Thornton to sail 104-foot ketch in Chicago to Mackinac Race

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A year after winning line honors aboard a modern racing machine in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, businessman Peter Thornton plans to take a slower, more comfortable approach to the classic race.

Thornton has entered his 104-foot ketch Whitehawk in the cruising division of the 111th edition of the world’s oldest annual freshwater distance race.

It’ll be a much different experience than he had in sailing the spartan, carbon-fiber Il Mostro, which was used in the grueling Volvo Ocean Race before Thornton bought it and brought it to the Midwest.

Thornton, 79, and his crew will be able to enjoy Whitehawk’s luxurious accommodations while sailing up Lake Michigan, including staterooms, a propane fireplace and a teak bathtub.

“I’m closing in on becoming an octogenarian in a few months and, after last year’s Mac race, I decided that I’ve had enough of the competitive racing and I wanted to try something different,” Thornton said in a phone interview. “I found Whitehawk was available. It really excited me when I saw the boat and what it represented and thought, ‘This is something I’ve got to try.'”

He bought the big wooden cruising yacht in May and brought it from Newport, Rhode Island, through the Erie Canal, the same way he moved Il Mostro to the Great Lakes. In both cases, he had the rigging trucked to Oswego, New York, where the boats were stepped.

The cruising division starts Friday off Chicago’s Navy Pier while the faster boats leave Saturday. The race is roughly 290 nautical miles to Mackinac Island on Lake Huron.

Thornton sailed the 70-foot Il Mostro seven times in this race, which he called “a thrill. I mean, I have never had a thrill like that. That boat, in 25 or 30 knots of breeze, the boat just absolutely explodes through the water. For a guy my age, getting up on deck is always an experience. You’ve got to be on your toes on that boat. It’s a boat for young men and some young women.”

Thornton donated Il Mostro to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation. “I really have no use for it. I can only sail one boat at a time,” he said.

Last year, three generations of Thorntons sailed Il Mostro to the first-to-finish trophy.

This year, his crew of 18 aboard Whitehawk will include two sons and four grandchildren.

Whitehawk was built in the late 1970s using the cold-molded process in which wooden planks were saturated with resin. It is big and heavy.

“It’s going to be slow,” said Thornton, who still has a hand in running Focal Point, the Chicago commercial lighting manufacturing company he founded. “I’ve been looking at the weather and praying for some thunderstorms. In two-to-five knots of breeze, this boat doesn’t move at all. You could imagine that thing in the lakes, so we’re hoping for a breeze.”

He’s most looking forward to the start, when he plans to be dressed all in white and wearing a little cap.

Thornton said he’ll go with a Vanderbilt start, which is “when you set your chute about a quarter mile from the line and stand back behind the helmsman and look as grand as you can as you go for the line. When you turn the wheel on this boat, you sort of sit there and wait for things to happen. It’s not like the Volvo boat, which was instantaneous. This is going to be a lot different. We’ve got to have very gentle starts. We’re not crashing the line for sure.”

Sarah Renz, chair of the race committee, said she’s impressed that Thornton continues to be involved in the race.

“He’s going from an offshore racing machine to a beautiful cruising yacht but he brings his high level of racing to each of those boats,” she said. “Most of all it’s his passion for the sport that’s inspirational to all of us.”

There will be some fast boats, most notably four TP52s. Among them is Windquest, owned by Doug DeVos, one of three principal financial backers for American Magic, the New York Yacht Club’s team for the 2021 America’s Cup.

“You never know what you’re going to get on this Race, that’s for sure,” said DeVos, who will sail in the race for the 40th time. “It’s Lake Michigan and it’s always unique. Last year’s conditions were very difficult and very rare, then the year before that we had to retire. But, I also remember other years when there was no wind and it took until Wednesday to finish. The race is unpredictable, and that is another reason we all keep coming back.”

Bora Gulari, a member of American Magic’s crew, will sail aboard another TP52, Natalie J.

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Whitehawk first to finish in 111th Chicago to Mackinac Race

The 104-foot ketch captained by peter thornton finished at 2:21 p.m. sunday..

Whitehawk finished in 47 hours, 1 minute, 14 seconds. Corrected time — the Mac is handicapped — was 52:45:59. Infinite Diversion finished in 48:39:54, corrected to 50:59:45. 

Whitehawk finished in 47 hours, 1 minute, 14 seconds. Corrected time — the Mac is handicapped — was 52:45:59. Infinite Diversion finished in 48:39:54, corrected to 50:59:45.

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Call the 111th Mac the Ice Cream Race.

Peter Thornton in Whitehawk, a different boat than in recent years, was first to finish in the 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac at 2:21 p.m. Sunday. Joseph Haas in Infinite Diversion was second to finish at 3:59.

Thornton, of Burr Ridge, was known for sailing Il Mostro. This year he was in the cruising division with Whitehawk, a 104-foot ketch. He and his family donated Il Mostro to the Merchant Marine Academy.

“We had never raced the boat before,’’ Thornton said. “We had no idea how fast it was. We just sailed hard.’’

They had only sailed it three times before, including once to test new sails in Chicago.

“The boat is a real thoroughbred,’’ Thornton said. “That boat weighs more than 10 tons. That is probably the equivalent of the weight of the all boats in our section.’’

The next boats in the 270-boat fleet will begin to finish late Sunday and early Monday. The bulk of the fleet, even in a relatively slow Mac, should finish Monday. The race officially ends 24 hours after the first boat in the last division finishes.

“The most breeze we had was the end of the Straits when we were coming to the Bridge, nine to 10 knots of breeze,’’ Thornton said. “[In the race], we had eight knots, down to double 0 [becalmed]. This was not a fast race.’’

Infinite Diversion, a Hanse 630, is regularly among the first boats to finish in the Mac.

“We had line honors; they took the chalice,’’ Thornton said.

The cruisers left from Chicago on the 289-nautical-mile race Friday afternoon. The bulk of the fleet, the racing divisions, left Saturday.

Finishing is taking some time this year, a change from the stormy years of the last two Macs.

The Twitter account of Maggie Mae had this play on words Sunday morning to capture the essence of the 2019 Mac, “It’s a drag race. We see several in our class. Looks like light air all day. Eating oatmeal now.’’

By Sunday evening, the Twitter account of Rowdy offered this, “The breeze is slightly better. It’s been a lovely day out here on Lake Michigan. [Many]-tons of sun. We’re all pretty crispy.’’

Beautiful is the word from Thornton on Whitehawk’s first race.

“Beautiful, beautiful yacht,’’ he said. “We are very happy. A chef prepared our meals. One crew member [Dean Tank], his wife [Donna] is a chef and prepared outstanding meals. We had ice cream for the first time ever racing. We had wine with our meals. I had my grandchildren along, and they were used to pouches of freeze-dried food last year. They were going back and forth for seconds and thirds.’’

