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The Mackinaw Boat Race Is For Trained Adventure Seekers

The Mackinaw Boat Race or Mackinac Island Boat race is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world.

It starts at the Chicago Lighthouse which is right off Navy Pier and continues to Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island is one of the most visited and loved islands off the coast of Michigan.

If you love sailing, competing or boat racing you may be interested in participating in this race.

If you’ll be visiting Chicago and have a boat you may be interested in participating in this race one year. The Chicago Yacht Club sponsors this race every year.

This Race to Mackinac Island is an amateur event so there is no prize money involved.

Race to Mackinac (©Thomas Barrat /

However, the winners do get a plaque, a flag and the overall winners get their names engraved on trophies which are displayed at the Chicago Yacht Club.

The race is 333-miles long and there are approximately 3,500 crew members on 355 boats that have participated. This years race to Mackinac Island will be held on July 13, 2013.

To participate in this race it has to be by invitation only from the Chicago Yacht Club.

If you’re interested in being a part of this race you have to start the request for invitation process by contacting the Chicago Yacht Club.

The boats race around the clock until they reach Mackinac Island. So the crew members have to sail at night also.

Storms are a factor and common on Lake Michigan, so all the participating crew are recommended to be equipped to handle them.

These storms can be very rough and the Mac Safety Regulations would like everyone to be prepared to handle any adverse circumstances a storm can bring. Therefore this race pays close attention to the safety of its sailors, and crew members.

The Mac Safety Regulations (MSRs) recommends that those who are participating in the race attend a US Sailing Safety at Sea seminar for 30 percent of all crew on the boat within the last 5 years. More so, all of the crew members are recommended to take this safety training class.

For More Information about the Mackinaw Boat Race contact.

Chicago Yacht Club Location:

Monroe Station 400 E. Monroe (Lake Shore Drive & Monroe ) Phone: (312) 861-7777

Belmont Station 300 W. Belmont (Lake Shore Drive & Belmont) Phone: (773) 477-7577