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The first crossing of the Line - July 18, 2005

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Under a lightning filled sky, with a south west breeze filling in, Holua has taken line honors for the 2005 Chicago Mackinac race.

They were followed closely by Denali, Windancer and Evolution.

The parade of 70's continues with Colt 45 next to arrive at the finish line followed by Beau Geste.

reprinted from http://www.chicagomackinac.com/2005/2005coverage/



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How Not to Sell a Boat

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I used to think I knew a thing or two about selling boats. In the last three years, I've been involved in the sale of four boats, and the purchase of four as well. That number would seem to leave me with zero boats, a misperception I can clear up by mentioning the boat my boyfriend owned when we met, and the subsequent boat he bought one day while I was at work. Thus, our entire boat inventory currently stands at two, which is still one more than we really ought to own. Until a month or so ago, had I been asked, I would have said that selling a boat is simple. We had no trouble selling even the lonely little MacGregor Venture to an enthusiastic new owner. It seems, however, that my lucky boat-selling star has gone to shine on someone else, if my efforts to sell the Allegro, our 1964 Pearson Commander, are any indication.    more...

 



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Sail performance software, free

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GPSactionreplay

Above is output from a free program developed in France called GPSActionRelay. It is written in Java, and will suppossedly run on any operating system. Features include replay of several boats in a regatta, polar diagrams, VMG, speed averages, etc. It looks pretty complicated but apparently is used by some sailing teams and a number of geeky windsurfers. I’d like to know what hardware they carry on their boards at 46.7 knots (yi!), but couldn’t find any information. A Garmin wearable Forerunner perhaps? And if so couldn’t heart rate be graphed to speed?

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Race transponders, a new wrinkle

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Flagship TransponderSome 75 boats in tomorrow’s 97th running of the Mackinac race will be using a new FlagShip transponder supposedly built to very high standards. It’s quite compact (empty Bass Ale bottle for size reference only), operates on its own rechargeable battery, and will be sending location, speed and heading every hour. Once started, we’ll be able to track the race here. Interestingly, the FlagShip also “provides two-way communications”, though the press release is vague about how, and what can be done with it. Also interesting, the developer is a lady IT specialist who is a regular and successful captain in the race.   more...

 



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CYC Postion chart - GL70's Sunday 5:12 pm

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BYC Mac Unoffical Starting Times

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2005 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race
Unofficial Starting Times...

Note: Please check your skipper's pack and the official race board prior to the race for any Starting Time changes!

Start Number Start Time Class Course Division
1 11:30 Cruising C Shore Cruising
2 11:40 IRC I Southampton IRC
3 11:50 IRC H Southampton IRC
4 12:00 J105 Southampton IRC
5 12:10 IRC G Southampton IRC
6 12:20 IRC F Southampton IRC
7 12:30 J35 / T35 Southampton IRC
8 12:40 PHRF L Shore PHRF
9 12:50 Cruising B Shore Cruising
10 13:00 IRC E Southampton IRC
11 13:10 PHRF K Shore PHRF
12 13:20 J120 Southampton IRC
13 13:30 PHRF J Shore PHRF
14 13:40 IRC D Southampton IRC
15 13:50 CC 35 Shore PHRF
16 14:00 Cruising A Shore Cruising
17 14:10 Cruising NA40 Shore Cruising
18 14:20 IRC C Southampton IRC
19 14:30 IRC B Southampton IRC
20 14:40 IRC A Southampton IRC
21 14:50 Open Southampton Open



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CYC Mackinac - Where is Equation? - July 14, 2005

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Bill Alcott's 68 foot sled Equation will not be on the Chicago Mac starting line.

Seems as though due to some questionable behavior the Chicago Yacht Club chose not to invite Equation.

Equation will be contesting the Port Huron Mac.

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CYC Mackinac Race

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Sunday Morning - July 17, 2005

Sunday morning sees the leading boats having crossed the lake to the Michigan shore. The GL 70 leaders are near Big Sable Point north of Ludington. Big Sable Light built in 1867 has seen many Mac boats pass it.

Boats in the smaller classes are well behind some still south of Milwaukee. As it has been since the start boat speeds are 5 knots and under.   more...