Thornton appreciates it and said, “Beautiful boat, people really enjoy seeing the thing. I am glad that we are the custodian of it.’’

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Race to Mackinac Transitioning to the Nautical Cloud Race Management System

On May 1, 2024, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust will be transitioning to the Nautical Cloud race management system. We’ll be halting access to the existing system at noon on April 25, with the new system coming online May 1. 

Registration for the 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac opens February 1st

At noon (12:00 p.m. CST) on Thursday, February 1, automatic invitations for the 115th CYC Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust will be sent out and invited competitors will be able to register their entry. Remember that your docking preference for Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, or Straits State Harbor are honored as best as possible according to entry and payment order, so enter soon!

What’s New in 2024?

As we look forward to warmer temperatures and this year’s race, we plan to begin sharing a series of updates regarding changes to the competition we think you’d like to hear about. If you are new to the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, and interested in learning more about how to enter the race, please visit our new FAQ page.  

Read on for recent updates to the 2024 race and remember that official race changes will be made when the new NOR and CMSR documents are available on February 1, 2024, when registration opens at noon (12:00 pm CT). 

That’s a wrap! 114th Race to Mackinac is in the books

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CHICAGO and MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., July 25, 2023 – Another successful Race to Mackinac is in the books, with today’s award ceremony taking place on the great lawn of Mission Point Resort. The race known as ‘America’s Offshore Challenge,’ delivered a spectacular race yet again with its mix of squalls, calms and most of all, new memories for the 240 teams competing.

For the Mackinac Cup, awarded this year to the large racing boats overall winner, first-timer Final Final won Section 2 and the Cup. Owner Jon Desmond of Cohasset, Mass., admitted they had more than a few moments of angst when early on in the race they made a tactical decision to split from the fleet. 

“We had this moment where it was like, ‘you realize we have just separated from the teams that have how many Macs under their belt’?” he said. The decision paid off, and the East-coast based Mills 41 is already planning its return to defend the victory. 

Light-air woes stall the fleet

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CHICAGO and MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., July 24, 2023 – The dreaded “light and variable” wind forecast has descended upon the boats still racing in the 114th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust, stalling the fleet in northern Lake Michigan. 

As of 3 pm EDT, there are 155 of 240 boats still on the race course, reporting boat speeds of 0.00 to five knots according to the YB Tracker. Just two of the 103 boats in the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy section (boats under 40 feet) have been able to finish, and with a bleak forecast for the afternoon, this year’s edition is quickly turning into a test of patience, and potential food and water rationing. 

Whitehawk claims line honors for 114th Race to Mackinac

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CHICAGO and MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., July 23, 2023 – Racing into the Mackinac Straits, the majestic 104-foot ketch Whitehawk had every sail raised and every trick out of the bag to overtake Eagle One , the sleek 65-foot cruising boat that had led the entire fleet since the start. Trailing Eagle One for 288 nautical miles, it took until the final mile for Peter Thornton’s Whitehawk to overtake and clinch line honors of the 114th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust.

Eagle One , owned by Tim Lariviere of Grosse Pointe, Mich. and his crew of predominantly Bayview Yacht Club past commodores, credited Thornton for a well-sailed race and earned victory. This is Thornton’s second consecutive line honors with Whitehawk .

‘Cruising’ into the 114th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust: First boats are underway

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It’s been a full day of boat preparations for the 230 sailboats competing in the 114th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust. Now, registration is complete, the skippers meeting attended, and for the Cruising Division – the race to Mackinac Island has already begun.

The race, known as America’s Offshore Challenge™, begins in front of Chicago’s magnificent skyline and finishes 289 nautical miles (333 statute miles) north on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, at Michigan’s iconic Mackinac Island. 

A growing division in the Race, the Cruising boats set sail a day ahead of the faster race boats to allow more time to finish. The Cruising boats range from the magnificent 104-foot Whitehawk to family cruising boats trying their hand at the race known as America’s Offshore Challenge. 

Forecasters predict this to be a light-air race and according to the live race tracker HERE , the Cruising fleet is slowly making its way up Lake Michigan. Light and variable winds are expected overnight.

JUNE LETTER FROM THE RACE CHAIR

We are very excited to announce that Harken , PredictWind and Team One Newport are returning as sponsors for this year’s race. We are also very happy to welcome Noble Oak as the official bourbon of the 114th Race to Mackinac. Read on for more updates on the Mac Store at Team One Newport, shore bag delivery service and return from Mac bus tickets. 

April Letter from the Race Chair

Team Challenge for the Point Betsie Trophy  Applications are now open  for the Team Challenge for the Point Betsie Trophy. In order to compete, teams of three monohull boats join together to race against other three-boat teams. The team of boats with the best combined percentage placement in their divisions will prevail. To be eligible, teams must be formed from boats racing in at least two of the three monohull divisions and may have no more than one cruising division boat. Additionally, a boat may only participate on one team. Completed applications are due no later than July 1st. 

Read on for more information on our major new trophy: The Whitehawk Trophy, lodging partners and upcoming events. 

March Letter from the Race Chair

As of March 1st we’ve received over 215 entries to the 114th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust. The committee is continually reviewing and processing new requests for invitations, so we do expect this number to grow. If you know of anyone who is interested in racing, and has not yet submitted their request or accepted their invitation, please encourage them to do so early. 

Read on for important updates for ORC, lodging and upcoming events.

Take a look inside the largest ship to take on the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race

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A new addition to the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race will be carrying its crew forward in style. 

Ahead of the the start of the race, Whitehawk bobbed on the Black River next to the future CityFlats Hotel, just east of the Military Street Bridge. The 105-foot long boat was constructed in 1978, and is based off a design from the 30s. 

It will be the largest boat in the race's 95 year history to take on the course. 

Whitehawk's hull is made of wood and was constructed using a process call cold molding, which laminates layers of wood together to create a strong, watertight hull. Beyond the hull, much of the rest of the ship is made from wood from the deck to the interior. 

"This is like sailing a piece of furniture," said Deane Tank, a member of the boat's crew and the ship's cook.

Tank has been sailing with the boat's owner, Peter Thornton, for 20 years. Tank has done the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race about 41 times. 

Below deck, the walls, floors, and furniture are wood with brass and bronze accents on the handrails, cabinet latches and trip. Modern digital displays are embedded in the wood furniture. In a shelf on one side, the worn bindings of old nautical books like "The Boy's Nelson" peek through the glass. The main cabin also features a fireplace for chilly days on the water.

The ship has custom flatware, and glasses that bear the Whitehawk name. It is equipped with a full kitchen. 

In all directions, the smoothed wood shines brightly. Past the main cabin are a collection of staterooms, complete with their own bathrooms. The ship's mast runs through the owner's stateroom, which also features a teak bathtub. Separate quarters for the professional crew can be accessed on deck. About 14 people will be on board for this year's race. 

