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Jeff_H & Irwin32 Re: Chi to Mac
Jeff & Irwin32
It is way to late to be doing this, but I knew you were right Irwin32, so I have been the last two hours doing research.
The multihull went over in the 2002 race, right up in the straits I think. The whole crew was picked up by Wes Schultz on his Sch55, "Kokomo". All hands were OK. Wes was given a 64 minute Rescue Redress and won his section.
The whole thing was interesting to me because I had met Wes when he sold his Feres 50 to a friend of mine six years ago. I signed on for the delivery crew to get the boat from Traverse City to Lake St.Clair. I turned 60 steering a 50 foot race yacht, by a star, in the middle of Lake Huron, best birthday I ever had.
Jeff, you are right to think that there may have been some people lost in that race through the years. Both the Chicago and Port Huron to Macinac races have been real butt kickers some years. Ted Turner came and sailed the Chicago race one year and got into one of those, it was bad enough that Ted said, "I will never come back here". So I was told anyway.
Irwin32 was right however, I remember reading just a few weeks ago, some place amongest all the things I read while following the two races, that they have never lost anyone in the Chicago race. I have not found that as yet, but I will keep looking. I am not sure about the Port Huron race.
I have only sailed one of the Chicago races and it was for the most part just a good 330 mile go for it ride. We were in flat stuff for a couple of hours a couple of times, as I remember it, but a good ride. This year both races were pretty much drifting contests I guess. I just read tonight, one guy said they missed their last lunch and would have missed dinner if they had not gotten in just about that time. I think some crews missed more than that.
Irwin32, I am up here on the other end of the lake, in Boyne City, Mi.