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Reichel/Pugh Designs Lead the Chicago-Mackinac Race

July 18, 2017

Mackinac Island, Michigan (July 18, 2017) – Congratulations to David and Peter Askew’s Wizard Racing (RP Design No. 191) for winning the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac (289.4nm) with the fastest monohull corrected time of 38:45:04. Wizard was closely followed by another Reichel/Pugh design, Bob Hughes’ Heartbreaker (RP Design No. 184), which placed 2nd overall.

The teams battled storms that eventually forced 90 boats to retire, the most in the history of the race. After sailing in the 1970 race when 88 boats retired, Ted Turner publicly retracted his previous statement calling Lake Michigan a “Mill Pond.”

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world with over 300 boats invited to participate. Pyewacket, a Reichel/Pugh 75, owned and skippered by Roy Disney, set the monohull record in 2002 with an elapsed time of 23 hours 30 minutes and 34 seconds.