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World-Class Competition Heats Up this Summer


Racing to the 1956 Olympic Gold OFFICIAL RACE PROGRAM

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Amy Schwartz, Communications Chair Rose Mills Jamie Sunderland Nancy Snyder Tatia Torrey Dot Varan Jane Vartan

MANAGING EDITORS Sara Proctor Nicole Richardson

COMMODORE Lou Sandoval


TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 From the Helm 8 New Members 10 2019 Race to Mackinac Program Guide 12 Mac Week Schedule of Events 13 Letters from the Mayors 15 Letter from the Mac Race Chair


16 2019 Mac Committee 17 2019 RTM Race Committee

Official Official Race Race Program Program

18 2019 RTM Judges

Betsy Barrett Chris Bedford Gerald F. Bober Dan Burns Alina Dix Lindsey Duda Ed Falkenhayn Tom Falck Matt Gallagher Lisa Curcio Gaston Fred Gorr Greg Miarecki Shawn O’Neill Sarah Renz Sonia Sandoval Amy Schwartz Scott Sims Dustin Toale Tatia Torrey Dot Vartan Jane Vartan

19 2019 RTM Fan Guide


41 J/111 World Championships

Chris Albanis Joey Bappert Sara Proctor Nicole Richardson Lou Sandoval Candace Towery

43 The Culture of WOW!

JULY JULY 11 -11 17, - 17, 2019 2019

20 Do Mackinac Island 21 Past Mac Race Winners 23 2018 Mac Race Winners 24 2019 Mac Race Competitors 29 111th Race to Mackinac Preview 31 Review of the 110th RTM Weather 34 The Historic Mackinac Race 35 Legend of the Island Goats Society 37 Double Goat Honor Roll 38 Eat Well. Race Well. 39 2019 Mac Race Sponsors

44 Summertime in the City 45 Cruising Sail Fleet 46 DragonForce 65 48 3rd Annual Chicago Regatta Preview 50 Power Fleet 51 CYC Foundation: The Sea Dragons 52 Sheldon Clark Regatta 54 Junior Racing 56 Herbert Philip “Bert” Williams 57 CY Scene

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Every Tuesday – Sonar League

Every Wednesday – Belmont Skyline

Select Sundays – Sunday Brunch

Every Wednesday – Belmont Skyline

Every Wednesday – Monroe Skyline

Select Sundays – Fall Frostbiting

Every Wednesday – Monroe Skyline

Every Sunday – Sunday Brunch


Prime Rib Buffet

Every Sunday – Sunday Brunch


Family Movie Night


Autumn Classic


WOW Sonar Sailing Series


Labor Day Celebrations


Harvest Wine Dinner


Junior Race Week


Tuesday Sonar League


WOW Night of Networking


North American Invitational


Tuesday Sonar League


Sushi in the Mac Bar


Prime Rib Buffet


WOW Evening on Mentorship


CSF End of Season Celebration



Prime Rib Buffet


Murder Mystery Dinner


Family Movie Night


Bags on the Patio


An Evening with Wintrust


Mini Mac Race


Sunset Paddle Board & Kayak


Second City Night


SOS Children’s Villages Sailing Adventure


Sheldon Clark Regatta


WOW Day of Service


Boys & Girls Club Cruise


Big Kahuna Party


Children’s Halloween Party


Sailing School Banquet


Auto Show Brunch


Inter-Committee Challenge


Sonar Rec League


PF Annual Meeting


Tuesday Sonar League


Bags on the Patio


Chicago Regatta


Sweet Home Chicago Dock Party


CSF Boat Party


Belmont Pasta Bar


Workout on the Patio


Dog Show Cookout

9-11 CSF Cruise to Kenosha 9-11 Verve Offshore 9-11 PF Cruise to South Haven 10

Pasta Bar at Belmont


Family Board Game Night


Music in the Mac Bar


WOW Sonar Sailing Series

16-18 Chicago Grand Slam 16

Associate Friday


Fin Fantasy Buffet


Junior Night Nav Race

19-23 J/111 Regatta 20

Cruise for Sight-Impaired Adults


Trivia Night

23-25 Verve Inshore 24

Club Champ/Giovan Trophy


Power Fleet Dock Party


End of Season Dock Party


Bags on the Patio


Workout on the Patio

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19-22 Shields Nationals 19

Music in the Mac Bar


CSF Annual Meeting


Associate Fridays


Belmont Pasta Bar

28-29 HS Keelboat 28

Dueling Pianos Night

Red = Monroe Blue = Belmont Black = Off-Campus All dates are subject to change.

2019 CHICAGO YACHT CLUB VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP FLAG OFFICERS Lou Sandoval, Commodore Nick Berberian, Vice Commodore Dwain Lutzow, Rear Commodore Rick Lillie, Secretary Louis Rosenthal, Treasurer

PAST COMMODORES Leif Sigmond Greg Miarecki

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Nancy Arnold William Bloom Bruce Danly Michael Frerker Ray Groble Elizabeth Newman Kenneth Nordine Sarah Renz Martin Sandoval Scott Sims Christopher Thomas

CHICAGO YACHT CLUB STAFF Dwight Jenson, CCM, General Manager

MONROE STATION STAFF Kelly McGuire, Controller Emily Giaimo, Membership Director Kristin Aleshire, Clubhouse Manager Carly Kirschner, Catering & Events Manager Sara Proctor, Communications Director Larry Asher, Monroe Executive Chef Daisy Aponte, Human Resources Manager Daniel Post, Assistant Controller Aracely Bonilla, Billing Manager Silvestro Salgado, Sous Chef Nicole Richardson, Design & Communications Specialist David Behr, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager Betsy Myers, Member Services Manager John Porter, Dockmaster

BELMONT STATION STAFF Jay Kehoe, On the Water Director Sydney Symons, Regatta Manager Sean Hannigan, Keelboat Manager & Belmont Dockmaster Matt Peter, Head Coach Michael Ramos, Belmont Chef Candace Towery, Belmont Dining Room Manager Dave Gerber, Sailing Director Sarah Sullivan, Sailing Programs Coordinator Youssef Akrout, Single Handed Coach Phylicia McLeod, Belmont Administrator

From the Helm Dear Club Members and Race to Mackinac Participants: I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our participants and guests for the 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust. Nothing rivals the excitement of “Mac Week,” it is like Christmas Day for many racing sailors. The anticipation of a new race filled with all the possibilities and opportunities of a new year! It is one of my favorite and most treasured racing events. This year as I embark on my twentieth race alongside many of you, I review my goals for the race. These are the same goals that I’ve undertaken in running my own program on this storied race—FAST, FUN and SAFE. While simple goals, life often humbles us to make sure we remember and keep them front of mind. It has been my pleasure to meet many of you throughout my nineteen trips to the island. I know you have the same goals because we have shared the stories and the memories in passing at the club or on the island. I look forward to raising a glass with you again in a matter of days and sharing more tales of the wind shift that got away… I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to my friend and Mackinac Committee Chairwoman Sarah Renz and to my club colleagues on the Mackinac Committee for their thousands of hours of due diligence in preparation for the 111th. I know all too well from having sat in that same chair several years ago the work that goes into an international event such as the Mac. The work is bountiful and sometimes the thanks are few—so please provide some words of appreciation when you see them this week. Many thanks to our “nerve center” of the race, our very own Chicago Yacht Club Race Committee who do what it takes to make the race happen: under the guidance of our R/C chair Alina Dix, it truly takes a village! Last, but definitely not least, I would like to thank Wintrust, our presenting sponsor who has been along side us every step of the way for the past five years. It is truly a partnership that we appreciate very much. Ed Wehmer and his team have helped us to transform boating in Chicago through not only their support of the Mac, but also our annual In-Water Tech show and the Special Needs and Sight-Impaired cruises. Traditionally the Summer issue of the Blinker is very Race to Mackinac focused. I do hope I can hold your attention for a bit longer to update you on some of the other great things we have going on at our club this year. The Chicago Yacht Club enters its 144th year and we have accomplished a lot in the first half of 2019. Most notably, we kicked off our Tom 28 Team Match Racing program, our Women on the Water is off to a great start with its on-land and on-the-water programming, the Club’s youth sailing program is bursting at the seams with record attendance in each of the levels of our programs—learn to sail, Opti, 420 as well as JV and Varsity high school sailing. We are charging the lead in the local Great Lakes area in hosting Safety at Sea Clinics and have been the catalyst for PFD— safety check clinics which have been replicated at many local area clubs. It is what we do as a world leader in boating safety and education. Our Crew U has reached capacity and we have created a full list of family-based activities. Our signature family events have shattered records in attendance, with over 600 people served at each of the Easter, Mother’s Day and Women’s Charity luncheons. We also kicked off our 2025 Plan, a capital raising and membership growth plan to head into our 150-year anniversary with a record investment in physical plant assets. While it might seem all of this could not happen in just six months, we are just getting our onthe-water season warmed up. Aside from the final preparations for the Race to Mackinac we are also preparing for the off-shore and in-shore Verve Cup Regattas, a predicted log national championship, many youth regattas, national championships, the J 111 Worlds, and the culmination of a long season in our Chicago Regatta that raises money for several youth-based charities in the Chicagoland area. It truly is a lot, but it is all a labor of love for the Chicago Yacht Club, because it IS what we do. I’d like to thank my fellow flag officers, our Board of Directors, our professional staff, and the hundreds of volunteers that make CYC go! Fair winds and trailing seas on the race. I very much look forward to seeing you around the club!

LOU SANDOVAL, COMMODORE Blinker | Summer 2019


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MAC WEEK Schedule of Events Thursday, July 11, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. CDT 5 – 6:30 p.m. CDT 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. CDT

Friday, July 12, 2019

9 – 10 a.m. CDT 10 – 11 a.m. CDT 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT 3 – 3:30 p.m. CDT 5 – 6 p.m. CDT 7 – 11:30 p.m. CDT

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Cruising & Racing Division Registration Monroe Station Commodore Room VIP Reception* Monroe Station Warning Gun Party* Monroe Station Skipper’s Meeting Monroe Station Race Tent Cruising Division Registration Monroe Station Commodore Room Racing Division Registration Monroe Station Commodore Room 111th Race to Mackinac Starts – Cruising Division Skipper’s Meeting Monroe Station Race Tent Sailor Send Off Party Monroe Station

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CDT

Parade of Boats East End of Navy Pier Grandstand viewing of the parade of race boats checking in for the start line.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CDT

111th Race to Mackinac Starts – Racing Division

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT

Porch Party presented by Wintrust Grand Hotel Porch, Mackinac Island Ladies in their finest. Gentlemen, coat and tie required. Adults only.

