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The Big One

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The Big One

So
it’s not the Sydney-Hobart or the Transpac – at a relatively meager
300 miles, CYC’s
Race to Mackinac
isn’t even the longest crewed race on the Great
Lakes. Despite a record 436 entries for 2008, it’s not the biggest,
either – the Newport to Ensenada Race consistently gets more than
450 entries for that downwind slide to Mexico.

So why is there all this commotion over a medium-distance freshwater
race to a stinky island in Michigan? Why has the forum
topic on this subject
gotten over 50,000 views? It seems almost
everyone in US sailing is here in Chicago getting ready to do battle
on Lake Michigan – why?