The boat's construction requires the crew to be a little more careful than a traditional fiberglass racing vessel. If a piece of heavy equipment hit the deck too hard, it could damage the wooden deck or other fixtures, requiring the damaged area to be resealed, Tank said. 

"It's a boat that takes a a lot of finesse," Tank said. 

Above deck, the ship's wheel is surrounded by blue and white cushions. 

The luxury yacht is new to the Great Lakes with Chicago being its new home port. It was acquired in the spring by Thornton and saw its first race at the Chicago-to-Mackinac Island race last week. 

Thornton's last boat was the II Mostro, a state of the art racing vessel, which has since been donated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation. 

"He wanted just a change of pace in his sailing," Tank said. 

Tank said he estimates the Whitehawk will reach the end of the race sometime Sunday night or early Monday. 

Unofficial start times for the race begin at 11:30 on Saturday, according to the race's website. 

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Racing into the Mackinac Straits, the majestic 104-foot ketch Whitehawk had every sail raised and every trick out of the bag to overtake Eagle One , the sleek 65-foot cruising boat that had led the entire fleet since the start. Trailing Eagle One for 288 nautical miles, it took until the final mile for Peter Thornton’s Whitehawk to overtake and clinch line honors of the 114th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust.

Eagle One , owned by Tim Lariviere of Grosse Pointe, Mich. and his crew of predominantly Bayview Yacht Club past commodores, credited Thornton for a well-sailed race and earned victory. This is Thornton’s second consecutive line honors with Whitehawk .

The Race to Mackinac began Friday afternoon for the Cruising Division, and Saturday for the Racing Division. Saturday’s boats began in beautiful downwind conditions for the first half of the fleet, but as a rain squall approached, snowflake-sized raindrops pelted the faster race boats as they began the 289-nautical miles (333 statute miles) up to Mackinac.

Sunday afternoon and evening, the two fleets continue to make their way up Lake Michigan, sailing in moderate conditions along the Michigan shoreline. The faster boats competing in the Racing Division are expected to finish overnight, with the remaining teams crossing the finish line throughout the day Monday.

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W hat do you do when you no longer have your Volvo 70 Il Mostro to race the Mackinac races on? If you’re Peter Thorton, you buy a 105-foot classic ketch and bring it to the Great Lakes. 

Built in 1978 in Rockland, Maine, the clipper-bowed Bruce King-designed Whitehawk was patterned after the famous 1936 Herreshoff-designed racing yacht Ticonderoga and is one of the largest cold-molded wooden boats. 

Whitehawk made her way from her home port of Newport, Rhode Island, where she was a popular participant in the East Coast classic regattas. 

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“A yacht like Whitehawk has never been on the Great Lakes,” said Thornton, a Key Largo, Florida resident who has homes in Bay Harbor and Detroit, Michigan. “My desire is to show her off in Chicago and Detroit for the Mackinac Races. She is a magnificent machine that should be viewed by as many people as possible.”

Thornton set the Bayview Mackinac Race record in 2017 with his Volvo 70 Il Mostro , which he recently donated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation.

Thornton, in his late 70s, has long competed in the Mac races with boats such as his Santa Cruz 70 Holua . He said he decided last year to wind down his racing career with a kinder, gentler experience aboard Whitehawk . The boat will be quite a change from the carbon fiber Il Mostro with her three oversized staterooms and traditional features, including a 10-sided Mandala skylight, a fireplace and a head with a teak bathtub.

Whitehawk left Newport on her own bottom, and after reaching the Erie Canal, met a truck delivering her rig to Oswego, New York. After her masts were to be stepped, she was to head to Lake Ontario and up the Detroit River through Lake Huron to Chicago for the Chicago-Mackinac Race and then back to Port Huron for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race in July.

 “Going from a complete carbon racing machine like Il Mostro to a wooden cruising yacht like Whitehawk will be quite a transition,” Thornton said. “We’ll be mixed in with boats like the TP52s, and they’ll be running away from us, but that’s okay.”

To follow the action for the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac that begins July 13, visit www.cycracetomackinac.com . The Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, www.bycmack.com , begins July 20. 

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This weekend, 245 boats carrying 2,000 sailors set sail from the Chicago Lighthouse in the annual event’s 114th running.

Boat Race to Mackinac

The Race to Mackinac, the longest and oldest freshwater annual sailing competition in the world, is here. On Friday and Saturday, roughly 245 boats carrying more than 2,000 crew members will sail for Mackinac Island, the resort destination off the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Here’s your primer.

Race basics

For 333 miles — or 289.4 nautical miles — 245 entrants, give or take last-minute dropouts, will traverse the route from Navy Pier to Mackinac Island in this year’s event, according to Sam Veilleux, chairman of the 2023 race committee. The first Mackinac race took place in 1898, with just five boats, and the second was in 1904. With the exception of several years during World War I and 2020 during the pandemic, the race, organized by the Chicago Yacht Club, has happened every year, marking its 114th running this year. Competitors may enter the race, classified as an amateur event, by invitation only.

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The majority of entrants travel to the race start via water — meaning they’re coming from harbors in or near Chicago or traveling from cities along connected lakes, mostly Michigan and Huron.

“Every year, we do have a few out-of-town boats that come from the coast, but it is quite an endeavor,” Veilleux said, noting that delivering a large yacht on a truck involves reassembling the boat in Chicago after shipment. Past races have included crews and boats from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

As described by Veilleux, the route starts at the Chicago Lighthouse, near Navy Pier, and runs the entire length of Lake Michigan, passes through Grays Reef, enters Lake Huron through the Straits of Mackinac, ducks under the Mackinac Bridge and finishes at Mackinac Island.

The start of the 2003 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac on Lake Michigan.

How a crew wins and what they get

First to the island wins, right? Not quite.

The Chicago Yacht Club describes the Race to Mackinac as “a unique race, where the boat equivalent of ‘family sedans’ compete against ‘Formula One cars.’ ” What this means in practical terms is that boats, which range widely in technical capability, must be assessed in advance in order to be properly grouped by similar ratings. An algorithm takes boat measurements — including weight, size, sizes of the sails and more — to produce the standardized ratings.

The entrants compete in two divisions: cruising and racing. Boats in the cruising division are, according to Veilleux, “generally more comfortable” equipped with cabins, galleys and full accommodations.

“Boats that you’d go on, for example, a family cruise around the Great Lakes or around the Caribbean,” he said. There are three sections within this division, each based on speed.

Yachts in the racing division are built for speed — lightweight carbon-fiber hulls, sparse interiors — and compete in two section types: one in which the boats have identical specs, and another in which boats are handicapped, as in golf, based on relative performance characteristics.

Roughly split in half into “faster” and “slower” groups, the racing division is then further divided into similarly rated sections — this year there are 18, each with around 12-15 boats. The winner is determined by calculating time against a boat’s rating.

