CHICAGO, Ill., July 16, 2018 —NAUTIC-ON™ is very proud to be an official sponsor for the 2018 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® (CYCRTM) presented by Wintrust. Started in 1898, the storied “Mac” is known as America’s Offshore Challenge™, bringing over 300 boats annually and more than 3,500 participants to Chicago for the 333-statute mile (289 nautical mile) race from Chicago to Michigan’s Mackinac Island.
2018 marks the 110th running of CYCRTM and begins with the start of its cruising division on Friday, July 20. The racing divisions depart Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., beginning with a parade of boats at Navy Pier. Progress of the CYCRTM can be followed by computer or smartphone via the race tracker located on the race website.
““It is an honor to support a storied event such as the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, with its rich legacy on the Great Lakes and international following,” said Adam Schanfield, NAUTIC-ON general manager. “Our support of the Mac is part of our continued Summer of NAUTIC-ON and our commitment to the national boating community.”
NAUTIC-ON’s sponsorship of the Race to Mackinac is part of CYC’s summer event series running from May through October.
“We’re thrilled to have NAUTIC-ON on board for America’s Offshore Challenge,” said Sarah Renz, CYCRTM chairman. “The NAUTIC-ON sponsored weather reporting will be a valuable asset to support our sailors as they navigate their way north to Mackinac.”
Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., NAUTIC-ON brings smart technology to boating with its proprietary smart boating system. A division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), NAUTIC-ON uses the IoT (Internet of Things) to allow boat owners to share this information with service providers for diagnosis and preventative maintenance purposes. More information is available at www.NAUTIC-ON.com
About the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac®: “America’s Offshore Challenge™”
The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® presented by Wintrust is one of the world’s largest annual offshore races, drawing top-notch sailing talent from around America and the world. Known as ‘The Mac’ to everyone in the region, the ultimate test of Great Lakes navigation starts each July just off Chicago’s Navy Pier. Passing through some of the most beautiful coastal waters in the world on the 333-statute mile (289nm) race route, the fleet faces the storms, reefs, calms and competition that truly make it “America’s Offshore Challenge.”
From Friday’s Cruising and Saturday’s Racing starting cannons to the finish line just on the other side of the iconic Mackinac Bridge, fans can follow every racer via the live Race Tracker, while keeping tabs on their favorites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Learn more at cycracetomackinac.com.
About Chicago Yacht Club
Founded in 1875, the Chicago Yacht Club is one of the oldest and most respected yacht clubs in the world. Its mission is to encourage, promote, and develop knowledge, participation, and enjoyment of all aspects of yachting. To that end, the Club hosts many world-class competitions, including its signature Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and numerous North American and World Championships. The Club is also recognized as a leader in sailing education, with one of the largest junior sailing programs in the United States. The Club is home to more than 1400 members, including a winning America’s Cup skipper, Olympic medalists and hopefuls, and outstanding boaters of all types, from ages 4 to 104. The Club offers year-round activities for its diverse membership at two locations on the city’s shoreline, at Monroe and Belmont Harbors. Learn more at chicagoyachtclub.org.