Providence wins 2014 Chicago-Mackinac trophy

The results of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Michigan are in. According to the release:

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan (July 22, 2014) —Jerry and Greg Miarecki have pulled a hat trick in the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. The father and son team have won their third consecutive Race to Mackinac on Providence. This year, they won the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division with a corrected time of 41:35:28. 

“We’re very honored and humbled to be a part of such an enduring tradition,” said Greg Miarecki, who currently serves as Vice Commodore of the Chicago Yacht Club. “Thanks to the Mac Committee and the Race Committee for their tremendous work. I’d also like to thank everyone on the Providence crew. All of them are great friends and excellent sailors.”
 
Miarecki said that in many ways, this year’s race was similar to 2013 — except for the fact that they finished approximately 24 hours faster than the 105th Race.
 
“Both years, the weather was very pleasant, and there was no threat of rain or thunderstorms. We had to make decisions about whether to go west or east. And in both years, the choice to go west was correct. We’re happy to be here almost an entire day earlier than last year. Everyone, including the sailors, the Race Committee, and the folks on Mackinac Island, likes a faster race. This was a great year.”
 
Cynthia, owned by Andrew Grootendorst and James B. DeVries, with a corrected time of 42:23:55, andViper, owned by F. William Laslow, with a corrected time of 42:59:43, rounded out the top three in the Chicago-Mackinac T division.
 
In the Mackinac Cup Division, To the Moon, owned by Robert Berg, won with a corrected time of 42:11:45. To the Moon is a Swan 42 with an 11-person crew representing the New York Yacht Club.
 
Richard Clarke, navigator of To the Moon commented: “We’re obviously very excited as crew to win the Chicago Mac race. We had a good game plan before the start, and we stuck to our game plan. It was a little different than the rest of the fleet. When the lights came on Sunday morning and there were no boats around us, we were a little nervous. But when the Santa Cruz 70s were the first ones we could see, we knew we were up there with the big boats. The crew did a great job. We were pretty exhilarated and shattered when it was all said and done.”
 
Bob Berg, skipper of To the Moon, said his daughter, Katie, who is on the women’s sailing team at the University of South Florida, came up with the idea to do the Mac last summer.
 
“It was the first event that my daughter Katie and I did,” Berg said. “It was her idea. We had and extraordinary team and extraordinary efforts by the crew, and it all worked out. It was tremendous to do it with my daughter.”
 
Berg said that although they haven’t talked about it in detail yet, there’s a high chance that they’ll be back to do the Mac next year.
 
Nosurprise, owned by David Irish, was second in the Cup Division with a corrected time of 42:46:36, followed by Aftershock, owned by William M. Newman, at 42:58:37 corrected time.
 
Race Chairman Matt Gallagher was ecstatic with the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
 
“Each year, the Mac is determined by the weather, the wind, talent, and spirit of all crews participating,” said Gallagher. “The competition and camaraderie bring sailors back year after year, and I’m certain that this year will hold special memories for all who were involved. Congratulations to all racers for a successful and safe race. We’ll see you in July 2015.”
 
The 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is a 333-mile invitation-only race from Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac Island. In this year’s race, 317 boats and approximately 2,500 crew participated.
 
 
Winners of the 2014 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
 
Winner of the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy was Providence, owned by Jerry and Greg Miarecki representing the Chicago Yacht Club, with a corrected time of 41:35:28. Providence is an Ericson 35 MK II.
 
Winner of the Mackinac Cup, was To the Moon, owned by Robert Berg representing the New York Yacht Club, with a corrected time of 42:11:45. To the Moon is a Swan 42.
 
Andraz Mihelin’s SeaCan won the Doublehanded Division with a corrected time of 43:57:34. SeaCan is a Seascape 27 from Slovenia.  
 
Caliente won the Multihull Division with a corrected time of 44:20:58. Caliente is a Cris White 44 owned by Michael Steck representing the Chicago Yacht Club.
 
Hope won overall honors in the 41-boat Cruising Division with a corrected time of 40:35:57. Hope is a Najad 332 owned by Dr. Michael Leland, representing the Michigan City Yacht Club.
 
Infinite Diversion, a Hanse 630e owned by Chicago Yacht Club Past Commodore Joseph S. Haas, won the Ile Aux Galets Cup. Infinite Diversion was the first Cruising Division boat to finish, crossing the line Sunday morning with an elapsed time of time of 42:44:51.
 
The Royono Trophy was awarded to Windquest, a Max Z86 owned by Dick and Doug DeVos.Windquest, the first boat in the racing division to finish, crossed the line Sunday night with an elapsed time of 32:15:50.
 
Full divisional results are available here.
 
The 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac will begin July 11, 2015.
 
Please contact Susan Kantor for access to high-res race photos. 
 
About the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
At 333 miles (289.4 nautical miles), the Race to Mackinac is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. ‘The Mac’ starts at the Chicago Lighthouse just off Navy Pier and continues to Mackinac Island. In the 105th running of the Race to Mackinac in 2013, 301 boats competed in the fifth consecutive sellout of the Race. The Race can be followed online via FacebookTwitter (#CYCRTM)Instagram, and the race tracking app. See more at cycracetomackinac.com.

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