Sailors compete for three main honors: the Mac Trophy and the Mac Cup for the racing division, and, new this year, the Whitehawk Trophy for the overall winner in the cruising division. Each year, the two groups in the racing division — one faster, one slower — alternate between competing for the Trophy and the Cup so crews could possibly have their names engraved on both if they raced in consecutive years. The first three places in every section also receive a brag flag to display on their boat.

To be invited to the exclusive Island Goats Sailing Society, racers must have competed in at least 25 Chicago-to-Mackinac races, for a total of about 8,325 miles. Founded in 1959 by Hobart “Red” Olson, the society was named after sailors’ “appearance, aroma and behavior upon reaching Mackinac Island,” according to the Chicago Yacht Club website.

The 1982 Race to Mackinac.

When can we expect results?

Most of the fleet takes from 40 to 60 hours to finish the race. Cannons will fire to release the cruising sections at 3 p.m. Friday, and the rest of the sections start from 11 a.m. Saturday every 10 minutes until 3 p.m.

To race around the clock, the crews sail in shifts. The multihull record was set in 1998 at under 19 hours, and the monohull record was set in 2002 at under 24 hours. Ideally, racers finish on or before Monday so they have time to rest before the awards ceremony Tuesday. While there’s no publicly available record of the longest time a boat has taken to finish the race, Veilleux said the club has a system for sailors to submit their final times even after the finish line is taken down on Wednesday.

During last year’s race, Veilleux said wild storms battered the fleet for about 12 hours on Lake Michigan, causing 29 boats to drop out. Veilleux competed last year in the cruising division and, although only sailing on the edge of the storm, experienced wind in excess of 55 knots.

“That’s like sticking your head out of a car window at highway speed,” he said.

Chuck Nevel, the club’s on-the-water director, stays on the island to direct boats as they complete the race. Once the boats start streaming in, they don’t stop. Neither do their supporters.

“If it’s 2 a.m. or if it’s 10 a.m., there are people out there cheering their family members on, their friends on, especially if it’s their first Mac,” he said.

“Everyone stinks, hasn’t taken a shower, sweating in their weather gear,” Nevel notes of the state of the crews as they disembark. But he concedes the members of the race committee, who work through the day and night to make sure everyone arrives safely into port, aren’t the freshest smelling bunch either.

One word for the atmosphere of the awards ceremony? “Jubilation.”

Sailors begin the Race to Mackinac in 2012. This year, more than 2,000 crew members will race on nearly 250 boats.

How to watch the race

From 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, the start of the race for the cruising division will be livestreamed on CBS .

On Saturday, you can watch the parade of boats in the racing division off the end of Navy Pier from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. An announcer will provide details of the vessels as they sail toward the start. Viewers should also be able to see the rigs from anywhere along the lakefront north of Navy Pier.

Race updates will be available on the Chicago Yacht Club’s Facebook , Instagram and Twitter feeds. But perhaps the best way to follow the race is to view each boat’s progress through the event’s race tracker website or via mobile app, which will become available on Thursday of race week. Download the YB Tracking app and “buy” the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac (it’s free).

Finally, why is it spelled “Mackinac” but pronounced “Mackinaw?”

Originally named Michinnimakinong by the Ojibwa tribe, the indigenous translation refers to the large crevice in the island: “mish” meaning great, “inni” meaning connecting sound, “maki” meaning fault and “nong” meaning land or place. The name was shortened to Mackinac by the French, and the British transcribed it phonetically as Mackinaw. Edgar Conkling, founder of Mackinaw City in 1857, was the one to spell it with a “w.”

Either way, the pronunciation is “ MACK-in-awe .”

Ysa Quiballo is the digital news intern at WBEZ. Courtney Kueppers contributed.

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2019 CYC Race to Mackinac – Congratulations Whitehawk

Whitehawk crossed the finish line in light conditions for cruising division line-honors; the 111th cyc race to mackinac. (47 hours, 1 minute, 14 seconds. corrected time).

“Congratulations to owner Peter Thornton and his crew, from all of us at ClassicSailboats for winning the Ile Aux Galets Cup.”

The 104 foot ketch, owned by businessman Peter Thornton, was the highlight of the cruising division. Styled after the famous Herreshoff racing vessel Ticonderoga, Whitehawk was designed by renowned Maine yacht designer Bruce King and commissioned in 1978.

The 111th edition began at Chicago’s Navy Pier, with sailboats in the graceful cruising division getting underway. This year, 270 boats and 2,300 sailors from around the world competed. The boats sail 333 miles up Lake Michigan before hanging a big right turn into the Straits of Mackinac, gliding under the Mackinac Bridge before crossing the finish line near the island. It’s the world’s oldest freshwater distance race.

In 2018, Thornton’s sleek Volvo 70 racer, Il Mostro, won first-to-finish honors. But he’s since retired that speed monster, donating it to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation.

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This year, Thornton, 79, took a slower – and more luxurious sail up the spine of the big lake. The massive Whitehawk features staterooms, a propane fireplace and a teak bathtub, according to the Associated Press. Thornton sailed with his sons and grandsons as part of the crew.

“I’m closing in on becoming an octogenarian in a few months and, after last year’s Mac race, I decided that I’ve had enough of the competitive racing and I wanted to try something different,” Thornton said in a phone interview with the AP. “I found Whitehawk was available. It really excited me when I saw the boat and what it represented and thought, ‘This is something I’ve got to try.”

CYC Race to Mackinac

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual fresh water race in the world. “The Mac” starts at the Chicago Lighthouse, just off Navy Pier and ends after a 333-mile dash to Mackinac Island. More than 350 boats leave Chicago every July for the race which has become a bucket-list event for America’s Cup winners, Transpac and Volvo Ocean sailors. More than 2,700 people attend the race annually and in 2016, participants traveled to Chicago from 621 different cities, 38 states and 12 countries.

More about Whitehawk, visit: https://classicsailboats.org/?portfolio=suspendisse-arcu More about the 2019 CYC race to Mackinac Island: mlive.com/news/2019/07/chicago-yacht-club-race-to-mackinac-kicks-off-how-to-track-the-big-money-boats.html

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Tense battle, finish line drama for Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

  • Updated: Jul. 23, 2023, 10:01 p.m. |
  • Published: Jul. 23, 2023, 9:03 p.m.

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Whitehawk passing Round Island Light House, claiming first-to-finish in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. Photo courtesy of BlockIsland Steve and the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI - When the Cruising Division boats took off from Chicago on Friday, Eagle One, a sleek 65-foot boat owned by Tim Lariviere of Grosse Pointe, shot out to an early lead in Lake Michigan for the 114th annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.

When light winds on Friday and into Saturday made it clear it was going to be a tactical race, the vessel tracker showed Eagle One’s crew of mostly past commodores from the Bayview Yacht Club took the vessel across the big lake to hug the Michigan coastline. Eagle One led for nearly the entire 333-mile race - the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world.

