CHI-MAC: The show must go on

Published on July 16th, 2013

Mackinac Island, MI (July 16, 2013) – Despite the historically-light wind conditions that left half of the fleet still on the lake early Tuesday morning, the afternoon awards program will go on for the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot.

Race organizers said as of 9:00 a.m. CDT there were only awards to be given in approximately six sections and the two first to finish, therefore a second awards ceremony will take place at 10 p.m. EDT. The first awards celebration is at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

The 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, is a 333-mile invitation-only race from Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac Island. There are 301 boats and 2,472 crew in this year’s race.

Be a part of the Race:
·      Track the boats online in real-time with Yellowbrick Tracking – The live race view will be available to all via the regatta website, Additionally, the Chicago Yacht Club is making the tremendously popular iOS and Android apps available free of charge to the general public. The newly-upgraded Yellowbrick app, which incorporates the latest Google Maps interface and a number of performance upgrades designed to enhance the user experience, are available for download today in the Apple and Android app stores. Click here for the link!

·      Facebook and Twitter – Our live race commentator Winn Soldani will be posting videos and updates continuously throughout the race to our Facebook and Twitter pages! Follow @racetomackinac and #CYCRTM on Twitter and on Facebook at

News media may download high resolution images of the Race at; password is cyc (lower case). 

The image will look watermarked but once you download it, the watermark will disappear. These images are only for media use and must be credited to Michele and Steven Almeida, MISTE Photography. If you would like an image from the finish line, please contact Chicago Yacht Club Communications Director Rachelle Treiber at or 312.617.6995.

About the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac: At 333 miles (289.4 nautical miles), the Race to Mackinac is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. ‘The Mac’ starts at the Chicago Lighthouse, just off Navy Pier and continues to Mackinac Island.  2012 marked the 104th running of the Race to Mackinac, in which 330 boats and about 3,500 sailors competed. The Race has also amassed a strong following using technology and social networking; it can be followed virtually using Facebook, Twitter and its race-tracking interface. The 104th race and yacht club site was visited by over 300,000 website visitors. Our Facebook page has been visited by well over 2.5 million visitors to date.  For more information, visit

About Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin: Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the champagne industry as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on utilizing only the most distinct grapes from their vineyards for each bottle. Now, over 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to ‘Be Clicquot’: modern, audacious and premium quality. These values, set forth by the ground-breaking and extraordinary Madame Clicquot and maintained by generations of Clicquot drinkers, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

About Yellowbrick Tracking Ltd:  Yellowbrick is the largest provider of tracking solutions to yacht races, covering around 100 yacht races a year around the globe,  Yellowbrick has been the tracking provider for  Rolex Fastnet Race, the Sydney Hobart , Barcelona World Race, Velux 5 Oceans and numerous others. With years of specialized experience providing tracking for high-end events, they have both the technology and the expertise to cope with the demands of Chicago Yacht Club’s flagship race, and look forward to doing an excellent job for the race organizers and the followers of the race. Learn more about Yellowbrick at

Rachelle Treiber
Communications Director
Office: 312.861.7772
Cell: 312.617.6995

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