6 local boats participate in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

The annual summer tradition of hordes of sailboats racing hundreds of miles from Chicago to northern Michigan unfolded this weekend for the 113th annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.

Boats from all over the continent make the trip to Chicago in an attempt to be the first to reach the island. Six Dutch boats started the race this year, but dangerous weather conditions forced some to abandon and turn to shore before reaching the finish line.

The race, which usually lasts between 24 and 48 hours for competitors, was plagued by dangerous storms over the weekend. Perhaps the most recognizable Dutch boat, the Windquest owned by Tom Giesler and crewed by members of the DeVos family, was forced to retire shortly after the start of the race.

The Sufficient Reason, owned and operated by Mitchell Padnos, took the top spot in its section. The boat completed the trip just before midnight on Sunday, taking them a day 17 hours and 44 minutes to arrive in port.

Jug Band, owned and operated by William Bardelmeier, finished in sixth place in the cruise division. The boat was finished in two days, two hours and 50 minutes. The Shorthanded, owned and operated by Robert C Hughes, crossed the finish line just after 5am on Monday. The total time on the water was one day, 22 hours and 33 minutes, which was good for seventh place in his section of the race. Utah, owned and operated by Bradley Faber, finished third in the same division as Shorthanded, finishing about three hours earlier than the other Holland Boat.

The Abracadabra owned and operated by Donald M Thinschmidt, Sr, was unable to complete the race, pulling back to dock shortly after its start.

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Earnest A. Martinez