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2019 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – July 20 – 23, 2019

2016 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

The Bayview Mackinac Race – which will begin on Saturday, July 20, 2019 – is recognized as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world. Join the excitement of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as boat racers sail Michigan’s Great Lakes to reach their final destination, Mackinac Island. It’s all Pure Michigan from start to finish!

Bayview Mackinac Race Quicklinks:

Online Race Tracking – 2019
Bayview Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac Facebook Page
Follow Via Twitter
Bayview Yacht Club Website

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In the ten decades that the Bayview Mackinac Race has been sailed, much has happened. Wars, economic depressions, and other significant events have transpired, yet the Race has gone on. In fact, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wired a message to Bayview during World War II when word reached the White House that the Club was considering canceling the race. That message read: “Sail your race.” Even then, it was clear that this race was and is important for sailors and for the State of Michigan. Bayview did sail the Mackinac Race that year, and has done so every single year since the first Bayview Mackinac Race in 1925, making it the longest consecutively run freshwater race in the world. This year’s race starts on July 20, 2019.

In its own way, the Bayview Mackinac race has become a vital part of Great Lakes history, Michigan history, and sailing history.

Celebrate the start of the race in Port Huron. Then follow the course of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as they head north along the shores of Michigan’s eastern coast. Join the festivities at the finish line on Mackinac Island. Where the hospitality and celebration is always second to none.

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Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Page On Facebook.

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Friday September 13th, 2019 - 7:36 am

Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

Reservations close today, Friday, September 13th, at 5 p.m. for the Awards Dinner & Trophy Presentation on Friday, September 20th. Walkins cannot be accomodated. Call the BYC Office to make your reservation 313-822-1853. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday September 6th, 2019 - 3:42 pm

Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

September 6, 2019
To all friendly sailors, patient spouses, sponsors and friends,

Wow, July arrived quickly and the weather gods gave us a little of everything for the race. We had 220 boats register with 198 on the starting line. 173 boats completed the race with 25 boats retiring due to mechanical failure or fatigue. All boats and crew were safe. Congratulations to all!

I have to add thank you to all the volunteers from one end of Michigan to the other, so many great people giving countless hours to make this race happen. A special thank you and recognition to the United States Coast Guard for their support of our fleet. They are invaluable partners in insuring that our sailors are safe on the race course.

The Island Awards Party on Tuesday brought great weather and a fantastic performance by the Endless Sumer Band. They did not disappoint. With over 3500 in attendance, all waved their Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race hats to express thanks to Larry Bell for his continued sponsorship of the race.

Sally and Bill Martin, owners of S/V Stripes, were in attendance to accept their many awards this year. They won First in Division I Overall, First in Class B and they won the Pro-Team Challenge for the Red Wings. Congratulations! Thank you for your continued support of the Mackinac Race!

The S/V Sojourner finished and arrived at the Island Awards Party in time to receive the ‘Pickle Boat’ flag on stage. Congratulations Sea Scouts on finishing the race approximately 7 hours ahead of last year’s finish!

We are counting down to the 100th Mackinac Race in 2024. It’s hard to believe that it all started with 12 boats in 1925. Wow!

I am looking forward to seeing those of you who placed first, second or third or won special trophies at the Awards Dinner at Bayview Yacht Club on September 20th!

To the Race Committee volunteers, Bayview Yacht Club, Port Huron Yacht Club, US Coast Guard, first responders from Mackinac Island to City of Port Huron, a personal thank you from me for all that you do for the race!

In closing, I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for the race: Bell’s Brewery, Grand Hotel, Luca Mariano, Gill, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Pentastar Aviation, North Sails, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, Aitken & Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, Sharpe Travel Services, Legal Copy Services, Sykes & Webster – The Burton Families, Bayview Yacht Club Foundation, Detroit Sports Media, Marx Layne, Freighter’s Eatery & Tap Room, Futuramic Tool and Engineering, Pink Pony – Chippewa Hotel and Thomas Hardware Company.

Cordially,
Robert Nutter
Chair, 2019 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race
Mackchair2019@byc.com
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Thursday September 5th, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

Listen to Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race winner BILL MARTIN on SailSportTalk Radio! Way to go Bill and STRIPES! sailsporttalk.com/index.php/2019/07/30/bill-martin/

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Listen to Bells Beer Bayview Mackinac Race winner BILL MARTIN on SailSportTalk Radio! Way to go Bill and STRIPES! http://sailsporttalk.com/index.php/2019/07/30/bill-martin/

#BBBMR #BayviewYachtClub #BellsBeer #BellsBeerBayviewMackinacRace #BYC

Wednesday September 4th, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

Listen to Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race competitor SANDY SVOBODA on SailSportTalk Radio! Way to go Sandy, skipper CYNTHIA BEST and the rest of the all-woman team aboard PHANTOM! sailsporttalk.com/index.php/2019/07/30/sandy-svoboda/

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Listen to Bells Beer Bayview Mackinac Race competitor SANDY SVOBODA on SailSportTalk Radio! Way to go Sandy, skipper CYNTHIA BEST and the rest of the all-woman team aboard PHANTOM! http://sailsporttalk.com/index.php/2019/07/30/sandy-svoboda/
 
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Chippewa Hotel – Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – Photo Gallery (Click on photo for slideshow view)
 
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Wednesday July 26th, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Chippewa Hotel Waterfront

Photo highlights from the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race this week. This year's event was the 93rd annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island. Over 200 boats participated, and good winds enabled a quick finish. The island was busy with sailors and visitors. We had a full house, and of course Pink Pony was "yachts of fun!" Great to see everyone again! ... See MoreSee Less

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