2021 Bayview Mackinac Race Featured a Strong Field of Competitors, New Sponsors and the Return of the Post-Race Party on The Island
- 97th consecutive running of the summer classic has renewed interest, with 188 boats registered to start the Race
- DraftKings joins Atwater Brewery and Bayview Mackinac Foundation as presenting sponsors. Other new sponsors include Faygo Beverages, Flagstar Bank, Lake Huron Medical Center and Tito's Vodka
DETROIT (July 20, 2021) - Bayview Yacht Club, one of the nation's most storied and historic sailing clubs, is pleased to present the 97th consecutive running of the Bayview Mackinac Race. The 2021 race starts Saturday, July 24, with the first boats crossing the starting line at 11:30 a.m. on Lake Huron, just north of the Blue Water Bridge.
"Last year, we were very proud to run the race to a safe and successful conclusion to keep our record of consecutive races run intact, but no one would say it was like past races," said Greg Thomas, 2021 Bayview Mackinac Race Chairman. "This year, we expect things to be more normal, the number of boats and sailors is just about back to where it had been, we have some new boats and some old boats coming back, as well as crews coming from all over the country. We are also holding our post-race awards ceremony on the Island."
The renewed interest in the Race has brought with it new and returning sponsors. For 2021, DraftKings Inc. joins Atwater Brewery and the Bayview Mackinac Race Foundation as presenting sponsors for the event. New sponsors for 2021 include Faygo Beverages, Flagstar Bank, Lake Huron Medical and Sika Corporation.
According to 2021 Bayview Commodore Chuck Stormes, "It is tremendous to see the Race come back so strong after what we all went through in 2020. To have so many sponsors signing on to participate is a testament to the tradition of the Race and all the hard work and preparation the Mackinac Race Committee has done over the past year."
"As Detroit's hometown brewery, Atwater is proud to continue our support of the iconic Bayview to Mackinaw race to the island," said Mark Rieth, Atwater president. "It's hard to improve on a day spent racing on the Great Lakes, the wind in your hair and the warm Michigan sun on your skin, but being greeted at the docks with a cool, crisp and refreshing Atwater brew does just that. We're happy to support this Pure Michigan event and help sailors, spectators and passersby enjoy the day. Prost!"
Other sponsors include Grand Hotel, the official Hotel of the Race, Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, the official ferry sponsor of the Race, Aitken & Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, and Coral Reef Apparel. Tito's Handmade Vodka, the official Vodka sponsor is returning after a year off. Longtime sponsors Aitken & Ormond Insurance and Frankenmuth Insurance are co-sponsors of the "Kids Club" at the Island Awards Presentation.
On the water, one change announced last fall is the Bayview Yacht Club Mackinac Race Authority has adopted the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) Rating System to score the Race. The rule will correct the elapsed time difference of competing boats and put them on the same level. The new rating system offers competitors several benefits, including increased transparency, lower costs for one-design racing boats and a better user experience for other competitors. The rating rule will also be used in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, which will start on July 16, 2021.
According to Thomas, "Over the past several years, we have looked for an equitable rating system for the boats and we believe the ORC system will ensure any sailors interested in competing have ample opportunity."
Approximately 2,000 sailors will take part in the annual regatta.
Again this year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, all competitors will sail on the 204 nautical miles (235 statute miles) Shore Course along the Michigan shoreline heading west to the Mackinac Island Finish Line. Like last year, Boat's that in previous years would sailed on the Cove Island Course will the compete for the J.L. Hudson Trophy and the Canadian Club Classic Trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of the Shore Course. The Corinthian Trophy will go to the boat with the best corrected time in seconds per mile on either course with an all-amateur crew.
The awards ceremony and party will be held at Woodfill Park, located at the foot of the hill leading to Grand Hotel, on Tuesday, July 27.
Sailing fans around the world can track individual boats or the entire fleet on the official race site, www.bycmack.com, through Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices on each boat provided by YB Tracking.
Each year the economic impact of the Race on the communities involved is approximated between $30 and $59 million (depending on weather conditions), making it one of the premier events hosted in the state of Michigan, and one with a significant economic impact to a host of local Michigan businesses, especially in tourism.
ABOUT BAYVIEW YACHT CLUB
Bayview Yacht Club, founded in 1915, is widely regarded as the premier sailing club in Michigan and the Midwest. Located on the Detroit River near the mouth of Lake St. Clair, it has been hosting the Mackinac Race since 1925 and has more than 900 members. For more information: www.byc.com.
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