2017 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race
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26-May-2017 - 07:51am



From the Chair-

My messages are going to get more frequent in the coming weeks, but hopefully of shorter d
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15-May-2017 - 03:31pm



From the Chair-

May 15th already!  Only a month left before the cl
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29-Apr-2017 - 07:32am


From the MRA-

With 48 days left until registration closes on June 15th, we have 153 bo
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17-May-2017 - 05:52pm - *** Press Release ***

The Race That Keeps on Giving (Back)

DETROIT, MICH. (May 17, 2017) - Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, the longest
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19-Jul-2016 - 03:34pm - *** Press Release ***

Records and Winners for 92nd Edition

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14-Jul-2016 - 04:27pm - *** Press Release ***

 There's a Reason (or Two or Three) Why Sailors Love this Race

DETROIT, MICH. (July 14, 2016) - When it com
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26-May-2017 - 07:51am



From the Chair-

My messages are going to get more frequent in the coming weeks, but hopefully of shorter duration after this message.  Some quick items-

  • Bayview Yacht Club is changing over to a new IT operating system in early June.  Since this changeover will include the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race website, it would be in your best interests to enter the Race and pay your entry fees prior to June 1.  While we do not anticipate problems, we all know that changeovers of this type can be fraught with unintended consequences so please, if you haven’t already, submit your entry application and entry fee at your earliest convenience.
  • Please remember to sign your ORR and ORR-EZ rating certificates.  Both certificates offer a space for your signatures at the top of the certificate.  And yes, I know it’s a pain to download the certificate, sign it, then re-upload the signed copy.  We will be working with both U.S. Sailing and the Offshore Racing Association to introduce the capability to electronically sign your certificates but that process won’t even start until after the completion of this 2017 Race.  There are some entries to whom I’ve already sent a personal email message with a request to sign the certificate; I’m not planning on reminding you again, but the certificates must be signed before I will approve your entry as it’s clearly stated in the NOR 7(f) that a valid rating certificate is required. Your signature constitutes validity.
  • One other item for you to check is the expiration date on your State’s boat registration (not applicable for those boats who are registered in Canada).  It’s one of those items that tends to slip past, particularly when our/your records are on file from year to year.  If you need to update it, a mm/dd/yy format is most appreciated.
  • And finally, for those of you who are intending to sail the cruising classes, please let me know ASAP at mackchair@byc.com.  Even though that classification is indicated on your entry information, with the introduction of new ratings systems, I’d rather you contact me to verify your intention to sail the cruising classes this year just to be clear.  And don’t forget that you can find the Cruising Class rules on the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race website under the ‘Official Board’ tab.

The weekday racing series have begun all over the lakes, so go sailing and in the meantime be safe, have fun, sail fast! Looking forward to July 22nd!


Tricia Smotherman, Chair, 2017 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

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