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Port Huron to Mackinac Race

July 12, 2014 - July 14, 2014

Location: Port Huron, MI
Lake: Lake Huron
Type of Event: Race

The Bells Beer Bayview Mackinac Race (aka the Port Huron to Mackinac race) is sponsored by Bell's Beer and the Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit) and is reported to be the longest consecutively held freshwater race. The race will celebrate its 90th year in 2014. Over two hundred boats, from 30' to 70', compete annually along two courses (Shore and Cove Island), which begin in Lake Huron just north of the St. Clair River. Although of different lengths, both courses finish at Mackinac Island, MI. The requirements and regulations for this race can be found at the weblink below. In addition to the attraction of the race itself, the city of Port Huron conducts an annual family festival (Blue Water festival) which runs before and concurrent with the race.

 

Competing boats generally begin arriving a day or two before the race and begin staging along the Black River. Walking along the river gives a good vantage for observing the different classes of boats as well as the crews preparing them. Food and merchandise vendors are also located along the river. As a point of reference, you may want to park near the Port Huron Yacht Club (212 Quay Street, Port Huron), which will put you at one end of boat row. In addition you will be better able to hear the Saint Andrews Bagpipe Band, pipe the boats through the drawbridges at regular intervals on race day morning.

 

If you are looking for a vantage point to watch the boats sail (motor) up the Saint Clair river towards the starting line, try the park-like areas off of Thomas Edison Parkway, under the Blue Water bridge. For complete and current information, see the weblink at the bottom of the page.

 

 

 


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