5 – 8 p.m. EDT

Children’s Party Grand Hotel (Lower Level) Chaperoned dinner and movie. Advance registration required.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

Sailor’s Celebration presented by Wintrust Sailor’s Terrace at Woodfill Park

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. EDT

Outdoor activities for children Woodfill Park Family Area

12 p.m. EDT

Last call for all boats to leave All yachts must vacate docks by 12 p.m. EDT per Notice of Race (Section 14.6)

1:00 p.m. EDT

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From the Race Chair… Welcome! Welcome to the 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. It is a pleasure to extend my personal welcome to racers participating for the first time and salute our oldest goats — all of you carry forth the tradition set forth at the Race’s inception in 1898. Members of the Mackinac Committee, race volunteers, Chicago Yacht Club Staff, sponsors, families, friends and competitors, you have given this great offshore challenge countless hours of preparation and planning. Your commitment is unwavering. It brings us great joy to receive hundreds of requests for invitations each spring, knowing that soon we will be prepping the artisans with the correct spelling of your names to imprint on century-old trophies to celebrate the coming race. Thank you for joining us for the Warning Gun party on Thursday, July 11th on the terrace of Chicago Yacht Club as we recognize our Coast Guard and Municipal Water Safety members for their support as they shadow us up the lake. It is a moment to raise a glass to tradition and toast to safe passage of our sailors. I can’t go without mentioning the impact that last year’s race has had on us all. I appreciate the efforts by U.S. Sailing, the Safety Committee, the Coast Guard, and race boats and crew that stopped their race to help others. Some of you have worked tirelessly since last July: in honor of Jon to increase awareness in safety practices; to attend or teach at Lifejacket Clinics; to enhance our safety and training requirements; to improve Crew Overboard Recovery education. All of this effort undoubtedly helps keep fellow boaters safe on Lake Michigan and around the world. Thank you. I ask each and every one of you to join me in this community. Be prepared to lend support, be active, and be safe. It gives me great pride to have worked alongside so many of you the past six years on this epic freshwater offshore race. We are blessed to be racing 300+ uninterrupted miles on a lake that promises every sailing condition. Let’s embrace the beauty of the freshwater, keep the kites up to Grays Reef, sail in awe under the Mighty Mac, and set records with unforgettable stories and even longer friendships. Thank you to the supportive leadership of Dwight Jenson and Commodore Sandoval and the CYC Flag Officers, volunteers and staff. Lots of love and appreciation to my favorite people in the world—Mark, Will and Grace. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Chicago Yacht Club, and I look forward to welcoming you to the Island. Be smart, sail safe and relish the ride! Sincerely, Sarah Renz Chairman, 111th CYC Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust

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2019 Race to Mackinac Committee Chair: Sarah Renz

Vice Chair: Martin Sandoval

Vice Chair & Chief Inspector: Chris Thomas

Committee Members: Clark Pellett Helle Getz Jim Murray Lindsey Duda

Lloyd Karzen Matt Gallagher Ron White Shawn O’Neill

Steve Dorfman Ted Jones Tom Falck Winn Soldani

Advisory Panel:

CYC Staff:

Don Glasell Lindy Thomas Sam Veilleux

Jay Kehoe, On-the-Water Director Sydney Symons, Regatta Manager

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It Takes a Team!

By Alina Dix

As Principal Race Officer of the 111th Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, I am honored to work with such an amazing team of volunteers. From a race management perspective the race is divided in two: start and finish. There are numerous behind-the-scenes tasks that are accomplished because of our volunteers who work tirelessly leading up to the starts of the Mac Race. From bag stuffing to registration to actually going out on the water to start the fleets, there are a lot of moving pieces. All of that preparation is worth it when you see the hundreds of boats against the Chicago skyline, racing north. The On-Island team has its own race to the island to be there in time and ready for the first finishers. On the island we have six bases of operation: finish line, docking, inspections, check-in tent, scoring, and protest committee. Some of these are part of the Race Committee and some report to the Mac Committee, but we all work together for our sailors! If you didn’t know, all areas (except the Protest Committee) work on a shift system so that our volunteers can get a bit of shut-eye even when 150 boats are trying to cross the line in twenty minutes. Then, in the blink of an eye, the race is done and the celebration commences (and so does the planning for the next year). Committee Members Pictured: Front Row (LR) Nancy Arnold, Barbara Mehaffey, Laura Sigmond, Amy Schwartz, Nancy Sindelar, Jane McMillan, Cindy Wilson, Jerry Sebold, Sydney Symons. Second Row (LR) Christopher Collins, Stan Mehaffey, Vicki Johnson, Jay Kehoe, Mary Judd, Jennifer Steffler, Richard Gray, Chuck Goes, Karen McLane, Darcy Cook, Fred Hagedorn, Tom Sublewski, Mick Wilson, Alina Dix. Not Pictured: Olof Andersson, Becky Ashburn, Sarah Ashton, Dennis Bartley, Maggie Carroll, Collien D’Agostino, Jill Danly, Kristine Edmunds, Lisa Gaston, Helle Getz, Janet Hansen, Todd Hildwein, Mike Kamerlink, Lloyd Karzen, Rachel Levine, Elissa Magnatowski, Don Makowiecki, John Mooney, Mary Murhpy-McCarthy, Liz Real, Dick Schweers, Chris Thomas, Noelle Thomas, Alex Verslype, Nick Zomer.

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2019 Mac Protest Committee Slate Donald Makowiecki (Patchogue, NY)) is a World Sailing International Judge and U.S. Sailing National Judge. He previously served on the CYC Race to Mackinac Protest Committee in 2016. Other judging experience includes the 2019 Heineken Regatta Sint Maarten, Race Week St. Croix, International Regatta St. Thomas, Spring Regatta British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda Race Week. As a racer he has sailed in numerous boats in the United States and Europe. He has sailed 12-meter America’s Cup boats for many years and was a crewmember on Freedom when she won the America’s Cup 150th Anniversary in Cowes England. Don is a US Sailing National Umpire and holds a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License and a European Ships Master License. Don is a long-time member of the Storm Trysail Club, a member of the Royal British Virgin Island Yacht Club, and Past Commodore of the South Bay Scooter Club (an iceboating club) and is the author of a book on iceboat construction. John Mooney (Bristol, RI) is a U.S. Sailing National Judge, U.S. Sailing Regional Race Officer, and U.S. Sailing Regional Umpire. John previously served on the jury for the 2015 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. John has also served as a judge for the Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup, the Newport-Bermuda Race, numerous World and North American championships, the NYYC Annual Regatta, and many national, regional, and local regattas. As a sailor, John raced as a junior before graduating to offshore boats. John has crewed on numerous offshore race boats, including podium finishers at Block Island Race Week, NYYC Race Week, as well as the Block Island and Vineyard distance races.



Sarah Ashton (Charleston, SC) is a U.S. Sailing National Judge and is the currently the Chairman of the U.S. Sailing AM Judges7:50 Committee. Sarah has recently judged at major events including Charleston Race Week, VX One North America Championship, Melges 24 National Championship, Beneteau 36.7 National Championships, and the USODA National Championship. Sarah is an active racer of over forty years in numerous PHRF and one-design classes. She currently serves as the Commodore of the Charleston Yacht Club.


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View the boats on land, on the water, online, and track the 2019 Race. PRE-RACE COVERAGE ON LAND See the Boats at Monroe Station In the days leading up to the Race to Mackinac, race boats are docked at Chicago Yacht Club’s Monroe Station at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street in Chicago. Stroll along the lakeshore path just north of Monroe Street and see all the action. Other boats are docked at CYC’s Belmont Station in Belmont Harbor, easily visible from the lakeshore path north of Belmont Avenue.

See the Parade of Boats from Navy Pier July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. provides a wonderful opportunity to see the boats pass by the east end of Navy Pier on their way to the start. The parade is free and open to the public.

PRE-RACE COVERAGE ON THE WATER If you have access to a boat, you can watch the racers start and head up the lake. Please take note of the buoys marking the starting area and stay clear of racing boats. The U.S. Coast Guard and Chicago Police Marine unit patrol the start area. Please be respectful of the race boats and try to stay well away from them at all times. YB Tracking YB Tracking, the leading provider of tracking services for offshore yacht races equips each racing boat with a tracker

that sends a ping about every ten minutes through a satellite showing the boat’s location on the race course. There are two ways to see the live tracking: From Your Computer Tracking is available via From Your Phone or Tablet For the best experience on your mobile device (iOS or Android) download the free app – YB Races and select Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac to view the race tracking.

FOLLOW THE RACE ON SOCIAL MEDIA Starting Friday, July 12, stay tuned for interviews with the racers, weather updates from meteorologist Chris Bedford, and expert race analysis as we follow the boats on social media. Want to be part of the Race? Be sure to use our official hashtags, #CYCRTM and #Americas OffshoreChallenge to Follow Us 19 Blinker | Summer 2019

keep up with all Mac Race events. Get real-time updates while the race is under way: select boats will be enabled with GPS transponders to tweet during the race. They will all appear under the Race’s Twitter account and be tagged with the tweeting boats name.

Facebook: @CYCRTM Twitter: @racetomackinac

Instagram: @racetomackinac Youtube: @ChicagoMacRace

Do Mackinac Island By Amy Schwartz

Another racing season has begun, and the excitement builds toward the Race to Mackinac—America’s Offshore Challenge. If you have been up to the island for the race then you probably have your regular spots to visit; the finish line, the docks, The Pink Pony, The Grand Hotel, a fudge store, but have you taken time to explore? Many pieces have been written about Mackinac Island and certainly the Island’s Official Tourist Guide,, will always offer tidbits of what’s happening, where to go, and what to do. My visits to the island for the last seven years have been as a volunteer for the race committee, where we are on shift around the clock to help support the finish of the race. Between shifts, I have managed to ride a bike around the island, climbed up Arch Rock, enjoy a drink called a Hummer at the Iroquois Hotel, visit a beach on the other side of the island, taste-test fudge at the various fudge stores to determine my favorite, and it appears all of this is just the “tip of the island.”

As a Chicagoan, we are used to checking out the latest restaurants, being part of the hustle and bustle, playing in crowded bars and enjoying libations, fighting the crowds on the paths, and avoiding cars getting to the paths, so enjoying the tranquility of the island is my favorite treat. Do yourself a favor this year and do Mackinac Island. Check out something you haven’t. Take the opportunity to ride or walk the trails (Tranquil Bluff Trails, Lost Lake Nature Trail) without fear of cars or crowded paths. Rent a kayak to view Arch Rock from the water. Check out Fort Holmes, referred to as The Other Fort, for a scenic climb and great shots of the Mackinac Bridge.

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Past Chicago to Mackinac Race Winners From 2018 – 1898

For each year since the first Chicago to Mackinac Race in 1898, the race number and anniversary year is listed. The abbreviation “N/R” indicates years in which there was no race. The abbreviation “H/S” indicates the two years the annual long-distance race did not race to Mackinac Island and instead ended in Harbor Springs, MI.

