Bayview Announces New Returning Sponsors For Sailboat Race From Port Huron To Mackinac Island
The Bayview Yacht Club has announced sponsors for the 97th consecutive Port Huron Sailboat Race to Mackinac Island.
“Last year we were very proud to lead the race to a safe and successful conclusion to keep our back-to-back race record intact, but no one would say it was like races past,” said Greg Thomas, President of the Bayview Mackinac 2021 race. a statement. “This year we expect things to be more normal, the number of boats and sailors is pretty much back to where it was, we have new boats and old boats coming back, as well as crews from all over the country … We are also having our post-race awards ceremony on the island.
DraftKings Inc. joins Atwater Brewery and Bayview Mackinac Race Foundation as presenting sponsors for the event.
New sponsors for 2021 include Faygo Beverages, Flagstar Bank, Lake Huron Medical and Sika Corporation.
“It’s great to see the race come back so strong after what we’ve all been through in 2020,” said Chuck Stormes, Commodore of Bayview. “To have so many sponsors signing up to participate is a testament to the tradition of racing and all of the hard work and preparation of the Mackinac Race Committee over the past year.
“As the home town brewery of Detroit, Atwater is proud to continue to support the iconic Bayview race to Mackinaw to the Island,” said Mark Rieth, President of Atwater. “It’s hard to improve on a day of racing on the Great Lakes, the wind in your hair and the hot Michigan sun on your skin, but being greeted at the docks with a cool, crunchy and refreshing Atwater brew does just that. We are happy to support this Pure Michigan event and help sailors, spectators and passers-by to enjoy the day. Prost! ”
Other sponsors include Grand Hotel, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, Aitken & Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance and Coral Reef Apparel. Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the official vodka sponsor, returns after a year off. Long-time sponsors Aitken & Ormond Insurance and Frankenmuth Insurance are co-sponsors of the “Kids Club” at the Island Awards.
One change announced last fall is that the Bayview Yacht Club Mackinac Race Authority has adopted the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) rating system to mark the race. The rule will correct the difference in elapsed time of competing boats and put them on the same level. The new scoring system offers competitors several advantages, including increased transparency, lower costs for one-design racing boats and a better user experience for other competitors.
About 2,000 sailors will participate in the annual regatta.
Sailing enthusiasts can follow individual boats or the entire fleet on the official race website, www.bycmack.com, using the Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices on each boat provided by YB Tracking. .
Each year, the economic impact of the race on the communities involved is approximately $ 30-59 million (depending on weather conditions), making it one of the premier events held in the state of Michigan and having a significant economic impact for a host. of local Michigan businesses, particularly in tourism, according to a press release.
The first boats will cross the start line on Saturday at 11:30 am on Lake Huron, just north of the Blue Water Bridge.