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Race to Mackinac figures to be uneventful with nice weather

Race to

What: The 105th sailing of the race, 333 statute miles (289.4 nautical miles), from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Mich.

When: Bulk of the fleet leaves in sections every 10 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, ending about 3 p.m.

Spectators: Parade of Boats begins about
11 a.m. Saturday, viewed best from Navy Pier.

Updated: July 12, 2013 11:11PM

It’s one of those years when Mac sailors should have time to savor the sun rising over the Michigan shore Sunday morning.

The cruising division of the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac set sail Friday under nearly perfect weather — well, a bit benign for fast sailing. The bulk of the fleet sails Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending about 3 p.m., on the 333-mile race to Mackinac Island, Mich.

“I think it is darn pretty,” said Dave Simon, part of the crew of Fast Tango. “You are going up the Michigan shore and see the sun coming up over the dunes.’’

That should be the case this year. This Mac looks to be an average, probably uneventful, sail.

The weather forecast is for light winds and little chance of storms. Crafty, experienced sailors should outperform the go-fast crews. The first boats should arrive Sunday night at the island.

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