YEAR 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963

RACE # ANNIVERSARY MACKINAC CUP WINNER 110 109 108 107 106 105 104 103 102 101 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71 70 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58 57 56 55

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Equation Challenge TOA Wizard Natalie J Flying Buffalo Odyssey Spirit Walker To The Moon Providence Providence Sufficient Reason Realt Na Mara Providence Fast Tango & Usual Suspect Windancer Flying Jenny VI Lady K The Asylum Zoom Stripes Velero VII Vytis Windquest Eagle Smokum Too Kutty’s Ark Retriever Esmeralda Bozos Circus Bantu Retriever Illusion Holy Toledo! Equation Bacchant Sayonara Voodoo Pied Piper Raincloud Bacchant Rx Sight Wizo Bantu Bantu Wizo Flash Gordon 2 Thirsty Tiger Windquest Wizo Daybreak Trader Sensation Cynosure Wizo Eagle Kodiak Leading Edge Insatiable Renegade Jeanine Aces Wild Glider Trader Eagle Reflection Hilaria Slip Sliding Away Heritage Double Digits Thirsty Tiger Heritage Leading Edge Endurance Thunderbird Shiftless Rush Banjo Chocolate Chips Windquest Scaramouche Good News! Cup and Trophy jointly awarded to all section winners Tortuga Tyche Dora IV Pied Piper No Go VII Tortuga Bay Bea Pied Piper Azure Omega Endurance Decision Dora Decision Flying Buffalo Bay Bea Comanche Decision Flying Buffalo Diavolo Blitzen Flying Buffalo Challenge Challenge X-Barb Talisman Meteor III Blitzen

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RACE # ANNIVERSARY MACKINAC CUP WINNER 54 53 52 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 N/R N/R N/R N/R 12 11 10 9 H/S H/S 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 N/R N/R N/R N/R 1

64 63 62 61 60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Race

Flame Blue Horizon Freebooter Feather II DYNA Meteor III Copperhead Rangoon Taltohna Fleetwood Tahuna Gale Fleetwood Cara Mia Taltohna Cara Mia Blitzen Cara Mia Bangalore Too Gloriant White Cloud Lively Lady Bangalore Gloriant Manitou Revenge Rubaiyat Princess Elizabeth Siren Bagheera Siren Cynthia Blue Moon Comet Siren Intrepid Intrepid Sari Virginia Intrepid Virginia no race no race no race no race Intrepid Leda Olympian race to Harbor Springs race to Harbor Springs Mavourneen Valmore Valmore Valmore Vencedor Vanadis Mistral Vencedor no race no race no race no race no race Vanenna

MACKINAC TROPHY WINNER Sixth Girl Greetings Dauntless Barb Rangoon DYNA Fleetwood Revelry Fleetwood Gypsy Fleetwood Escapade Gale Taltohna Cara Mia Royono III Spindle Bangalore Too Falcon II Lassie Falcon II Breeze Lively Lady Bangalore Hope Rubaiyat Hope Elizabeth Princess Chimon Princess Elizabeth Siren Bagheera Siren Shalamar not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 not awarded until 1927 Blinker | Summer 2019



CRUISING 3 Cruising Division 1. Kutty’s Ark George Morrissey & Joe McGinnis 2. Joysea Tom & Joyce Pfeifer 3. Patriot Laura Studders CRUISING 2 Cruising Division 1. Intangible Tom Falck 2. Jasmin David Ormesher, Jon Sawyer & Ted Anderson 3. Mirage John Boyle CRUISING 1 Cruising Division 1. Broderi Robert, Brooke & Josh Kolar 2. Albatross Fernando Assens 3. Roxy Don Condit SECTION 10 Chicago – Mackinac Trophy Division 1. Providence Jerry & Greg Miarecki 2. Cynthia Andrew & Betty Grootendorst, Susan Hertog 3. Truant Walter & Holly Kawula SECTION 9 Chicago – Mackinac Trophy Division 1. Fast Tango Tim Prophit 2. Liberty Robert Bert 3. Measure for Measure Paul Uhl SECTION 8 Chicago – Mackinac Trophy Division 1. Challenge Kevin & Raymond Teborek 2. Ob La Di! Rick, Bobby & Kelly Jean Reed 3. Rambler Benjamin & Amanda Wilson T-10 Chicago – Mackinac Trophy Division 1. Cheap Thrill Nancy and Tim Snyder 2. Meat Brian Kennalley, Edward Mui, Craig Roehl 3. Erica Brian Kaczor & Michael Kaczor BENETEAU 36.7 Chicago – Mackinac Trophy Division 1. Soulshine Jarrett Altmin 2. Maggie Mae Peter Wright 3. As You Wish David Simon J/105 Chicago – Mackinac Trophy Division 1. Pterodactyl Mark Symonds 2. Sealark Clark Pellett 3. Vytis Gyt Petkus SECTION 7 Chicago – Mackinac Trophy Division 1. Madcap John & Marian Hoskins 2. TOA Jim Mitchell & Bruce Danly 3. On Edge Steve Dorfman LEVEL 35 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Alpha Puppy Richard Stage 2. On Edge Steve Dorfman 3. Bad Dog J. Lawrence Taunt

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J/109 Chicago – Mackinac Trophy Division 1. Goat Rodeo Robert Evans 2. Callisto James Murray 3. Northstar David Gustman

SECTION 6 Chicago – Mackinac Trophy Division 1. Bravo Tom & Shirley Dekker 2. Nighthawk Jan Van Den Kieboom 3. Spitfire Jonathan R. Burba, Mike F. Cunningham, James K Hellquist BENETEAU 40.7 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Spanker Boyd Rice & Rollin Pierce 2. Das Boot Jay and Cindy Muller 3. Flyswatter Mark Pirie SECTION 5 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Eagle Jerry O’Neill & Shawn O’Neill 2. Archimedes III Joe Hummel & Beth Lore 3. Rogue Peter Engel SECTION 4 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Blitzkrieg Matt Schaedler 2. Gotta Wanta Robert Mampe 3. Evvai Matthew Songer J/111 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Nosurprise David Irish 2. Rowdy Richard C. Witzel Jr. 3. Warlock Tom Dickson J/120 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Proof Michael Fozo & Robin Kendrick 2. FUNTECH Charles C. Hess 3. Sleeping Tiger John Harvey & Rick Titsworth SECTION 3 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Tango in Blue Daniel Griggs, David Gullo, Maxwell Bardeen 2. Sirocco 3 Robert Klairmont 3. Renegade Tomas & Beth Ann Papoutsis FARR 40 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Flash Gordon 6 Helmut & Evan Jahn 2. Eagles Wings John J. Gottwald 3. Hot Lips Christopher Whitford SECTION 2 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Husaria Krzysztof Kaminski 2. Sin Duda! Fritz Duda, Sr. and Lindsey Duda Coe 3. Damn Yankee Theodore K Johnson SECTION 1 Mackinac Cup Division 1. Equation Bill Alcott & Tom Anderson 2. Stripes Bill Martin 3. Talisman Bruce Aikens TURBO Mackinac Cup Division 1. Wizard David & Peter Askew 2. Il Mostro Peter & Christopher Thornton 3. Natalie J Philip & Sharon O’Niel III

OVERALL WINNERS & MAJOR TROPHIES RACING MONOHULL DIVISION 1st to Finish Racing Monohull Division 2nd Place Turbo Royono Trophy Recipient Il Mostro | Peter & Christopher Thornton CRUISING DIVISION 1st Overall Cruising Division 1st Place Cruising 1 Vannena Cup Recipient Broderi | Robert, Brook & Josh Kolar 2nd Place Cruising 1 • Il Aux Galet Cup Recipient Albatross | Fernando Assens 2nd Overall Cruising Division • 1st Place Cruising 2 Intangible | Tom Falck 3rd Overall Cruising Division 1st to Finish Cruising Division CHICAGO – MACKINAC TROPHY 1st Overall Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division 1st Place Section 8 Challenge | Kevin & Raymon Teborek 2nd Overall Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division 1st Place Beneteau 36.7 Soulshine | Jarrett Altmin 3rd Overall Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division 1st Place Section 9 Fast Tango | Tim Prophit MACKINAC CUP 1st Overall Mackinac Cup Division 1st Place Section 1 Equation | Bill Alcott & Tom Anderson 2nd Overall Mackinac Cup Division 2nd Place Section 1 Clark DeRoy Trophy Recipient Stripes | Bill Martin 3rd Overall Mackinac Cup Division 1st Place Turbo Wizard | David & Peter Askew

2019 Race Competitors As of June 10th






9 Lives IV

USA 52637

George and Janet Seaverns

Buffalo Grove, IL

The Anchorage Yacht Club


USA 4304

Don M. Thinschmidt and Don M. Thinschmidt, Jr.

Holland, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 52188

Scott and Melissa Conger

Wauwatosa, WI

South Shore Yacht Club


USA 64

Mark Rasmussen and Jason Shilson

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 39531

William M. Newman

Muskegon, MI

Muskegon Yacht Club

Air Force

USA 108

Perrin Fortune and Ryan Farrell

St Clair Shores, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


USA 60836

Fernando Assens

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Almost Heaven

USA 60621

Rose Marie Whitney and Oatfield W. Whitney, III

Denver, CO


Alpha Puppy

USA 1300

Richard Stage

Chicago, IL

Great Lakes Singlehanded Society

Altair III

USA 50254

Randall Syme

Mundelein, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Amateur II

USA 15630

Michael and Felicia Platzke

Downers Grove, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 403

Christopher Manick and Matt Joy

Munster, IN


Archimedes III

USA 56810

Joe Hummel and Beth Lore

Wilmette, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 97999

Charles M. Bayer, Jr

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


GBR 20

Andrew J. Price

Norton Shores, MI

Muskegon Yacht Club

As You Wish

USA 60367

Dave Simon

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Crescent Sail Yacht Club

Baba Jaga

USA 60710

Renata Kuszyk and Adam Ferenz

Des Plaines, IL


Bad Dog

USA 40054

J. Lawrence Taunt

Kentwood, MI

Muskegon Yacht Club


USA 60009

Daniel Koules

Glenview, IL

Sheridan Shore Yacht Club


USA 40016

John Sieracki and Arvid Eiesland

Glenview, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 69

David P. Hughes

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 51351

Rob Hasselkus

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Yacht Club

Black Diamond

USA 406

Dale L. Brown

Michigan City, IN

Michigan City Yacht Club


USA 310

Keith W. Eickenberg

Naperville, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 312

Woody, John, and Will Hansmann

Northbrook, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Blue Chip

USA 50839

Ulrich Noorman

Grand Rapids, MI


Bonne Vie

USA 60703

Kelley and Michelle Kerns

Saint Joseph, MI

St. Joseph River Yacht Club


USA 42330

Tom and Shirley Dekker

Cedar Grove, WI

Port Washington Yacht Club

Break Away

USA 26159

David M. Jankura and Richard Gravengood

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 42917

Robert, Brooke and Josh Kolar

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 6525

Michael Ciechanowski and Mark Schermerhorn

Norridge, IL

Midwest Open Racing Fleet



Michael Steck

Naperville, IL



USA 368

James Murray

Lake Bluff, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Captain Blood

USA 42998

Patrick Nelson

Saint Joseph, MI

St. Joseph River Yacht Club


USA 60633

Rocque Lipford, Jr.

