Bayview Mackinac Race: Connecting with the community

Published on July 6th, 2014

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race organizers are working with local communities to rev up excitement for the Lake Huron race, which celebrates its 90th edition when the 229 entrants start on Saturday, July 12.

“It is important that as we grow the race, we continue to grow our community outreach efforts,” said 2014 Bayview Yacht Club Commodore Tim Prophit. “Our sponsors Bell’s Brewery and Metro Detroit Acura Dealers have generously allowed us to explore ideas we hadn’t considered in the past. As the economy continues to improve, more companies see the strength of the race as a way to associate their brand with one of the true summer traditions in Michigan. Sailor and fan participation will continue to grow and one of the benefactors will continue to be our non-profit partners.”

Metro Detroit Acura Dealers Set Sail for Autism
Designed to help young adults with autism reach their full potential, Metro Detroit Acura Dealers’ Set Sail for Autism provides participants with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) the opportunity to either take part in the 2014 Bell Beer Bayview Mackinac race, or sail back from Mackinac on one of five designated boats.

Less Cancer Ride
The Less Cancer Ride returns for its second year, featuring a field of cyclists riding from Port Huron to Mackinac, mirroring the journey the boats will take. Less Cancer is a campaign to bring awareness to increasing incidences of cancer and educates citizens about behavioral and environmental risks linked to cancer. Among the participants in this year’s field is noted TV journalist Miles O’Brien, who recently lost his arm while working in the Philippines.

Tour of Michigan Contest
New this year is the Bayview Tour of Michigan Contest, which will give one lucky winner a chance to win an incredible trip to enjoy some of the best sites and tastes Michigan has to offer. Weeklong package includes a car, concert tickets, hotel stays, restaurant certificates, and sailing outing.

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race
From its traditional start in Southern Lake Huron on July 12, the fleet will head North on one of two courses. The shorter course, called the “Acura Shore Course,” covers 204 nm along the Michigan shoreline before heading west to Mackinac Island Bell’s Beer finish line. The longer “Quantum Sails Cove Island Course” is 259 nm and takes sailors around a buoy off the tip of the Bruce Peninsula in Canadian waters before heading west toward the finish line. This year five Divisions will be offered: Cove Island Racing; Shore Course Racing; Shore Course Cruising; Multi-Hull; and Double-Handed. All competitors will be handicapped using Performance Handicap Racing Fleet system. Event website:

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