Race to Mackinac slow as she goes
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media July 16, 2013 7:07PM
The Cup Division in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. | MISTE photography
Crewing on ‘‘Absolut,’’ Andy Hoffman tweeted, ‘‘Bridge in sight!’’ on Tuesday.
If ever a Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac earned an exclamation point at the sight of the famed Mackinac Bridge, it was the 105th Mac.
Race chair Lou Sandoval, who raced his Beneteau 36.7 ‘‘Karma,’’ said, ‘‘I was a whopping 75 yards from finish, and we were going back at one point. It was glassy.’’
It was a slow go of historic note. So slow there were two awards ceremonies, 2 and 10 p.m. Tuesday. Nearly one entry in seven had withdrawn (40 DNFs) by Tuesday afternoon.
The Mac officially ends Wednesday afternoon (or sooner if all boats are finished), 24 hours after the first boat arrived in the final section Tuesday afternoon.
‘‘We keep track of the fastest and windiest, but try not to keep track of the slowest, but it has to be up there on the list,’’ Sandoval said.
‘‘Sufficient Reason,’’ a J122 sailing in Section 4 and owned Mitchel Padnos and Tracy Brand of Holland, Mich., had the top corrected time of 47 hours, 5 minutes and 21 seconds.
In the cruising division, ‘‘Infinite Diversion,’’ a Hanse 630e owned by Joseph Haas of Winnetka, took first-to-finish honors (1:48 p.m. Sunday) and had the best corrected time (49:26:16). In the racing fleet, ‘‘Windquest,’’ a Max Z86 owned by Doug and Dick DeVos of Macatawa, Mich., took first-to-finish honors (9:56 p.m. Sunday).
In the doublehanded division, ‘‘Safir III,’’ owned by Chicagoan Robert Radway, was first (6:18 p.m. Monday) and had corrected-time honors (55:58:24). For the multihulls, ‘‘Lucky Strike,’’ owned by Fred Ball of Harbor Springs, Mich., was first (10:53 a.m. Monday) and had corrected-time honors (50:08:07).
The cruising division set sail Friday east of Navy Pier on the 333-mile race to Mackinac Island, Mich. The racing fleet sailed Saturday in the world’s oldest freshwater distance race.