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93rd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Begins Next Week

Next week the 93rd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race will begin. More than 220 boats are registered for the annual race, which runs from Port Huron to Mackinac Island.

We’re excited to be sponsoring the race again for the seventh time.

Some 2,500 sailors will take part, and an additional 75,000 people will join in on the festivities. The race also helps support Set Sail for Autism, a program that allows young adults with ASD the opportunity to take part in the weekend of sailing. On Thursday evening, members of the program and their chaperones will compete against each other in a race on the Detroit River.

This year, the race will also support Alliance for the Great Lakes, an organization that focuses on the protection of the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world: The Great Lakes.  

The race: Boats head out from Port Huron on Saturday. There are two courses — the 235-mile Shore Course and 298-mile Cove Island Course, which runs just to Canadian waters. Sailors push through the night and any weather to get to Mackinac Island first.

Tracking: Live tracking of the race is accessible both here and on Bayview Yacht Club’s website.

Events: Before and after the race, the crews and event attendees have the chance to enjoy Bell's beers during events in both Port Huron and on Mackinac Island.

Port Huron

  • Casey’s Pizza: On Tuesday, July 18th Casey's will host a Bell’s & Bocce ​​event. Seasonal favorites including Oberon, Two Hearted and Pooltime will be served, along with a special tapping of Wedding Ale, Sparkleberry and Mango Habanero Oberon. ​​

  • Lynch’s Irish Tavern: On Tuesday, July 18th Lynch's will host an Open Mic with the Bell’s crew, beginning at 9pm.  Seasonal and year-round favorites will be available along with a special tapping of Mars, Wedding Ale, Sparkleberry, Traverse City Whiskey Porter and Traverse City 355 East Stout. 

  • Fuel Woodfire Grill: On Wednesday, July 19th Fuel will host an evening with the Bell’s crew. Beers on tap: Oberon, Two Hearted, Oatsmobile, Quinannan Falls, Weddings Ale, Sparkleberry, Traverse City 355 East Vanilla Stout and Baxter's Delight.  

  • Tio Gordos: Will have several Bell's beers on tap throughout the week, along with a special tapping of Mars and Traverse City 355 East Stout. 

  • Vintage Tavern: A selection of Bell's beers will be available all week along with a special tapping of Sparkleberry and Traverse City 355 East Vanilla Stout. 

  • The Huron Athletic Club (HAC): Both Oberon and Two Hearted will be on tap throughout the event and a secret special beer will also be tapped. 

  • The Bell's Brewery Oasis Tent: Come out and enjoy live local music, activities and a fun atmosphere to savor a nice variety of Michigan-made beer with the team from Bell's Brewery. Open Thursday, July 20 and Friday July 21 from late afternoon into the evening each night.

    • Musical Line up for Bell’s Oasis Tent Thursday, July 20:
      5:15 to 6:30 p.m Cliff Gracey Folk Rock
      7:00 to 8:30 p.m The Whistle Stop Revue Americana
      9:00 to 11 p.m. Gasoline Gypsy Rock

    • Musical Line up for Bell’s Oasis Tent Friday, July 21:
      5:00 to 6:30 p.m Julianne Ankley Americana
      7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Satellites Soul
      9:00 to 11 p.m. Big Pappa & The Machine Rock’n Soul

  • Lexington Pub: On Saturday, July 22nd the pub will host attendees to watch as the boats take off. Oberon, Two Hearted, Quinannan Falls, and Sparkleberry will be on tap.  

Mackinac Island

  • Sip and Sail Cruises:  Bell's beer will be featured all weekend long on every cruise. 

  • Bars and Restaurants: All bars and restaurants on the island will feature Bell's beer throughout the weekend. 

  • Mary’s Draught House: Will host a Bell's Tap Takeover beginning on Sunday July 23rd. 21 Bell's beers and 9 Upper Hand beers will be on tap, including a special tapping of Black Note. 

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