The Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac (aka 'The Mac') is unquestionably the world's preeminent freshwater distance race. Boats travel from near and far (this year's globe-trotting award goes to Beau Geste, a well-campaigned Farr 80 hailing from Hong Kong) for this storied race, which just completed its 102nd running.
With a dramatic starting line off of downtown Chicago, its Gothic-inspired architecture and soaring skyline providing the backdrop, to the race's decidedly bucolic finish at lovely Mackinac Island, a place where cars are banned and horses still define the acronym 'HP', The Mac is full-on sailing for its 333 miles.
2010 Chicago Mackinac start line Scott Diamond Layline Photography
This year proved to be no exception, except perhaps with the variety of wind angles and speeds. Boats and crews were tested, from light-air reaching to upwind work to heavy-air running. 'These conditions rewarded well-rounded boats that were well-sailed,' reports Ron White, the race's Chief Measurer and crewmember aboard the multihull Nice Pair. 'The physical conditions were also spectacular. We saw a full moonrise with a simultaneous sunset in the Manitous.'
Meanwhile, at the RC44 Valencia Cup, Artemis, skippered by Terry Hutchinson, was last night topping the leader board, emerging unscathed after seven of fourteen flights. 'This was one of the windiest days we've had match racing, but they're spectacular boats. They come alive downwind,' said Hutchinson.
Match racing continues before the event switches gears to fleet racing, which continues over the weekend. AC talent in this hyper-competitive match-racing class includes Russell Coutts, James Spithill, Paul Cayard and Rod Davis; interestingly both of BMW/Oracle's chessmasters are competing, perhaps as a harbinger of the next type of Cup boat, or perhaps just to keep their skills sharp...
And for speed-sailing freaks, Long Shot, Russell Lon's custom Ketterman-built trifoiler, which famously blew apart in 1993, is back in action after a lengthy hiatus. Rumor has it that Lon is now interested in trying to best l'Hydroptere's 500-meter speed record. Be sure to check out Erik Simonson's images of this high-strung craft.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
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102nd Chicago Mac – A race that gave you everything Chicago Yacht Club, 102nd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot. Any sailor you ask about the conditions of the race will tell you they got a bit of everything. The fleet started on a reach in the Chicago Mac, which began Saturday, July 24th in nice winds following the storm system that passed through the city. The game changed to sailing upwind, in heavy air into early Sunday.... [more] Share this story
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RC44 Valencia Cup - Artemis unscathed Bernard Schopfer, RC44 Valencia Cup - Small jibs and loose boom vangs were the order of the day as the Cup got underway here in a pumping sea breeze that topped out at 20 knots.... [more] Share this story
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South Africa to play host to ISAF Level 2 Technical Course for Coaches Dan Jaspers/ISAF, ISAF is pleased to announce that the South African MNA has just received confirmation that an Olympic Solidarity funded Level 2 Technical Course for Coaches has been approved and can now take place from 24 - 29 August 2010.... [more] Share this story
ABYC Multihull Regatta - Make way for multihulls Rich Roberts, ABYC Multihull Regatta update: Multihull sailboats may be at least temporarily extinct as an Olympic class and currently an endangered species in the America's Cup, but some determined advocates are pressing on in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's annual Multihull Regatta this weekend.... [more] Share this story
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Snipe Nationals deadline for registration discount Gavin O'Hare, Snipe Nationals deadline for registration discount is July 30. the event will be held in Annapolis from August 14 to August 20. The one design racing dinghy fleet with the official motto of Serious Sailing, Serious Fun® will be hosted by the Severn Sailing Association in Eastport.... [more] Share this story
Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Governor's Cup - Final Day FMJ Racing, Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Governor's Cup, sailed from the Balboa YC, in Los Angeles: The finals day dawned with little signs of wind, but after a short delay and an extra long tow up the coast the race committee eventually found some breeze to get the racing underway in 2 - 5kts. In our first race of the day Matty came out firing in the pre-start of this must w... [more] Share this story
dos Reis wins Course Racing, McGain Overall winner at US Windsurfing David Wells, Brazilian Paolo dos Reis Wins Formula Course Racing & Aussie Phil McGain Takes Overall At US Windsurfing National Championships and Formula North American Championships this past July 20-24 in San Francisco.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Musto Optimist British National and Open Championships day 1 Optimist British Nationals, 2010 Volvo Musto Optimist British National and Open Championships got off to a near perfect start. The day began with lots of sunshine and wind speeds of around 10 knots which meant all fleets managed to begin their races on time, and complete the scheduled three races each. 497 sailors from the 16 different countries taking part in the event.... [more] Share this story
Longshot rides again! Erik Simonson, In 1993, at Bodega Bay, Russell Lon took his last ride on Longshot, his custom Ketterman built trifoiler, which had just been outfitted with new foil wings. She bolted out of the gate a blasted up to near 50 knots when the back stay parted and she 'blew up' scattering pieces about the harbor.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Mackinac 2010 - Mac Monday winds down and so does the wind Christie Denson, Monday evening of the 102nd running of the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, has hit a lull. Although today was a busy day finishing the first 113 boats, 229 are still racing.... [more] Share this story
