For Midwest big boat sailors top of
mind this week is one thing: it’s Mac time
again! The 101st anniversary edition will
start Saturday July 10th off Chicago’s Monroe
harbor. With the Mac taking time off during
war years this actually the 93rd sailing
of the 333 mile freshwater race.
300 plus boats are expected. Most of
the fleet will race under PHRF. The rest of
the fleet will be handicapped via IMS.
Among the highlights of this year Mac
fleet is the return of record setting sailor
Steve Fossett. So far in 1999 Fossett has broken
the record for miles sailed in 24 hours and the
record from Newport to Bermuda. He will be
sailing the 60 foot catamaran Stars and Stripes
looking to better the outright record he set
last year. The record is 18 hours 50 minutes.
Many of the boats in the fleet will either
be racing on a level or one design race. The
Great Lakes 70′s will likely have 10 ULDB’s on
the line. These 70′s will be battling to be
first over the line and receive the Royano trophy.
10 Farr 40′s are entered in the IMS class
and will race on a one-design basis. Newest
addition to the Farr 40′s is Kevin Boyle’s
Morrigan just delivered this week.
Nine One-Design 35′s will sail. All will
carry a PHRF rating of 33.
As always, the Tartan 10′s will have the
largest Mac one design presence. Over 30 of these
boats will race for the island on a first in wins basis.
Torresen Sailing Site will provide further
prerace coverage on Thursday and Friday. During the
race Torresen Sailing Site will provide coverage
as information becomes available.
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