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Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race: A race for the waters and awareness

On July 22nd, the longest consecutively run freshwater race in the world, a race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island will celebrate its 93rd anniversary. Bell’s is proud to serve as the title sponsor for the event for the seventh year in a row.

Also returning this year is live tracking provided by Yellow Brick Tracking. Fans, family and friends both locally and internationally will be able to track the race through Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The tracking is accessible here and also on Bayview Yacht Club’s website. 

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race is not only about commemorating the tradition of sailing, but it is also about advocating and giving back to the community.

Along with supporting the local economies of Port Huron and Mackinac with the increase of visitors, the race has chosen two important organizations to support: Set Sail for Autism (SSA) and Alliance for the Great Lakes. Both of these organizations uphold our values of good stewardship of our resources, and providing for the community.

Added to the schedule of events for the weekend is a Thursday evening race on the Detroit River where young adults on the autism spectrum and their chaperones will compete against each other. This race and its integration into the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race works to raise awareness of autism in the sailing community.

The new partnership with Alliance for the Great Lakes is an important addition this year. Although there are many groups that focus on ocean waters, there are few that focus on fresh waters, specifically the Great Lakes. This cause is an important one for our company and specifically for our President and Founder, Larry Bell. 

Already over 200 boats are registered to compete on July 22nd, including the boat Details, which Larry Bell will be aboard. Details will be a part of the Cove Island course.

Additional details including Bell’s event information with be shared here closer to the start date.