Race To Mackinac

This image was taken in Timberlake Estates during their annual July 4th sailboat race.

Did you perhaps hear or even watch the beginning of the Race to Mackinac this weekend? I know I did, but many people haven’t even heard of the Race to Mackinac. It is a shame because this is one of the most prestigious amateur boat races in the World. There is no stopping, with over 300 boats participating; they endure a trek across Lake Michigan, not stopping for the night or harsh storms. It started in 1898 when the first race was held with 5 boats. The longevity of this race is truly tremendous and the public support is enormous. For 333 miles, the boats start in Chicago and head to Mackinac Island. It is the oldest freshwater race in the entire world! Imagine that, for 333 miles, captains and their crew sail Lake Michigan for typically over 24 hours, although that time mark has been broken. This race is truly magnificent itself, gone on for over a century and still is the longest freshwater race in the world.

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