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The Regattas of Mackinac Island

Every July on Mackinac Island, crowds gather to cheer on hundreds of sleek sailboats and elegant yachts coming into the home stretch of Mackinac Harbor. These races have become some of the most renowned events in competitive sailing, and the Island is the final destination, and occasional starting point, for all. Three of these take place in July: the Bayview Mackinac Race on July 14, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac on July 21, and the 11th annual Chicago Mac Week - Round the Island Race on July 25.

Hosted this year by the Mackinac Island Yacht Club, this regatta is open to all boats in the Mackinac area, along with sailboats in the Chicago to Mackinac race. An after-race party and awards ceremony will be held at the Yacht Club, with food, drink, brag flags, and trophies. Additional island races include the Mission Point Mac to Mac Regatta on August 11, and the Horns Bar Labor Day Regatta on September 1. To make reservations to watch any of Mackinac Island’s exciting boat races, call us at (844) 246-0650.