Port Huron to Mackinac Race

Port Huron to Mackinac Race photo of Port Huron to Mackinac Race
In 1924, members of the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit raced a schooner named Lloyd W. Berry and won a 731-mile race from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda. Later that year, members of the Bayview Yacht Club, Port Huron Yacht Club and other sailing clubs organized a long distance fresh-water race on Lake Huron. The first annual race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island was held on July 25, 1925. Steamships towed boats from Lake St. Clair sixty miles up the St. Clair River to the starting line at Port Huron. Twelve boats began the 261-mile race to Mackinac Island, but only six boats finished due to high seas, strong winds and broken equipment.
Yacht Clubs and World War II
After the first Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 1925, entries in the sailing competition increased. A month after the Unites States entered World War II, race organizers wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt asking if the Port Huron to Mackinac Race should be suspended due to the war. In a letter dated February 6, 1942. M.H. McIntyre, Secretary to the President, responded, "The continuation of yachting on the Great Lakes is encouraged by the Navy." McIntyre urged Bayview Yacht Club and other Great Lakes yacht clubs to continue teaching young men navigation and seamanship skills and increase instruction in Morse Code and radio communication.

Photo courtesy of Shahe Momjian. Also an identical marker is located at the Port Huron Yacht Club.

Registered Site S0734A
Erected 2015

Location: 100 Clairpointe Street
Detroit, Wayne County


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