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The 111th Chicago to Mackinac Race

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July 12
July 13
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The 111th Chicago to MackinacⓇ Race will feature the new Point Betsie Team Race Challenge Trophy.

Everyone into sailing in Benzie County and Northern Michigan is excited about the Point Betsie Team Race Challenge Trophy that will be awarded to the top three-boat team with the best-combined finish across their divisions in this year’s Chicago to MackinacⓇ Race that begins July 12, 2019.

New to this iconic race is the Point Betsie Team Race Challenge Trophy sponsored by the Storm Trysail Club, which will add another level of friendly competition to the racing. The trophy was first awarded during the 100th running of the Race to Mackinac. It has since served as the Chicago Yacht Club Challenge Trophy and now makes the natural transition to recognize the new team challenge. It is being named after Benzie County, Michigan’s Point Betsie, often the first piece of land seen by racers after they head across Lake Michigan.

Mary Carroll, President of Make It Benzie says, “This was such a great surprise this year to learn that one of our Benzie County icons, Point Betsie, will now have its name on the challenge trophy commemorating the friendly competition that surrounds the Chicago to MackinacⓇ race. All of us in Benzie County are excited and overjoyed that Point Betsie has such a significant meaning to the many sailors in this great race.”

According to the Chicago Yacht Club website, “Twenty-two teams have registered for the inaugural Point Betsie Team Race Challenge, of three boats from three different divisions. The team with the best-combined placement will be the inaugural winner of the Point Betsie Trophy.”

According to the competition’s rules, teams of three monhull boats will join together to race against other three-boat teams. The team of boats with the best-combined percentage placement in their divisions will prevail. To have been eligible for this year’s race, teams were formed from boats racing in at least two of the three monohull divisions and may have no more than one cruising division boat. Additionally, each boat may only participate in one team.

Judy Remmert, owner of the Hotel Frankfort, and the hotel’s staff take part in communicating information about the boats in the race by posting social media updates of their progress during the competition. They also have fun by offering the public specialty drinks named after the boats and, beginning this year, will have a specialty cocktail created for the Point Betsie Team Race Challenge Award.

“The Chicago to Mackinac Ⓡ race is so exciting for all of us who get to see all of the boats rounding the turn along Point Betsie. My son, Ray, crews on the Black Fin, so this race is especially important to me,” Remmert says. “In addition, with adding the new Point Betsie Team Race Challenge Trophy the race will be even more exciting!

“Hotel Frankfort hosts many of the returning sailors coming back from the race who stop in at our hotel for something to eat in Frankfort on their way back to Chicago and other points south. We hope that some of them will be bringing in the Point Betsie Team Race Challenge Trophy for us to take a look at!”

To experience the race in action along the Lake Michigan shore in Elberta, Frankfort and at Point Betsie Lighthouse, Make It Benzie has an exciting lodging package called “Benzie Treasure Trove,” with over $300 worth of free and discounted goods and services for leisure vacationers who visit Northern Michigan’s Benzie County this spring, summer and fall.

President Mary Carroll of Make It Benzie says, “We are excited to offer the Benzie Treasure Trove package now through October 31, 2019. As part of the package you’ll receive wonderful free or discounted food offers—delicious cherry pie, desserts, ice cream, burgers, BBQ Pork Sliders and more—and discounts on activities such as biking, kayaking, canoeing, golf, Point Betsie Lighthouse tours, children’s activities, coaster rides and more.”

Carroll concludes, “There is plenty for everyone in Benzie County including active recreational activities, spending quality time with family, great beaches, wonderful food and events. Benzie County is a beautiful place ‘to be’ and the “Benzie Treasure Trove” package helps you experience all that we have to offer.”

Discover Benzie County along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore during this limited-time package. Visit www.visitbenzie.com/stay/benzie-treasure-trove to sign up online or call 800-882-5801 to find out more. Get the true flavor of Northern Michigan’s relaxed pace, exciting adventures, endless exploration, and exquisite natural beauty—all waiting for you in Benzie County.

Benzie social media sites at www.facebook.com/benziecounty.cvb/and https://www.instagram.com/makeitbenzie/.The full article about the upcoming 111th Chicago to MackinacⓇ race and the Point Betsie Team Race Challenge from the Chicago Yacht Club website is featured below:

Stage is Set for 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

Final preparations are underway for the 270 entrants racing in the 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac which starts July 12 for the Cruising Division and July 13 for the Racing Divisions.

The 2019 edition has a diverse fleet that will traverse the 289-nautical mile course up Lake Michigan. Thirteen states and three countries are represented, and boats range from Perry Fortune and Ryan Farrell’s Express 27 Air Force to Peter Thornton’s 105’ Whitehawk. More than 2200 sailors are coming from as far as Hong Kong (James Lidbury’s C&C 110 Zen, from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.)

New this year is the Point Betsie Team Race Challenge Trophy sponsored by the Storm Trysail Club, adding another level of friendly competition to the racing. Twenty-two teams have registered for the inaugural challenge, made up of three boats from three different divisions. The team with the best combined placement will be the inaugural winner of the Point Betsie Trophy.

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There are now four TP52s in the Great Lakes, and they are all gunning for line honors should conditions suit. But, DeVos cautions, “You never know what you’re going to get on this Race, that’s for sure.

“It’s Lake Michigan and it’s always unique. Last year’s conditions were very difficult and very rare, then the year before that we had to retire. But, I also remember other years when there was no wind and it took until Wednesday to finish. The race is unpredictable, and that is another reason we all keep coming back.”Race information– Entry list– Facebook