Days until the start of the 100th Race
We are racing!

May 30, 2024


I am excited to share that, as of today, 337 boats have entered this historic race!

With 51 days until the start, I have a few items to share with you.

Entry Deadline

The Entry Deadline for the Race is Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 1700 hours. The Late Entry Deadline is Friday, June 7, 2024, at 1700 hours; however, a $500.00 (US funds) late fee will be applied to any entries completed after June 1, 2024, at 1700 hours.

Please note that all of the following must be submitted in order for an entry to be considered completed (see Notice and Conditions of Race Section 7):

If you have not completed the entry process, please do so promptly

ORC Certificate Due Date

Just to ensure you know, June 1st is not the deadline to input your ORC reference number but rather the date you need to submit all the required information to US Sailing so they can complete your certificate. Once US Sailing has all the required data, they will issue certificates as they are completed. You do not need to check the status with them. US Sailing is doing its best to complete rating certificates promptly. If you are experiencing any challenges in submitting your data, please get in touch with me at

When you get your 2024 ORC certificate, please log on to the Bayview Mackinac Race website,, owner portal, and update your boat information with the 2024 ORC reference number at the bottom left side of each certificate page. It consists of 10 alphanumeric characters. Example: 045600023TT

Suppose you plan to sail the BYCMACK with a different configuration (sails/crew weight) than the configuration you compete with in races prior to July 20. In that case, you must submit your BYCMACK configuration to US Sailing on or before June 15th and receive a test certificate. If the configuration for a test certificate is not submitted by June 15th, the race committee will use the initial certificate details, and a boat must sail under that configuration. Sailing configurations submitted to US Sailing for the BYCMACK after June 15th will not be accepted.

Harbor Preference

To indicate your harbor preference, please log in to your owner’s record on the official website,, and first indicate whether you require dockage. Then, select your first, second, and third dockage choices if you do. We will do our best to provide dockage based on your preference. Once your selection has been made, it cannot be changed. Remember that harbor assignments are made in the order in which the entry payment was received.

Finish Line Sound Signal/Cell Phone Provider

The boat owner will receive a text upon finishing. This will not be used for official scoring purposes, nor does it change the provision for requiring a photo of the boat’s GPS showing the time and location demonstrating compliance with crossing the finish in the Sailing Instructions. 

The Super Mac is back for 2024!

We have 24 entries in the 2024 Super Mac!

For those who have entered, post-race dockage is provided by the City of Port Huron in the Black River. When entering the Black River, you are asked to contact the Port Huron Harbormaster on Channel 9 for docking instructions. Please be prepared for rafting. Power will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sailing Instructions will be posted by July 1st.

Mark your calendars! The 2025 SuperMac will start in Port Huron and finish in Chicago to celebrate 150 years of the Chicago Yacht Club!

Still Need Crew? 

Many good candidates are listed on the crew finder page! It is no surprise that many people want to do this race.

Commodore’s Select Bourbon WhiskeyCelebrate the 100th Bayview Mackinac Race Presented by National Fleet Services with the Commodore’s Select Bourbon Whiskey!
It’s available to order until July 31, 2024! Click on the below link to order today!
Please note: Orders must be picked up at Bayview Yacht Club. Shipping is not available.


On Island Crew Dinner Reservations We expect the island to be at capacity with a record number of boats participating. We also anticipate that restaurants will be very busy. I want to encourage those who typically do crew dinners on the island to secure reservations. Mission Point has some exceptional restaurants, and reservations are recommended.

A special thanks to Deep Eddy Vodka, Detroit Liquid Ventures (Old Head Beer and Blue Dot Farm & Vineyard), Casamigos, Goat Yard Marine, Aperol, Detroit City Distillery, Mission Point Resort, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, Aitken-Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, MicroCODE, Marx Layne, High Winds Graphix and the Bayview Mackinac Race Foundation; without their support, we could not have a regatta of this caliber. We hope you patronize their products or services! 
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Charlie Trost
Race Chair, 2024 Bayview Mackinac Race Presented by National Fleet Services

Please Note: These communications are unofficial and informal. They are intended to provide information quickly and efficiently. This communication does not replace the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions, the “Official” documents.  
All Race Chair Communications are on the official race website,