Back on track >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
When registration for the Chicago to Mackinac 2021 race opened in February, COVID clouds persisted, but now almost four months later, the Chicago Yacht Club is gearing up for full sun in July.
After canceling the 289nm race last summer due to the pandemic, the 112th edition was given the green light to begin July 16 for cruising yachts and July 17 for performance yachts, with over 240 participants planning the course from Chicago’s Navy Pier on Lake Michigan to Mackinac Island, MI on Lake Huron.
“The Chicago Yacht Club is really excited to be back on track with this incredible sailing tradition,” said race president Martin Sandoval. “The Race to Mackinac is fresh, exciting, challenging and very different every year.
“It’s a test of strength, endurance, strategy and willpower. At the same time, it’s just a scenic ocean race where you can actually see the towns along the shores… the bridges, the lighthouses… and then you end up at Mackinac Island, a magical destination that must be done. see to believe it. “
The largest boat entered to date is the historic 104-foot Whitehawk ketch owned by Peter Thornton (Burr Ridge, Illinois) (in the Cruising division). Of Thornton’s 19 crew members, nine share his last name.
“For many families, it is a rite of passage for their children and their children’s children to experience the race in Mackinac,” Sandoval added, noting that “Old Goats” (as they call them) have completed over 25 Chicago Mac.
At the other end of the spectrum, the two smallest boats in the fleet are 26 feet long, each sailing with just two people (in the two-handed division) and each having a Slovenian and an American on board.
Race details – Entry list