2008-07-26 / Top News

Yacht Racers Depart Island for Manitoulin

After serving as the finish line for the Bayview Yacht Club's Mackinac Race and the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac, the tables are turned for the fifth annual Mackinac-to-Manitoulin race, as Mackinac Island serves as the starting line, instead.

The two-leg trek takes boaters from one island to another as they race approximately 125 nautical miles from Mackinac Island to Manitoulin Island in Ontario.

The race is hosted by the Little Current Yacht Club, which opened in 2003. One of the goals of the club is to promote the sport of yachting in the North Channel, where the Mackinac-to-Manitoulin race takes place

"The Little Current Yacht Club basically started because we wanted to start this race," said race official Dave Naples. "We try to make the race fun and family oriented."

Sailors departed the Island Thursday, July 24, for Gore Bay, which marks the end of the first leg of the race.

Racers spend the night at Gore Bay before departing for the second leg of the race, which takes them from Gore Bay to the overall finish line at Little Current.

Boaters have the option of racing one or both legs of the race. Of the 23 registered boats, 13 will race both legs.

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