Sixty-eight racing boats left Racine on Saturday morning expecting a quick sail up the lake under bright skies and moderate winds. It wasnít to be. By the time the last finish reports were handed in at Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on Monday night at 10pm, most racers had averaged 50 hours on the water, much of it in frustratingly light air. Forty-one boats completed the race within the time limit. Taking line honors and the Overall HOOK trophy was Syrena, a B-32 owned by Nicholas & Angela Hayes of the Milwaukee Yacht Club, racing in Division 1. Her elapsed time on the course was 42 hours and twenty-nine minutes.
This was the 21st running of the annual race up the lake, through Death’s Door and down the bay to finish at the west entrance to the Sturgeon Bay canal. Sponsored by Racine Yacht Club, it is open to all boats capable of offshore passage and is scored under PHRF. It is traditionally run the same weekend as the Chicago Mac race as an alternative way to get north for the post-race cruising season. Complete results can be found at the web site www.racineyachtclub.org.
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