We’re trying to get in touch with the owner for an interview, but how cool is it that an Ericson 35-2 just won the Chicago to Mackinac race overall! From the Chi-Mac pr…
Taking home the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy was the Ericson 35 MK II Providence (also winner of Section 9), co-skippered by the father/son team of Jerry and Greg Miarecki (Chicago).
“An old adage with respect to winning this race is that it’s 1/3rd the boat, 1/3rd skill, and 1/3rd luck,” said Greg Miarecki. “If you were to talk to me halfway through, I would have said it was crazy to think we’d win overall.”
Miarecki described his team giving the Manitou Islands a wide berth to the west. The boat always had speed while doing that, but there were times on Sunday where it was becalmed for short amounts of time. The team didn’t take the lead until the last third of the race.
“More of a disadvantage to us than the fact if was lighter vs. heavier air was the significant amount of upwind work we had to do with an older boat,” said Miarecki.
Providence was built in 1970 but is still a warhorse. She has completed 43 Chicago Mac races and has placed in her section 21 times, winning her section six times. She also won her division in 2012, 2013, and 2014, becoming the first boat in 60 years to win her division in three consecutive years.