Chicago Mackinac Race

The 108th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac had 121 boats race the Mackinac Cup Division and 121 boats race the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Divisions in their annual 289nm race from the Chicago waterfront north to Mackinac Island. The race was incredibly wet, wild, blustery and squally, with thousands of lightning bolts flickering across the sky. Winning the largest one-design class in this year’s Mac Race was Mark Gurney’s BUZZ in the J/105 Division. With 21 boats, it was going to be a tough road to the finish line as so many teams have won so many events over the course of time. So close was the racing that the first six boats all finished within a half hour of one another. Behind BUZZ by just seven minutes was Dave & Matt Pierce’s CAUGHT IN TRAFFIC, third was Carter Williams’ CREATIVE DESTRUCTION, fourth Sandy Curtiss’ ROCKING HORSE and fifth Ken Ganch’s GONZO. For more Chicago to Mackinac Race sailing information, visit

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