Calm weather slows Lake Michigan yacht race
housands of sailors on more than
three hundred yachts are sailing across the Great Lakes to Mackinac Island.
Chicago to Mackinac Race started Saturday and now teams are beginning to arrive at the finish line, but so far it's been a slow start.
It's glass flat out there
so it's going to be a long race
," Chicago Yacht Club Race Officer Janet Crabb said.
called one of the slowest races in the event's history.
alm winds have made it difficult for even the best sailing teams.
The wind was almost non
existent and from there to here in there have been little puffs
of breeze that everybody has wished
and a few have gotten it and we were lucky enough to get a few and here we are," Yacht racer Gene McCarthy said.
arthy just completed his 60th
Chicago to Mackinac race. He and his team can relax now that they have docked up at the marina.
of this island is the reason we all like to come here
," McCarthy said.
ven though it is a slow start at the finish line
they are still expecting a large crowd
They come in frequent
, and bars," Chippewa Hotel General Manger Brian Bailey said. "It's one great big party up here, everyone's in a good mood, there is a lot of energy going on and they are just appear to have a great time after spending two to three days on the water."
boats will finish the race.
nd it is estimated that more than
four thousand people will come to the island just for this event.