A critically important part of doing the Mac is doing it safely. We would like to provide these safety resources for our skippers and crew to enable them to better educate themselves about this critical aspect of our sport.

We strongly encourage all competitors to attend a US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar as well as other appropriate training for offshore racing. Find available courses through USSailing.

Additionally, all competitors should consider taking First Aid / CPR Courses, available through your local Red Cross.


Please check back here frequently as we add more safety resources.

    2018 Safety
  • NEW!  The CYC Mackinac Committee publishes a podcast series called Sailing Safetycast that benefits CYCRTM sailors and offshore racers worldwide. The Sailing Safetycast is published twice a month and is available at, through iTunes, and Google Play.  It brings together experienced racers to discuss big-picture safety items and practical tips, and is targeted to all skippers, race crews as well as the casual sailor.
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