn more at



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 


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