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Race to Mackinaw

Date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Time: 
7 p.m.
Location: 
Hunter Family Education Hall, Historical Society, 509 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest
Cost: 
Free for members, $10 for nonmembers

In early 1898 in Chicago, a small group of men placed a gentlemen’s bet as to which of their yachts could reach Mackinac Island first, to join their families already summering there. On August 6th of that year, two sloops and three schooners started in the race from Chicago to Mackinac Island, setting off a grand tradition which today is one of the sailing world’s most prestigious events. 

This year marks the 110th running of the “The Mac,” and its 120th anniversary. The race now attracts over 300 boats and an international list of sailors who can’t wait to experience the tactics of the race, the beauty of Lake Michigan and the venerable Mackinac Island. 

Veteran Mac racers from the Chicago Yacht Club will discuss the race, from the infamous gales (1911, 1937, 1970 and 2011), to the boats (yesterday and today), the characters on them (including Roy Disney, Ted Turner and Steve Fossett), and what life aboard is like for yesterday’s and today’s racers.

Thank you to our Illinois Bicentennial Program Sponsors:

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