Until the last mile. That’s when the big 104-foot ketch Whitehawk, owned by Peter Thornton, sailed past Eagle One to take first-to-finish line honors.

“Racing into the Mackinac Straits, the majestic ... Whitehawk had every sail raised and every trick out of the bag to overtake Eagle One , the sleek 65-foot cruising boat that had led the entire fleet since the start,” race communications staff said.

“Trailing Eagle One for 288 nautical miles, it took until the final mile for Peter Thornton’s Whitehawk to overtake and clinch line honors of the 114th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust.”

Lariviere and his crew credited Thornton for a well-earned victory. It’s his second consecutive line-honors win with Whitehawk.

There are lot of boats still in the race among the different divisions, and some may not be arriving at Mackinac Island until Monday. The race starts near Chicago’s Navy Pier, heads up Lake Michigan, rounds the top of The Mitten and sails under the Mackinac Bridge before approaching the finish line near the Round Island Lighthouse alongside Mackinac Island.

While the Cruising Division began Friday with light winds, Saturday’s start for the sleek Racing Division was hit by a squall that pelted some of the boats with rain.

“Sunday afternoon and evening, the two fleets continue to make their way up Lake Michigan, sailing in moderate conditions along the Michigan shoreline. The faster boats competing in the Racing Division are expected to finish overnight, with the remaining teams crossing the finish line throughout the day Monday,” race officials said.

Want to track the boats? Each entry is equipped with a satellite tracker that sends information on speed, location and direction every 15 minutes. Race Tracker: https://yb.tl/chicagomac2023

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Fun Facts about the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

  • This year’s race features 2,100 crew from 16 countries
  • 45 U.S. states are represented
  • There are 240 total entries
  • Boats range from family cruisers to state-of-the-art carbon fiber racing vessels
  • Boats range from 29 to 104 feet long
  • Crew numbers range from 2 to 22 per boat

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On the Watch for Whitehawk

A 105’ ketch has entered the bell’s beer bayview mackinac race and will make the great lakes her unlikely home.

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Currently,  Whitehawk  is making her way from Newport, R.I., where for many years she has been a familiar sight among other traditionally designed sailing megayachts, to the Great Lakes where such lines are rarely seen. She was recently bought by Peter Thornton, a Key Largo, Fla. resident who has homes in  Bay Harbor and Detroit, Mich. Among other racing accomplishments, he set the Elapsed Time Monohull Record (Cove Island Course) in the 2017 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race with his Volvo 70  Il Mostro , which he has donated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation.

“A yacht like  Whitehawk  has never been on the Great Lakes,” said Thornton, shortly after closing his purchase in mid-May, “and my desire is to show her off in Chicago and Detroit for the Mackinac Races. She is a magnificent machine that should be viewed by as many people as possible.”

Whitehawk  left Newport on her own bottom and last week, after reaching the Erie Canal, was preparing to meet a truck delivering her rig in Oswego, N.Y.  After her masts are stepped, she will head for Lake Ontario and up the Detroit River to Lake Huron where she will stop in Bay Harbor to provision before heading to Chicago for the Chicago Mackinac Race and then back to Port Huron for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race.

Thornton, in his late seventies, has competed in at least 28 Bayview Mackinac Races, taking many class victories in go-fast boats like the Santa Cruz 70 he owned for many years. He decided after last year, however, that he was ready to “wind down” his racing career with a kinder, gentler experience that  Whitehawk will offer. First things first: his racing crew and family will have to get used to the yacht’s luxurious accommodations as compared to the stripped- down  Il Mostro . Belowdecks features three oversized staterooms and magnificent appointments, including a ten-sided Mandala skylight, a fireplace, and a head with a teak bathtub.

At the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race,  Whitehawk  will sail in Division 1 on the Cove Island course – the longer of the two course options designed for the larger, racier boats entered. “Going from a complete carbon racing machine like  Il Mostro  to a wooden cruising yacht like  Whitehawk  will be quite a transition,” said Thornton, with a grin reflected in his voice. “We’ll be mixed in with boats like the TP52s, and they’ll be running away from us, but that’s okay.”

Sponsors for the 2019 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race include  Bell's Brewery ,  Grand Hotel ,  Luca Mariano , Gill ,  Coral Reef Sailing Apparel ,  Tito’s Handmade Vodka ,   Pentastar Aviation ,  North Sails ,  Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry ,  NôMI Sparkling Water ,   Aitken & Ormond Insurance ,  Frankenmuth Insurance , Sharpe Travel Services,  Legal Copy Services , Sykes & Webster - The Burton Families,  Bayview Yacht Club Foundation ,  Detroit Sports Media , and  Marx Layne . Supporters are  Freighter’s Eatery & Tap Room ,  Futuramic Tool and Engineering ,  Harken ,  Pink Pony - Chippewa Hotel  and  Thomas Hardware Company .

For more information go to  www.bycmack.com  or contact Race Chairman Robert Nutter at [email protected]

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Event website Facebook Page Follow via Twitter More About Bayview Yacht Club Bayview Yacht Club, founded in 1915, is widely regarded as the premier sailing club in Michigan and the Midwest.  Located on the Detroit River near the mouth of Lake St. Clair, it has been hosting the Bayview Mackinac Race since 1925 and has more than 1,000 members.  For more information:  www.byc.com .

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With an entry deadline of June 4, more than 205 sailboats have registered for the July 20  Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race , and the largest of them is the 105’ custom ketch Whitehawk.  When she was built in 1978 in Rockland, Maine, the timeless, clipper-bowed Bruce King design (patterned after the famous 1936 Herreshoff-designed racing yacht  Ticonderoga ) was the largest-ever cold molded wooden boat, and to this day she is still referred to as one of the most beautiful yachts in the world. 

Currently,  Whitehawk  is making her way from Newport, R.I., where for many years she has been a familiar sight among other traditionally designed sailing megayachts, to the Great Lakes where such lines are rarely seen. She was recently bought by Peter Thornton, a Key Largo, Fla. resident who has homes in  Bay Harbor and Detroit, Mich.

Among other racing accomplishments, he set the Elapsed Time Monohull Record (Cove Island Course) in the 2017 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race with his Volvo 70  Il Mostro , which he has donated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation.

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“ A yacht like Whitehawk has never been on the Great Lakes, ” said Thornton, shortly after closing his purchase in mid-May, “ and my desire is to show her off in Chicago and Detroit for the Mackinac Races. She is a magnificent machine that should be viewed by as many people as possible. ”

Whitehawk  left Newport on her own bottom and last week, after reaching the Erie Canal, was preparing to meet a truck delivering her rig in Oswego, N.Y.  After her masts are stepped, she will head for Lake Ontario and up the Detroit River to Lake Huron where she will stop in Bay Harbor to provision before heading to Chicago for the Chicago Mackinac Race and then back to Port Huron for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race.

