As impressive as the sleek, 52-foot sailboat Vincitore looks sitting in its cradle in front of Torresen Marine’s service center, the story behind the yacht is just as fascinating.That a wealthy owner from Chicago who lives in Zurich, Switzerland, would pick a Muskegon boatyard to prepare his new $1 million racing yacht for Great Lakes competition this summer speaks highly of Muskegon and Torresen Marine.Vincitore comes to Muskegon with a pair of highly experienced boat captains.
Colin Booth and partner Linda Blakeway have been renting a Bluffton neighborhood house since May while preparing for this weekend’s Chicago-to-Mackinac sailboat race.Booth — an international sailboat racing professional from New Zealand — said he had the choice of three Great Lakes boatyards that could handle a yacht the size of Vincitore. At 52 feet long, the carbon-fiber-hulled sailboat has a draft of 11 feet and a 90-foot-high mast.
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