Storms Plague Chicago Mackinac Race:
Chicago, IL (July 24, 2016) – The 108th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust has been a wet and wild ride for both Racing and Cruising Divisions. Several sets of thunderstorms have impacted the fleet, most severely for the One Design 48 WhoDo which was sinking inside the Manitou Passage after their rudder broke off. The crew of WhoDo deployed a life raft and all ten crew boarded safely and have been successfully rescued. Full report.
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Troubling Forecast for Chicago Mackinac Race:
Chicago, IL (July 23, 2016) – The Cruising Division started yesterday with the forecast calling for very little pressure at the bottom of Lake Michigan, but the fleet has not stalled out yet. Joseph Haas’ Hanse 630e, Infinite Diversion, is sticking almost right on the rhumb line and clipping along 15 miles ahead of the Cruising 1 Section’s second place boat, Perico. Race fans may not recognize the boat, but it is actually comprised of crew from three-time Cruising 1 Section winner Jug Band, including owner Harry Simmon.
The Cruising 2 Section was averaging 4 knots on the line last night before the wind died in the middle of the lake at midnight and the fleet gybed bac…
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