You should start receiving your ORR/ORR-EZ certificates soon. Applications are being accepted and the processing should be starting as I write this.
As you may know, Bell’s Beer has signed on as title sponsor this year. We can all look forward to enjoying their quality product both pre-race at the Bell’s Beer Oasis on July 20th & 21st as well as at the Island party on July 25th (and between times too!). Gill/Coral Reef Sailing Apparel has also signed on to provide the official Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race merchandising. We expect to offer products on or around March 2 which can be ordered online but they’ll also be a presence during the pre-race festivities in Port Huron and on Mackinac Island as well. Hope you check out the offerings as soon as they’re available.
The Shore Course will have a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Facility following them up the course this year in the form of a 39 ft. sailing vessel, the Rachel M. Rachel M and her crew will be coordinating with the USCG cutter that will be following the Cove Island fleet as well as the USCG stations located along Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline in the event of a Shore course emergency. She will be carrying emergency equipment and will be crewed by experienced USCG Auxiliary sailors who are also emergency responders. We welcome the Rachel M!
83 boats have signed up! Don’t forget to register today if you haven’t already done so!