Chicago-Mackinac 1980

In July of 1980 I was invited to sail the Chicago-Mackinac race aboard “Immigrant” a 47 foot Ed Dubois design, weighing 17,000 pounds; belonging to Bill McAteer. A very progressive and interesting boat to sail. My first experience sailing a boat with a short keel, requiring keen concentration to sail upwind. The wind did not free up until the end of the race building to 40 knots for the finish. We had a lively run in.

chicago-mackinac race 2007




July 2007, I flew to Chicago to sail aboard the Farr 42 “Sue” belonging to Jim Moller. The Chicago-Mackinac race is advertised as the longest freshwater race in the world;effectively sailing the length of Lake Michigan.
Designed as an IRC boat, being sailed in a race conducted as an ORR race, we sailed well, finishing 15th boat for boat, but garnered no silver, on corrected time.

“Wonder Woman” was a much more amusing photo than one of me trimming the spinnaker.

A great crew.