CHICAGO (August 21, 2007). World renowned sailor Roy E. Disney has been named honorary chairman of the 100th running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. Chicago Yacht Club has plans underway for a spectacular series of events marking the historic running of the 333-mile race from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Mich. The 100th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, better known as ‘The Mac,’ will set sail for Mackinac Island on Saturday, July 19, 2008.
Disney’s Pyewacket still holds the elapsed time record for monohulls in the Mac at 23 hours, 30 minutes, and 34 seconds, which he set in 2002. ‘My last Mac Race was great fun, great competition, and featured a grand setting at both ends. It was really half a lifeti me of sailing folded into one twenty four hour race,’ Disney said. ‘I look forward to coming back to Chicago and serving as the honorary chair of the 100th Mac!’ The Mac, which was first run in 1898, has a proven track record of attracting some of the finest sailing talent in the sport. The unpredictable weather and fickle winds on Lake Michigan make the Race to Mackinac a true test of skill and endurance.
For its 100th running, the Chicago Yacht Club will offer a once in a lifetime event for Mac sailors, spectators, sponsors, and friends. ‘Roy’s input, guidance, and presence will help us make that happen, and we look forward to working with him during the coming year,’ said Mackinac Committee Chairman Greg Miarecki.
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