Thornton, in his late seventies, has competed in at least 28 Bayview Mackinac Races, taking many class victories in go-fast boats like the Santa Cruz 70 he owned for many years. He decided after last year, however, that he was ready to “wind down” his racing career with a kinder, gentler experience that Whitehawk  will offer.

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First things first: his racing crew and family will have to get used to the yacht’s luxurious accommodations as compared to the stripped- down  Il Mostro . Belowdecks features three oversized staterooms and magnificent appointments, including a ten-sided Mandala skylight, a fireplace, and a head with a teak bathtub.

At the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race,  Whitehawk  will sail in Division 1 on the Cove Island course – the longer of the two course options designed for the larger, racier boats entered. “ Going from a complete carbon racing machine like Il Mostro to a wooden cruising yacht like Whitehawk will be quite a transition, ” said Thornton, with a grin reflected in his voice. “ We’ll be mixed in with boats like the TP52s, and they’ll be running away from us, but that’s okay. ”

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Business | Chicago Boat Show setting sail for Rosemont in 2025

Workers pull the protective wrapping off a Carver C52 Coupe yacht as preparations continue for the Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show at McCormick Place in Chicago on Jan. 4, 2018. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune)

The annual show, which has seen dwindling attendance in recent years, is relocating to the northwest suburbs after nearly a century in Chicago, in part to be closer to its target recreational boat-buying customer, organizers said.

“We met with our exhibitors and the decision was made that we need to go out to the suburbs,” said Darren Envall, manager of the Chicago Boat Show. “It is closer to where people are doing boating in the Fox Lake area as well as Lake Geneva, and it is closer to where the dealers are located.”

The show, which dates back nearly a century, has throughout its history been a Chicago event of national importance on the boating industry calendar.

Owned and operated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the show was a mainstay at McCormick Place for decades, and before that at the since-demolished International Amphitheatre. The show has gone through several incarnations, reaching its pinnacle in the 1990s as the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show, which regularly attracted more than 50,000 visitors each year.

While attendance had declined in recent years, it still drew about 40,000 visitors annually before temporarily shutting down in 2021 and 2022 during the pandemic.

The most recent five-day show in January, hampered by a heavy snowstorm, drew fewer than 20,000 attendees, Envall said.

A loss for McCormick Place, a win for Rosemont, the migration of the boat show represents something of a zero-sum game for the Chicago-area convention business, which has been recovering in the post-pandemic landscape.

“Big exciting news,” said Christopher Stephens, executive director of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

While there had been discussion in the past about luring the boat show to Rosemont, Stephens said things got “more serious” this year, helping the northwest suburb land a major regional event.

Stephens said the Rosemont convention center offered the boat show and its attendees adjacent hotels, entertainment and a 9,000-space parking facility, all of which helped seal the deal. Down the road, the show could expand to the entire 840,000 square feet of exhibition space, as needed.

He also touted safety as an advantage for Rosemont over Chicago, which has struggled with the perception of increased crime in the wake of the pandemic.

“We always want to make sure when people come here that they feel safe,” Stephens said. “We provide as much policing and traffic controls as possible for attendees.”

While corporate meetings are still down, Stephens said conventions and large public events have returned to pre-pandemic levels in Rosemont, with the 2025 calendar now significantly bolstered by the addition of the boat show.

At the same time, he said Rosemont doesn’t try to “poach business” from Chicago.

“We’ve always thought that a strong McCormick Place was good for Rosemont,” Stephens said. “We’ll obviously never turn down an event, if they want to relocate out to Rosemont and we can accommodate them, but we don’t actively solicit.”

For McCormick Place, it’s been win some, lose some in March.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it was returning its Ignite information technology conference to McCormick Place in November after a nine-year absence. The inaugural event in 2015 drew 20,000 attendees to Chicago’s convention center.

“The sales cycle can be very dynamic in the convention industry,” said Cynthia McCafferty, a McCormick Place spokesperson. “Microsoft Ignite was a great addition to our calendar this year, we have a very robust pipeline of new business ahead and feel good about the future.”

The loss of the boat show is both symbolic and substantial for McCormick Place, erasing a solid and historically well-attended event from the January calendar in 2025, and likely beyond.

The Chicago Boat Show was often the first big public event of the year, setting the table for the annual Chicago Auto Show and filling the exhibition halls with visitors dreaming of summer during the coldest winter months.

In 2025, the Chicago Boat Show will keep the city’s name, at least for now, as it migrates to the suburbs for a scheduled Jan. 8-12 run.

The new version of the show will focus more on fishing boats and weekend warriors who hitch up a trailer and head for the Chain O’Lakes to drop a line, as opposed to plying Lake Michigan in larger crafts. Envall said that represents about 85% of the boaters in the Chicago area, most of whom reside in the suburbs.

Despite its long history in Chicago, Envall said he expects Rosemont to be the event’s home for years to come.

“There’s a time to change and the change was to get out to the village of Rosemont where more of the recreational boater is reflected in the market,” Enval said.

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Boat show in Illinois voted one of the best in the country in USA TODAY poll

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A recent USA Today readers’ poll has determined that Illinois can boast one of the top boat shows in the United States.

USA TODAY determined the top shows by asking a panel of experts for nominations. Readers then voted on the top picks and named the Discover Boating Chicago Boat Show as the fifth-best event of its kind in the country.

“In addition to the vessels for sale, live music, cook-offs, a trout pond, a kids’ corner, and an antique and classic boat display make this event a standout,” USA Today wrote in the winning entry .

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6 Penn students among 19 pro-Palestinian protesters arrested during attempt to occupy building

Authorities say a half-dozen University of Pennsylvania students were among 19 pro-Palestinian protesters arrested during an attempt to occupy a building on campus

PHILADELPHIA -- A half-dozen University of Pennsylvania students were among 19 pro-Palestinian protesters arrested during an attempt to occupy a school building, university police said Saturday.

Their arrests came a week after authorities broke up a protest encampment on campus and arrested nine students — and as other colleges across the country, anxious to prepare for commencement season, have either negotiated agreements with students or called in police to dismantle protest camps.

Members of Penn Students Against the Occupation of Palestine announced the action Friday at the school’s Fisher-Bennett Hall, urging supporters to bring “flags, pots, pans, noise-makers, megaphones” and other items, the University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety said in a news release.

Officers could be seen closing in “within the hour,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. University police supported by city police then escorted the protesters out and secured the building, news outlets reported.

Police said after clearing the building that they recovered “lock-picking tools and homemade metal shields fashioned from oil drums.”

Exit doors had been secured with zip ties and barbed wire and barricaded with metal chairs and desks, while windows were covered by newspaper and cardboard, and bike racks and metal chairs blocked entrances, police said.

Seven of the students arrested on Friday remained in custody Saturday awaiting felony charges, including one person who assaulted an officer, campus police said. A dozen were issued citations for failing to disperse and follow police commands. They have been released from custody.

