Yacht Races to Mackinac Island

July is yacht-racing month in Mackinac Island.  You can’t beat the view of these amazing vessels in the waters surrounding the island.  So book your trip, and bring your camera.

July 12th is the big starting day for the Bayview Yacht Club’s annual Mackinac Race.  The spectacular competition has drawn sailors from around the globe since its inception in 1925.  The 2014 race will comprise more than 250 yachts racing from Port Huron to Mackinac Island.  The racers enter in one of two routes, the shorter “Acura Shore Course” being about 204 nautical miles, and the longer 259 nautical mile “Quantum Sails Island Course.”  Either route is an exciting challenge for sailors, and a delight to observers at the Bell’s Beer Finish Line!Mackinac Boat Race

Another big event hitting the waters is the  Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.  Kicking off July 19 is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world.  This 106th running of the 333 mile course, coincidentally has 333 registrants.

The race begins just off Chicago’s Navy Pier on Saturday, July 19. The race is the one of the oldest and most prestigious freshwater sailing races in the world. Participation in the race from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan, is by invitation only.

Plan your Mackinac Island vacation when you can enjoy these great vessels and the celebratory attitude that possesses the island!

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