In early 1898 in Chicago, a small group of men placed a gentlemen’s bet as to which of their yachts could reach Mackinac Island first. On August 6th of that year, two sloops and three schooners started in the race from Chicago to Mackinac Island, setting off a grand tradition which today is one of the sailing world’s most prestigious events.
This year marks the 110th running of “The Mac,” and its 120th anniversary. On Thursday evening, July 12 at 7 p.m., veteran Mac racers from the Chicago Yacht Club will be at the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society discussing the race–from the infamous gales (1911,1937,1970 and 2011), to the boats (yesterday and today), the characters on them (including Roy Disney, Ted Turner and Steve Fossett), and what life aboard is like for yesterday’s and today’s racers.
To register for this event: https://www.lflbhistory.org/event-race-mackinaw, or call 847.234.5253.
Free for LF-LB Historical Society Members, $10 for Non-Members.
Submitted by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society