2020 Bayview Mackinac Race
Current Race News

Current Race News...
05-Jul-2020 - 12:49pm

Bayview Mackinac Race - Update - July 4, 2020

Current items to update everyone on.

02-Jul-2020 - 04:06pm

ATTENTION: Mackinac Racers,

The Port Huron Power Squadron is helping the Sailor’s participating in the Port Huron to Mackin
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02-Jul-2020 - 12:01am

Doyle Sails has been a long time supporter of our race and here's a special message from Al Declercq and Doyle Sails to all participants in the
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Current Press Releases...
24-May-2020 - 10:10am

Bayview Mackinac Race - Update - 25 May 2020

Current items to update everyone on.

  • Due to yearly refinement of VPP model used to generate the ORR-ez certificates we will be updating the Shore Course "Speed Limit" by -4 seconds per mile. This is a little more than necessary to accommodate the 2020 changes but hope that this will also accommodate 2021. This change keeps boats on the courses that they have historically sailed. The limit will change from 644.9 to 640.9. This change will be made in the next NOR amendment.
  • Good News! The Coast Guard has issued the required permit for the Race.
  • We will have access to the harbor on Mackinac Island. There may be Well / Rafting limitations in the harbor. If this limits the number of boats we can put in the harbor, access to the harbor will be based on registration completion date.
  • The patience and flexibility strategy is paying off. Slowly but surly the issues that we have faced this year are being resolved. It is looking increasingly likely we are having a race. So, to get ready:
    • Register
    • Complete all the registration requirements
    • Get your boat ready
    • Confirm your reservations on the island
  • As I have previously said, due to all the issues this year, this just may not be a year you are able to do the race. If you know this now, please contact Linda or myself and formally withdraw. This will be a huge help to the race if you let us know sooner than later.

General Questions we have received:


Question Comment
Will there be a party in Port Huron? Not one sponsored by BYC
Will there be a party on Mackinac Island? Looking more unlikely
Will my boat have a safety inspection on Mackinac Island? Yes, there will still be random inspections.
Will Endless Summer band be on Mackinac Island? Not this year.
Will awards be handed out on Mackinac Island Yes, we believe so
Will there be social distancing requirements on Mackinac Island? This will be up to Mackinac Island and government directives/requirements.
Will there be changes before the start of the race? Absolutely!
Could the race still be canceled? Yes it could, based on the conditions stated in the NOR.
Does Mackinac Island even want us on the island and can they accommodate us? The answer to both of these is a resounding yes! The Mackinac Island economy has been severely impacted. They want and need us to support them.
What right-of-way rules apply to a virtual mark? It's a mark regardless of its physical presence. Please review the RRS.
How does using Yellow Brick to score the race impact the finish times and possible scoring? It does not in any meaningful way impact the results. We have done research and the data shows that the change between scoring the boats by the bow or stern (YB Transponder Location) would not have impacted scoring in the past several years. We are working with US Sailing, World Sailing and Yellow Brick to come to a common understanding and agreement.
Where will the awards be on the island? No idea. We are working on it.

What does all this mean?

The Bayview Mackinac Race is still a go! Get your entries in, Rating Certs processed and your boats ready!!

Chris Clark
Chairman - 2020 Bayview Mackinac Race

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