Chicago Mac Preview-
This Saturday July 18th will see the start of the 100th Anniversary
sailing of Chicago Yacht Club’s race to Mackinac. A fleet of 300
boats will sail the 333 mile course. Since the race was not sailed
during war years, it will actually be the 91st race.
The original race in 1898 had a 5 boat fleet. This year the fleet
will range from Steve Fosset’s 60 foot catamaran Stars and Stripes,
to monohulls as small Tartan 10′s.
Among other highlights of the race will be Muskegon yachtsman
John Neadu’s 52nd Mac race. Neadu sailed his first race in 1946 and
has missed only one since. This gives him the record for most Mac’s
sailed by an individual. This year he will be sailing Windancer VI
a Nelson Marek 68.
The fleet will set sail trying to beat the course record of 25 hours
50 minutes and 44 seconds. This was set by Dick Jennings Santa
Cruz 70 in 1987. Pied Piper will also race this year.
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