The Mackinac Committee members are also very pleased to announce a number of changes for the 2007 and future Mac events.
For the purposes of RRS 79 and ISAF Regulation 20, the 2007 race is designated ‘Category C’. Advertising deemed by the Organizing Authority not to be compliant with ISAF Regulation 20.2 and 20.2.1 may be rejected.
In 2007 we are introducing a new racing division – the Race to Mackinac Crusing Division. This year’s event will feature the following four divisions:
The Mackinac Cup Division (ORR certificate required)
The Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division (ORR certificate required)
The Cruising Division (ORR certificate required)
Multihull Division (GLMRA certificate required)
We are planning several informational seminars on the new Crusing Division. First on the schedule are two events:
Date: March 17, 2007
Time: 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Place: Chicago Yacht Club Monroe Station
Cost: $15.00 includes continental breakfast an d handout materials
Reservations: Call Chicago Yacht Club at 312-861-7777
Date: March 24, 2007
Time: 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Place: Yachtapalooza at Crowley’s Yacht Yard
The Mackinac Committee is also announcing new changes in the shore events on Mackinac Island following the Race. In prior years, the flag awards ceremony has been held at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club, with the Mount Gay Rum Sailors’ Party immediately following on the grounds of the Island House. For 2007 the Mackinac Committee is moving both events to the Grand Hotel’s Tea Garden. This site will offer more room for skippers, crews, and guests, and will allow everyone to enjoy stunning views of the hotel and the Straits. The awards ceremony will begin at 2 PM EDT on July 17, 2007, with the sailors’ party beginning at 3 P.M. EDT.
In addition, the sailors’ party has been lengthened to three and a half hours and each party guest will receive a certain number of drink tickets, for Mount Gay rum drinks or Heineken draft beer. This new procedure will ensure that everyone will receive their fair share of complimentary rum and beer. Hot dogs, burgers, chips, baked goods and additional drink tickets will be available for purchase at reasonable prices. A DJ will be on hand to provide music for your enjoyment.
The Grand Hotel is very pleased to be working with us to make the sailors’ party a great experience for all, and will be offering a special hotel room rate of $299 per night during the Race. Contact the Grand directly at 1-800-33-GRAND for further details.
These precedent setting changes are direct r esults of the feed back the Mackinac Committee has received from race participants, skippers and crews. We thank everyone who participated in our electronic surveys and certainly hope these changes enhance your Mac experience.
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