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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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