Record-setting Bayview Mac

Racing for the 93rd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race concluded when the last team of 191 to complete the race finished on Monday, July 24. The celebrations, however, continued through Tuesday for more than 5,000 sailors, their family members and friends gathered on the grounds of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel for a prize giving and party that included live music and the awarding of special trophies as well as Larry Bell’s announcement of a two-year extension of title sponsorship for Bell’s Brewery. After the start on Saturday, July 22, there were 123 teams competing on the 254-nautical-mile Cove Island course and 82 teams racing on the shorter 204 nm Shore Course. With rain and several storms to encounter, some boats retired, but for most, the race was extraordinarily fast. In Class D, the J/105 crews were tough, sweeping the top two spots and placing three of the top four in class. Winning was Mark DenUyl’s GOOD LOOKIN’ with crew of Brennan Churchill, Brock & Bryson DenUyl, Kevin Irland, John Anter and Ron Churchill. Taking second place was the Chicago to Mackinac Race winning crew Mark Symonds’ PTERODACTYL, with Robert Bailey, John Quinlan, Kevin Morin, Michael Morin, Thac Nguyen and Duane Rose. Fourth in class was the J/105 WIND SHADOW sailed by skipper Jim Murphy with crew of Daniel Burleson, Dan Gidcumb, Lauri Ellias, Mike Hendrie and Ruth Barrett. For more Bayview Mackinac Race information, visit http://www.bycmack.com/.

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