December 15, 2017
Dear Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race (BBBMR) Skippers, Crew, Sponsors and Spectators:
There are now 211 days until the 2018 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race and 167 days until registration closes. We have had a great start with 29 boats registered in the first 10 days, which is on par with our best years. As I reported last month, the Notice of Race and Safety Equipment Recommendations have been posted. I expect to have the Cruising Class Rules posted within the next week.
In the coming month, we will be working on updating the pre- and post-race inspection process as well as bringing our Race Committee together to plan the details of another great race on the water.
One of the more frequent suggestions that we get from competitors is on the topic of class splits. To create the most level playing field for all competitors, we wait to make the splits until after the late registration deadline in June, and everyone who is going to race is registered and have chosen their Division. We have a meeting scheduled for June 22nd with four former Mack Chairs, myself, and the next two Mack Chairs to make the splits; all with a collective experience of more than 200 Mack Races.
The #1 thing that each of you can do to help us make the best class splits for you is to help us get more boats registered. Bigger numbers means more classes and tighter rating bands in each class. Please talk to friends at your yacht club, marina, and boat basin to convince them to register for the 2018 BBBMR.
Please go to our website often where we will post all competitor notifications and updates, as well as the calendar of important dates.
We at Bayview Yacht Club are honored that you choose to participate in our Race and will make it the best it can be for you. Please register early and bring your friends!
Chair, 2018 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race