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Wintrust: Presenting Sponsor of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

July 12, 2019 08:00 AM

As part of an ongoing partnership with the Chicago Yacht Club, Wintrust returns as presenting sponsor of the globally-recognized offshore race, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac®.

The 111th edition of the Race known as America’s Offshore Challenge™ brings together 270 boats and 2,300 sailors from around the world to compete in the 333-mile course up Lake Michigan. This year’s Race begins Friday, July 12, for the Cruising Division, and Saturday, July 13, for the Racing Divisions.

Wintrust has been CYCRTM’s presenting sponsor for the past five years and plays a key role in many of the Race’s major events including the kick-off Warning Gun Party in Chicago and the Sailors’ Celebration on Mackinac Island.

"Not only has Wintrust played a significant role in our Race to Mackinac that is recognized throughout the world, but Wintrust has been our partner in a number of our major community outreach initiatives here in Chicago," said Lou Sandoval, Chicago Yacht Club Commodore.

"As Chicago’s Bank, we are proud and honored to be part of the Race to Mackinac that has been a century-old tradition of our city," said Ed Wehmer, CEO and Founder of Wintrust.


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


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 and Predicted-Log events, 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 nearly 1500 members, including winning America’s Cup skippers, Olympic medalists and hopefuls, and outstanding boaters of all types, from ages 4 to 104. The Club offers an array of spectacular off-the-water amenities, including fine dining, full-service catering and 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 over $32 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries, with over 170 banking locations located in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas. Additionally, Wintrust operates various non-bank business units including business units which provide commercial and life insurance premium financing in the United States, a premium finance company operating in Canada, a company providing short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added out-sourced administrative services to the temporary staffing services industry, a business unit engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market throughout the United States, and companies providing wealth management services and qualified intermediary services for tax-deferred exchanges.




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