Full and By – July 2008
In each year’s race, when our boat passes Gray’s Reef lighthouse, several crewmembers toss handfuls of candy or other offerings overboard for former mates asleep in the deep. The ashes of many a Mackinac sailor have been spread on the water near this iconic mark of the course, suggesting the race meant so much to some sailors they couldn’t abide missing it, alive or otherwise.
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The exclusive club of veteran sailors celebrates 50 years of camaraderie
The Tuesday after the start of the Chicago-Mackinac race is traditionally a day for celebration on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. Sailors are reunited with their families, crews embark on activities on shore and the Pink Pony bar is rocking from early morning on.
But the most exclusive party on the island happens just across the street from the island marina on the porch of the Island House hotel. Here stories (some more true than others) are shared, and races of the past recalled.
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The year after the centennial anniversary race, the Chicago-Mackinac offers another chance at the record
Last year’s 100th running of the Chicago-Mackinac Race was the biggest ever. More than 430 boats crossed the starting line of the centennial anniversary of what is arguably the world’s most famous freshwater distance race. A giant post-race party on the lawn of the Grand Hotel, a fleet including some of the highest-tech boats in the world and a cast of happy sailors, were all part of the scene.
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More than 400 boats and crews will sail from Chicago in the 100th Race to Mackinac—no one can say what they’ll encounter, besides one of life’s great sailing experiences
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