Chicago Mac Combined

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust is excited to unveil its inaugural team race trophy: The Point Betsie Trophy. The Storm Trysail Club sponsors this new way to compete in the Race to Mackinac.

The winners of the Point Betsie Trophy will be in good company; similar trophies are being awarded in the 2019 Transpac and Transatlantic Races, and Block Island Race Week. The Newport Bermuda Race also has a similar team competition.

In order to compete, teams of three monohull boats will join together to race against other three-boat teams. The team of boats with the best combined percentage placement in their divisions will prevail. To be eligible, teams must be formed from boats racing in at least two of the three monohull divisions and may have no more than one cruising division boat. Additionally, a boat may only participate on one team.

“We have long recognized the Chicago-Mac Race as a proving ground for offshore sailors -- debunking the myth that a sailor’s worth is measured in salt.” says A.J. Evans, Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club. “There’s a sense of community among those who share such offshore experiences, and we hope this competition will help extend that fellowship from boats to teams.”

“During a Mac, every boat is very focused on its own performance, and that of competitors in its section,” said Race Chair Sarah Renz. “We hope that the Point Betsie Trophy will give our racers an excuse for heightened camaraderie across divisions with new and old friends, high school and college teammates, or yacht club members on an offshore race platform.”

To enter, a team must complete the entry form available for download here and return it to the Regatta Manager by June 15. As a reminder, no boat may enter as part of more than one team, therefore it’s a good idea to talk with your fellow competitors and club members now and form your team as soon as possible.

About the Point Betsie Trophy:
This trophy was first awarded during the 100th running of the Race to Mackinac. It has since served as the Yacht Club Challenge Trophy and now makes the natural transition to recognize the new team challenge. It is named after Michigan’s Point Betsie, often the first piece of land seen by racers after they head across Lake Michigan.

Lets go sailing.

"Alright now, this is a night start don't forget; so let's get somebody on lookout up on that bow...

Alright now, did you figure the current? For chrissake do I have to do everything? And don't forget to figure the daylight saving. What? No, you add an hour, for chrissake, can't anybody here sail a boat? What did he say? He said "turn off the engine". Oh, yeah. OK, how long 'til our start? Who's on the stopwatch? OK, you get back here outta the way and stay there.

Alright now, let's come about and get over near the committee boat. Alright, let's come about. COMIN' ABOUT! Wheres the handle, where's the handle - TAIL, willya, fer chrissake!! How's that? Take it in to the block. That's enough.

BANG! What gun was that? That was OUR GUN. Did you get that on the watch? Do you see that guy? Yeah, I see him. Alright now, we got five more minutes. Let's run the line for a second. You can't, YOU'RE ON PORT TACK. Oh, yeah, OK, let's come about again. COMIN' ABOUT! FOUR MINUTES, Well it's too crowded over here, let's get down to leeward where our air is clear.

CRASH!!!! What was that???? Well, put the stove in gimbals, for chrissake. Clean it up later, get up here. What the hell are you doing down there anyway? You can eat at home! THREE MINUTES...Did anybody center the prop? Well, center it, Charlie, don't stand there. There's a flashlight overhead in the doghouse. Well, try another one, I put all new batteries in yesterday. TWO MINUTES...Two minutes for chrissake where's the other end of the line, they got a line two miles long. We gotta come about. COMING ABOUT...OK, let it go letitgogoddamm it. Alright, get it in, get it in. It's fouled on the lifeline. DON'T JERK IT! You'll pull the goddam boat apart. Trim, trim, trim, OK, hold that. Where's the ------ing committee boat. We gotta come about again. COMING ABOUT! More turns, more turns. OK, cleat that. ONE MINUTE--Alright, slack everything, slack the jib, slack the main, SLACK THE MAIN...OK hold that ...THIRTY SECONDS...OK we're going for the line. Trim, trim, trim the main. FIFTEEN SECONDS...OK everybody up to windward....TEN SECONDS ...NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE.....for chrissake where's that gun...We're over the line. They'll never see us down here anyway. BANG! OK, we've started.

You did a great job with that stopwatch. OK, let's get these lines coiled up, I can't stand up in the cockpit. Good start, guys."