March 1, 2019
Dear Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race (BBBMR) Skippers, Crew, and Friends:
There are now 140 days until the 2019 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race and 94 days until registration closes on June 4th. The deadline for using your BYC member account for your entry is April 30th.
As of this writing on February 24th, there are 87 boats registered, 53 on the Cove Course and 34 on the Shore course. Just a reminder, for OD class approval please refer to Section 2 of the Notice of Race for details and deadline information.
I also encourage you to review the Safety Equipment Requirements for the race that are posted on the race website. Now is a great time to inspectall of your safetygear to make sure it is in fully operating order. If repairs are needed, Thomas Hardware Company in Grosse Pointe Park is a great resource for you.
There are some great BYC Winter Seminars coming up this month at BYC that will help you be better prepared for this year’s race. On March 7that 7 p.m. Michael Varsava will be presenting “First Aid on the Water”. On March 14that 7 p.m., our Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race sponsor North Sails Detroit, will host “Mackinac Race Strategies, Weather, and Routing” presented by North U’s Bill Gladstone and North Sails Karl Kuspa.On March 21stat 7 p.m. Sandra Svoboda will be presenting “Great Lakes Water Levels”. I hope to see you at the club for these informative seminars.
The ORR-ez site has been opened to receive applications and the ORR site is expected to open on March 1st. Links to both of these sites can be found on the “Information Board” on the main page of the race website, www.bycmack.com. I encourage you to make your application for your rating as soon as possible. Once you receive your rating certificate, please review them to make sure all of the information on the certificate is correct.
Please encourage your fellow sailors to register for the race. The more boats that register 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 95thrunning of the race.
Please go to our website often where we will post all competitor notifications and updates, as well as the calendar of important dates.
I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for the race: Bell’s Brewery, Grand Hotel, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, North Sails, Pentastar Aviation, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, Aitken & Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, Bayview Yacht Club Foundation, Marx Layne and Detroit Sports Media.
I would also like to recognize the over 165 volunteers that we could not have such a great race without! Thank you to all of those that serve on the committees for the Bell’s Oasis Tent in Port Huron, US Coast Guard Liaison, Cove Island Light, Finish Lines Shifts, Harbor, Inspection, Legal, Media Sponsor & Starting Line Boats, Public Relations, Race Documents, Race Headquarters, Race Information, Registration & Check-In, Safety, Social Media, Sponsorship, Starting Line Race Officials, Technical, Trophy and Website.
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!
2019 Race Chairman
Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race