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First boat finishes 109th Annual Race to Mackinac

Courtesy: MISTE Photography via Chicago Yacht Club

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- The first boat has finished the 109th annual Race to Mackinac!

The Race to Mackinac is a 333 statute miles (289.4 nautical miles) from Chicago to Mackinac Island. It's the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. Infinite Diversion was the first boat to sail to Mackinac Island around 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

Chicago Yacht Club organizers say this is easily the earliest ever finish for Cruising Division.

The Chicago Yacht Club says the Cruising Division took off to Mackinac Island from Chicago on Friday in moderate northerly breezes, 12 knots at the Harrison Deever Crib, off of Chicago.

The CYC says the Racing Division took off to Mackinac Island Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

More than a dozen boats have retired from the race.

During the race on Saturday, one person was rescued by a good Samaritan after they fell overboard and in a separate incident, four people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat capsized during the race.

All five people are reportedly okay.

To view the results for the 109th Annual Race to Mackinac, CLICK HERE.

To track real-time GPS positioning of all the racing boats, CLICK HERE.


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