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106th Annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac


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July 19th - July 20th, 2014

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is a race like no other. More than three hundred fifty boats leave Chicago every July for a dash to Mackinac Island.

The race starts off of the Chicago light house, traveling 333 statute miles (289.4 nautical miles) from Chicago, starting just off Navy Pier, to Mackinac Island, Michigan. It is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. The boats cross the finish line between the lighthouse on Round Island and the race committee trailer on Mackinac Island.

The 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac officially has 333 registrants as of the June 13 entry deadline — a coincidental number of participants for the 333-mile race that begins July 18 and July 19. More than 3,000 individual sailors from throughout the Midwest, the U.S. and Canada are participating in the 2014 event.

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