Message from Race Organizers:
Race Tracking is an important part of the Race to Mackinac experience and we appreciate all of you who are following the Race as dedicated fans. Chicago Yacht Club and the Race to Mackinac Committee recognize that many of you are frustrated and we’ve been actively working with Ion Earth to make improvements to the system and debug the issues that have been reported. Even though your Race Chair Greg Freeman is racing around Gray’s Reef as I write this, he is aware of the feedback we have been getting from many of you who are having problems. He has asked me to convey that when he arrives on the Island we plan to have a full debrief and evaluation of the issues so they can be addressed. We appreciate your patience as we work to correct the problems and encourage you to keep tracking the boats and following our race updates, photos and video at Facebook, Twitter and Torresen Marine’s site chicagomackinac.com. If you have further questions or comments, please contact me and I will forward your comments to the Mackinac Committee.
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Trying to explain where the fleet is, even with tracking, is an awful lot like hitting a moving target.
(Unless you were parked this morning between the bridge and the finish line……ouch)
At the island as of this writing -
Turbos – Beau Geste, Windquest, Runaway, Natalie J, Vincitore, Equation & Merlin
Section 1 – Talisman
Cruisers – DogDayz, Intangible, Tomorrow’s Sunshine, Jug Band & Mirage
Between the Bridge & the finish line -
Turbo – Defiance, Section 1 – Bretwalda, GL70 – Thirsty Tiger
Cruisers – Serenity, Mise En Place, Final Diversion
Still on the course – Mackinac Cup Divisions
Turbos – at or passed the bridge
GL70′s all past Gray’s Reef
Section 1 – A few at the bridge – the bulk of the division at Gray’s reef
Section 2 – A few have turned the corner – most intertwined with Section 1 just past Gray’s reef
Sportboat – Spread out between Gray’s and the Manitous – with the leader, Peerless, located approx 2.5NM south of Gray’s reef.
Section 3 – All spread out, similar to the Sportboat Section, with the exception of three boats showing as having passed Gray’s Reef – Scout, Eagles Wings & Flying Jenny VI.
Section 4 – Mostly through the Manitous – Copernicus and Eagle have launched ahead of the pack and are shown passing Grays.
Section 5 – Between Little Traverse & Grand Traverse Bay
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Evolution – 0800 Monday – Finally moving toward Gray’s reaching with an A sail. God willing we might finish yet today
Evolution – 0845 – Rounding Gray’s Reef with most of class two, alongside Main Street. Not our best race. Bassed her by Can 3.
Main Street off Evolution's hip
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.
Click here to go to the complete 2008 Sailing Magazine article
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At Windermere point this a.m. Natalie J. just finished! Also coming under the bridge are Equation, Vincitore, and Talisman. Jugband and Mirage called in at the bridge at Midnight, but have since been stuck in a hole with sails luffing. Check out our Facebook page for photos of the Natalie J finish and the others as they make their way toward the finish line.
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Evolution – 2200 Saturday – Sailed back inside and ran right into Stripes. Net gain of outside gamble- zero.
Evolution – 0500 Monday – Woke up to find ourselves in the middle of class 2. Not a good morning.
Evolution – 0755 Monday -
Harken’s Mark Wiss and SAILING Magazine’s Greta Schanen enjoy the western view of North Manitou.
Runaway finished at 0449 Sunday morning.
Things are a bit reflective as they come into the harbor to join the big guns.
0430 Race Time, Monday, July 26th.
The water at the Straits of Mackinaw is glass. There is an occasional dark spot indicating a touch of breeze, but they are few and far between. This is evidenced by the Turbo Runaway being perched near the finish line and currently moving at under one knot. As many experienced Mac racers say, there is a parking lot that can appear between the bridge and the finish line. It is there right now.
Beau Geste & Windquest finished over the night at 21:43 & 22:19 respectively. Beau Geste received line honors, now it is just a waiting game. Runaway is in limbo, nearly caught up to the big boats, but with the rest of the Turbo pack closing in on her heels. Equation and Natalie J have passed under the bridge with Vincitore not far behind.
Hope to hear from the fleet soon for more Race Course updates.
Crossing the finish line at 21:42:10, Beau Geste, the Farr 80 owned by Karl Kwok of Hong Kong had no problem making last call on the Island.
DogDayz skippered by Dan VandenBossche was first to cross the line in the Chicago Yacht Club’s 102nd running on the Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot. DogDayz, a Tartan 4100 TM CB, was part of the cruising division and finished a little after 7pm eastern time.