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Race to Mackinac: a sailing tradition continues

The 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac has reached 361 boats and entries are now closed, the hosting club announced in early July.

Since 1898, sailors have gathered in Chicago to begin the 333-mile sailing race to Mackinac Island, Mich. The Race to Mackinac is one of the oldest and most prestigious freshwater sailing races and attracts some of the best sailors in the world.

“The Mac,” as the race is affectionately known, will have around 3,400 sailors competing in this world class sporting event this year.

Prerace events will begin July 13; the cruising fleet will set sail at 3 p.m. July 15 and the racing fleets will start at 11:30 a.m. July 16.

The race starts in downtown Chicago, two miles east of Navy Pier, with smaller, slower boats going first The fleet will sail up Lake Michigan, continue just over four miles into Lake Huron, and finish between Round Island Lighthouse and Windermere Point off Mackinac Island, in Northern Michigan.

“The Race to Mackinac is always an adventure for our sailors, their families and their friends,” said Greg Freeman, the race chair. “We look forward to an exciting race and to a wonderful celebration on our arrival at Mackinac Island.”

Click here to learn more about the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.