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

Competitors –
It’s June, and we are 39 days from the start of the 99th Bayview Mackinac Race!

Revised Safety Equipment Requirements (SERs) have been posted on the race website. Please review the complete document before determining that you have met the requirements. A list of the changes from the 2022 Bayview Mackinac Race SERs is included in the document. If you have any questions, please contact Charlie Trost at

Over 200 boats have applied to compete in the 2023 Bayview Mackinac Race, scheduled to start on Saturday, July 15, 2023. With this in mind, please take note of the following Upcoming Deadlines and take action as required:

The Late Entry Deadline is June 9, 2023, at 1700 hours; a $500.00 (US funds) late fee will be applied to any entries completed after June 1, 2023, 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):
Completed Entry Form;
 Entry Fee Payment;
 Preliminary Crew List;
 Race Tracking Application; and,
For those choosing to compete for the Main Sheet Trophy (Corinthian Class Winners), the designation of their entire crew as World Sailing Group 1 (Amateur) sailors.
If you have not completed the entry process, please do so promptly. All forms required to complete the entry and registration process can be found at:
All monohulls are required to have a valid 2023 ORC rating certificate dated no later than June 15, 2023. If you have not applied for a 2023 ORC rating certificate, please do so promptly, as a valid rating certificate is required to participate in the Race. For our US competitors, ORC applications can be obtained from:

or for our Canadian competitors, ORC applications can be obtained from:

All multihulls are required to furnish a valid 2023 GLMRA rating certificate dated no later than June 15, 2023. If you have not applied for a 2023 GLMRA rating certificate, please do so promptly, as a valid rating certificate is required to participate in the Race. GLMRA applications can be obtained from:

Our Technical Chair, Art LeVasseur, has put together a FAQ about sails. Click on the below link to review. If you have any questions, please contact him at Thank you Art for putting this together!
Bayview Mackinac Race Sail FAQ

Once you receive your ORC Rating Certificate, please add the ORC Reference number to your boat record on the event website. The ORC Reference number is located in the lower-left corner of your certificate.

If you are an owner looking for a crew or a crew looking for a boat, check out our Crew/Boat Finder on the event website under the Competitors tab.

We’ve received questions about dockage on Mackinac Island. Please click on the link below for more information about dockage assignments.
2023 Mackinac Island Dockage Assignments

Bayview Mackinac Race – Official Gear
Official 2023 Bayview Mackinac Race gear is available for pre-order! We are happy to partner with High Winds Graphix to provide our merchandise. 

For delivery before the start of the race, Hawaiian shirt and dress orders are due by Monday, June 12th. All other orders must be submitted by Tuesday, June 27th. Screen-printed or Hawaiian garments will be shipped from mid-June to early July. Other items may be shipped earlier. $10 Flat Rate Shipping in the US.

Complimentary pick-up at Race Registration at Bayview on July 13th, Mission Point Resort on July 16th and 17th, and the Island Awards Party on July 18th. 

A limited inventory of tees, belts, hats, tanks, and sweatshirts will be available for in-person purchase as follows:
Mission Point Resort – Sunday 7/16 & Monday 7/17 – 1 PM – 7 PM 
Mackinac Island Awards Party 7/18 – Noon – 3PM

The web store will remain open after June 27th. However, product delivery before the start of the race is not guaranteed.

Please contact Laurie at with any questions or special orders!

Merchandise can be found on the official race website at under the Shop tab or click below!
Bayview Mackinac Race Official Merchandise

2024 Race Pre-registration – 100th Mackinac Race
Pre-registration for the 2024 Bayview Mackinac Race has closed. Those who have pre-registered will be allowed to register for the race a week before the registration is open to those who did not pre-register. Registration fees for the 2024 race will be charged when you register in early October, and dockage will be assigned in order of paid registration.

Website Access – If you are experiencing issues with owner or crew access to the website, please contact Melissa at  

A special thanks to Bayview Mackinac Race Foundation, Faygo, Aperol, Long Drink, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Mission Point Resort, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, Aitken-Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, Flagstar, MicroCODE Pink Pony, Marx Layne, and High Winds Graphix; without their support, we could not have a regatta of this caliber. We hope you patronize their products or services! 

Kevin Thomas
Chair, 2023 Bayview Mackinac Race

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, which are the “Official” documents.

All Race Chair Communications can be found on the official race website,