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Although the Mac remains primarily amateur event, the race has a record of attracting some of the finest sailing talent in the sport.


Luxury versus speed: Who will win the 'Mac?'

by Michelle Salemi
July 17, 2012


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The Chicago Yacht Club/ MEDILL/ Michelle Salemi

For 104 years since 1898, sailors gather in Chicago to begin the 333-mile sailing race to Mackinac Island, Michigan.

This weekend is the 104th Race to Mackinac.  Some members of the Chicago Yacht Club are gearing up for the sail, which is affectionately known as the "Mac."
Michelle Salemi went to Belmont Harbor to find out how sailors survive the one- to four-day trip on the open waters of Lake Michigan.