The 108th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac had 121 boats race the Mackinac Cup Division and 121 boats race the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Divisions in their annual 289nm race from the Chicago waterfront north to Mackinac Island. The race was incredibly wet, wild, blustery and squally, with thousands of lightning bolts flickering across the sky. The 15-boat J/111 one-design section saw a battle between the top six boats going well into Sunday afternoon. Leading for quite some time at dawn was Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi’s MOMENTUS. They were battling with Dave Irish’s NO SURPRISE from Pt Betsie onward. About two-thirds the way up the Manitou Straits to Grey’s Reef, NO SURPRISE gybed away on a shift to then gybe back and grab the lead with less than 5nm to go to Grey’s Reef Lighthouse. From there into the finish off Mackinac Island, NO SURPRISE stretched a 300-yard lead at Grey’s Reef into a one hour, twenty minute elapsed time win. As a result, they not only took the class win but also finished seventh overall. Mounting a bid to chase down the leaders was the trio of George Miz, Peter Dreher & Mark Hatfield on IMPULSE. Sitting about 10nm behind at dawn on Sunday, they managed to break free from a battle with Brad Faber’s UTAH, John Kalanik’s PURA VIDA and Rich Witzel’s ROWDY to take a 6nm chunk out of the top two boats between Pt Betsie and Grey’s Reef. In the end, it was not enough to overhaul them, but IMPULSE did close the distance dramatically with the MOMENTUS crew, crossing the line just 3 minutes behind, to finish second and third, respectively. Rounding out the top five was Faber’s UTAH in fourth and Kalanik’s PURA VIDA in fifth place. For more Chicago to Mackinac Race sailing information, visit