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 50996

Arunas Kubelskas

Westmont, IL



USA 59

Charlie Schroeder

Medina, MN

Wayzata Yacht Club

Cheep N Deep II

USA 25580

Randy Kuhn and James Richter

Lake Forest, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

Cherry Bomb

USA 60826

Mark Birringer

Miami Beach, FL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 42250

Bill Peterson

Bayfield, WI

Wayzata Yacht Club

Chico 2

USA 35009

Jim Weyand

Southfield, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


USA 6869

Andrew and Betty Grootendorst, Susan Hertog

Coloma, MI

St. Joseph River Yacht Club


USA 25443

Steven Sickler

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Das Boot

USA 51457

Jay and Cindy Muller

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 52575

Dale Smirl

Oak Park, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 84003

William F. McKinley

Harbor Springs, MI

Little Traverse Yacht Club

Dire Wolf

USA 35035

Jeffrey Janicek

Plainfield, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Double Time

CAT 13

Martin Foster

Chesterfield Township, MI

Viking Multihull Sail Club

Driven 2

USA 271

James G. Milliken

Traverse City, MI

Grand Traverse Yacht Club


USA 52701

Mike Shields and Brien Baker

Saint Clair Shores, MI

Detroit Yacht Club Blinker | Summer 2019








USA 38006

Jerry and Shawn O'Neill

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Eagles Wings

USA 40101

John J. Gottwald

Glencoe, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Earth Voyager

USA 018

Ryan and Todd Howe

Rochester, NY

Rochester Yacht Club


USA 16615

Gene McCarthy

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 037

Ron and Janel Groth

Saint Joseph, MI

St. Joseph River Yacht Club Chicago Yacht Club


USA 52974

Matthew and Emily Gallagher

Chicago, IL

Entourage II

USA 35053

Michael, Peter, and Steve Dannecker

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 323

Bill Alcott and Tom Anderson

St Clair Shores, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


USA 30475

Brian Kaczor and Michael Kaczor

New Lenox, IL


Erizo De Mar

USA 101

Antoni Czupryna and Waldemar Emmerich

Marengo, IL

Joseph Conrad Yacht Club

Escorpión Borracho

SV 16713

Anthony Halawith

Chicago, IL

Burnham Park Yacht Club

Esprit d’Écosse

USA 50638

Ross and Judith McLean

Chicago, IL

Midwest Open Racing Fleet


USA 70

Chris Saxton

Plymouth, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


USA 53581

Matthew Songer

Marquette, MI

Marquette Yacht Club Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 88

Andy and Sarah Graff

Chicago, IL


USA 51909

Martin Luken III

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 25618

Dave Schoenfeld and Steve Bussolari

Evanston, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 6949

Deirdre Martin

Evanston, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Fast Tango

USA 15004

Tim Prophit

St Clair Shores, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


USA 61177

Russ Salzman-Pinnacle Yachts

Chicago, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 40935

Sheri Dufresne

Bay City, MI

Bay City Yacht Club


USA 975

Mike and Dawn Fisher

Lake Leelanau, MI

Grand Traverse Yacht Club

Flying Pig

USA 424

Mike Sheppard

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 51170

Mark Pirie

Charlevoix, MI

Charlevoix Yacht Club


USA 26219

Greg Rasmussen

Geneva, IL



USA 52832

Raymond E. Powers, III (Skip) and Christopher V. Torrey

Western Springs, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Fortunate Sun

USA 85

John Dunlevy

Chicago, IL

Midwest Open Racing Fleet

Free Agent

USA 97350

Miles P. Depaepe

Chicago, IL

Midwest Open Racing Fleet

Free Radical

USA 52051

Robert Nelson and Anthony Bowker

Lemont, IL


Friendly Confines

USA 60604

Bob O'Brien

Michiana, MI

Chicago Yacht Club

Full Tilt

USA 249

Peter Priede

Homer Glen, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 5455

Charles C. Hess

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


USA 480

Mark Gannon

Aurora, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 45367

Mark and Diane Bouckaert

Lisle, IL

Burnham Park Yacht Club


USA 52791

William Woodworth and Guy Hiestand

Grand Rapids, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club Michigan City Yacht Club


USA 50326

Herb Philbrick

Chesterton, IN

Global Nomads

USA 325

Michael Hettel

Peoria, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Goat Rodeo

USA 359

Robert Evans

Chicago, IL

Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club and Marina


USA 29

Sam Powers

Harbor Springs, MI

Little Traverse Yacht Club


USA 24

Geoffrey M. Davis

Oak Park, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Handsome Pete

USA 33

David and Tracey Baker

Chicago, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 88528

Robert L. and Laura Hughes

Ada, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 35004

Eric Oesterle

Glen Ellyn, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

High Priority 2

USA 25411

David Shneider

East Lansing, MI

Little Traverse Yacht Club Chicago Yacht Club


USA 39530

Ian Fisher

River Forest, IL

Hokey Smoke

USA 99

Richard and Lori Stearns

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Holy Goat

USA 23

Mark Veenstra and Jeff Veenstra

Kenosha, WI

Great Lakes Singlehanded Society South Shore Yacht CLub


USA 888

Joel Carroll

Brown Deer, WI

Hot Lips

USA 40027

Christopher Whitford

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


POL 9146

Krzysztof Kaminski

Lake Bluff, IL

Polish Yachting Association of North America


USA 39505

Gintaras Karaitis, Aras Karaitis, and Vytenis Karaitis

Union Pier, MI

St. Joseph River Yacht Club

Infinite Diversion

USA 54

Joseph S. Haas

Winnetka, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 16676

James Grant

Culver, IN

Michigan City Yacht Club South Shore Yacht Club


USA 51587

Matthew Mergener

Mequon, WI


USA 522

Tom Falck

Burr Ridge, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 52039

Frank Giampoli

Geneva, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

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USA 238

Joseph Marciniak and Cynthia Marciniak

Naperville, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 60455

David Ormesher, Jon Sawyer, and Ted anderson

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Joie De Vie

USA 119

Donna Hastings and Randy Hastings

Green Bay, WI

The Anchorage Yacht Club

Joint Venture

USA 37731

Phil Bush

Lakewood, IL

Lake Michigan Singlehanded Society


Usa 61095

Tom and Joyce Pfeifer

San Antonio, TX



USA 60361

Timothy and Julianna Klaff

Porter, IN

The Poor Man's Yacht Club

Just One More

USA 64

Spencer Thomason

Pewaukee, WI

Milwaukee Yacht Club

Kama Hele

USA 61610

Sharon and Gregory Olejniczak

Chicago, IL

North Point Sail Racing Association

Koko Loko 2

USA 52411

Tomek Kokocinski

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

Kutty's Ark

USA 6710

Kutty’s Ark Group

Romeoville, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

La Tempete

USA 51146

Thomas Weber and Ryan Weber

Saint Charles, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 124

Ray Douglas and Kris Maybach

Hawthorn Woods, IL

The Anchorage Yacht Club

Lighten Up

USA 60720

Charles Goodbar, Lynda Stephens, and John Wade

Chicago, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Liquid Lounge II

USA 245

Jim Caesar

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 61219

Robert Christoph

Miami Beach, FL

Charlevoix Yacht Club


USA 26665

William E. Derrah

Western Springs, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 143

F.K. Day

Saint Joseph, MI


Loose Shoes

USA 41715

Jonathan and Joan Jacobs, Mark and Grace Thomsen

Wauwatosa, WI

Milwaukee Yacht Club

Lucky Dubie

USA 72

Len Siegal

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 412

Ron Kallen

Highland Park, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 32128

Tyler Wilson, Tristan Wilson, Cam Wilson, Tim Throm

Kalamazoo, MI

South Haven Yacht Club


USA 18431

John and Marian Hoskins

Mundelein, IL

South Shore Yacht Club

Maggie Mae

USA 262

Peter Wright

Hinsdale, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Main Street

USA 50048

Bill and Jean Schanen

Port Washington, WI

Port Washington Yacht Club


USA 38005

Terry and Patti McMahon

Glendale, WI

Milwaukee Yacht Club


USA 50694

Greg and Ann Gills

Elmhurst, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Mary Gail

USA 112

Benjamin Lumpkin

Evanston, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Mas Tiempo

USA 61211

William Hoyer

Muskegon, MI

Muskegon Yacht Club


USA 11508

Donald P. Waller

Oakbrook, IL

Burnham Park Yacht Club

Mazal Tov

USA 50659

Arne and Deborah Fliflet

Champaign, IL

Herrington Harbour Sailing Association


USA 45777

Daniel Lewis

North Oaks, MN

Wayzata Yacht Club


USA 40433

Brian Kennalley, Edward Mui, and Craig Roehl

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club Michigan City Yacht Club


USA 42492

Miguel Gambetta

Schererville, IN


USA 411

Blane and Cindy Boynton

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 32611

John Boyle

Aurora, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Mise En Place

USA 76

Paul Thompson

Chicago, IL

Jackson Park Yacht Club


USA 12

Daniel and Dana Floberg

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 602

Tom and Caroll McIntosh

Lake Forest, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 52329

Chris Duhon

Chicago, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 404

Gary Powell and Scot Ruhlander

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 24

Kevin Saedi and Raman Yousefi

Oak Park, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 39502

Dave Radtke

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Yacht Club

Mrs. Jones

USA 50399

Michael R. Jones

Valparaiso, IN

Michigan City Yacht Club


USA 311

John Schellenbach

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Nancy Jo

USA 51572

Bruce Carter

Elkhart, IN

Michigan City Yacht Club

Natalie J

USA 5252

Philip and Sharon O'Niel, III

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Bayview Yacht Club

Nelda Ray

USA 009

Pete Pattullo

Longview, TX

Longview Yacht Club

Night Train

USA 42525

Brian Morgan

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 25634

Jan Van Den Kieboom

Shorewood, WI

Milwaukee Yacht Club

No Quarter

USA 117

Colin Caliban and Mark Caliban

Covert, MI

South Haven Yacht Club


USA 40395

Leslie Family/Amedio

Winthrop Harbor, IL

North Point Sail Racing Association


USA 61048

Leslie Kohler, Paul Bartelt, and Danielle Kohler

Sheboygan, WI

Sheboygan Yacht Club


USA 246

David C. Gustman

Wilmette, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 60611

Scott Sellers

Larkspur, CA

Little Traverse Yacht Club


USA 46735

Darius Keblinskas

Chicago, IL

Midwest Open Racing Fleet


USA 11677

David Bohl

Whitefish Bay, WI

Milwaukee Yacht Club

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USA 61063

Jeffrey and Robert Smetters

Cary, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

On Edge

USA 43535

Steve Dorfman

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Painkiller 5

USA 247

Alice O. Martin

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 42507

Hank Graziano

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Paradigm Shift

USA 25578

Dave Dickerson, Steve Daube, and John Brofman

Hinsdale, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 40037

Michael F. Kayusa

Fort Myers, FL

Davis Island Yacht Club Columbia Yacht Club


USA 60376

Ryan Johnson

Chicago, IL


USA 32319

Robert Cohen and Adam Collins

River Forest, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 243

Peter Schwarzbach

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

Pommes Frites

USA 60844

Mike Evans

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 1313

Earle Atwater and Kara Allen

Chicago, IL



USA 6649

Jerry and Greg Miarecki

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 617

Mark Symonds

Lake Angelus, MI

Bayview Yacht Club

Pura Vida

USA 112

John B. Kalanik, Jr.

