May 25, 2022
Race Chair Communication #8
Dear Bayview Mackinac Race Skippers, Crew, Sponsors, and Spectators:
As I said in the last communication, we have been working hard at getting all the rest of the 2022 race details worked out. Due to the issues of the previous two years, it is almost like starting over completely from scratch. Virtually everything has changed to some extent.
The new normal is not the pre-2020 normal.
- All Race Chair Communications can be found on the race website under the Media tab, News.
- Once skippers have registered and populated their crew lists, the crew will receive an email invitation to complete their information and complete the waiver.
- Dockage assignments – At Skipper Check-In, skippers will be given an assigned docking zone on Mackinac Island. Our harbor crew will direct and assist you in docking upon your arrival at Mackinac Island. Please report to your assigned docking zone, and remember that we are allowed to raft in the Main Harbor.
- The entry deadline is June 12 at 1700 hours.
- NOR update/amendment is in the works.
Protests will NOT be heard on Mackinac Island. Protests will be heard at Bayview Yacht Club sometime between July 20 and August 31. This may impact giving out the flags on the island.
Why are we doing this? Supporting a protest committee is VERY expensive, even more so if it is an International Jury. One option we have used in the past, web meeting protests, are thought to be unfair by many jurors. When forced to make a tradeoff between increasing entry fees and cutting back the party on the island vs. having a jury on the island? For me, the decision is simple. We will do the protests, if any, at BYC.
Everyone that knows me well knows it is doubtful you will ever find me at an environmental protest. However, I do attempt to be environmentally responsible. The future of our sport depends on taking care of our environment. Over the last five years, while I have been on the Mackinac Race Authority, we have consciously taken steps to improve and move up the “Green” scale. Reducing printed material, online notice boards, virtual marks, and elimination of bow stickers are just some of the steps we have taken. Granted, some of these were facilitated by the pandemic, but we must maintain the ground we have gained.
To that end, we have registered as a Clean Regatta with Sailors for the Sea. As with any cultural change, the first step is awareness. The event is working hard to improve; we now need our competitors to become more aware and start taking action. As Sailors for the Sea states, it is not about perfection; it is about progress. See the link below for the information you should consider and start to implement on your boats.
Leave Nothing but a Wake On the Lake or in the Harbor
Shore Course vs. Cove Island Course
I made a mistake and reversed the greater than and less than statements when describing the speed limit. An AMENDED Communication #7 was sent out with the correction. The correct information is below.
The Shore Course Speed Limit has been significantly increased. This should be good news for many competitors. The new Speed Limit is as follows:
If a boat’s Shore Course ORC Handicap is less than 0.9900, the boat is eligible for the Shore Course Division. Just as in the past, a competitor that qualifies for the Shore Course Division can elect to sail in the Cove Island Division.
If the boat’s Shore Course ORC Handicap is greater than or equal to 0.9900, the boat is required to race in the Cove Island Division.
The NOR will be amended accordingly. Remember, the NOR is the official document.
Virtual Finish Line
I made another mistake. When copying and pasting the coordinates, I mixed the latitude and longitude up of one of the ends of the finish line. The unofficial description of the finish line is included in this document. Please see the Sailing Instructions for the official description.
Bayview Mackinac Race – Official Gear
Official 2022 Bayview Mackinac Race gear is available for pre-order! We are happy to partner with High Winds Graphix to provide our merchandise. Pre-orders are due by June 27th for pick-up at Bayview Yacht Club during Skipper Check-In.
If you have special orders or questions, please reach out to Laurie@hwgfx.com.
Limited merchandise items will be available for sale on Mackinac Island this year at the Mission Point Resort from Sunday, July 17, to Tuesday, July 19.
Merchandise can be found on the official race website at www.bycmack.com under the Shop tab or click below!
Items from the last communication that are still relevant
Boats that meet the qualifications for entry into the Sport Boat Class are now part of the greater Shore Course Division, making them eligible for Division Awards.
US Coast Guard
The annual “Cardinal Points” document that all Owners and/or Person-In-Charge must have and review can be found on the race website under the Official Board tab, Skippers Packets.
The USCG has new requirements for fire extinguishers. Information has been sent out to everyone in the race Eblast database. More information can be found at Regulations.gov. If the link does not work, search for “uscg-2018-0099-0018.” Please make sure that your onboard fire extinguishers comply with the new requirements.
Canadian Border Services
While race participants do not have the “intent to land” in Canada, there are non-optional reporting requirements if you are required to land in case of an emergency. Please see the requirements at: Reporting requirements for private boaters (cbsa-asfc.gc.ca). The summary is also posted on the race website under the Official Board tab, Skippers Packets.
US Sailing and ORC
Getting a proper ORC certificate is a boat owner’s responsibility. I strongly encourage everyone to review your certificates. Make sure your data is correct, especially your sail measurements.
Issuing a rating is not just a single person or entity’s work. Ratings are issued by a coordinated effort between a Member National Authority (MNA) and the ORC. For most Bayview Mackinac participants, the MNA is either US Sailing or Sail Canada. I was just on a country-wide web meeting with all the yacht clubs running offshore handicap races in 2022 and US Sailing. US Sailing emphasized that Handicap Certificates, regardless of certificate type (ORC/ORR), are being processed in the order of need, not the order submitted. This does not mean you can hold off on submitting your application.
Please make sure your 2022 application is into the proper MNA by going to the appropriate websites listed below.
To process your 2022 certificate, go to the following websites:
US Registered Boats – ORC – US Sailing
Canadian Registered Boats – www.orc.org/clubapplication
And write to Phil Barron at ORC Canada: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I want you to remember?
- Be nice to Mackinac Island
- Be Environmental
- Read the NOR and Amendments
- Be patient with US Sailing. They are working hard to support you.
- Docking preference will be granted to boats in the order of paid registration in the race. Register late, and you will pay for your well at Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.
- Entry does not guarantee dockage on Mackinac Island.
- More volunteers than you can imagine are working hard to keep your cost down and fun up. Please appreciate the work they do.
I want to thank our sponsors and supporters for the race: Atwater Brewery – Presenting Sponsor, Bayview Mackinac Race Foundation – Presenting Sponsor, Shinola, FUL Beverage, Tito’s Handmade Vodka – Official Vodka, Faygo Beverages, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry – Official Ferry, Sika Corporation, Aitken & Ormond Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, Claddagh Coffee Roasters, Pink Pony, Captain’s Boat Care, Marx Layne, High Winds Graphix, and yachtSOFT.com-Marine Electronics.
We at Bayview Yacht Club are honored that you choose to participate in the Bayview Mackinac Race and are putting forth our best effort to make it the best it can be for you.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at any time over the next year.
Chair, 2022 Bayview Mackinac Race
These communications are unofficial and informal. They are intended to provide information quickly and efficiently. This communication does not replace the NOR or SI’s; they are the “Official” documents.