Mackinac Race 2018

Turning Point

Update: Monday 2:00 AM
At this point in time, Bill is about 12 miles behind the leader and is 1 1/2 knots slower. With only 75 miles to go, I predict he will not finish in the top 3… but, in racing, there are a lot of ways for the others to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory..

Speed: 5.0 knots @ 334.1
Position at: 22 Jul 2018 22:45 CDT
Lat/Lon: 44° 38.67 N, 086° 23.18 W
DTF: 110.3 NM
6th in Beneteau 40.7
108th in 1st Racing Mono
60th in Mackinac Cup

note: the red line is called the “rhumb line” which is the shortest distance between the start and finish line. The boats are moving at 45 degrees to this line because they cannot sail directly into the wind. The wind is blowing directly down the rhumb line. Once they pass the dot on the rhumb line, they will move a lot faster toward the finish sine the wind will help them instead of opposing them. [rhumb in French means rum]

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6 Responses to Mackinac Race 2018

  1. Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

    Bill- Jim Gilbert here. Thanks for update & clarification Richard didn’t provide. Sorry about results, but it was an amazing event, I’m sure. At first, I thought Richard was diagramming archival x-rays of my sperm count(119), instead of boat positions. Silly me. Don’t you have a torpedo option when you fall behind? Your Landlubber.

  2. PattiB PattiB says:

    Two years in a row where the lake was treacherous…glad Bill is back safe and sound!

  3. avatar Richard says:

    Speed: 5.0 knots @ 334.1
    Position at: 22 Jul 2018 22:45 CDT
    Lat/Lon: 44° 38.67 N, 086° 23.18 W
    DTF: 110.3 NM
    6th in Beneteau 40.7
    108th in 1st Racing Mono
    60th in Mackinac Cup

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  4. avatar Richard says:

    Turning Point
    Speed: 6.3 knots @ 3.95°
    Position at: 22 Jul 2018 14:00 CDT
    Lat/Lon: 43° 58.69 N, 086° 30.13 W
    DTF:149.8 NM
    9th in Beneteau 40.7
    118th in 1st Racing Mono
    64th in Mackinac Cup
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    • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

      We’ve had better races. At no point in the 307 mile race was the wind not in our face. Saturday night the waves ran a steady 10 feet. The Port upper stay
      (a cable that holds up the mast) came apart and we almost lost the rig but we got it back together. One of competitors ( LaTempete) broke their rudder off the first day and are out for the season.
      The question’s been asked; how long does it take the average person to
      become a sailor?
      BTW there will be a Seely St. sail with Guest Rock Star Sailor Richard
      on Thursday Aug. 30 at 3 PM followed by dinner at Columbia Yacht Club
      at 6 ish. All invited.
      For those wondering about the above, it’s a trick question.
      The average person doesn’t become a sailor.storm tri. state 02. bmp

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