Excitement builds for Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

 

Port Huron mayor Pauline Repp discusses the partnership between the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race and the city's Blue Water Fest during Tuesday's media luncheon at Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. Photo by Bob Benko.

Port Huron mayor Pauline Repp discusses the partnership between the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race and the city’s Blue Water Fest during Tuesday’s media luncheon at Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. Photo by Bob Benko.

(PORT HURON) — Members of the media and the sailing community came together Tuesday to gear up for the 92nd annual Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race on Saturday, July 18th. Commonly referred to as the Port Huron to Mackinac Race, the 2015 edition featured more than 230 boats participating–the highest turnout in over a decade. As a result, organizers have added sponsors and partners for this year’s event.

“All the hard work of the Mackinac Race Authority over the past four years to stabilize racing and increase competitiveness is paying dividends with an increase in the number of new boats and sailors, which also increases interest around the event,” said Kyle Burleson, 2016 Bell’s Beer Bayview Race Chairman.

“We are always looking for companies that will not only make sense financially, but will make good long-term partners like Bell’s Brewery, Grand Hotel and Pentastar Aviation,” said Hans Breiden, Bayview Yacht Club Sponsorship Committee. “This year, we have added a number of new partners including Zurn Industries and Meijer.”

The partnership with Meijer includes the Michigan-based retailer selling official race t-shirts at select locations, including the Fort Gratiot and Marysville stores.

                                                                                 reported by Bob Benko