A Mackinac Island vacation during these two historic sailing events is a Sailor's Dream Vacation.
Mackinac Island, MI (Vocus/PRWEB) April 19, 2011
Marcia Dunnigan and Kathy Petersen of Insider Tips Inc., founders of the popular Mackinac Island Insider Tips website, are providing details about two Great Lakes Sailing Races that will take place beginning on July 16 with the destination being Mackinac Island located in northern Michigan where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron converge. While any time in the summer is a great time to experience this beautiful scenic island there is no better time to visit than during these two magnificent sailing events.
The Chicago To Mackinac Race
The Chicago to Mackinac Race, nicknamed "The Mac", is one of the most prestigious sailing races in the world. Sailors come from as far away as Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia to take part in this 333 mile race across Lake Michigan. This year's race will include up to 375 sailboats competing in multiple classes with sizes ranging from 30 to 80+ feet. The race fleet is manned by over 3,000 sailors.
This is the oldest and the largest fresh water sailing race in the world and it takes a hearty crew and a lot of stamina to complete this rugged course. Kathy Petersen states, "Anyone who thinks freshwater sailing lacks the challenge of an ocean race has never been sailing on Lake Michigan during one of her gales, which can come up suddenly. Seasoned ocean-sailors love to take part in this Great Lakes sailing race, because of the fact that the challenges offered them are different, and therefore exciting for even the most experienced of sailors."
The Port Huron to Mackinac Sailing Race
The weekend after the Chicago to Mackinac race the island's horizon will once again be filled with sails as the world's second largest fresh water sailing event, Bayview to Mackinac begins, but this time sailing on Lake Huron from Port Huron, Michigan which is near Detroit.
Dubbed the All Michigan Sailboat Race, the Bayview to Mackinac is expected to include over 200 boats leaving the marina in Port Huron on Saturday July 23rd with over 100,000 viewers cheering the sailors off. The first sailboat is expected to reach Mackinac Island on early Monday morning. Marcia Dunnigan exclaims, "There are few sights on Mackinac Island as memorable as the early morning sun illuminating the sails of the race fleet, as it glides into view."
There are two different courses in the Bayview to Mackinac race. One is the Cove Island route, it is about 298 miles in length and is usually traversed by the boats over 50 feet. Boats go through the waters of Lake Huron to the Georgian Bay in Canada. This course is the most challenging of the two because of the winds and the storms that can happen off the Canadian shore of Lake Huron. The second is the Shore Line course which is viewable from the Michigan shoreline and is designed for the boats that are 27 to 40 feet long.
Fun on Mackinac Island
People come from all over the world to witness these two famous Great Lakes sailing races, so reservations must be made early to ensure your lodging on small Mackinac Island. For the best views of the finish line at Round Island Lighthouse the beautiful Iroquois Hotel is a premier choice. Conde' Nast awarded the Iroquois its 2010 Conde' Nast Readers Choice Award as the one of the top small hotels in the United States. There are also wonderful lodging choices that include Bed & Breakfasts, small hotels or the historic Grand Hotel resort.
If you are a boater there are excellent marinas in Cheboygan, Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Don't count on Mackinac Island's marina for it will be packed with all the boats that are participating in the races.
Visitors to the island during this time will also find they can hobnob with the crews of the participating boats, especially when staying at the Chippewa Hotel which is next door to the Mackinac Island marina. While waiting for the boats to arrive there is much to do on historic Mackinac Island where no cars are allowed. Useful information for planning a Mackinac Island vacation especially during these two sailing events can be found at http://www.mackinac-island-insider-tips.com where lodging, museums, hiking trails, restaurants and other activities are listed.