Calling all Chicago Mackinac racing Blockheads!

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® is an iconic freshwater offshore race — 289.4 nautical miles up Lake Michigan, starting in Chicago, Illinois and finishing on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Are you under 25 and sailing the 2024 Mac Race? Simply sign up for the contest below, and you’ll be eligible for the ‘First Blockhead to the Island’ Award. The first one to the island wins! We’ll call the winner up onstage and present you with a plaque during the Sailors’ Celebration and awards on Mackinac Island on Tuesday, July 16 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST at the Mission Point Resort.

 
 

This could be you! Last year’s winner was Megan Geith, who sailed on the Beneteau 47.7 ‘Dakota’ from Chicago Yacht Club.

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Calling all Blockheads! The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is a legendary race — 289.4 nautical miles


What exactly is a Blockhead? If you are totally obsessed with how to rig and sail your boat, you might already be one! Join the community of Blockheads to learn more about the sport, engage with others and share sailing experiences. This site serves as the hub for Blockheads globally, where you can discover how to join, media, tips and tricks, contests, and events. This program is all about YOU and we want to hear from everyone! Not seeing something? Your feedback is crucial, feel free to shoot us a comment or message.