Wilmette sailors join 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

The start of the 2003 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac on Lake Michigan. | File photo
The start of the 2003 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac on Lake Michigan. | File photo

The Chicago Yacht Club has announced who will be participating in this year’s Race to Mackinac. Read the release:

“The 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac officially has 333 registrants as of the June 13 entry deadline — a coincidental number of participants for the 333-mile race that begins July 18 and July 19. 

More than 3,000 individual sailors from throughout the Midwest, the U.S. and Canada are participating in the 2014 event. Competitors come from nearly all U.S. states as well as internationally, including Berlin, Dublin and New Zealand. There are nearly 70 new entrants —either new skippers entering the race or returning skippers with new boats — this year. 

“We will have some strong competitors in this year’s race,” said Matt Gallagher, chairman of the Race. “All sections—our cruising fleet, one design fleets and our open sections—each have some new competitors that promise to bring an excellent competition that they do each year.”

“We’re excited to have back the J120s in their own one-design section this year. They join our many other one design sections – Beneteau 36.7 and 40.7, J105, J109, J111, level 35 and T-10s,” said Gallagher.

“The cruising division remains strong. We have several new entrants including an Oyster 66 which will help set up some exciting competition at the big end of the division.” 

The race begins just off Navy Pier on Saturday, July 19. The race is the one of the oldest and most prestigious freshwater sailing races in the world. Participation in the 333-mile race from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan, is by invitation only. For the more information and the full schedule of events, visit cycracetomackinac.com.”

Wilmette sailors participating in the race and their boats are:

  • Eric Anderson on Lugnuts
  • Chris Beer on Retriever
  • Matthew Beer on Retriever
  • Teddy Berman on Northstar
  • Quentin Bruhn on Sirocco 3
  • Steve Cox on Albatross
  • Kent Darbyshire on Lugnuts
  • Skip Frost on Gaucho
  • Clarke George on As You Wish
  • Karen Gottwald on Kashmir
  • Angela Graham on Sin Duda!
  • David Gustman on Northstar
  • John Heaton on As You Wish
  • Holly Kawula on Truant
  • Walter Kawula on Truant
  • Andrew Kiener on Safir III
  • Charles Koules on Badge
  • Ray Macika on Copernicus
  • Seth Martin on Stripes
  • Margaret Martin-Heaton on As You Wish
  • Scott Sims on Slapshot
  • Allen Smith on Free At Last
  • Doug Steffenson on Thirsty Tiger
  • Richard Traub on Princess M
  • Kurt Wittenberg on Slapshot

To see a list of skippers, click here.

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