Chicago-Mackinac sailboat race wraps up

July 25, 2012

Associated Press

The annual sailboat race from Chicago to Mackinac Island wrapped up Tuesday afternoon.

The Providence was the top finisher in the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy division with a corrected time of 37 hours, 28 minutes. The Realt Na Mara was the top finisher in the Mackinac Cup division with a corrected time of 38 hours, 28 minutes. Those boats started Saturday.

The Intuition finished atop the cruising division, which started Friday. Its corrected time was 48 hours, 22 minutes.

Much of the fleet was becalmed Sunday, but the breeze picked up and most finished Monday. Winners in various divisions are based on a handicapping system that considers each boat's potential.

About 330 boats set sail in the Lake Michigan tradition that began in 1898. The course is 333 statute-miles.

Last year's race was marred by the deaths of two crew members when their Kiwi 35-foot sport boat capsized during a storm.

An investigation by the governing body U.S. Sailing found the vessel's sails were too large for its weight under the conditions of a long overnight competition in an area known to have frequent violent thunderstorms.