The 2019 BYC Mackinac Race presents a mix of old and new but experienced crew for the storied Catalina 38 "STING", and owner/Skipper Mike Bouckaert, In the mid to late 80's, Mike and the previous owner with his son's Dave and Steve Lange along with his group enjoyed great success on "STING" while crewing together for Dave and Steve's father- original "STING" owner Ken Lange on Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay. For thirteen years this team gained racing experience while sailing together aboard the "Lange" boats "EVADER", "PHANTOM", and "STING".
In a welcome twist of fate two years back Mike Bouckaert was able to purchase "STING" and return it to active sailing on Saginaw Bay. The 2019 MAC again commissions this boat on the open lake in the BYC Mackinac Race. The 2018 BYC-Mac race added to "STING'S" experience of several BYC-Mac races that have accumulated over a 20 year period starting in the 1990's. The 2019 race will begin with a solid group of young College Level Sailors with experience on both Small and Big boat experience
Mike Bouckaert has 25+ years of active sailboat racing experience ranging from HobieCats to daysailers to 40'+ boats. This will be Mike's 7th BYC Mac race, and his second as owner/skipper of "STING". Mike sails "STING" out of the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club. Mike's son Dylan has taken an active interest in the sport and also joins the crew but will unable to sail in 2019 due to College obligations
Brothers Dave and Steve Lange have a combined 46 years of active sailboat racing experience, ranging from Optimist Prams to Lightnings to 40' PHRF boats. Dave also has BYC-Mac experience and is currently the owner/skipper of the Tartan Ten "Mechanical Music" that races out of the Bay City Yacht Club. Dave's son Konnor entered the sport actively five years ago and will also crew on for him this year on Mechanical Music thus requiring the new crew aboard STING
This year "STING" welcomes Tim Dickey and Miranda Madden both from the MSU sailing program and Jayson Miller from the UT sailing program.
The owner and crew of "STING" wish to extend a SIGNIFICANT Thank you to all the family and friends who have made this race possible....none of which would be possible without their help and support. Good Sailing!!!!!