Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Sailboat Race

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It’s the middle July, and that can only mean one thing to my hometown of Port Huron, Michigan.  It is time for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinaw sailboat race!

Mackinaw Port Huron Sailboat RaceA race that has happened every year since 1925. This year the winning boat from that first race will be competing in an attempt to reclaim its title.

From Thursday until Saturday the town will rollout the carpet for close to 300 sailboats, their crews, and the an 100,000  fans who throng to party.

Mackinaw Sailboat RacePort Huron has the unique distinction of having a narrow river,deep enough to an anchor 60+ foot sailboats, so people milling along the river bank can get an up close look at these beauties.

Port Huron Mackinaw Sailboat Race ReviewThursday and Friday is the time to people watch. You never know who you will see. Bob Seger has been known to bring his boat for the competition.

Port Huron Mackinaw Sailboat RaceIf looking at boats is not your thing there are many other activities that should appeal to you. There will be several stages set up and on one Josh Gracin of American Idol will be one of many performers. Where else in the country can you go to a carnival while just being a stones throw away from awe inspiring sailboats and freighters from all over the world?

On Saturday morning the race starts as the sailboats pass through the Black River into the St Clair River to head into Lake Huron to begin their competition.

Mackinac Sailboat RaceIf we are lucky the winds will be in the right direction for a spinnaker start.  There is nothing quite like it.

The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Sailboat Race sets sail on Saturday, July 14th in Port Huron just north of the Blue Water Bridge. This will be the 88th year of the event.  You can track the race by visiting the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Sailboat Race site.

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  1. Maralea says:

    Would be fun to go to a sailboat race. I have never seen so many in one place! Awesome!

  2. md kennedy says:

    How exciting! I hav ebeen on all of the Great Lakes except Huron, and so far we are free in July, so maybe we will make it for the 2013 event!

  3. saminder gumer says:

    i have never seen a sailboat race, but would love to see one soon. maybe this one.

  4. How fun! Great summer trip.

  5. Trasina McGahey says:

    Those are some amazing pictures! I have never been on a sailboat but I bet it’s fun! Def on my to-do list.

  6. Betty Curran says:

    I’ve never been to Michigan. This looks like a great way to visit the state. I love sailboats.

  7. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    This looks like so much fun!:)

  8. Rosanne says:

    I was visiting Mackinac Island years ago when they had the sailboat races. I always wished I was rich enough to be on one of those sailboats as did my husband . Thanks for capturing it once again.

  9. How long does it take to get prepared for this event

  10. Kelly Elswick says:

    Love Mackinac! So beautiful!

  11. This is really a pretty pic :)

  12. SO much fun. I love watching boats sail…it’s so relaxing.

  13. Caitlin McClure says:

    Great photos! Looks like lots of fun

  14. debi affrunti says:

    looks like fun

  15. Richard Hicks says:

    What a great tradition. ALways wanted to go to one of these and maybe even participate. Looks like tons of fun

  16. Katharina says:

    One of my favorite sights has always been boats on a lake, bay, river, etc. These pictures are great! Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  17. We just found out we’ll be going sailing one day when we visit Rhode Island in August. Hurray!

  18. chelesa sims says:

    I have been to Mackinaw Island before. Beautiful but small Island .I have been there in along time though . The sail boats are beautiful. I have always been a lover of the water.

  19. I love being on a boat. I use to live near a river and went on boats!

  20. That’s a lot of people celebrating! Will you be on one of those beautiful sailboats? I love sailing. :)

  21. Really nice – now I want to make a summer sailing trip too!

  22. Livivua Chandler says:

    looks like a nice view!

  23. wow- so many boats! It looks like a lot of fun :)

  24. Wow, I love the pictures! I am afraid of boats because I am always nauseous but these pictures are so tempting.

  25. How fun! I love boating and we used to be on the water almost every weekend when we were kids.

  26. Looks like a great time! Wish I lived closer!

  27. I don’t love being on boats, but this would be so fun to watch! Great photos!

  28. This looks like a blast! Good pictures, too!

  29. Maralea says:

    Looks like so much fun~will have to visit sometime!

  30. Nice photos!

  31. Stephanie says:

    i love the pictures! so pretty!!

  32. Betty Baez says:

    Very neat! Wish they had something like this on the Hudson

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