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Results: 240 Article(s) Found.
Jul 23, 2018 06:40 PM
Nearly seven years ago, Peter Thornton brought one of the most powerful racing machines to the Great Lakes. She’s the sinister-looking Il Mostro, an all carbon-fiber veteran of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, and she’s designed for the kind of boisterous ocean-racing conditions faced by the fleets in the 110th running of America’s Offshore Challenge™.
Jul 22, 2018 06:10 PM
In our efforts to continue to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of the race, here is an aggregated set of tweets from those racing equipped with "Tweeting Trackers". Please keep in mind while reading that while some have responded to the sad news yesterday, the majority of competitors have not heard the news of the incident onboard "Imedi" yet when composing these messages. Check back soon for more updates!
Jul 22, 2018 04:05 PM
The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac fleet began its 110th annual 333-statute mile trek up Lake Michigan Saturday afternoon, fighting against the predicted strong northerly winds and steep, 6-8 foot waves that presented significant challenges for the 288 boats that officially began the race.
Jul 22, 2018 02:48 AM
After nearly seven hours of active search efforts, the US Coast Guard has suspended the search to locating the missing sailor aboard Imedi, a Transpac 52 competing in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. The sailor has been identified as Jon Santarelli, a 53-year-old from Lincoln Park (Chicago).
At approximately 3:00pm Saturday, the US Coast Guard (USCG) alerted the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Race Committee of a man overboard alert from Imedi, a Transpac 52 competing in the Turbo Section. USCG, Chicago Police Department, and Chicago Fire Department have deployed helicopters and other assets to assist in the search. Several nearby competitors suspended racing to also assist.
If the Cruising Division’s start is any indication of what’s to come, the 2500 sailors competing in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® (CYCRTM) presented by Wintrust are in for a heck of a ride. A series of squalls rolled through the three sections during their 3pm start, causing knockdowns and ripped spinnakers underneath an impressive shelf cloud.
With less than 3 hours until the start of the Cruising Division for the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust, conditions look to launch the fleet north today only to run straight into a low-pressure system in the next 24 hours that will throw variable wind conditions at the teams as they try to navigate a particularly extremely tricky race to Mackinac Island.
Known as “America’s Offshore Challenge™,” the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® (CYCRTM) presented by Wintrust is shaping up to be all of that and more for its 110th year. With potentially fierce northerly conditions forecast, race organizers are emphasizing preparation and safety for the 306 registered competitors.
Jul 19, 2018 11:54 PM
As the start of the 110th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust draws closer, there’s no doubt there is growing attention amongst competitors turning towards the strong, upwind conditions forecast to define the race. As the teams begin to check their up range headsails and storm sails, we caught up with race meteorologist, Chris Bedford, to get his thoughts on the forecast ahead of the skipper’s briefings tomorrow.
Jul 18, 2018 09:27 PM
West Marine, the world’s premier retailer of boating, fishing, sailing and paddling gear, proudly announced today their corporate sponsorship of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® presented by Wintrust, which celebrates its 110-year anniversary this year. In this elite sailing event, participants race 333 statute miles (289nm) from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Mich.
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