After winning the J105 section of the 2015 NOOD regatta our gnarly crew of sailors look to the next big event on our schedule. The Chicago Yacht Club's prestigious Race to Mackinac. There has been a resurgence in our fleet and as a result the J105 class is the largest one design section in the Mac for 2015. It should make for an exciting fleet.
We will again be racing with seven crew: John - 32, Gyt - 26, Steve - 26, Michael B - 21, Keith - 16, Michael C - 15, William - 9. Our well seasoned crew of seven has a total of 145 Mac races!
For our friends and family ashore Chicago Yacht Club will again be utilizing the Yellowbrick tracking application. You will be able to track us and all the other boats in the fleet as we make our way North.
From Your Computer: Tracking is available via a link at the top of the Mac homepage, under the "Race Tracking" tab. Ensure that your computer has a relatively recent (2012 or later) browser installed, such as Internet Explorer 10 or later, Google Chrome 23 or later, Firefox 20 or later, or Safari 6 or later. The link for tracking will go live the afternoon of July 9.
From Your Phone or Tablet: For the best experience on your mobile device (iOS or Android), download the free app.
1. Visit the YB Tracking website to download and install the app.
2. "Buy" the 107th CYC Race to Mackinac in the YB Tracking app. There is no cost; Chicago Yacht Club is covering that for our friends and families and fans. The Race will appear in available races on Thursday, July 9.
Follow the Race via Social Media. The Race has a strong presence on both Facebook and Twitter. This year, the Chicago Yacht Club is proud to announce our new Race to Mackinac Instagram account. Our new handle is @RaceToMackinac. Leading up to and during the Race, we will frequently post updates and photos from Chicago, the lake and the island updates so competitors, friends and family can stay tuned in with what's happening.
Additionally, many crew members and boats have their own Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as accounts on Instagram and other similar social media outlets. All participants are encouraged to tag their posts and Tweets and photos with #CYCRTM to make it easier for you to search for them.
For those interested in real-time updates while the Race in under way, more than a dozen boats will be enabled with GPS transponders to Tweet during the Race again this year. They will all appear under the Race's Twitter account and be tagged with the tweeting boat’s name. For live updates, follow @RaceToMackinac and join the conversation with #CYCRTM.
Our start is at 1150am Saturday. Wish us well.
Lets go win a bottle of rum and a little flag!