Nitemare – 2031 Sunday – Heading for grays reef. Dying breeze with chute up.
Sin Duda - 2108 Sunday – Post sunset n manitou. Breeze is light. Nice temp. Slowly making our way.
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Evolution – 1757 Sunday – Ripping along at 10 knots at entrance to the Manitous begins the debate–inside or outside.
50 Free - 1927 Sunday – Can see Point Betsy. Lasagna for dinner.
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Sin Duda – 1810 Sunday – Approaching sleeping bear. A5 kite. Wind 15 knots. Sunshine. Clear skies. Making dinner. We can see peacemaker just to the east. They’ve been here all day with us. Twister behind them, the First Light.
Below you will see Kristin Brill – cooking up some Chili (no beans) as well as Sin Duda’s Naviguesser Roland Rayment.
You can click any of the images to enlarge them.
Main Street - 1700 Sunday – In a 10-knot southwest breeze with the jumbo chute up. Off watches are finally getting a chance to sleep down below. Last night was rail-riding only. Sailing near sistership Vortices and the Rogers 46 Bretwalda. Haven’t ID’d the other boats near us.
Nitemare – 1715 Sunday – 9 knots .6 spin up. Shore paid off, just need to hunt down tiger.
Nitemare – 1800 Sunday – Jibbed headed for n manitou light.
Nitemare – Sunday 1252 – Still close to shore. Hoping lead boats stay slow outside.
Main Street – Sunday 1307 – It’s been too windy and lumpy to update but now to bring out the phone. Started with the jib top, went to the A3 then to a jib (and back again) up the WI shore until the northeaster filled in. Spent the night banging across the lake. Now we’re passing Big Sable with a very light northeaster surrounded by many of the boats in Section 1. Looking forward to the southwest breeze.
Nitemare – Sunday 1400 – Think we got back a little. Sana cruzing. 10.5 knots jib cracked off.
Evolution – 1400 Sunday – Haven’t beat this much in a long time. Been under A sail for awhile. Still sailing with Stripes and Windancer astern. The Manitou’s are in sight.
Shorthanded – 1530 Sunday – We’re just passing Big Sable and hanging with Power Trip and Say Uncle. Good ride so far. I think we benefited from all of the up wind work.
50 Free – 1546 Sunday – Been flying the three for a while. Just passed big sable. Time for the number one.
I have received a few updates from Nitemare. They are using one of the coolest programs I have seen in a long time.
MotionX GPS waypoint. They fill in a couple of blanks, take a pic, send me an email, and I get:
A status update: 1138 Sunday : Playing the shore lefty trying to reel in boats ahead. Rough night beating into big waves.
And a link to a map showing their location at the time the info was sent:
This is kinda fun!!! Thank you to the Nitemare crew!!!
July, 25, 2010 (CHICAGO) –The Chicago Yacht Club’s 102nd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, got off to a start of smooth sailing Saturday July 24, 2010. Storms in the Chicago area, made way from prime conditions at start line with winds of up to 20 knots out of the southwest – west, making for a nice spinnaker start for many boats.
After an hour following the start, Vice Chairman of the Race to Mackinac, Winn Soldani (Evanston, Ill. ) gave the report of winds ranging between 10 and 20 knots and boat speeds between 6 and 8 knots. Soldani is racing as a crew member aboard ‘Tried & True’, a Beneteau 36.7. He also reported lots of flies so far along the race course.
Due to a collision at the start line of the Beneteau 40.7 division, Katie Goldman (Chesterton, Ind.) on ‘Rhumb Runner’, and Robert Kolar (Northfield, Ill.) on ‘Broderi’ both had to withdraw from the competition.
‘Ocean Adventure’, an Ocean 60 sailing in the Cruising division of the race, skippered by John Callahan (Chicago, Ill.), was struck by lightening on the course to Mackinac Island. All the crew are safe, but the boat was forced to drop out of the race due to the damages sustained.
Due to equipment malfunction Steven Pelke’s(Chicago, Ill.) ‘Stingray’, Conrad Rieckhoff’s (Wilmette, Ill.) ‘Yankee’, and Kevin Farrell’s (St.Louis, Mo.) ‘Banshee’ have withdrawn from the race.
A few hours ago, Soldani followed up with the following report “After light winds in early evening, fresh NE’ly winds overnight have had us beating. Now tacking up the Michigan shore. 3-5 foot waves are making for a wet ride. At least the flies are gone!”
Here on the Island the tent is beginning to buzz with anticipation of the first boats to arrive. With Turbo ‘Beau Geste’ of Hong Kong making way past Charlevoix, people are starting to take bets if we’ll have a Sunday finisher. Stay tuned for more race updates!
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Nice Pair – 1006 Sunday – Just North of Ludington. Big Waves. Big breeze is now dying and getting lighter. Everything is soaked. All is great
50 Free – 1030 Sunday – Just went to the number one. Briefly passed Nitemare, but that was shortlived. So we are a few hours in and working 4th headsail change. Fluky, but we got air. Just south of Ludington. Number three up. Going 7.
I think 50 Free’s posts came at different times, but they showed up in a clump. Sorry. I will try to get more details.
Sin Duda – 1134 Sunday – Clear skies and sunshine. 10 knots at 345. Breeze is lightening. Hoping to get around big sable before it shuts off totally. Big waves last night giving us little chance for sleep. Beautiful sunset last night. Watching barometer in anticipation of high pressure system.
From Brian Torresen on Peerless: “We are a mile or two off of White Lake, going up wind in some nasty choppy crappy waves. Pumping the water out of the boat as fast as it comes in, through everywhere. Yeah, it kinda sucks right now. Really nice yesterday. Fun. But it has sucked for quite a while, about 6-8 hours, it is going to suck for another 10 or 12 it looks like. Then it is supposed to hopefully get a little better but still the model shows us getting beat up for the whole race. But hey, we’ve got a lot of food!!”
From Heartbreaker - Farr 40 – Great upwind sailing, good for farr 40′s. Beating up the coast off silver lake bues..been beating for 11 hours, 18 knots on nice chop.