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

Quintessence III

USA 32676

David W. Crum

Wayzata, MN

Wayzata Yacht Club


USA 51541

Benjamin L. White

Oak Park, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

Rainbows End

USA 26340

Steven J. Fink

Skokie, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 56565

Mark Hagan

Traverse City, MI

Grand Traverse Yacht Club


USA 26

Thomas and Beth Ann Papoutsis

Winnetka, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 410

Mark and Joni Croll

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Return To Sender

USA 52592

Andrew Dillon

Milwaukee, WI

South Shore Yacht Club

Rhumb Jungle

USA 70500

Kurt Korte and Guy Selsmeyer

Little Suamico, WI

Windjammers Sailing Club


USA 51219

Brian Goldman and Katie Goldman Finnegan

Chicago. IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 50631

Peter Engel

Milwaukee, WI

South Shore Yacht Club


USA 47

Richard C. Witzel, Jr

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 25663

Don Condit

Grand Rapids, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 52337

Tom Gorey

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 77984

Bob Zeman, Laura Z Martin, and Tone Martin

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Sail Monkey

USA 52249

William McGuinn

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 50136

Jim Gignac

La Grange, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

Scarlet Begonias

USA 60657

Kevin Foote

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 83

Jamal Alwattar

Bannockburn, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 2165

Neal Mehlman

Glencoe, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 349

Clark Pellett

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 42234

Vinton Trowbridge and Jack Marks

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Shmokin Joe

USA 20

Jeffrey S. Schaefer

Elm Grove, WI

Racine Yacht Club


USA 52940

Jud Brown

Saint Joseph, MI

St Joseph River Yacht Club

Sin Duda!

USA 28252

Fritz Duda, Sr. and Lindsey Duda

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 10380

Brian Geraghty

Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

Bayview Yacht Club

Sirocco 3

USA 52488

Robert Klairmont

Lake Forest, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Sirocco VI

USA 50134

William and Viviana Fanizzo

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 40900

Jamie and Megan Sunderland

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Skull Cracker

USA 111

Daniel L. Kitchens

Huntleigh, MO

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 46892

Jane and Jeff Hoswell

La Grange, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Slapshot II

USA 124

Scott Sims

Wilmette, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Smee Again

USA 141

George Miz, Peter Dreher, Mark Hatfield, and David Neenan

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 60102

Robert Arzbaecher

Brookfield, WI

Milwaukee Yacht Club


USA 40025

William H. Francis

Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


USA 43

Tracy Brand

Holland, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 60310

Jarrett Altmin

Chicago, IL

St John Yacht Club

Southern Cross

USA 485

David W. Sallmann and Robert Sallmann

Libertyville, IL

The Anchorage Yacht Club


USA 13191

Steve Schiller

Muskegon, MI

Muskegon Yacht Club


USA 51196

Boyd Rice and Rollin Pierce

Chicago, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Spirit Walker

USA 28380

J. Andrew Woodruff

Denver, CO

South Haven Yacht Club

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USA 42252

Jonathan R. Burba, Mike F Cunningham and James K. Hellquist

Chicago, IL

Waukegan Yacht Club

Split Decision

USA 82

Nick Norris

Elmwood Park, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

St. Francis

USA 51651

Jairo and Maria D. Cruz

Olympia Fields, IL

Burnham Park Yacht Club


USA 51045

Arthur C. Osterwald

Grand Rapids, MI

Bayshore Yacht Club


USA 25168

Bill Martin

Ann Arbor, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


USA 42484

Kasey Iwasyk

Park Ridge, IL


Sufficient Reason

USA 4215

Mitchell Padnos

Holland, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 23507

Bill Strzelewicz

Waukegan, IL

The Anchorage Yacht Club


CAN 13667

Bryan Sims

Geneva, IL

Bronte Harbour Yacht Club


USA 40888

Ronald C. Ehlert

Wyoming, MI

Bayshore Yacht Club


USA 19145

Chris Mallett

Vermilion, OH

Vermilion Boat Club


USA 51746

Lloyd Karzen and Scott Jackman

Glen Ellyn, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 482

Bruce Aikens

West Bloomfield, MI

Little Traverse Yacht Club

Tango In Blue

USA 50593

Rick Trisco

Waukesha, WI

South Shore Yacht Club


USA 233

Nancy J. Glover

Marblehead, IL

Eastern Yacht Club


USA 54951

Bob Barnowski, Peter Cooper, and Peter O'Malley

Winfield, IL

Midwest Open Racing Fleet

Terminal Velocity

USA 407

Simon Beemsterboer

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

The Asylum

USA 673

Jon Weglarz

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

The Flying Spaghetti Monster

USA 32756

Mitchell A. Weisman

Chicago, IL

Kingston Yacht Club


USA 402

Steve Karstrand

Hickory Hills, IL

Midwest Open Racing Fleet

Tide The Knot

USA 52845

Robert and Connie Metzen

Prospect Heights, IL

Midwest Open Racing Fleet

Time Out

USA 333

Doug Evans

Whitefish Bay, , WI

Milwaukee Yacht Club


USA 25633

Michael Schultes

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Bayview Yacht Club


USA 7747

Martin Greydanus, Scott Vander Linde, Jim Hudson, and Katie Hudson

Ada, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 51543

Eric S. Jones, Scott J. Hornick, Andrew Hopkins

Milwaukee, WI

South Shore Yacht Club


USA 40202

Walter and Holly Kawula

Wilmette, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Turning Point

GER 1979

David Hardy

Mishawaka, IN

Columbia Yacht Club

Unknown Lady²

USA 40655

David L. Ward

Chicago, IL

Jackson Park Yacht Club

Usual Suspects

USA 406

Eric Wynsma

East Grand Rapids, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 90

Bradley Faber

Owosso, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 384

Mike and Kathie Newman

Palos Park, IL

Chicago Yacht Club

Vanda III

USA 270

Jack Toliver and Jim Toliver

Glen Ellyn, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 100

Carl Hanssen

Ada, MI

Muskegon Yacht Club


USA 88

Abhijeet Lele

New York City, NY

New York Yacht Club


USA 51377

Ron Buzil

Chicago, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

Veni Vidi Veatchi

USA 60500

Jason Veatch

Clarendon Hills, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 52012

Gary Feracota and Jim Banovitz

River Forest, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 43996

Tom Tabor

Ada, MI

Muskegon Yacht Club


USA 104

Gyt Petkus

La Grange Park, IL

Columbia Yacht Club

Waco Kid

USA 60121

Martin Randy Grow

Rensselaer, IN

Michigan City Yacht Club Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 28

Tom Dickson

Chicago, IL

Warrior 53

USA 52992

Warrior Sailing

Charleston, SC


Water Works

USA 26302

Rick and Mary Ann Lillie

Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 39535

Ron Schults, Greg Weykamp, and Jimmy Carolla

Saint Joseph, MI

St Joseph River Yacht Club


USA 31320

Todd M. Beyer

Hamilton, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 22261

Peter Thornton

Burr Ridge, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 5215

Doug DeVos

Macatawa, MI

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club


USA 26300

John Dybas

Chicago, IL

Columbia Yacht Club


USA 40742

Brian Angioletti and Chuck Norton

Park Ridge, IL

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club


USA 60597

Jeff and Susan Barton

Wilmette, IL

Chicago Yacht Club


USA 84044

Luke Wolbrink

Chicago, IL

Jackson Park Yacht Club


USA 60154

James Lidbury (Charterer) and Dhamitha Arsakularatna (Owner)

Hong Kong, HK

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club


USA 269

James Vaudreuil

Altoona, WI

Wayzata Yacht Club

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the f o w e i v e r P


By Matt Gallagher

his RP52, Vincitore. Feracota raced in the past several Macs

in Ocean, and is bringing his competitive drive and locallybased crew to the 52-foot racing fleet. Joining the fun will be Guy Hiestand’s Gauntlet, a Nelson Marek 52 new to the experienced team from the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. Also returning will be CYC’s Lindsey Duda on her Santa Cruz 52, What’s old is new again, as the fleet setting forth in the 2019

Sin Duda, fresh off a Caribbean season campaign. Overall,

edition of America’s Offshore Challenge sees resurgent

the action in the 52-foot range will be intense.

classes and competitors in new, exciting boats challenging Lake Michigan and one another in the 111th annual running of the most prestigious freshwater race in the world.

In the cruising division, all eyes will be on Chicago Yacht Club member Peter Thornton’s Whitehawk. Thornton, coming off a win of the Royono Trophy (first to finish in

In the racing division , the reinvigorated 52-foot racing

the racing divisions) on his VOR 70 Il Mostro, is sure to

class of TP-52s and similar boats will see six competitors

have a fast ride to the Island on his new boat, Whitehawk.

crossing the line for the Mac. Bob Hughes’ Heartbreaker,

Built in 1978, Whitehawk is a custom 104-foot ketch, a far

Chris Duhon’s Mockingbird, and Phil O’Niel’s Natalie J all

cry from Il Mostro. Carbon fiber is replaced with teak, one

return this year in their TP52s. Doug DeVos will be racing his

mast is replaced by two, and pipe births are replaced by

TP52 Windquest after competing in the past several races in

comfortable queen-sized beds. What will not change is the

his ZMax 86 of the same name. All are stacked with talent

top-level talent comprised of Thornton family members,

from the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup. New this

friends, and pro talent that Thornton brings to the lakes

year will be Chicago Yacht Club member Gary Feracota in

each summer. At the other end of the LOA-spectrum is

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returning competitor Greg Gills’ Margaritaville. At 33 feet LOA, it may be less than one-third the size of Whitehawk, but Gills’ Pearson 33 out of Columbia Yacht Club, returning for its fifth Mac, is raced hard by its crew of family and friends. New this year is the Team Race Challenge for the Point Betsie Trophy, sponsored by the Storm Trysail Club. Intended to spur friendly competition, teams of three boats from different divisions team up to race against other teams. The three-boat team with the combined best placement in division will win the Point Betsie Trophy. At press time, numerous teams of racing and cruising boats from many clubs have formed, comprised of friends from within a single club, area, or from around the Great Lakes.

