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March 5, 2024

Boat Owners – 

A few days ago, we broke the record set in 1985 for registered boats and are currently sitting at 317 paid entries. Thank you for making this happen, and I look forward to having you join us for the 100th running of the race. 

A few housekeeping items: 

Harbor Preference 

We will not limit entries, but dockage is limited. Priority will be given based on entry fee payment. We assume everyone’s priority will be Mackinac Island; however, some boat owners may prefer St. Ignace or Mackinaw City.

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.

Finish Line Sound Signal/Cell Phone Provider

We have heard concerns about not having a sound signal at the finish line. We researched alternative options because we haven’t had a finish sound signal in three years. After determining that our alternatives were not feasible, I am pleased to announce that we will text the boat owner 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.

To receive a text, please access your owner’s record page and click “Update Entry Profile.” Next to “Mobile Phone,” you will see a new box to select your “Mobile Carrier.” 

Click here to Login to your Owners Record.

One-Design Request 

Please remember that the application deadline to request a one-design class is April 1st. If you plan on sailing in a one-design class, please refer to the NOR for the application requirements and how to apply.

ORC Certificate

US Sailing Offshore is now accepting ORC Certificate applications. Please click the following link to start your application. Every boat must have a valid certificate to participate.

Click here for ORC Certificate Application

On Island Crew Dinner Reservations
We expect the island to be at capacity with a record number of boats participating. Most of the hotels are already sold out. 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; reservations are recommended. They open for the season on Friday, April 26th, at noon.
Click here for Mission Point Resort Restaurants

Still Need Crew? 
There are many good candidates listed on the Crew & Boat Board, which can be found at the link below. It is no surprise that many people want to do this historic race! If you are looking for crew, you may also post your needs here.

Click here for the Crew/Boat Board

Safety at Sea
Bayview Yacht Club and Detroit Yacht Club are hosting a US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea Hands-on Training Only (1-day) at Detroit Yacht Club on Sunday, April 28th. This is a great opportunity for new crew and the most seasoned sailors to learn something new. The course will be interactive and will involve pool training. Click the link below for more information and to sign up:

Click Here for Safety at Sea Information/Registration

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, which are the “Official” documents. All Race Chair Communications can be found on the official race website,