April 1, 2018
Dear Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race (BBBMR) Skippers, Crew, Sponsors and Spectators:
Race preparations are moving along with less than 4 months before the 94th running of the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, and we hope to see all of you there.
There are more than 165 volunteers that are needed to run this Race. March 21st was the first Race Committee Chair’s meeting to start the process of setting up this year’s Race. All changes to the Race will be clearly outlined in the Sailing Instructions when they are posted. Some of the topics discussed include the following:
We continue to make upgrades to our new finish line trailer and Race Committee equipment. The finish line pole this year will change from the orange lighted cylinder of years past to a new flag pole (a carbon DN iceboat mast donated by Ron Sherry) brightly lit with blue LED rope lights. We have upgraded our spot light and binocular tripods to make sighting your boat when you are finishing more clearly. We ask that you use your Reflective Sailboard (as outlined in both Monohull and Multihull SER 3.13) as required by the Sailing Instructions. If you need a new placard, we have a vendor who promised to make them for $125 plus tax. You can contact Bill Lince of SIGNMAN at 586-915-6430.
We are working on a new docking procedure to make it easier for each competitor to know where they will be moored. We will have LED light arm bands and colored t-shirts for each of the Harbor and Inspection Committee members so that you can easily identify them.
We anticipate requiring pre-race inspection of all new boats to the BBBMR. We are also working to set up a post-race inspection dock on Mackinac Island. Stay tuned for updates to the inspection process.
Safety at Sea Seminar:
April 21-22 is the US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar at Bayview and it is sold-out.
US Sailing delayed the rating renewal process until mid-March. By the time you are reading this letter, you should have received your ORR or ORR-EZ renewal application. If you have not, please contact me directly.
Any boat new to the Race will need to go to the ORR website and apply for a rating. For ORR ratings the link is https://ucs.ussailing.org/#/welcome, and for ORR-EZ it is https://offshoreracingassociation.org/component/rsform/form/3-application-for-orr-ez-rating. These links are also on the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race website at http://bycmack.com/.
Please go to our website often where we will post all competitor notifications and updates, as well as the calendar of important dates.
In closing I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for the race: Bell’s Brewery, Grand Hotel, Gill, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, North Sails, Pentastar Aviation, Aitken Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, Vortexx Pressure Washers, Sykes Webster, Bayview Yacht Club Foundation, Mike’s Marine Supply, Thomas Hardware Company and Detroit Sports Media.
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