The competition for this new trophy is sure to be intense. See the program or the Mac website for the list of teams entered, and root for your friends, families, and fellow club members!

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Review of the 110th RTM Weather By Chris Bedford Having forecast for every Race to Mackinac the last few decades, I am always struck by how different the conditions are year-to-year. Experience has shown that one never takes the weather for granted on Lake Michigan, and for certain never takes the forecast at the start as sure thing. Last year’s race was just another example of how the location of the lake within the prevailing weather pattern can create conditions for the competitors that are on par with some of the toughest ocean races. One of the biggest challenges to Mac racers and forecasters is the more subtle weather features of a coastal race which also come into play. These subtleties can yield big differences in performance and experience over relatively short distances and time.

for a spinnaker start and a relatively speedy sail up the rhumb line. Overnight, the low moved across southern Lake Michigan and the Cruising Division encountered some lighter winds near the low center and then a wind shift to the E late Friday night/early Saturday morning. The wind then backed more NE and began building through the night as the low moved away. (The evolution of the wind field through the race is show in figure 2). For the Racing Division, the start of the 110th Race was a very different experience. With the low over southwestern Michigan by Saturday morning, winds had shifted to the N off Chicago and across much of the southern half or two-thirds of the lake. Some 20 knot winds were building along the IL/WI shore during the morning, with sea state increasing to 4-7 feet as the fetch of flow was oriented down the lake. Facing a nearly dead upwind course, the bulk of the racing fleet started by sailing on port tack toward the Michigan shore, in hopes of getting some relief with less seaway, eased winds, and prospects of a veered (right-shifted) wind direction which would allow them to tack and head north again. The right-hand wind shift did occur well off the Michigan shore, allowing the fleet to tack onto a more favorable course north toward Mackinac.

Prior to the 2018 start, all eyes were on a low pressure moving across the Northern Plains. This low partially had its origins in the sub-tropical Pacific off Baja California over a week before. After connecting with an upper level trough moving eastward across the Northern Pacific and into the Pacific Northwest, the system headed east across the Rockies and Northern Plains. From there, the low made a beeline for southern Lake Michigan, where it passed over the Lake Friday night and then was southeast of the Lake Saturday (see figure 1). The location of the low at the race start times resulted in very different conditions for the start of the Cruising and Racing Divisions, and the rest of the race was spent in the wake of this low with mainly upwind sailing, rough waves, and variable wind speed from sub 10 knots to over 20 knots at times. On Friday for the start of the Cruising Division, the low was over southern Wisconsin, resulting in a moderate W/SW wind over the starting area (recall that winds around a low pressure system rotate counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere)—favorable 31 Blinker | Summer 2019

The Cruising Fleet found relief on the Michigan shore by early Sunday morning. Meanwhile, farther south, the Racing fleet was still in the middle of the lake as winds were more NE/ENE, making starboard the favored tack for getting north. But over time, a left-hand shift—toward the NE/NNE—required a tack back toward Michigan, aiming most of the fleet roughly between Little Sable and Big Sable. By Sunday afternoon, most of the fleet was beating north from Big Sable up to the Manitous. Sunday afternoon, the leaders of the Cruising and Racing fleets were enjoying a N/NW wind from off Grand Traverse Bay to Grays Reef, allowing many off them to lay the Reef. However, as time progressed, the wind veering N to NE and so the bulk of the racing fleet ended up tacking dead upwind to Grays. For the final leg from Grays Reef to Mackinac, experiences differed. Early finishers Sunday afternoon and evening found N and NW wind allowing a quick reach or run to the finish. However, after midnight on early Monday morning, the wind veered NE and E, requiring a beat to the finish. This was a cruel twist for many, who had already endured a long upwind slog to Grays Reef, only to find one more big header to further slow their progress to the bar.

With the predominantly upwind race, strategic options dwindled. Rather than adhering to a grand strategy from the start, boats that did well made the most of the wind changes during the race—both from the synoptic shifts occurring on a large-scale due to the movement of the low pressure, but also from local differences between the Michigan shore and middle of the lake. For the 110th Race to Mackinac, the most successful crews focused their weather strategy well by: • optimizing upwind speed performance • preparing for and handling rough sea state • staying in phase with shifts • avoiding light winds close to the Michigan coast

Chris Bedford is the chief meteorologist of Sailing Weather Service ( and has been the chief meteorologist for the Race to Mackinac for over ten years. Chris is one of the most renowned sailing meteorologists worldwide, having been part of nine America’s Cup teams and five Volvo Ocean Races over his 30+ year career, with many wins in both races.

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I N S H O R E R E G AT TA AUGUST 23–25, 2019

O F F S H O R E R E G AT TA AUGUST 09–11, 2019

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The Historic Mackinac Race By Fred Gorr, Chicago Yacht Club Historian, and Jane Vartan As the 111th Chicago to Mackinac Island yacht race gets underway, we take a historic look back at this annual Great Lakes classic. As in all years past, sailors will document their experiences of the conditions, boat events, comradery, competition, and performance. In 2019, drones, cell phone video, and digital cameras will record the most prestigious race of the year. But in yesteryear, daily logs were the tool sailors use to mark the events of the race. Here are excerpts of logs from several boats in the early years of the race. 1908 “Three schooners, three sloops, and two yawls competed in the fifth Mackinac race. They finished, strung far apart, over a period of four days, after what was probably an unsatisfactory a race as the club has ever run.” “Starting under favorable weather conditions with an eight-knot breeze under the east- northeast, the racers gradually ran into light winds at the Foxes and Manitous, ending in a period of dead calm in the Straits, described by the Mackinac Islanders as ‘greater than any ever seen’.” “Only a sailor can appreciate the limits to which human patience is put, on a perfectly flat Lake in a boiling sun for a hundred hours or longer.” “Before the race the committee had announced, ‘while we have no expectation that the Mackinac race will ever be popular with ‘pot hunters,’¹ it being too easy to win handsome prizes by race is considerably less strenuous than our run down the Lake, we are not unmindful that a boat which has made a plucky fight for 331 miles and has brought out everything she has in the way of speed is entitled to some sort of prize.’” 1922 “Sunday at 6:00 p.m. it blew so strong we put in two tucks. This took 15 minutes, but served to ease her up so that she lay over only rail down. Further cooking was impossible with Intrepid heeled well over. Hal appeared on deck soon holding his pan boil potatoes, this was the last food we had on Sunday.” “Suddenly Ferrell heard something tear and looking up notice that the reef cringle the mainsail had carried away and that the canvas was commencing to tear across. Pete examined the damage, called for palm and needle and canvas and told Don he could make repairs in about two hours. Whereupon, we all kissed the race goodbye.”

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Island Goats Sailing Society Legend of the Island Goats Sailing Society By Shawn O’Neill, Past IGSS Commodore Following the 1959 Chicago to Mackinac Island race, three veteran racing sailors, Red Olson, Eddie Schnabel, and Lynn Williams, so enjoyed their post-race camaraderie that they decided to form an organization to preserve the tradition of the longest fresh water sailing classic in the world. To qualify for membership, they agreed, participation in twenty-five or more Chicago to Mackinac races was required, making the Society one of the most exclusive sailing fraternities in the world. Because some of the contestants had been accused of looking and smelling like goats after three or four days at sea, goats are supposed to have once live on islands, and the race destination is an island, the name Island Goats Sailing Society (IGSS) was adopted.

2019 Spring Dinner On May 4, the Island Goats Sailing Society held its 60th Annual Spring Dinner. We would like to thank CYC’s Belmont team for running an outstanding event and making the evening so enjoyable for all that attended. At our Spring Dinner we induct our newest Goats who have achieved the milestone racing in at least twenty-five Chicago to Mackinac races. At the dinner it is customary for the “newbies” to entertain the crowd with short memorable story from one of their past Mac races… always a highlight of the evening! This year we welcomed twenty-two new members to our exclusive organization: Bruce Aikens Tom Barnes Curtis Brown Jeff Comeaux (Chicago Yacht Club) Scott Conger Peter Cooper Doug Gifford (Chicago Yacht Club)

Troy Henikoff Jon Hood Todd Jones Randy Landsberg Jason Lovell Alice Martin (Chicago Yacht Club) Peter Nielsen Tom O’Donohue

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John Poast William Smith Vivian M. Smith Peter Thomas Andy Torchalski Richard Vedder Fritz” Wolf


IGSS DIRECTORS Gary Allie Mary Corkell Don Glasell Rick Hayes Jamie Lowe

George Morrissey Paul Murray Tom O’Laughlin Allan Teske


Tim Hoffman, Commodore Angela Graham, Vice Commodore Paul Murray, Secretary Peter Barrett, Treasurer Larry Kwiat, Corporate Treasurer Shawn O’Neill, Past Commodore

DIRECTORS EMERITI Bruce Hillstrom Jack Kunze Deane Tank, Sr. Bob Zeman


(50 Macs!) Tracy Brand, William Dooley, and Henry Schroeder Over the past year, we had three of our IGSS members reach legendary status by completing their fiftieth Chicago Mackinac. Next time you see Tracy, Bill, or Henry on the Island or around the club, ask them to tell you a Mac story, we’ve been told that they have more than a few tales to share!

2019 FRESH WATER AWARD Lloyd Karzen (CYC Member)

In 1959, the Island Goats Sailing Society established the Fresh Water Award to recognize meritorious service and outstanding contribution to offshore sailing. This award is presented annually at the discretion of the Board. At this year’s Annual Spring Dinner, CYC member Lloyd was presented with this honor for his contributions to sailing that surpass the ordinary and which exhibit the spirit of yachting. Here are a few of Lloyd’s: • IGSS member in 2002 with twenty-five Macs • CYC member for over fifty years • Mac Committee Member and has been the Island Coordinator since 2002. Therefore, Lloyd has been the First Goat to the Island for the past seventeen years, as he is responsible for much of the Race Committee set-up, including making sure the Finish Trailer is operational each year. • Volunteered his time for decades in the Sea Scout organization • Long time CYC Race Committee Member • U.S. Sailing Measurer

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Eat Well. Race Well. Participating in the Race to Mackinac is an annual tradition for many sailors. The wind, waves, and weather set the tone for the race and the food provisions help keep the crew alert and energized. Despite limited galley resources on many boats, seasoned racers have found creative ways to provision for the race. All it takes is lots of advance preparation and planning and a few good recipes.

