2009-05-16 / Top News

'Super Mac' Sailing Race Will Feed Into Bayview Mackinac Event This Year

A 490-nautical mile sailing race called the "Super Mac" is scheduled for July. The start of the race will coincide with the sailing of the 101st Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Island July 18. The Super Mac, which will finish in Port Huron, will serve as a feeder race for the 85th sailing of the Bayview Mackinac Race that begins July 25, and ends on the Island.

The sailing race will be the world's longest and most challenging freshwater race in 2009, said Frank Kern, chairman of the Bayview Mackinac Race.

The Super Mac was last run in 2000, starting in Port Huron and ending in Chicago. This year, the Super Mac will reverse course. Sailors will begin in Chicago, sail up Lake Michigan, through the finish line of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, cross to the north of Bois Blanc Island, and continue through Lake Huron to Port Huron.

The event is sponsored by the Bayview Yacht Club and Chicago Yacht Club.

All entries must be officially entered and participate in Chicago Race to Mackinac to qualify for the Super Mac. Registration began Thursday, April 9.

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