Chicago – Today, Chicago Yacht Club announced that it will offer a Double Handed Division in the 2009 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. 2009 marks the 101st running of ‘the Mac,’ the world’s longest annual freshwater sailing distance race. The 101st Mac will start off Chicago’s lakefront on Friday, July 17, 2009 and Saturday, July 18, 2009.
“We are committed to finding new and innovative ways to deliver great sailing events to as many people as possible,” Greg Miarecki, chair of the 101st Mac, commented. “Our Double Handed Division will give sailors who enjoy shorthanded events the opportunity to experience the thrill of the Mac,” Miarecki added.
Skippers and crews experienced in shorthanded sailing will be eligible to compete in the Double Handed Division, which will be limited to monohulls. Double Handed Division sailors will race under the Offshore Racing Rule (“ORR”) and compete for the prestigious Harold L. Ashton Memorial Trophy, which is on display at Chicago Yacht Club’s Monroe Street Station. Boats competing in the 101st Mac’s Double Handed Division will start on Saturday, July 18, 2009 along with boats in the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division, Mackinac Cup Division, and Multihull Division. Cruising Division entrants will start on the afternoon of Friday, July 17.
Participation in the 333 statute mile race from Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac Island, Michigan is by invitation only. Generally, if a sailor has competed in one of the last four Macs as a ‘person in charge,’ he or she will automatically receive an invitation to compete in the 101st Race.
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