Great Lakes Sailing to
A Sailor's Dream
Great Lakes sailing is the ultimate fresh water yachting journey especially if picturesque Mackinac Island is your final destination. The Great Lakes are so large they are really seas rather than lakes. To navigate across these large seas you must have considerable good sailing skills. With Mackinac Island located in the
Straits of Mackinac
a sailor and boater will encounter strong winds, unpredictable northern Michigan weather plus strong currents due to Lake Michigan and Lake Huron merging together.
Two Annual World Class Sailing Events
There are two fantastic Great Lakes sailing events on Mackinac Island in mid-summer each year. The Port Huron, Michigan
Bayview Mackinac Race
is a historic and beloved sailboat race which has two courses with one being 298 miles long and the other having 235 miles. The race begins in Port Huron just north of Detroit and finishes at Mackinac Island. The race is sponsored by the Bayview Yacht Club of Detroit.
Sailors as well as non-sailors love to be on the Island at this time to see the magnificent world class boats and to party with the winners!
Great Lakes sailing race is the Chicago to Mackinac Race
that begins from Navy Pier in Chicago and is a 333 mile race to the finish line at Mackinac Island. Both events are held back to back so the sailors can be in both if they want or if they have the stamina.
Sailors love Mackinac Island due to its many
pubs such as the Pink Pony in the Chippewa Hotel,
and the great
Mackinac Island hotels,
and quiet solitude on this magical Island that does not allow automobiles.
Mackinac Island Yacht Club
is a popular spot for all boaters to enjoy a drink and even to stay the night if you are a member. To read about the
marina on Mackinac Island click here.
The page also provides details about the marinas at St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.
Insider Tip: To read more about sailing on the Great Lakes visit the terrific
Great Lakes Destinations marinas website
providing detailed marina information all across the 5 Great Lakes.
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