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2020 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – July 11 – 14, 2020

2016 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

The Bayview Mackinac Race – which will begin on Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 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 – 2020
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 11, 2020.

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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Tuesday July 14th, 2020 - 5:54 pm

Bayview Mackinac Race

Notch another First for our Bayview Mackinac Race that goes on the history!

After months of planning the Bayview Mackinac Race this year went truly digital, fully automated and in true "real-time" with the finishes and all race Results.

With the current situation and social distancing requirements, the trailer at the finish had eliminated. We worked with the group at Yellow Brick Tracking and setup for the trackers to automatically send the finish time for each boat directly to our system as they crossed the finish line. That time stamp was stored and used to immediately calculate the Elapsed and Corrected times along with updating all of the results for the race. This process allowed for the results to be instantaneously posted on the event web site upon every single boat finish!

A true, real-time automated scoring and results! Another Bayview Yacht Club Race to Mackinac First!
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Well done. Way to stay the course despite adverse conditions.

Great job by Chris and the crew!! Against all odds and you pulled it off! Question those results though. Look at Boats 1st and 4th, they have incorrect distance traveled. Boat in 4th I think dropped out and the transponder was driven up to the island. It was moving at 40mph at one point someone mentioned on facebook. Seems like some adjustments will have to be made for correct finishes.

Well done Bayview Yacht Club! Keeping it classy and setting the bar continues.

Thank you Chris Clark, the MRA, and the race committee for the opportunity to race this year. The work you did to keep everyone safe was appreciated. Congratulations on a successful race.

Well done BYC. Enjoyed staying current with the race. Very difficult (impossible) to photograph the start when I was 2.5 miles away on shore. Maybe I'll find a ride next year. Very glad to see that the race was conducted against most odds.

It is great that you made this happen, thank you! I wish the finish didn't need to be digital. The tradition and celebration are missed!

Thanks for all the efforts from the committee--greatly appreciated!!

Okay so I’m confused, forgive me. So the race is clearly on in “real time” but are the festivities completely shut down?

Was this post dictated by a 3 year old?

I’m not exactly sure what all of this means, but I’ve been a fan of BYC since the 1950s. Well done!

Huge thanks to Bayview Yacht Club for persevering, this was a great experience from beginning to end.

Bravo and lucky guy from your french canadian friend!

Congratulations!! Hoping we can go back to the old way, next year. 🤞

Thanks, Commodore Chris and team we the Sapphire team loved it

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Saturday July 11th, 2020 - 7:13 am

Bayview Mackinac Race

Bayview Mackinac Race - Weather Briefing Update

Good morning racers. I have posted a a quick update to yesterday's full weather briefing at www.lakeeriewx.com/Racing/BYC/BYCForecast.html

Friday's full briefing is at the top of the page and this morning's update is just below it.

Have a great race!

Mark Thornton
LakeErieWX Marine Weather
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⛵️ I hope all of you are having a great race and you will continuing keeping us informed ! Good luck to Marty and his ‘Dragon’ team crew ! Hope the weather cooperates with you ! ⛵️👍⛵️👍🏆

Is there a finish line cam? The Phoenix has only .4 nm to go!

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sailingpix.com/ took pix at the start

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Wednesday July 26th, 2017 - 2:09 pm

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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

Photo highlights from the Bells Beer Bayview Mackinac Race this week. This years 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!

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