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PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 – Day Three Vivienne Masters, PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 - The third day of fast and furious racing off Sotavento's white sands belonged to Dunkerbeck, but the week is still Albeau's.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Season Championship resumes tomorrow off Valencia Bernard Schopfer, RC 44 2010 Season Championship features 11 crews ready to battle in match and fleet race disciplines, and resumes here tomorrow on the Mediterranean Sea.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour - Qingdao - China's Sailing City Valencia Sailing & WMRT, Qingdao has gone from virtually unheard of outside China to a venue synonymous with world class sailing events. China's 'Sailing City' grabbed the international spotlight with the organization of the highly successful 2008 Olympic Games but sailing will be the spirit and legacy of Qingdao.... [more] Share this story
Chicago - Mackinac 2010: a little bit of news Sail-World.com, 102nd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac,presented by Veuve Clicquot. Line honours leaders Karl Kwok's Beau Geste the Farr 80 from Hong Kong beat Dick and Doug DeVos' Z86 Windquest by 36 minutes, the two boats finishing last night at 21:43 and 22:19 respectively.... [more] Share this story
Santana 20 Class Championships – Winners announced Santana 20 Class, Santana 20 Class Championships has been won by Team Disaster Area, skippered by Bruce Golison (Long Beach, CA) and crewed by Andrew Kerr (Olympia, WA) and Willem van Waay (San Diego, CA).... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup - Reggini conquers all Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup - Despite an early 9:30 start, only one race would be possible on the final day of the inaugural Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup. With the overall victory in the balance, and tight grouping among numerous boats further down the standings, it would be an exciting one.... [more] Share this story
US Optimist National Championships Event summary Lina Scott, Fishing Bay Yacht Club has been the host yacht club for the 315 sailors, their coaches, and their families. The championship regatta included Team Race Nationals, Girls Nationals, and Open Fleet Nationals.... [more] Share this story
Cal 25 Regional Championship at Long Beach Yacht Club Rick Roberts, Art Melendres' One Time team is a family affair with four out of the six crew members related. Art, son Scott, daughter Monica Oviedo and nephew Chris Lopez. The team is rounded out with longtime friend Pat Graham and the newest member James Yano.... [more] Share this story
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Laser Radial Youth World Champion is USSDT's Erika Reineke Marni Lane, US Sailing Development Team member Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) continued her successful sailing streak this month by becoming the 2010 Laser Radial Youth World Champion today.... [more] Share this story
Governor's Cup win to defending Champions from New Zealand Nancy Mellon, For the final day of one of the best Governor's Cups ever, it was another cool, overcast day with light, erratic breeze. In the semi-finals, the first team with two wins moved on to the Finals. The final races between last year's defending champion team from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron of William Tiller, Harry Thurston and Shaun Mason, and the almost unbeaten team of Chris Segerblom, Connor... [more] Share this story
PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Albeau dominates day two PWA/Paul Griffiths, Albeau annihilates the world's fastest fleet in Fuerteventura with an awesome display of skill, determination, and absolute domination, to claim a perfect score.... [more] Share this story
International Laser sailors competing in Oz -PSA Summer Transport Deal Trevor Griffiths, With a well established Laser racing circuit and in the lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth with upcoming test events, the Australian Laser builder Performance SailCraft Australasia freight offer will make the the appeal of trip down under even greater.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup - Team Artemis digs in for impressive win Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Team Artemis skipper Paul Cayard reflects on the final day of racing at the Audi MedCup. Sander van der Borch provides the great images: 'The breeze was late to fill so we knew it would be just one race. We knew it was a 'who beats who' with Emirates Team New Zealand, as they were just one point behind us. It was for all the marbles.'... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World, Day 6 - Champions crowned Sue Pelling, Laser Radial World Youth Championship - After a highly charged day's racing on the Clyde in some of the trickiest conditions of the week, Giovanni Coccoluto (ITL) and Erika Reineke (USA) have been crowned the new Laser Radial World Youth Champions.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup television trials conclude with bang Tim Jeffery, A strong sea breeze on the final day of the America's Cup television trials concluded what has widely been regarded as a highly successful evaluation. Over the past four days two high-performance monohulls and multihulls have been loaded with a plethora of cameras and microphones and put through match racing maneuvers to help find new camera angles and test surround sound format.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: superb sailing performance determines Barcelona winner Audi MedCup Media, Artemis led the TP52 section of the regatta, by a single point, going into the one and only race of the final day. Soon after the start of the race, the odds looked suddenly to be stacked against an Artemis regatta win when they picked the wrong side of the first beat and rounded the top mark in eighth place, with their main rivals Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) in second.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Yacht Club's 102nd Race to Mackinac - great start to running Chicago Yacht Club, Chicago Yacht Club's 102nd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, got off to a start of smooth sailing Saturday July 24, 2010. Storms in the Chicago area, made way from prime conditions at start line with winds of up to 20 knots out of the southwest - west, making for a nice spinnaker start for many boats.... [more] Share this story
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