May 1, 2019
Dear Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Skippers, Crew and Spectators:
Race preparations are progressing with 2-1/2 months before the 95thrunning of the race.
Crunch time is here:
As of this writing we have 34 days left to complete your registration and 44 days to submit your rating. There are more than 100 boats who have competed in our race the past two years that we have not heard from yet. If you know of boats that have not registered yet, please encourage them to do so.
If you have already registered, we need you to apply for your rating certificate now. Over half of those registered have not yet applied for either a new or renewed rating certificate, which means that the time to process these applications will increase over the next six weeks. Currently, it may take up to two weeks to complete the rating process. Remember that we must have your rating certificate no later than June 14th. Links to apply for your rating can be found on the main page of the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race website at www.bycmack.com.
If you are having challenges with any part of this process, please contact me or our Technical Chair, Art LeVasseur, for help. Our work really begins when you have competed your entry, so please help us out, get registered and apply for your rating certificate today. Our e-mails are email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is it necessary to get a new rating every year?
ORA works on the ratings every year. They look at the results of each race, compare it to the proprietary wind mix, and make changes necessary to make the rule as fair as possible.
Looking for crew?
If you need crew for the Race, please check out the “Crew Board under “Race Information” on the website. We have a lot of people looking for rides to Mackinac.
I encourage skippers and crew to regularly review the NOR, SERs and Cruising Rules. The Sailing Instructions will become available about two weeks before the Race when we have class splits determined.
Safety Equipment Requirements - Lifejackets
We have been asked about the difference in requirements for the CYC Race to Mackinac and the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. From our Safety Committee: “For the CYC Race to Mackinac you are pretty much forced into an inflatable since there are no “off-shore” style jackets that you can wear while sailing a.k.a. a USCG Type I or similar. So, for the Chicago Race if you choose a Spinlock or other non-USCG approved jacket you meet their requirement, but the boat will still need to meet federal and state requirements and carry a USCG approved vest for that crew member.
For the BBBMR, the requirements are very similar except for the fact the USCG approved jackets onboard need a light and whistle in case someone grabs one in an emergency. A Type II with whistle and light is under $10. After the boat meets that requirement you can choose to wear whatever you want including ISO spec life jackets. Our opinion is the only life jacket that will save your life is the one you are wearing.”
Please go to our website often where we will post all competitor notifications and updates, as well as the calendar of important dates.
In closing, I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for the race: Bell’s Brewery, Grand Hotel, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, North Sails, Pentastar Aviation, Aitken & Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, Legal Copy Services, Sykes & Webster, Bayview Yacht Club Foundation, Detroit Sports Media, Marx Layne, Freighter’s Eatery & Tap Room, Futuramic Tool and Engineering, Pink Pony – Chippewa Hotel, Sharpe Travel Services, and Thomas Hardware Company.
We are honored that you choose to participate in our Race and will make it the best it can be for you. Please register and bring your friends!
2019 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Chair