 

reprinted from http://www.torresen.com/sailing/



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BYC RACE HISTORY

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  • 1925: Bernida wins the first Mackinac race after high winds force six of 12 participating boats to seek shelter in Harbor Beach or turn back.

  • 1932:Port Huron's first entry is the 38-footer Djinn. Owner Dr. Arnold Francois, a local optometrist, competes only once, citing the expense and time involved.

  • 1940:The most damaging winds in race history cause 32 of 40 competing boats to quit the race.

  • 1942:Bayview Yacht Club considers suspending the race for the duration of World War II. A message from the White House urges it to continue.

  • 1949:Susan Briggs Fisher, owner of Old Rarity, becomes the first woman skipper in the race.

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    BYC Mackinac - 266 boats expected to race this year

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     Within a few days the Black River in Port Huron will resemble a giant marina, with hundreds of sailboats docked for the city's largest event.

    The 81st Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race begins Saturday morning. Crowds will start showing up this week to watch the boats and party.

    But for sailors, this week is the start of crunch time.

    "Lots of preparation and lots of getting ready," said Fort Gratiot's Bob Bert, owner of Libertyout of the Port Huron Yacht Club. "There's loading the boat up, getting the sails on the boat and getting the menus ready."   more...

     



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    Watch Mackinac boat race from shoreline — or online

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    If you really want to hear the drama of the world’s greatest freshwater sailboat race — this weekend’s Race to Mackinac — you’ll have to wait for the sailors themselves to tell the tales well after they round Gray’s Reef, cross the finish line, moor down and start swilling rum.

    But, thanks to one suburban skipper, regular folks with Internet access can follow the dayslong race, as crews battle each other on notoriously fickle seas of Lake Michigan on a 333-nautical-mile odyssey from Chicago to Mackinac Island on the northwest finger Lake Huron. The race started Saturday at noon.

    “We’re trying to make it more of a spectator sport,” said Kim Flagstad, a Deer Park resident who runs Palatine-based FlagShip Integration Services Inc.   more...

     



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    Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

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    We just spoke to one of our competitors he was happy to report that they were sailing in 10 knots of wind under Spinaker on course for MACKINAC. The night was long with the dreaded 000 showing on the knot meter several times. Spirits sounded like they were building in time with the breeze. Sounds like a great day for sailing!!

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    Sailing adventure for 'goats,' kids

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    If sailors with at least 25 trips on the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac are members of the Island Sailing Goat Society, what does that make first-timers? Oh, go ahead, call 'em kids.

    The 97th Mac began Saturday off Chicago. The first yachts should arrive at Mackinac Island, Mich., tonight or overnight. Among the 3,000-some sailors on the 300-plus yachts are dozens of first-time Mac sailors and plenty of kids.

    One first-time sailor, 15-year-old Riley Hagan of Traverse City, Mich., gave an ageless description of sailing's appeal: "I like how calm it is and the whole idea of natural forces powering you.''

    Actually, calm better describes the experience than the racing.   more...

     



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    The Mac's oldest mariner

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    At 96, this race--his 30th--will put him on course to make history, win or lose

    Between Chicago and Mackinac Island, the length of the world's longest freshwater sailing race, Karl Stein is the oldest man on the water.

    He's 96 and in good health, a term relative at his age.

    Still, as the fleet in the 97th Mackinac Race makes its way north over the 333-mile course this weekend, Stein is trying to prove that experience means more than a person's age, that it matters at least as much as athleticism.

    Stein brought his weathered leather bag aboard Saturday and perched himself in the pre-race tumult. There were visitors aboard and gear everywhere, Monroe Harbor a forest of masts and fluttering race pennants.   more...


     



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    The Race Has Started ... The Wait Begins - July 16, 2005

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    The annual wait is over ... the annual wait begins.

    Each year, Great Lake sailors wait in anticipation for the start of the Chicago Yacht Club's race to Mackinac. That happened earlier today on Lake Michigan, just off of Chicago. Now the next wait begins. We wait to find out who will finish first and which boats with gain honors in their sections.

    Once the boats sail out of sight from Chicago, people will rely on chicagomackinac.com and calls from relatives to find out how things are going.  more...

     

    reprinted from http://www.torresen.com/sailing/



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