SA’er “Wegs” put together this report after their dominating overall victory of the Chicago-Mackinac Race…on the J/105 ‘Asylum’! A positive J/105 story! Who knew?
The Asylum arrived back from Mackinac Island on Sunday at 4:00 a.m. after a 20-hour delivery from Pentwater. The delivery was lumpy, with winds on the nose. We’re now shackled down in safe harbor, with our journey to and back from Mackinac Island now complete, and what an incredible feeling it is!
The few weeks prior to his year’s race were very difficult, preparing the boat for the race, running a business and satisfying family needs – really took its toll on me. However, on Race Day our team of Drew Axelrod, Brad Bergman, Rick Frye, Heidi Rocke, Tom Spees and myself were “ready to go”. Prior to my disclosing our strategy, I must first commend each of our Team The Asylum. I give full credit of our victory to them, and you can read about the full crew here. Without their commitment, we would not have won the race.
Gradient NW winds were predicted for race day. Low pressure was situated in the Eastern states, bringing in a weakening NW flow, straight from Hudson Bay. Weather was very cool. Water temperatures were also cool, creating dense conditions at lake level. High pressure was scheduled to arrive Sunday, bringing no gradient wind. Being on the shoreline and obtaining thermal breeze was the best chance for wind on Sunday during the day. Forecasted for Sunday evening was gradient S to SW flow on the backside of high pressure.