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Insider's guide to the Port Huron to Mackinac Race

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How boats are maintained and crews assembled for the grand journey, and why Old Goats keep coming back for more

Ted Kulfan / The Detroit News

The 82nd Port Huron to Mackinac Race, which gets underway Saturday, will include more than 250 boats and 3,000 sailors. It's an important race within the sailing community, and attracts participants from as far away as Europe.

But, for all the attention this race generates in Michigan each summer, sailing remains a foreign affair to most sports fans. With that in mind, here is an insider's guide to the great race:  more...

photo by Clarence Tabb Jr./The Detroit News

 



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The Historic Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race Continues Extraordinary Tradition

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DETROIT, July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Three thousand sailors will take to Lake Huron on July 15, 2006 as the 82nd consecutive Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race commences. For the organizers, skippers, sailors and spectators, the race is an annual opportunity for camaraderie and family togetherness. For many, it is a need for adventure and seamanship. For others, it is a time to watch the stars, smell the pines and to look forward to an annual trip up north.   more...

 



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Ahee Jewelers Honors Top Four 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Overalls

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DETROIT, July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Ahee Jewelers of Grosse Pointe Woods today announced the company's support of the 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race by offering four first prizes, one to each of the four overall division winners finishing the historic 82nd consecutive sail from Port Huron to Mackinac Island.

Race chairman Lance Smotherman said, "Bayview Mackinac Race sailors are passionate about their sport, so it is only fitting that we welcome Ahee Jewelers to our growing list of extraordinary sponsors. It is a great honor for the event to have the Ahee family support our skippers and to provide them with an award for their finish times."   more...

 



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Local 4 reporter to hit the waves with the boats

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photoStarting today on WDIV-TV, Local 4, reporter Paula Tutman takes to Lake Huron for a series of reports that chronicle the history, preparation and lore surrounding the annual Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race.

When the event starts Saturday, Tutman will be sending live reports from Lake Huron aboard the Highlander Sea, a 154-foot schooner."We think this is perhaps the most ambitious live coverage ever attempted by a local television station," said WDIV Operations Director Jeff Liebman.   more...

 



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Wind speeds, swells tougher on the ocean crews

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By JIM WHYMER
Times Herald

Tom Clemons has enjoyed the best of two sailing worlds for the past six years.

The Marine City resident spends his summers sailing on Lake Huron and his winters touring the coast of South America.

Clemons will be aboard Loon Magic on Saturday for the 81st sailing of the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race.

"I always look forward to sailing Mackinac," said Clemons, who skippered Scrammin'and Scramin the race for more than 25 years. "I'm on a great crew and have been friends with Jamie (Shinke and Loon Magicco-owner with Bill Wilson) for a long time.   more...

 



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Sailors embrace race's 'unmatchable appeal'

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By CHRIS MACKINDER
Times Herald

Colin Booth has sailed all around the world.

South Africa, check. Britain, check. France, check. Fiji, check.Now, Booth, a native of New Zealand and captain of the 52-foot Glucklich, is bringing his 35 years of boat-racing experience to Port Huron.

Why did he choose to add the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race to the ever-growing list of races he's sailed?

That's simple.

"The (boat's) owners (Jim Mitchell and Bryon Ehrhart) are very passionate about this race," Booth said shortly after docking Glucklich in the Black River in Port Huron. "They said it can have a little bit of everything."

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Mackinac fans deal with downtown road-work tangles

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When heading to downtown Port Huron to view this year's boats participating in the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race, it's better to walk than to drive.

This year, participants and spectators for the annual event will find restricted access to some downtown parking areas. But they'll also find better access to the sea wall along the Black River.   more...

 



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From small to tall, boats ready to race

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photoBY PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Eyes around the world will turn to Michigan on Saturday when as many as 250 boats and 2,500 sailors set off in the 82nd annual Port Huron to Mackinac race -- among the world's longest fresh-water races with one of the largest fleets on the international circuit.

And a whole lot of landlubbers fascinated by the spectacle -- an estimated 100,000 of them -- will roam the docks in Port Huron for Friday's Boat Night party. Thousands more will be there Saturday to cheer the sailors heading out of the Black River and into Lake Huron for the race.   more...

 



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'Old goat' is introducing daughter to Mackinac Race

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BOB GROSS
Paul Corneliussen will be an old goat - and he's proud of it. A Rochester Hills resident, Corneliussen will be sailing in his 25th Port Huron to Mackinac Island race - formally known as the Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race - on Saturday. "We're pretty excited about it," said Corneliussen. "I'm taking my daughter for her first Mackinac race - she's 15. "This is my 25th Mackinac, which means I'm an old goat. "Three years ago, I made a deal with my daughter, who was 12, that she would have to wait to go with me until I was an old goat."   more
photo by TONY PITTS, Times Herald


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Shore Course grows in popularity

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By JIM WHYMER Times Herald
 
Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to competing in the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race. But the 81st running of the Mackinac Race features a big change in entries. There are a record number of yachts sailing the Shore Course. The Shore Course, which is 204 nautical miles, has 125 entries, while the Southampton Course (253 nautical miles) is at 117 for a 242 total.   more...
Photo By MELISSA WAWZYSKO, Times Herald
 


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Lake Huron International Regatta 2006 Results

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GPSC Race Program - 7/08/2006

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GPSC Race Program

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How to describe your boat’s performance

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Dave Dellenbaugh


If your job on the boat allows you enough time to carefully observe other boats while you are racing upwind or downwind, you can help your team by describing your boat's relative performance. Watch the other boat for a period of time to see whether you are going faster, slower, higher or lower.   more...
 


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Learn the Racing Rules - DVD

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SEA-TV Productions along with rules expert, David Dellenbaugh, the on-screen host and narrator, have designed this DVD set to make it easier to learn the international yacht racing rules.

"Learn the Racing Rules" is an excellent application of the power of video to instruct and illuminate a complex subject. Yacht racing is a very kinetic and complicated sport and the rules are very difficult to understand from reading them in the rules book. By using the power of digital video production software such as animation, computer graphics, slow motion, and stop motion, we are able to make the rules readily understandable. This along with actual racing footage and a script by one of the world’s top yacht racing rules experts makes it easier for youth and entry level racers to participate in the sport and helps experienced racers to be more confident and ultimately win more races.  more...

 



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The Sailing's Great, Even When It's Landlocked

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Gary Jobson
Don't fall into the trap of thinking all sailing happens on the coasts; there are vibrant lake and river sailing clubs that are just as passionate as their saltier counterparts on the oceans. Sailing is a highly visible sport in many coastal towns, and along the shores of our Great Lakes, but there are vibrant sailing clubs operating on smaller lakes and rivers everywhere across the country. The enthusiasm for sailing in these landlocked venues is strong, and the sailors of America's inland waters are every bit as enthusiastic as those of us on our coasts.   more


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