sail-world.com -- Bayview Mackinac Race - Renewed emphasis on competition and sailors
Bayview Mackinac Race - Renewed emphasis on competition and sailors
Fri, 10 May 2013
Detroit's Bayview Yacht Club, one of the most storied and historical sailing clubs in the world, have announced the kickoff of the 2013 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The 89th consecutive race commences on Southern Lake Huron, just north of the Blue Water Bridge, Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM.
'Bayview is in its third year of a five-year plan designed to secure the future of the race while placing a clear focus on the competition and sailors,' said 2013 Bayview Yacht Club Commodore Kent M. Colpaert. 'The multi-year sponsorships we have secured from our partners, including our title sponsor Bell's Beer, has given the race unprecedented stability and has allowed us to ensure the races sailing traditions and the Bayview Experience.'
On cue with Bayview's long-term strategy is more great news from Kalamazoo's Bell's Brewery, as Marketing Director Laura Bell announced a two-year extension of title sponsorship of the prestigious race through 2016. Bell's is currently in its third year as the title sponsor, and company owner, Larry Bell, understands the benefits of the company's investment in the race from both on and off the water.
'As a company with strong Michigan-based roots, we are proud to continue our support of such a world-class event as the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. As a fan and a competitor in the race, I am thrilled that our sponsorship has allowed Bayview to focus on the sailing,' said Larry Bell, owner of Bell's Brewery Inc. 'It is such an honor to have my company's name on the billboard that showcases the best our great state has to offer.'
On-the-water competitors will see very little change to the 2013 event; boats will again cross the finish with the iconic Round Island Passage Light in the Straights of Mackinac to starboard.
'Our goal is to make the race an enjoyable competition for participants and spectators alike,' said Carl Bihlmeyer Race Chairman2013 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. 'In addition to the race enhancements made last year, the consistency of our rules and regulations will allow competitors to focus on preparation and sailing. Off the water, fans will have a chance to join the fun through a variety of exciting events that strive to benefit the community.'
For the second year, metro Detroiters will have a chance to experience the Acura Sailing Under the Stars Charity Preview, the public kick-off event for the race to be held from 6 - 11 p.m., Saturday, June 15. Featuring offerings from 25 of metro Detroit and Port Huron's finest restaurants, eateries and sweet shops, this year's event is sure to be the must attend event of the early summer.
'Acura Sailing Under the Stars is the perfect way to kickoff festivities surrounding the race, and Bayview Yacht Club is the perfect place to spend a June summers night. The turnout and the buzz generated last year made continuing the signature charity preview a no brainer,' said Doug Fox of Ann Arbor Acura. 'To experience the atmosphere of the Detroit river front, and enjoy some of the region's finest restaurants and entertainers and supporting many great causes, makes this one of the can't miss events of the summer.'
The event is expected to raise more than $40,000 and will benefit six local non-profits, including Autism Speaks, COTS, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Matrix Human Services, Play Place for Autistic Children and Rose Hill Center.
Tickets for the Acura Sailing Under the Stars Charity Preview are $75 per person and can be purchased at Sailing Under the Stars. During the process of purchasing a ticket, guests will be asked which charity they would like proceeds of their ticket to benefit. Valet parking is included in the price of the ticket.
In addition to the food, there will be a number of bands performing on two stages located on the grounds of the historic yacht club.
Again this year, the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac race welcomes back sponsors Acura, Soaring Eagle Casino, Grand Hotel, Shepler's, Doyle's Sails, Aitken-Ormond Agency, Frankenmuth Insurance, Legal Copy Services and new sponsor, Barefoot Winery.
'More and more companies are realizing the power of the race and that this event is one of the true summer traditions in Michigan. Fans of all ages come out to watch the boats,' said Bihlmeyer. 'I believe as we add more partners to the race, sailors and spectators will benefit the most from these great strategic partnerships.'
This year will mark 89th consecutive years for the world-class event. Some 200 plus sailboats and 2,500 sailors are expected take part in the annual regatta with an estimated 100,000 sailing fans and families attending the festive activities in Port Huron leading to the Saturday start.
Again this year, the July 23 award ceremony and party will be held at Woodfill Park, which is located at the foot of the hill leading to Grand Hotel.
For the fifth time, sailing fans around the world will be able to follow individual boats or the entire fleet on the Bell's Brewery and Bayview Yacht Club websites as Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices will be placed on all participating sailboats. In 2012, more than 4million hits and 400,000 page views were tracked on the web site during the race.
The economic value of the race is approximated between $30 and $59 million, depending on weather conditions, making it one of the premier events hosted in the State of Michigan, and one with major economic impact to a host of local Michigan businesses, especially in tourism.
From its traditional start in Southern Lake Huron, the fleet will head North on one of two courses. The shorter course, called the 'Shore Course,' covers 204 nautical miles (252 statute miles) along the Michigan shoreline before heading west to Mackinac Island Bell's Beer finish line. The longer 'Cove Island Course' is 259 nautical miles (298 statute miles) and takes sailors around a buoy off the tip of the Bruce Peninsula in Canadian waters before heading west toward the finish line.
This year five Divisions will be offered: Cove Island Racing; Shore Course Racing; Shore Course Cruising; Multi-Hull; and Double-Handed. All competitors will be handicapped using Performance Handicap Racing Fleet system.
'Each year we talk about how the race is always been about the sailors getting on the water and racing, but we also need to give a special thanks to our volunteers and the families of the racers because none of this would be possible without the diligent work and support of the racer's families, friends and the staff of Bayview. I congratulate the Mackinac 2013 Race Chairman, Carl Bihlmeyer for an exceptional job in getting this race organized and setting the stage for a safe race on two courses,' said Commodore Colpaert.
Onesails.com - Workforce
OneSails is the culmination of over 35 years of experience accumulated by our team in design and technology applied to sail-making. [More info]
Burke Marine, suppliers of international quality marine clothing and equipment, was founded by Martin Burke on the shores of Sydney Harbour in 1971. Visit our website for your nearest stockist. [More info]
Ensign Ship Brokers
Ensign Ship Brokers was established in 1980 and has spent the last 28 years expanding our marine knowledge and developing our reputation! We strive to provide the very best service! [More info]
Festival of Sails
The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 400 yachts and 4300 competitors annually taking part in the event. [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Henri Lloyd was established in 1963 in Manchester, England. Mr Henri, as he became universally known, founded the company based upon hard earned principles of honesty, integrity and freedom. [More info]
Hood Sailmakers (Aust) P/L is 100% Australian owned and operated. The first sail loft outside of the USA to be granted a franchise in 1968 by the founder Ted Hood. [More info]
Navionics is proud of its superb cartographic database comprising more than 25,000 charts and port plans; the largest privately owned database of its kind, the only one using full seamless technology [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Quantum Australasia Pty Ltd
Quantum Sail Design Group designs, engineers and manufactures sails for racers and cruisers who demand the highest levels of quality and performance. [More info]
Ullman Sails Australia
The Ullman Sails Australia team provides service to customers all over Australia with four main locations in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and the Whitsundays. [More info]