The attempted occupation of Fisher-Bennett Hall came a week after city and campus police broke up a two-week encampment on the campus, arresting 33 people, nine of whom were students and two dozen of whom had “no Penn affiliation,” according to university officials.

Meanwhile, a group protesting the war in Gaza and demanding that the University of Chicago divest from companies doing business with Israel temporarily took over a building on the school’s campus Friday afternoon.

Members of the group surrounded the Institute of Politics building around 5 p.m. while others made their way inside, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The Chicago protest follows the May 7 clearing of a pro-Palestinian tent encampment at the school by police. University of Chicago administrators had initially adopted a permissive approach, but said earlier this month that the protest had crossed a line and caused growing concerns about safety.

On Friday, campus police officers using riot shields gained access to the Institute of Politics building and scuffled with protesters. Some protesters climbed from a second-floor window, according to the Sun-Times.

The school said protesters attempted to bar the entrance, damaged university property and ignored directives to clear the way, and that those inside the building left when campus police officers entered.

“The University of Chicago is fundamentally committed to upholding the rights of protesters to express a wide range of views,” school spokesperson Gerald McSwiggan said in a statement. “At the same time, university policies make it clear that protests cannot jeopardize public safety, disrupt the university’s operations or involve the destruction of property.”

No arrests or injuries were reported.

Students and others have set up tent encampments on campuses around the country to protest the Israel-Hamas war, pressing colleges to cut financial ties with Israel. Tensions over the war have been high on campuses since the fall but the pro-Palestinian demonstrations spread quickly following an April 18 police crackdown on an encampment at Columbia University.

The demonstrations reached all corners of the United States, becoming its largest campus protest movement in decades, and spread to other countries, including many in Europe.

Lately, some protesters have taken down their tents, as at Harvard, where student activists this week said the encampment had “outlasted its utility with respect to our demands.” Others packed up after striking deals with college administrators who offered amnesty for protesters, discussions around their investments, and other concessions. On many other campuses, colleges have called in police to clear demonstrations.

Nearly 3,000 people have been arrested on U.S. campuses over the past month. As summer break approaches, there have been fewer new arrests and campuses have been calmer. Still, colleges have been vigilant for disruptions to commencement ceremonies.

The latest Israel-Hamas war began when Hamas and other militants stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and taking an additional 250 hostage. Palestinian militants still hold about 100 captives, and Israel’s military has killed more than 35,000 people in Gaza, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry, which doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants.

On Thursday, police began dismantling a pro-Palestinian encampment at DePaul University in Chicago, hours after the school’s president told students to leave the area or face arrest.

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A Florida man is recovering after being bitten by not one - but two sharks - after falling into the water in the Bahamas. Now, he's sharing his terrifying story of survival.

"Next second, I'm in the water with, you know, a lot of sharks. I knew immediately, I gotta get back in the boat or this is gonna be really bad," said Marlin Wakeman.

The 24-year-old was on a fishing trip in the southern Bahamas late last month when he fell into the water.

"I was still holding on to the boat when I got bit," Wakeman recalled.

Wakeman says the waters in Clarencetown's Flying Fish Marina are infested with dozens of sharks, and is known as a popular spot to clean fish and throw scraps.

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"These sharks have learned that there is regular amounts of food being tossed into the ocean here from these fishermen," said Ron Magill, director of communications & wildlife expert at Zoo Miami. "When they get into that feeding frenzy, they're out there to compete against other sharks. They want to get as much food as they can as quickly as they can."

"When I was underwater it was, you know, two seconds. And mainly the worst thing I thought was, you know, I don't want to get eaten by 10 sharks," Wakeman said.

Wakeman was stitched up in the Bahamas and flew back home to Florida the next day. Doctors believe the shark was at least seven feet long and his wound is over a foot long. It just missed his artery.

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"The fact that there's 20 sharks in there and you were able to get out of there and still have a leg is amazing," said Dr. Robert Borrego, a trauma surgeon at St. Mary's Medical Center.

"I realized, you know, how lucky I got," Wakeman said. "It was just, you know -- thanking my angels."

Wildlife experts say if you do end up in the water and there are sharks, obviously, try to get out as quickly as possible. But experts also say to fight. Punch the shark in the nose since it is a sensitive area and can often deter an animal.

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  1. Thornton to sail 104-foot ketch in Chicago to Mackinac Race

    By. SAN DIEGO (AP) — A year after winning line honors aboard a modern racing machine in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, businessman Peter Thornton plans to take a slower, more ...

  2. Whitehawk coming into the finish! First to the Island in the 111th

    Whitehawk coming into the finish! First to the Island in the 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust.🎥 Ellinor Walters #CYCRTM #AmericasOffshoreChallenge

  3. Whitehawk first to finish in 111th Chicago to Mackinac Race

    Call the 111th Mac the Ice Cream Race. Peter Thornton in Whitehawk, a different boat than in recent years, was first to finish in the 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac at 2:21 p.m. Sunday.

  4. Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust

    The Chicago Yacht Club is just so pleased to be back on track with this incredible sailing tradition." The largest boat entered thus far is Peter Thornton's (Burr Ridge, Ill.) historic 104-foot ketch Whitehawk (in the Cruising Division). Of Thornton's 19 crew members, nine share his surname.

  5. Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust

    Posted Jul 23, 2023. CHICAGO and MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., July 23, 2023 - Racing into the Mackinac Straits, the majestic 104-foot ketch Whitehawk had every sail raised and every trick out of the bag to overtake Eagle One, the sleek 65-foot cruising boat that had led the entire fleet since the start.Trailing Eagle One for 288 nautical miles, it took until the final mile for Peter Thornton's ...

  6. Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust

    Whitehawk claims line honors for 114th Race to Mackinac Posted Jul 23, 2023. CHICAGO and MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., July 23, 2023 - Racing into the Mackinac Straits, the majestic 104-foot ketch Whitehawk had every sail raised and every trick out of the bag to overtake Eagle One, the sleek 65-foot cruising boat that had led the entire fleet since the start.

  7. Whitehawk leading the Cruising 1 Division to Mackinac after ...

    Whitehawk leading the Cruising 1 Division to Mackinac after the start of the 113th CYCRTM presented by Wintrust. Like. Comment. Share. 757 · 54 comments · 19K views. Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac and Chicago Yacht Club ... Love the sound of the boat cutting through the water and the crackle of the sails. 49w;

  8. Whitehawk Wins Royono Trophy

    Congratulations to Peter Thornton and his 104-foot ketch, Whitehawk, for winning the Royono Trophy as the first monohull boat to finish the 113th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust. Sport News Now (July 28, 2022) - Pulling into the harbor at Mackinac Island Sunday, July 24th at 5:04 a.m., Helmsman Greg … Read more "Whitehawk Wins Royono Trophy - 113th Chicago Mac Race"

  9. Take a look inside the largest ship to take on the Port Huron-to

    The 105-foot long boat was constructed in 1978, and is based off a design from the 30s. It will be the largest boat in the race's 95 year history to take on the course. Whitehawk's hull is made of ...

