69
      Wednesday
      77 / 70
      Thursday
      82 / 62
      Friday
      74 / 56

      Calm weather slows Lake Michigan yacht race

      T housands of sailors on more than three hundred yachts are sailing across the Great Lakes to Mackinac Island.


      T

      housands of sailors on more than
      three hundred yachts are sailing across the Great Lakes to Mackinac Island.


      T

      he 105th
      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.


      I

      t

      ha

      s be

      en

      called one of the slowest races in the event's history.

      C

      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


      f

      or
      and a few have gotten it and we were lucky enough to get a few and here we are," Yacht racer Gene McCarthy said.


      M

      c

      C

      arthy just completed his 60th
      Chicago to Mackinac race. He and his team can relax now that they have docked up at the marina.


      "

      The magi

      c

      of this island is the reason we all like to come here

      ," McCarthy said.


      E

      ven though it is a slow start at the finish line

      ,

      they are still expecting a large crowd

      .


      "

      They come in frequent

      ly to

      our hotel

      s,

      restaurants

      , 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."


      Three hundred

      boats will finish the race.

      A

      nd it is estimated that more than
      four thousand people will come to the island just for this event.

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