Food as Motivation “Food is one technique I use in soliciting good crew,” said David Finlay of Jing Bang. “Our crew know they are fortunate to have great food during the race and a hot meal at night.” Meals include: Dinners: quinoa chicken salad, Jing Bang pasta salad, chicken with wild rice Lunches: pulled meat wraps Breakfast: Eggbeaters with bacon, pumpkin bread, sausage, muffins “We like to make a special focus on the food so that everyone eats well. It’s our way of treating our hard-working crew right,” said Jeff Barton of Xuberence. “We cook everything ahead of time and put the meals into trays that easily fit into the oven to reheat” explains Jeff. “The oven is small which means the trays are small so, the crew eats in shifts.” Meals include: duck confit jambalaya, beef brisket, breakfast egg strata, lobster rolls, and oven-baked pizza

Flexible Food Options “Between accommodating crew dietary restrictions and adjusting for poor weather conditions, meal planning is important,” according to Caroll McIntosh, who prepares all the food for Misty. “I make sure that meals can be converted into sandwiches if the waves are rough. All food is portioned, vacuum-sealed, and frozen. We heat the meals in boiling water in a pressure cooker, which fits perfectly on the propane stove and has a locking lid which is good in rougher seas.” Meals include: italian or roast beef with green beans and roasted potatoes, grilled chicken with Zatarain’s rice, thick-sliced ham or turkey sandwiches, scones and fruit for breakfast

By Dot Vartan

“We serve gourmet picnic food, already prepared and portioned out in easy-to-handle containers,” said Nancy Snyder of Cheap Thrill. Many of the crew contribute their special recipes: Including: Coconut-Crusted Salmon Cakes with roasted asparagus and dipping sauce, Abby’s Southwest-Style Crustless Quiche, Marvelous Meatloaf Sandwiches, Smoked Pork Tenderloin Tradition with chutney and green beans

Hot Meal is Our Standard “We never have a cold meal thanks to our crew chef Don, who organizes and prepares everything,” said Len Siegal of Lucky Dubie. “We use dry ice in coolers since we don’t have a refrigerator and also freeze gallon jugs of water for drinking.” Don cooks everything on a two-burner alcohol stove, sometimes placing a griddle over the burners to make bacon, eggs, and breakfast burritos. Dinner is sea bass, stew, and chili. Breakfast smoothies are made in a 12-volt blender.

Standardized Menu Makes Things Easy “We have had a standard menu and shopping list that has varied only slightly over the last 10 years,” said Tom Falck. Dinner Night 1: 8 lb. beef tenderloin, sourced from the CYC Dinner Night 2: 6 lb. pan of frozen beef stroganoff, sourced from GFS, served over 1 lb. of freshly boiled egg noodles Dinner Night 3 (if there is a night 3): reserve meal of a 6 lb. frozen Costco meat lasagna “Our meals have been the same for quite some time,” said Mark Gannon of Gangbusters. Dinner: Pasta with meat sauce, stew (or a variance), or chicken with rice and a vegetable made in single serving sealed bags and reheated on a single burner swing stove. Lunch: meats, cheeses and bread for sandwiches, instant soup Breakfast: granola bars, instant oatmeal, dried fruits, coffee, tea

Let us know your tips and tricks for provisioning your boat for the race. May you have fair winds and good fare during the 2019 Race to Mackinac! Blinker | Summer 2019




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Lisa Curcio Gaston, Regatta Chair

By Lisa Curcio Gaston

The boats will begin arriving after 1700 on August 18. Equipment and sail inspection will begin that evening, and will continue along with crew weighing August 19. There will be a practice race beginning at 1530 on August 19. Competition kicks off with the First Warning at 1100 on Tuesday, August 20 and runs through Friday, August 23. The race course will be just outside the harbor. Take your boat out to watch the action! After racing, join the sailors in the bar to chat and hear the day’s war stories.

“The mission of the Chicago Yacht Club is to encourage, promote, and develop knowledge, participation, and enjoyment in all aspects of yachting.” The Special Regatta Committee works to further our mission by actively seeking to host regional, national and world championship regattas. In August, 2019, Monroe Station will host the J/111 World Championship. The J/111 World Class includes fleets from Europe and North America. There are also members from as far away as Australia. To qualify as a World Championship, the J/111 class is required to have a minimum of twenty entries to the regatta, and those entries must include competitors from three countries and two continents. When you visit the Monroe Station docks August 19 through August 23, you will see more than 20 J/111s with competitors from Australia, Switzerland, and across the United States.

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Mike Mayer, CYC member since 1987, member of the USA/ North America J/111 Fleet, and partner in the J/111 Kashmir, has been involved for over a year in enticing the class to hold the Worlds in Chicago and in planning for the regatta. Mike said he has “been lucky enough to sail in many of the world’s most iconic places; our lakefront with its beautiful skyline is right up there with the best.” He also told me that “hosting a Worlds is a big deal. Very few classes of boats over 24 feet qualify as International Classes. Having the J/111 World Championship at CYC gives us the chance to show off our excellent race management and spectacular venue. It will be great to show it off to other members of our class.” Of course, as any Chicago boater must, Mike worries about the weather. His final comment: “I just hope there will be wind in August!”


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The Culture of WOW!

By Sonia Sandoval

The Women of CYC immersed themselves in learning about

Stacy Baca of ABC7 News over lunch. Maria spoke about her

all things nautical and celebrating cultures. The celebrations

inspiration for design and the industry, and she challenged

of culture came to life thanks to members sharing their

women to take risks with clothes that help them to feel

personal culture. In March, Colleen King taught us about

empowered. The funds raised at the event went to support

Irish dancing and led us in an Irish dance in honor of St.

extending the reach of sailing, benefiting underserved youth

Patrick’s Day. In May, Diana Sandoval organized a curated

through the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation.

tour of the Mexican Fine Arts Museum and we learned why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated. The visit concluded with a tour of the Pilsen community in route to CYC for a fabulous Mexican lunch compliments of Chef Larry and team. In May, WOW hosted its signature Ladies Annual Luncheon event. This year, Chicago fashion designer Maria Pinto, spoke and provided an exclusive shopping experience of her M2057 Collection. The discussion was moderated by newscaster

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Additionally, the women’s sonar sailing series kicked off May 9. This year we are following the U.S. Sailing Keelboat curriculum and offering instruction for beginners through advanced. It’s not too late to join us on the water this summer, simply register on the CYC website.

We hope to see you at the Porch Party on Mackinac Island!

Summertime in the City

By Dustin Toale

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Between racing, power boating, on-the-water activities and brunching on the CYC patios, the associate membership knows how to take advantage of our limited Chicago summer. We kick off the season with the dock party at Belmont, prior to Fleet Review. With live folk music, BBQ and summer cocktails, the party is not to be missed. New this year for those looking for a relaxing take on the water are the Associate RaftUps. Come out, raft up, and enjoy sitting back and relaxing while overlooking the beautiful city with fellow CYC members! The highly anticipated, Big Kahuna Party is right around the corner. September 7, immediately following the Sheldon Clark Regatta. Enjoy fire dancers and live music

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Cruising Sail Fleet

By Tom Falk, Chair of Cruising Sail Fleet

Before the first boats arrived in our harbors this spring, the

By the time you read this, the Cruising Sail Fleet will have

Cruising Sail Fleet hosted/co-hosted three very well-attended

completed our early summer schedule:

events: • “Safety for Cruising Couples,” co-hosted with the Power Fleet. This was an extremely important three-hour seminar specifically targeting the safety challenges faced by couples on open waters. Fifty CYC members participated in this seminar taught by CYC On-the-Water Director Jay Kehoe and CYC member and amateur meteorologist Matt Gallagher. • “Bareboat Chartering”: 27 members attended our dinner

• Sailed a short, 34-nautical-mile weekend “shakedown” sail to Michigan City • Declared the 2019 winner of the Cruising Sail Fleet Open Lady Skipper Race and Trophy—part of the Fleet Review Weekend activities • Participated in the annual CYC Fleet Review • Hosted 145 campers, counselors, staff, and volunteers from Camp Pals, a summer camp for teenagers with Down

and discussion event with a presentation by The Moorings

Syndrome for a dinner and evening sail—the highlight of

about options for bareboat chartering and the possibility

the campers’ summer experience. We thank the twenty-

of a CYC bareboat flotilla in 2020.

plus CYC members from the Cruising Sail and Offshore

• In May, seven-time Emmy winning Public Television writer, producer, and program host Geoffrey Baer spoke to a sold-out group of 110 at our annual Meet the Fleet

Fleets who volunteered their boats, the CYC Foundation who sponsored the meal, and co-chairs Lars Wilhelm and Tony Close who brought it all together.

dinner. Geoffrey entertained us with his presentation

Cruising Sail Fleet events are open to all CYC members. Plan

“Harbor Towns Around Our Great Lake,” which included

to join us for the CSF Casual Boat Party on July 27 during the

many favorite Cruising Sail Fleet destinations. Co-chairs

all-CYC Cruise to Racine on July 27, the CSF Cruise to Kenosha

Nan Connolly and Cynthia Szczepanski worked closely

August 9-11, or volunteer with your boat for the CSF SOS

with Chef Larry to create a menu representative of Lake

Villages community service sail for foster children on August 6.

Michigan locales.

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DragonForce 65

By Dan Burns

The DragonForce 65 Fleet is still growing. We have over 130 yachts in our fleet, making it the largest in the country and top five in the world. We have attracted sailors of all types: racers, cruisers, power boaters, and newcomers. It all means something different to everyone, but when it all comes down to it, we love the sport of sailing and the DragonForce 65 (DF65) gives us a different way to experience it. While summer is not the primary season for DragonForce 65 racing, there is still a lot of activity. DF65 racing happens in the other seasons when we are not sailing bigger yachts, but we manage to get a few fun regattas in. Colors, NOOD (2nd annual), Verve inshore (3rd annual) and Chicago Regatta (2nd annual) to name a few. Of course, in the fall we will be doing Fall Frostbite Series (3rd annual) and then in the winter, the Iceberg Series (3rd annual). The summer racing events are usually six races (about an hour) within bigger regattas. We had a very large crowd spectating and cheering on the fleet at the NOOD Regatta last year. The event was well received and all had fun. The NOOD organizers asked if we could do it again this year, and we will be. You will also see the DragonForce 65 boats sailing just for fun. One of my favorite things to do is just sitting at Belmont or Monroe on the dock relaxing and controlling my DF65 across the harbor. Sometimes, when the weather isn’t great and the bigger boats are not sailing, you will see sailors grab their DF65s and sail those. It is nice to be able to sail from the warmth and/or dryness of the club. The DragonForce 65s are being used in instruction and give sailors the opportunity to sail with a different perspective. Drivers see the wind and steer a little differently than as if they were on the boat. We use the term “dissociate feeling,” which sounds like a great boat name, because you cannot feel the boat heel or the wind at the boat. We see lots of sailors just going out and sailing their little yachts for the experience. As our fleet gets older, some of the boats need a little work. What boat big or small doesn’t need a little work? Some DF65 sailors will spend some time getting their yachts ready for Fall. Others will work on figuring out how to better rig their yachts for improved speed. We have and will be doing more build/repair clinics and some practice sessions too. We hope to see the DragonForce 65 Fleet out in one way or the other this summer. Blinker | Summer 2019


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SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

Mark your Calendars for the 3rd Annual Chicago Regatta By Past Commodore Greg Miarecki

On September 14, 2019, the Chicago Yacht Club will come together for one of the most anticipated events of the year, the Chicago Regatta. The Chicago Regatta is one of the cornerstones of the Club’s philanthropy initiatives. In 2019, it will again support three terrific charities—the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, SOS Villages Illinois, and our own Chicago Yacht Club Foundation. All three of these charities support kids in need, and we are looking to build on our success in 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends, the Chicago Regatta raised more than $100,000 for these charities, despite most of the on-water events being cancelled due to high winds and waves. This year’s Chicago Regatta will feature five different events all on the same day: a buoy race for one-design boats; a distance race for offshore boats; a casual race for cruisers and newer races; a fun power boat poker run, which will take place inside of Monroe and DuSable Harbors; and a Dragon Force 65 remote-controlled boat regatta, to be held on the docks at Monroe after the big boats are put away. Don’t miss the signature Chicago Regatta “Sweet Home Chicago” Dock Party, which will feature Chef Larry’s Chicago-themed buffet, a fun and exciting silent auction, and the awards ceremony for the Regatta winners.

