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Notice of Race and Chicago Mackinac Safety Regulations for 2019 Released

February 1, 2019 11:56 AM

The Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac Committee today released the Notice of Race (NOR) for the 2019 edition of The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust. Released simultaneously were the Chicago Mackinac Safety Regulations (CMSRs) for both Monohull and Multihull competitors. Both documents are available on the Race’s website, Over 300 invitations to returning competitors are being sent shortly, and those interested in applying for an invitation to America’s Offshore Challenge should begin the Request for Invitation (RFI) process this month.

"There has been very little down time this year for CYC and the Mac Committee, ensuring that the Chicago Yacht Club is doing its best to prepare offshore sailors for the Mac Race start on July 12th and 13th through hands-on safety clinics, seminars, and via coordination with Chicago Area Sail Racing Association (CASRA), US Sailing, industry leaders, and World Sailing," said 2019 Race Chair Sarah Renz. With the release of US Sailing’s on-line Safety at Sea courses, all boaters are empowered to educate themselves from their homes then participate in Safety at Sea Hands on Training (HOT) seminars available in spring and summer across the country.

New for the 111th CYC Race to Mackinac is the requirement for at least 50% of all crew have current safety at sea training. In addition, 100% of minors who participate in the race must hold a current safety at sea training course certificate. "The Mac is a serious race with trying conditions. I’ve participated in both training seminars this winter and look forward to a warmer Chicago for our team to practice in variable weather to be sufficiently prepared for this July," said Renz, who started her 17th Mac Race last July and also served as Chairman for the 333-mile fresh water race in 2018.

Competitors are urged to carefully read the NOR and new requirements in the CSMRs and ensure their vessels and crews comply. The CMSRs provide safety equipment requirements, recommendations and safety resources for boats competing in the race. All new boats competing in the race are inspected prior to the start, and then boats are selected at random at the finish line for inspection to confirm compliance. More race information may be found at


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 globe.  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


About Wintrust

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.






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