  10. Whitehawk Claims Line Honors for 114th Chicago to Mackina Race

    CHICAGO and MACKINAC ISLAND. Racing into the Mackinac Straits, the majestic 104-foot ketch Whitehawk had every sail raised and every trick out of the bag to overtake Eagle One, the sleek 65-foot cruising boat that had led the entire fleet since the start.Trailing Eagle One for 288 nautical miles, it took until the final mile for Peter Thornton's Whitehawk to overtake and clinch line honors ...

  11. The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is a go for 2021

    The largest boat entered thus far is Peter Thornton's (Burr Ridge, Ill.) historic 104-foot ketch Whitehawk (in the Cruising Division). Of Thornton's 19 crew members, nine share his surname. At the other end of the spectrum, the two smallest boats in the fleet are 26 footers, each being sailed with just two people (in the Doublehanded Division ...

  12. From plastic to classic

    If you're Peter Thorton, you buy a 105-foot classic ketch and bring it to the Great Lakes. Built in 1978 in Rockland, Maine, the clipper-bowed Bruce King-designed Whitehawk was patterned after the famous 1936 Herreshoff-designed racing yacht Ticonderoga and is one of the largest cold-molded wooden boats. Whitehawk made her way from her home ...

  13. Whitehawk Week 2023

    July 28, 2023 by Eileen O'Neill Peter and Marijane Thornton, members of Chicago Yacht Club and long-time Chicago Foundation supporters, generously shared their ketch Whitehawk with the CYC Foundation, sailing her to Monroe Harbor to officially kick off Whitehawk Week on July 12-14, 2023.

  14. Guide to Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac 2023

    This weekend, 245 boats carrying 2,000 sailors set sail from the Chicago Lighthouse in the annual event's 114th running. By Ysa Quiballo. July 20, 2023, 5:02pm CT. The 46-foot sailboat Skye is ...

  15. 2019 CYC Race to Mackinac

    Styled after the famous Herreshoff racing vessel Ticonderoga, Whitehawk was designed by renowned Maine yacht designer Bruce King and commissioned in 1978. The 111th edition began at Chicago's Navy Pier, with sailboats in the graceful cruising division getting underway. This year, 270 boats and 2,300 sailors from around the world competed.

  16. Tense battle, finish line drama for Chicago Yacht Club Race to ...

    Whitehawk had every sail raised and every trick out of the bag to overtake Eagle One, the sleek 65-foot cruising boat that had led the entire fleet since the start," race communications staff said.

  17. Whitehawk Trophy Added to Chicago Mac Race

    The Chicago Yacht Club and the Race to Mackinac are excited to announce a major new trophy for the Race. Chicago Yacht Club members Marijane and Peter Thornton have generously donated the Whitehawk Trophy, which will be presented to the overall corrected-time winner for the Cruising Division. The impressive trophy was built in 1877 by Stephen ...

  18. On the Watch for Whitehawk

    DETROIT, MICH. - With an entry deadline of June 4, more than 205 sailboats have registered for the July 20 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, and the largest of them is the 105' custom ketchWhitehawk. When she was built in 1978 in Rockland, Maine, the timeless, clipper-bowed Bruce King design (patterned after the famous 1936 Herreshoff-designed racing yacht Ticonderoga) was the largest ...

  19. Sailing yacht Whitehawk

    Whitehawk is a 32 m / 105′0″ luxury sailing yacht. She was built by O.Lie-Neilsen in 1978. With a beam of 6.25 m and a draft of 2.29 m, she has a wood hull and wood superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 62 tons. She is powered by Caterpillar engines giving her a maximum speed of 11 knots and a cruising speed of 9 knots. The sailing yacht can accommodate 7 guests in 3 cabins ...

  20. Whitehawk Has Entered The Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

    With an entry deadline of June 4, more than 205 sailboats have registered for the July 20 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, and the largest of them is the 105' custom ketch Whitehawk. When she was built in 1978 in Rockland, Maine, the timeless, clipper-bowed Bruce King design (patterned after the famous 1936 Herreshoff-designed racing yacht Ticonderoga) was the largest-ever cold molded ...

  21. Chicago Boat Show setting sail for Rosemont in 2025

    In 2025, the Chicago Boat Show will keep the city's name, at least for now, as it migrates to the suburbs for a scheduled Jan. 8-12 run. The new version of the show will focus more on fishing ...

  22. Police dismantle pro-Palestinian encampment at DePaul University in Chicago

    The Associated Press. CHICAGO -- Police began dismantling a pro-Palestinian encampment early Thursday at DePaul University in Chicago, hours after the school's president told students to leave the ...

  23. Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust

    Whitehawk claims line honors for 114th Race to Mackinac Posted Jul 23, 2023. CHICAGO and MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., July 23, 2023 - Racing into the Mackinac Straits, the majestic 104-foot ketch Whitehawk had every sail raised and every trick out of the bag to overtake Eagle One, the sleek 65-foot cruising boat that had led the entire fleet since the start.

  24. Family-friendly Chicago Boat Show in Illinois voted one of the nation's

    0:09. 0:45. A recent USA Today readers' poll has determined that Illinois can boast one of the top boat shows in the United States. USA TODAY determined the top shows by asking a panel of ...

  25. Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust

    The Thorntons own the trophy's namesake, and have added the overall trophy to Chicago Yacht Club's prestigious collection in recognition for the burgeoning Cruising Division. Thornton's Whitehawk, the 104-foot ketch earned the Royono Trophy as the first boat to finish this year's race, but thanks to the handicap netted out in sixth place.

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    CHICAGO -- A group ... Boat seized in fatal hit-and-run: FWC. May 15, 7:23 PM. New portrait of King Charles draws mixed reactions. May 16, 1:44 PM. Top-ranked golfer Scottie Scheffler arrested.

  27. Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Multimillion-Dollar Boat Fraud Scheme in

    In a courtroom drama straight out of Peoria, Illinois, 58-year-old Jeffrey D. Gibbs copped to a series of charges in a brazen fraud that cost boat owners and banks nearly $5 million. Gibbs ...

  28. Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust

    That's a wrap! 114th Race to Mackinac is in the books Posted Jul 25, 2023. CHICAGO and MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., July 25, 2023 - Another successful Race to Mackinac is in the books, with today's award ceremony taking place on the great lawn of Mission Point Resort. The race known as 'America's Offshore Challenge,' delivered a spectacular race yet again with its mix of squalls, calms ...

  29. Florida fisherman speaks out about about surviving being ...

    I knew immediately, I gotta get back in the boat or this is gonna be really bad," said Marlin Wakeman. The 24-year-old was on a fishing trip in the southern Bahamas late last month when he fell ...