Mark your calendars for September 14, and don’t miss the chance to have a great time for three great causes!

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AUGUST 2-4, 2019

Chicago Yacht Club Hosts the North American Invitational

By Ed Falkenhayn

Chicago Yacht Club will play host to the North American Invitational (NAI) August 2-4. With it will come nine of the best

NAI 2019 Participating Boats BOAT




Nick Berberian

Nationals and winner of the Saint Petersburg Trophy.


In Recess

Lisa Cursio Gaston



Ed Falkenhayn

What is a Predicted Log Contest?



Walter Lisowsky

This competition consists of piloting a boat over a



Kenn Wolf

predetermined course in a predicted time with the use of a


Once Again

Stewart Pinsoff


Rip Rap

John Viggnocchi


Ronda C

Ronda Thomas



Vitaly Slobodsky

contestants, many who are trying to compete with our Club’s own John Vignocchi, last year’s third-place winner at the Predicted Log

compass and tachometers only. Adjustments to speed, hence time, for obstacles, tides, currents, winds and wave conditions are made as the contest progresses and forces the captain to know his or her boat well.










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ns o g a r The Sea D Rickover Naval Academy School Sailing Team By Jane Vartan and Commodore Bober

Your CYC Foundation provides financial support to the Rickover Sailing Team, The Sea Dragons, with coaching for practice after school, travel to regattas, and summer CYC Sailing School scholarships. This has provided career paths and personal development to many students. Here are examples. Sean Rivera sailed with Rickover for four years. “I always wanted to be on a boat and I saw the sailing team as my opportunity. I really liked sailing and boats so much I started helping at the CYC Sailing Center on the weekends. After I graduated from Rickover in 2018 my goal was to become a Marine Technician, but I wanted some experience first and was hired at the CYC Belmont Station. I am learning about fiberglass, gelcoat, and marine engines. Soon I will go to the formal course and get my Marine Certification.” Cadet Jacqueline Aparicio heard the intercom announcement at Rickover. “When I joined the team I immediately knew I had found a match with the other eight people and I knew I could do sailing as a sport. Building on skills at each practice is the key. I knew with practice I could do it.” Cadet Sebastian Martinez has been sailing with The Sea Dragons for three years. He participated because sailing was so unique to other activities at his school and he wanted the 51 Blinker | Summer 2019

chance to sail. His biggest lesson so far is the importance of patience, with both his fellow sailors and in becoming skilled. Cadet Alejandra Garcia began in her sophomore year after a friend told her that it was “really fun.” “So I gave the Sea Dragons a try and I truly love it, a lot. It has taught me that I have potential and that if I push myself I can accomplish the task.” We say a fond farewell to Commander Mike Tooker, U.S.Navy, Retired, Commandant of the Rickover Naval Academy School for the past twelve years. He has earned a reputation for going above and beyond for his students, thus ensuring success with the Rickover programs sponsored by the CYC Foundation. He will be missed.

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The Sheldon Clark Regatta

By Scott Sims

Tradition At the Close

The Sheldon Clark Regatta has been the traditional closing series to the CYC season. While September often brings to mind the end of the sailing season and the beginning of football season, it turns out be one of the better months to be on the water. Good winds and warm air and water temperatures create an outstanding racing mix. Add the Big Kahuna Party post-race, and you have arguably a perfect Saturday. Sheldon Clark was a Chicago Yacht Club Commodore from 1920 to 1923. As an important contributor to racing in Chicago, his name is attached to several important trophies. He saw the

no exception. Going into the day, the top five boats in both

value of a fall regatta and began the tradition in 1927.

series were separated by single digits. It was going to take

In recent years, the Regatta has been the final piece in the season-long CYC Offshore Championship series. The Offshore Championship series culminates in awarding the Blue Blazer to our Buoy and Distance Champions at the November Awards dinner. In fact, the Champions are often determined based on their Sheldon Clark results. 2018 was

a very strong day to earn that Blue Blazer. Those winners turned out to be Flash Gordon 6 (Buoy) and Dire Wolf (Distance). In both cases, finishing one place lower would have changed the result!

The 2019 Sheldon Clark Regatta is scheduled for Saturday, September 7. While we can’t predict the weather, I’m highly confident that after a great day on the water, racers will be enticed with tropical drinks and hula dancing to share their stories.

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2019 TOM 28

SAILING OPPORTUNITIES Chicago Yacht Club has eight Tom 28’s, one design boats used for high level sailing.


June 21

Tom 28 Social Sail


June 23

Fleet Review


July 5 - 6

Stripes Regatta


Aug 9 – 11

Verve Offshore


Chicago Yacht Club member must helm boat, damage deposit is $3,500. Check out is mandatory on the boat prior to CYC confirming Charter.

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Junior Racing

By Tatia Torrey

Our junior sailing teams have been on Lake Michigan as much as possible in this chilly spring and participating in regattas across the United States. They are eager to transition into a competitive (and warm) summer season. CYC continues to see growth in our scholastic sailing program; CYC hosts one of the largest high school sailing programs in the Midwest. We have more than seventy-five sailors from six high schools, including: New Trier High School, Hinsdale Central High School, Walter Payton College Prep, St. Ignatius College Prep, Latin School of Chicago, and Rickover Naval Academy. This spring we signed up a seventh team, Lycée Francais, to begin racing in fall 2019. It was a busy spring season for our high school sailors. Twenty-three CYC sailors represented four high schools in Pontiac, MI at the MISSA Mallory Qualifier, April 27 and 28. At this regatta, New Trier and Walter Payton advanced to 2019 ISSA Mallory High School National Championships in Seattle, WA. CYC hosted the MISSA Baker National Qualifier on May 4 and 5, bringing together ten teams from around the Midwest. Additionally, St. Ignatius Wolfpack and Latin qualified for the Phebe King Memorial regatta in Annapolis, Maryland. The Latin Romans finished in the top ten. CYC hosted the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy Sea Dragon regatta on May 18. Winners from New Trier High School were Casey Bertocci and Will Broseman. The CYC Opti team has been active this spring as well, adding several new sailors to the RWB team. CYC introduced a new travel team name, the Skyliners, a new logo, and new CYC team gear just in time for Opti Nationals. CYC had seven Opti sailors qualify and five of our sailors traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the U.S. Opti Team Trials in early May.

Our CYC Sailing School’s summer season kicks off in May and runs through mid-August. Over the course of the summer, CYC will host kids, ages 7 to 17, in a variety of programs, for all levels of experience to encourage young sailors to get on the water. In addition to our summer camps, we are excited for a full season of regattas for our race teams. We will have two C420 teams this summer. Our C420 travel team, coached by Matt Peter, will compete in regattas across the country, including the C420 North American Championship in San Francisco and the C420 National Championships in Newport. The 420 Great Lakes team will be coached by Aisling Sullivan and will compete in several regattas around the Midwest, including the Wente Cup, the Area K Qualifier, CASRA Youth Regatta, and the Mini Mac hosted by CYC. Our Laser team will be coached by Youssef Akrout, assisted by Scott Hansen and will compete in the Great Lakes Championship, Area K Qualifier, and Laser Radial Worlds in Kingston, Canada. The RWB Opti fleet will begin the summer at the Great Lakes regatta in Erie, PA, followed by Opti Nationals hosted by Grosse Point Yacht Club and compete in the CASRA Youth Regatta and Mini Mac, hosted by CYC. CYC will also host an advanced Opti clinic June 28 – July 2 at Belmont Station, bringing renowned coaches and sailors from across the country, to practice strategies prior to Opti Nationals. The Opti Green Fleet will be coached by Youssef Akrout, assisted by Boyd Bragg and Abby McFayden. The Green Fleet will compete in many regattas over the summer, including the Wente Cup, Nationals, and the CYC Mini Mac.

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Herbert Philip “Bert” Williams

By Betsy Barrett

Bert was a member of Chicago Yacht Club and an active

He was a mountain of a man. Literally, he was large, 260

sailor in the Star class at Belmont Harbor. CYC was a

pounds in mid life and over 300 pounds later. His attitude

powerhouse in the Star class internationally in the late

was large, too. He was kind to his competitors, generous to

1950s. Bert led the trend, winning the Olympic Gold Medal

yacht club members, and helpful to the harbor rats (yacht

in the Star class in 1956 in Melbourna, Australia, followed

club children).

by Bill Parks and his Bronze Olympic medal in the Star in 1960 in Rome, and Dick Stearns winning the Silver medal in the Star in 1964 in Tokyo. Gene McCarthy, Peter Wright, Bruce Kirby, Gary Comer, Buck Halpern, Inky O’Neil, Grant Crowley, and many other sailors competed in the Star class, winning local, regional, and national events (green, blue, silver, and gold stars affixed to their mainsails). But Bert won the highest award (Olympic rings) and inspired the others to their successes.

The 1956 Olympic Games were held in Melbourne, Australia. Perfect sailing conditions greeted the sailors daily with bright sunshine and an 18knot sea breeze, except on the fourth day of sailing when the breeze cranked up to 40 knots and heavy seas pounded the fleet. Bert won this race and the Gold Medal, the first Olympic medal won by a Chicago Yacht Club member.

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Gold medal-winning team (in the middle): (behind) Herbert Philip “Bert” Williams, Star skipper 1956 Olympic Games 6’ 0”, 260 lbs Born 1908; died 1990 Lawrence Edgar “Larry” Low, Star crew 1956 Olympic Games 6’ 2”. 201 lbs Born 1920; died 1996 Silver medal winners are on the right, bronze winners are on the left.

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