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19 July 2005, 04:48 pm
Boats Flying To The Finish
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Race to Mackinac 2005
Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

Thanks to a welcome change in conditions, the finishers in the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac Island, USA have been enjoying big steady breezes.
The Dehler 39 Liberty skippered by David PHELPS, reported winds of 20-25 knots with gusts up to 30 knots in her final hours of the Race. At 1730 hours local time on Monday afternoon, fewer than 40 boats had yet to finish the Race, with 242 skippers having crossed the finish line. Last year at this time, only 23 boats had finished.

Preliminary results show that Retriever, from the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, can claim the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy and that Kutty's Ark from Columbia Yacht Club has won the Mackinac Cup. Rocketeer III from the Fort Walton Yacht Club, won first to finish honors in the Multihull Division.

Chicago Yacht Club Mackinac Committee Chair Rick LILLIE described the race. 'It began light and no one knew where to go. Some went out in the Lake, some went up the shore and some of us went up the middle and tried to play both sides. There were no home runs… As usual, it was, among the Tartan Tens, a tightly contested race.'

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