Chicago Yacht Club will begin accepting requests for invitation to the 2008 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Lands’ End, which will start off Chicago’s lakefront on July 19, 2008. 2008 marks the 100th running of ‘the Mac,’ the words longest annual freshwater sailing race.
‘Chicago Yacht Club has already received over 100 inquiries from sailors, asking about our invitation process. We are delighted to see such strong interest in the 100th running of the Mac, and we’re expecting a record turnout next July,’ Greg Miarecki, chair of the 2008 Mackinac Committee remarked.
Participation in the 333 mile race from Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac Island, Mich. is by invitation only. If a sailor has successfully completed one of the last three Macs as a ‘person in charge,’ he or she will automatically receive an invitation to compete in the 100th Race. The invitation will be sent to the e-mail address Chicago Yacht Club has on file.
‘Those who qualify for automatic invitations should expect to receive them in mid-November. At that time, we will also be publishing our Notice of Race,’ Miarecki explained.
If a sailor interested in participating is not eligible for an automatic invitation, he or she may request an invitation. Requests for invitation are made through the official website under ‘documents’ and ‘request an invitation.’ The request process will require sailors to provide information regarding his or her boat and proposed crew. Chicago Yacht Club will begin responding to these invitation requests in early to mid-December.
Chicago Yacht Club looks forward to staging a ‘once in a lifetime’ race for skippers and crew. Should you have any questions or concerns about participating in this historic running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, please contact Amanda Platt, Race Coordinator at 312.861.7777 or at email@example.com
For more information about the Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race, visit www.chicagomackinac.com
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