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102nd Chicago Mac – A race that gave you everything

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'2010 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac logo'    Chicago Yacht Club ©
102nd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot. Any sailor you ask about the conditions of the race will tell you they got a bit of everything. The fleet started on a reach in the Chicago Mac, which began Saturday, July 24th in nice winds following the storm system that passed through the city. The game changed to sailing upwind, in heavy air into early Sunday. Then winds clocked to east south east, and boats were downwind reaching and running in both heavy and light air.

'These conditions rewarded well rounded boats that were well sailed,' said Ron White, Chief Measurer and crew aboard Nice Pair, a multihull that placed third overall. 'The physical conditions were also spectacular. We saw a full moonrise with a simultaneous sunset in the Manitous.'

The light air made for very close and competitive conditions all the way to the finish. In the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division, overall winner and Section 7 winner Lady K fought for the win with every boat length.

'At one point we knew we were in first place boat for boat, but when we turned can 3 [a racecourse turning mark], things got very slow as the breeze went behind us,' explained Aaron Scott (Grand Rapids, Mich.), crew aboard Lady K. 'There was a lot of calculation and tension and emotional stress trying the keep our time over Smokum Too.' Lady K finished with a corrected time of 46:53:05 less than 20 seconds over Smokum Too (Thornbury, On.) with 46:53:24.

'It was just a great race,' owner of Lady K, Mike Stewart, adds. 'We seemed to sail the boat well, with awesome crew and we just had a lot of fun. It seemed to work out for us. We take the sailing serious and we take the fun serious.' Stewart is from Muskegon Mich.

'This was a fantastic race with our second largest fleet, and every kind of sailing imaginable -- calms with files to 25 knots on the nose,' summed up Greg Freeman, Mackinac Committee Chair and crew about Salsa. 'With the early arrival of the fleet, everyone is looking forward to celebrating with a flute of Veuve Clicquot today at the Awards Ceremony and enjoying Mackinac Island.'

For more information and a full set of results, please go to: www.cycracetomackinac.com


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