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Could be a slow Bayview Mackinac 2018

Published on July 13th, 2018

Detroit, MI (July 13, 2018) – When the 94th Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race starts tomorrow afternoon off Port Huron, Michigan, it could be a slow pace for the 195 boats entered to compete on one of the two courses toward Mackinac Island.

“Light winds could be the story this year,” said Race Chair Gary Shoemaker, noting that last year’s race was quite the opposite with high winds and thunderstorms.

Along with being revered for its challenges on the water, the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race has become one of the most festive sailing events in the country, punctuated by a party for thousands at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel on Tuesday after all boat are in.

Tonight is “Boat Night” when entries line up their boats along both banks of the Black River for some last-minute frolicking with friends and fans during the coinciding Blue Water Fest in Port Huron. Tomorrow morning, the fleet will motor to the starting line in a parade that passes under the Bluewater Bridge and past more fans who set up lawn chairs on the shore and cheer on their favorites.

After between 40 and 70 hours of racing, the fleets finish between the southeast corner of Round Island Lighthouse and a staff with an orange shape and light on shore. It takes 165 volunteers to run the race, which benefits Set Sail for Autism and Alliance for the Great Lakes.

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Overview and close-up of the 259 nm Cove Island and 204 nm Shore Course for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race.

Source: Media Pro Int’l

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