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Mac Race Party Season Update

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The 2010 Mac Race Party season is right around the corner. Check out the details.

Wednesday, July 21st – Family Night – 6-8pm CDT
Free fun activities for the kids – open to all race participants and Chicago Yacht Club members.
CLICK HERE or see the Mac website under The Race and Mac Family Night for the details.

Thursday, July 22nd – Veuve Clicquot Warning Gun Party
Attendance is restricted to invited guests.

Friday, July 23rd – Pre-Race Party – 7:00-11:30pm CDT
Open to all race participants and one guest – your guest must be with you. Photo ID required.

Sunday, July 25th – Veuve Clicquot Porch Party – 5:30-7:30pm EDT
Enjoy the traditional cocktail party on the Grand Hotel Porch, sponsored by Veuve Clicquot.
As last year, Skippers will not be receiving a free ticket. Tickets can only be purchased in person at
the CYC Monroe Front Desk and at the entry to the party for $40.
Ticket must be presented for entry. No children permitted. For gentlemen coat and tie are required, ladies cocktail attire.

Children’s Dinner & a Movie – 5:15-8:00pm EDT No need to hire a babysitter. Enjoy the cocktail party while your children are entertained.
See the Mac website under The Race and Sunday Children’s Party for the details.

Tuesday, July 27th – The big celebration party on the lawn of the Tea Garden of the Grand Hotel:

Awards Ceremony, presented by Veuve Clicquot
Schedule A: 2-3pm EDT
Schedule B: 5-6:30pm EDT
Toast your finish in style! Veuve Clicquot champagne will be available for purchase during the awards ceremony.

Mount Gay Rum Party
Schedule A: 3-6:30pm EDT
Schedule B: 2-6:30pm EDT

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Pure Michigan Returns as Sponsor for ’10 Bayview Mackinac Race

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The Port Huron Mackinac Race Committee is very excited to announce that Pure Michigan has returned as the title sponsor for the 2010 Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race. We feel that our race embodies all those ideals that Pure Michigan supports, and we’re elated that they feel the same way.

Pure Michigan will once again be sponsoring the transponders used to track boats up the lake on a website accessed exclusively through http://www.michigan.org. Pure Michigan’s sponsorship of the 2009 Bayview Mackinac Race led to a string of record-breaking traffic to their website, and we’re hoping that race spectators go above and beyond last year’s traffic to set yet another new record.

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Giraglia Rolex Cup History Written Richer Still

Monday, June 21st, 2010

The last boat to finish the offshore race of the 58th Giraglia Rolex Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Italiano, crossed the line at 20.40CEST last night after some 56 hours at sea. By no means an endurance record in this historic contest, in 1976 it took the first boat 68 hours to complete the course. At 36-feet, Ivo Olivero’s Viva Corte (ITA) is half the length of Neville Crichton’s Shockwave (NZL). Whilst Crichton deservedly will take the plaudits for overall victory and for a job extremely well done, it is yachts like Viva Corte that made up the bulk of the record 220 yacht fleet that set off on the 241 nautical mile route from Saint-Tropez to San Remo, via the rock from which the event take its name. The achievements of Olivero and his crew, and those like them, were celebrated just as strongly as the achievements of the trophy winners at the prize giving held today at the Yacht Club San Remo.
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Shockwave For Shockwave

Friday, June 18th, 2010

In previous editions, Neville Crichton from New Zealand has committed his best efforts to winning line honours and breaking the course record. At this year’s Giraglia Rolex Cup, Crichton made it clear that his intentions were the overall win in the distance race. That he achieved this aim at his first true attempt and so convincingly has impressed even this serial collector of race trophies. The 72-foot Shockwave (NZL) finished the 241 nautical mile race in second place on the water, just over an hour after Esimit Europa 2. This was impressive enough. More significantly, though, Crichton’s Reichel-Pugh designed Mini Maxi beat Udo Schutz’ STP 65 Container (GER) by 42 minutes on handicap to claim the top prize.
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Esimit Europa 2 Takes Line Honours

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

At 11h05m09s CEST Igor Simcic’s Maxi Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line of the 2010 Giraglia Rolex Cup race, to take line honours in the 58th edition of the 241 nautical-mile race from St. Tropez to San Remo.
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SPIRITS UNDAMPENED AT GIRAGLIA DESPITE NO RACE

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The most colourful spectacle today in Saint-Tropez was certainly La Bravade des Espagnols, as dark clouds and rain smothered this part of the Côte d’Azur. Normally the noisiest act in the town on the 15 June each year, the religious and military pageant celebrating the Tropézienne victory over a fleet of Spanish galleons 400 years ago had serious competition from the wind in the rigging of the fleet gathered for the 2010 Giraglia Rolex Cup. With gusts and squalls sweeping down the gulf from daybreak, the Yacht Club Italiano/Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez race committee prudently kept the yachts ashore. The majority of the yachts are here for the 241 nautical mile race starting tomorrow and the equipment breaking conditions of this morning were hardly the preparation the crews had in mind. Regular reviews of the situation eventually led to an abandonment at 13.50 CEST.
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Chi Mac Rating Certificate Deadline Extension

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The deadline for submitting rating certificates for ORR and GLMRA, without application of a late fee has been extended to June 25th, 2010. There is a substantial backlog of certificates in process, so don’t delay submitting your rating application to the appropriate authority. Your rating certificate must be received by Chicago Yacht Club by no later than June 25th.

Please review the NOR for additional details regarding all documents and conditions of entry.

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Stay Forever Vigilant

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

After 25 years of writing the boat smart column coupled with my many years as a Coast Guard rescue responder, I’m absolutely convinced that, in time, most boaters will die on the water. That is, unless they stay forever vigilant.

Let the stats tell their own wayward story regarding recreational boating: since 1962 when the Coast Guard began recording recreational boating fatalities, over 50,000 recreational boaters have died. The Coast Guard reports that one of the leading contributing factors to boating mishaps is ‘operator inattention’.
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The Clagett Expands Again

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Responding to requests from competitors, the organizers of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta are once again expanding the scope of this well-known event for sailors with disabilities. For the eighth running, August 23-26, 2010, The Clagett will welcome able-bodied sailors to compete in two of the four classes raced in the event: the single person 2.4 Metre and the Sonar whose three-person crew must include at least one sailor with disabilities. This move should result in not only more boats on the starting line, but also a more challenging level of competition in these fleets.
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Giraglia Rolex Cup Runneth Over

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The 2010 Giraglia Rolex Cup is firm fixture and firm favourite in the Mediterranean yachting calendar. The festival of sailing that links France and Italy is mix of hard competition on the water and conviviality ashore. The French and Italian protagonists that form the bulk of the fleet take both elements seriously, and this draws the sizeable foreign contingent each year. The 58th edition looks set to be another success with 233 yachts registered for the weeklong contest that combines three days of inshore racing with a 245 nautical mile distance race. It will be an international affair, with 16 nations and the European Union flag represented. The inshore series starts on Sunday, 13 June and the offshore race on Wednesday, 16 June.
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