Marine News from the Great Lakes

Chicago Yacht Club, Bayview Yacht Club to Host ‘Super Mackinac Race’ in July

Published: Thursday, February 26, 2015


DETROIT and CHICAGO (February 25, 2015) — Bayview Yacht Club and Chicago Yacht Club are pleased to announce their intention to jointly host a ‘Super Mackinac’ Race in July 2015. 

The event will start in the waters of Lake Michigan off downtown Chicago on July 11. Competitors will follow the traditional course to Mackinac Island before moving east past Bois Blanc Island and then south along the Michigan shore of Lake Huron, finishing offshore the Port Huron Yacht Club for a total rhumb line distance of 568 statute miles.

"This ‘Super Mac’ will be a true test of boat and crew alike, and we hope to make this even a highlight of the racing season,” said Matt Gallagher, chairman of the 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.

“It really was something the competitors asked for,” said Bayview Mackinac Race Chairman Peter Wenzler.

This year marks the 91st running of the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race and the 107th running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. This will be the first running of the Super Mackinac since 2009. Nearly 330 boats participated in the 2014 Chicago Mac while over 220 made it to the line for the ‘Bayview Mac.’

“Bayview and the Chicago Yacht Club look forward to hosting a safe and enjoyable event for all competitors who choose to take part in this one-of-a-kind opportunity in freshwater sailing,” said Wenzler.

Further details on the race, including a Notice of Race and application process, will be made available to potential participants in the coming weeks.

Press Inquiries: Please contact Matt Gallagher ([email protected]) or Peter Wenzler ([email protected])

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. The Race can be followed online via FacebookTwitter (#CYCRTM)Instagram, and the race tracking app. See more at


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