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Wintrust Named Presenting Sponsor of the 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2015


The Chicago Yacht Club announced that Wintrust has been named as the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.

The Race to Mackinac is the premier long-distance sailing race on the Great Lakes and is known around the world for the challenge that it provides to sailors. The 107th running of this iconic event will begin on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 just east of Chicago Harbor Lighthouse. The Race to Mackinac ends at Mackinac Island, Michigan, off Round Island Lighthouse.

"As Chicago's Bank, Wintrust is delighted to present the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac,” said Wintrust CEO and founder Ed Wehmer. “The Race is a century-old tradition here in Chicago. We are proud and honored to be a part of it.”

As presenting sponsor, Wintrust will play a key role in the Race to Mackinac and host many of the race’s major events, including the kickoff Warning Gun Party in Chicago and the Sailor’s Celebration on the grounds of the Grand Hotel.

“We are thrilled to welcome Wintrust as Presenting Sponsor of the Race to Mackinac,” said Greg Miarecki, commodore of the Chicago Yacht Club and a veteran of 29 Mackinac Races. “Wintrust is an important member of the Chicagoland community, and we look forward to working together to deliver a memorable race this July.”

“Many of the sailors participating in the Race to Mackinac live or work in the communities Wintrust serves in Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin. We’re part of each other’s communities,” noted Matthew Gallagher, chairman of the 107th Race to Mackinac.

This summer Wintrust will also co-sponsor two of Chicago Yacht Club’s annual philanthropic activities: its Special Needs Cruise and Sight Impaired Cruise. These events benefit nearly 200 Chicagoland residents who have special needs or are sight impaired.

“Serving the community is a key part of who we are. We're thrilled to be working with the Chicago Yacht Club to expand those efforts,” added Wehmer.

About the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

At 333 miles (289.4 nautical miles), the Race to Mackinac is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. ‘The Mac’ starts at the Chicago Lighthouse just off Navy Pier and continues to Mackinac Island. In the 106th running of the Race to Mackinac in 2014, 317 boats competed in the sixth consecutive sellout of the Race. The Race can be followed online via Facebook, Twitter (#CYCRTM), Instagram, and the race tracking app. See more at

About the Chicago Yacht Club

The Chicago Yacht Club has been part of the Chicago boating community since it was founded in 1875. Today, CYC is the premier social and racing destination for Chicago boaters and is ranked as one of the top 10 yacht clubs in the U.S. by the Platinum Club of America. A membership of 1,400 boating enthusiasts plan and participate in dozens of social, educational and racing events held throughout the year at our Monroe and Belmont stations — both located on Chicago’s iconic lakefront. There are opportunities for every member of the family to find something to enjoy at the Chicago Yacht Club. Learn more

About Wintrust

Wintrust Financial Corporation a financial holding company with assets of more than $20 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Built on the “HAVE IT ALL” model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries, now with over 145 banking locations located in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas. Additionally, the Company operates various non-bank business units including one of the largest commercial insurance premium finance companies operating in the United States and Canada, a company providing short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added out-sourced administrative services to the temporary staffing services industry, a business unit engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market throughout the United States, and companies providing wealth management services. Learn more at

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