Saturday, July 19, 2008

2008 Mackinac Race Start

Today was the start of the 2008 Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race. While the 100th anniversary of the race happened 10 years ago in 1998, this is the 100th actual running of the 333 mile race from Chicago to Mackinac. Danny has been wanting to participate in this race since even before he started sailing on a racing team 5 years ago. One of his dreams is coming true today.

Some of us were fortunate enough to see him off this morning. Janet and I drove down to Navy Pier along with my mom. It was raining and breezy but the temperature was mild. Colleen joined us later, running the 3 miles from her south loop condo to Navy Pier. The weather wasn't great for spectators, but Danny said he didn't care about the rain as long as there was wind.

The boats all go right by the end of Navy Pier, and you can get a good look at them from there. Janet announced the boat over the loudspeakers, and we all cheered and waved as they went by. After they parade by, the boats head out past the breakwater to the starting area. On a good day, you might be able to make out the boats in the starting area with some binoculars, but today the best you could see was some sail outline through the fog. Here's a few pictures we snapped.

Wet weather at the end of Navy Pier

When you've just run 3 miles in the rain, an umbrella is pointless

Danny waving from the Cyclone

Headed out to the starting line

I also put together a short video using pictures and video taken this morning:

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