1st boats reach finish of Chicago to Mackinac race

Associated Press

Mackinac Island — The first boats have finished the annual sailboat race from Chicago’s Navy Pier to northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island.

Results posted on the Chicago Yacht Club’s website say Windquest, owned by Dick and Doug DeVos, was the first across the finish line early Monday followed a few minutes later by Il Mostro. The boats in the racing division took nearly 36 hours to reach the island.

Most participants in the race still were on Lake Michigan on Monday morning. More than 300 boats were participating in the 333-mile race. Those in the racing division headed for Mackinac Island on Saturday with a light lake wind. A cruising division set sail Friday.

The event is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. Winners are determined based on a handicapping system.