Chicago Yacht Club published the Notice of Race for 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 Race will start off Chicago’s lakefront on Friday, July 17, 2009 and Saturday, July 18, 2009.
The Club also issued the first wave of invitations to the 101st Race. In most cases, skippers who have competed in one of the last four Races as a “Person In Charge” have already received their 101st Race invitation via e-mail. Skippers who fall into this category, but have not yet received their invitations, should contact Chicago Yacht Club immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Skippers are encouraged to check their “spam” filters before contacting the Club.
Skippers who are not eligible for an automatic invitation may submit a Request For Invitation through the official Race website. The Club will begin issuing a second wave of invitations in response to these requests on or about March 2, 2009. Many new skippers have expressed strong interest in this year’s Race, primarily due to the success of the 100th Race, as well as the introduction of the new Double-Handed Division and the Yacht Club Challenge in 2009. The Club has already received over 75 Requests for Invitation from new skippers.
“Interest in this year’s Race is extremely strong, and we are expecting another sellout crowd,” Greg Miarecki, Chairman of the 101st Race, commented. “We are hard at work planning a world-class event, and hope to accommodate as many skippers and crews as possible. We strongly encourage returning skippers who have already received their invitations to enter and pay their entry fee before March 2, when we will issue the next wave of invitations,” Miarecki added.
Per the Notice of Race, this year’s entry fee has been reduced from $13 to $12 per foot LOA. “We want everyone to really enjoy this special event. This year’s entry fee reduction will make it a bit easier to do that — whether it be with a round of drinks at the Pink Pony or Horn’s, some commemorative Race gear, or a pre-Race dinner in Chicago,” Miarecki explained.
Just curious if you can email or send us any more info on this race. We have a few interested members. We only have one member at our Yacht club who has done this race many years ago. Most of our members have ocean and long trip experience on very large vessels since our body of water is only available from June to October at best. Can we charter a vessel in Michigan or Chicago for this race? We have an active Star Fleet also.
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