Over 200 Sailboats to Participate in Bayview Yacht Race

Over 200 Sailboats to Participate in Bayview Yacht Race

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Bell's Brewery will continue its sponsorship of the "Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race" through 2014.

Detroit's Bayview Yacht Club, one of the most storied and historical sailing clubs in the world, will host its 88th "Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race" this summer with yachts traveling from Port Huron to Mackinac beginning July 14.

Over 200 sailboats and 2,500 sailors are expected to take part in the event. An estimated 100,000 sailing fans and families on the U.S. and Canadian borders will likely attend the festivities leading to the race start.

Fans will be able to follow boats with a GPS system available on both Bell's Brewery and Bayview Yacht Club's websites.

In addition to the partnership, this year the race will premier its first ever Charity Preview Party June 30 at Bayview.

The preview will feature food and drink, live musical performances and a sail boat display, in addition to raising awareness through non-profit speakers including Autism Speaks, Gleaners, Rose Hill and others. Ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sailors may choose one of two courses - the shorter course, "Shore Course," covers 204 nautical miles and the longer course, "Cove Island Course," covers 259 nautical miles.

This year five Divisions will be offered: Cove Island Racing, Shore Course Racing, Shore Course Cruising, Multi-Hull and Double-Handed.

Bell's is one of the largest beer producers based in Michigan and has been a sponsor of the race since 2009.

In the past the race has drawn in between $30-$59 million, making it one of the premier events throughout Michigan.

Visit the Bayview Yacht Club www.bycmack.com and Bell's Brewery for more information and tracking www.bellsbeer.com .

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