Monday, 14 July, 2008 3:39 AM
Set Sail in the 84th Bayview Mackinac Race
courtesy of www.byc.com
HURON, Mich., -- An array of 235 sailboats in 19 classes
with nearly 3,000 sailors jockeyed for position as they crossed
the starting line to the sound of race committee canons and windswept
waves as the 2008 Chrysler Jeep Superstores Bayview Mackinac Race
got underway at the noon hour on Saturday.
sailboat hulls cut through the waters of the Black River toward
the Lake Huron start amid the pomp and circumstance of some 100,000
people lining the American and Canadian shores with flags waving,
bag pipes playing under billowing clouds and streaming sunshine.
The 84th sailing of the grand Michigan tradition and rite of summer
large boats with expansive sails were expected to set a new course
record with thunderstorms and high winds expected to dart across
the 252-mile course. The "Thunder Bay" course marks its
second year -- only the fourth course change in race history. The
sailboats will head due North on a single course toward a National
Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather buoy located about
43 miles Northeast of Alpena, Michigan.
anchored in 462-feet of water, will serve as the "mark"
where some skippers will turn their boats to head for Mackinac.
The wind is predicted to be out of the south so there should be
a spinnaker start. Then the wind is supposed to go to the west Sunday
and to the northwest by Monday morning. The boats will stay close
to the rhumb line (most direct line to Mackinac) on the first leg.
The fastest boats are expected to arrive at Mackinac on Sunday depending
on weather. All boats are handicapped by a formula that takes into
account their class, size, and official ratings.
will be a good race because it won't favor any one type of boat.
There will be running, reaching and beating against the wind,"
said Race Chairman John Burke. "We will have all types of wind
and weather conditions which makes for good racing. We may have
some thunderstorms on Saturday. The crews that can transition fast
with the conditions will excel."
Mackinac race awards party will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at
Mission Pointe Resort.
"I cannot think of a finer feeling than sailing the deep blue
waters of Lake Huron in mid-July with friends and family in unison
as a crew bound the for majestic finish at Mackinac Island,"
said Bayview Commodore Timothy LaRiviere. "This race is about
tradition, competition and a celebration of the Great Lakes that
we must preserve and protect."
have always been 'green' and stepping up to raise awareness of the
need to preserve and protect the largest body of fresh water in
the world is simply the right thing to do," said LaRiviere,
who praised the Race Committee and volunteers in Port Huron in announcing
unanimous support for donating a portion of each boat entry fee
to the Healthy Lakes, Healthy Lives Tour to help prevent the invasion
of foreign species into the waterways, reduce pollution and prevent
diversion of Great Lakes water.
Jeep Superstores is the title sponsor for the second year in a row.
Also returning as a major Presenting Sponsor is Flagstar Bank and
more than a dozen other sponsors are also supporting the 2008 "MAC"
this is one of the most challenging and exciting sail boat races
in the world on one of the most unpredictable bodies of fresh water
in the world," said Jim Schebil, president, Chrysler Jeep Superstores
Advertising Association, a group of 39 independently owned Chrysler
Jeep Superstores in Southeast Michigan. "The Chrysler Jeep
Superstores are proud to present another world class racing event
in Michigan that is steeped in generations of sportsmanship and
Jeep Superstores is also the title sponsor of the "2008 Chrysler
Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup Race" -- considered the "Super
Bowl" of world power boat racing -- which runs July 11-13,
2008 on the Detroit River. The unlimited hydroplane boats race at
speeds of more than 200 MPH with 3,000 horsepower engines.
would like to extend our appreciation for the sailors, their families,
friends and staff of Bayview, Port Huron Yacht Club and the City
of Port Huron for all that they do to make this event such a success,"
said 2008 Race Chairman John Burke, who is not sailing the race
for the first time in 31-years to fulfill his duties as the top
race official. "I'll be in Port Huron for the race start and
on Mackinac Island awaiting the boats but all the while my heart
will be on Lake Huron."
racing is always a challenge and you never know what the wind, weather
and competitive situation will be until it all unfolds," said
Burke. "When it is all said and done, whether a yacht is first
to finish or last, this race is about the challenge and spirit of
Lakes, Healthy Lives Tour for 2008 features a catamaran and Mackinac
Racer called Earth Voyager. The boat will sail to ports in each
of the Great Lakes states over the summer to raise awareness of
the social, economic and environmental benefits of restoring and
protecting the Great Lakes. The tour is affiliated with the Healing
our Waters Great Lakes Coalition that is comprised of more than
100 organizations dedicated to water preservation.
Lakes. Healthy Lives Tour will begin in Buffalo, NY June 4-7 and
sail through the Great Lakes stopping in 12 cities before returning
to Rochester, NY Labor Day weekend.
founded in 1915, is widely regarded as the premier sailing club
in Michigan and the Midwest. The private club is located on the
Detroit River near the mouth of Lake St. Clair and has more than
Chrysler Jeep Superstores Bayview Mackinac Race" is organized
by the Bayview Yacht Club, http://www.byc.com/.
For more information on the Healthy Lakes, Healthy Lives Tour please
Jeep Superstores Advertising Association is a group of 39 independently
owned Chrysler Jeep Superstores in Southeast Michigan from Monroe
to Fowlerville and from Clinton to Port Huron. Web site: http://www.chryslerjeepsuperstores.com/.
Bayview Yacht Club