June 3, 2019
Dear Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Skippers, Crew, Sponsors and Spectators:
Race preparations are moving along with less than 2 months before 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 and we could not do it without them. If you see one of our volunteers in their “Race Committee” shirt, please take a moment to thank them.
On May 5thwas the second Race Committee Chair’s meeting of the year to continue planning for this year’s race. The following is some of what was discussed.
There is an old adage that says ... if you want to keep a secret from the sailors, put it in the Sailing Instructions. All changes to the Race will be clearly outlined in the Sailing Instructions when they are posted. Please don't let them be a secret to you!
We continue to make upgrades to our finish line trailer and Race Committee equipment. The finish line pole this year will again be 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 do not use your reflective sailboard as outlined in the Sailing Instructions, you will be subject to protest by the Race Committee. 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 SIGN MAN at 586-915-6430.
Like last year, our Harbor Committee and Inspection Committee will have LED lighted arm bands and colored t-shirts so that you can easily identify them. Harbor Committee will be green and the Inspection Committee will be red.
We hope to have all new boats inspected before the race so that any deficiencies can be identified and resolved. Post-race inspections may be directed to use the Inspection Dock identified on the Mackinac Island Harbor Map on the Main Dock.
Once you’ve finished the race, please follow radio instructions for docking and inspections.
Each year the Race Committee boat at the starting line receives race day crew substitutions from competitors over VHF channel 71. This is a reminder that the RC does not approve those substitutions, they merely record them. Each competitor is required to ensure that any crew substitution does not exceed the crew weight declared on their ORR or ORR-EZ certificate.
Official BBBMR Merchandise:
Official race SWAG is now available on the Bayview Mack website at www.bycmack.com. Lots of great clothing, so check it out. Last year I purchased a black long sleeve zippered shirt and a pullover shell that I just love!
Please go to our website often where we will post all competitor notifications and updates, as well as the calendar of important dates. www.bycmack.com
In closing, I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for the race: Bell’s Brewery, Grand Hotel, Luca Mariano, Gill, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Pentastar Aviation, North Sails, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, NôMI Sparkling Water, Aitken & Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, Sharpe Travel Services, Legal Copy Services, Sykes & Webster – The Burton Families, Bayview Yacht Club Foundation, Detroit Sports Media, Marx Layne, Freighter’s Eatery & Tap Room, Futuramic Tool and Engineering, Harken, Pink Pony – Chippewa Hotel and Thomas Hardware Company.
We are honored that you choose to participate in our Race and will make it the best it can be for you!
Chair, 2019 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race