The sailing yacht Yare has racked up 11 first-place finishes in the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race — an amazing feat that's perhaps more surprising because Yare isn't a new, high-tech design.
Yare is a wooden boat, built of Honduran mahogany in 1963, an era when fiberglass was emerging as the future of the boating industry.
Yare and another wooden beauty, Albacore, are pounding up Lake Huron, racing head-to-head with their fiberglass competition in the Bayview Mackinac race.
John Tipp of Troy bought Yare in 1972, when he could have bought one made of fiberglass just as easily.
"It was the most beautiful boat I'd ever seen," Tipp said. "There just aren't enough of them around anymore."