The Chicago-Mackinac yacht race was originally a way for Chicago boats to get north fast to cruising grounds.
CHICAGO YACHT CLUB (June 12, 2008). Today, Chicago Yacht Club announced that ESPN
Classic will air a one-hour documentary regarding the 100th Chicago Yacht Club Race to
Mackinac presented by Lands' End Business Outfitters. 2008 marks the 100th running of
'the Mac,' the world's longest annual freshwater sailing distance race. This documentary
will be presented by Rolex Watch USA, the Official Timekeeper of the 100th Race. This
year, the Mac will start off Chicago's lakefront on July 19, 2008.
ESPN's Gary Jobson, a highly decorated racing sailor and the world's leading sailing
television journalist, will produce the documentary. Jobson and his team of journalists will
highlight the storied history of the Race. A special emphasis will cover the technological
advancements over the decades. Coverage will include helicopter and sea level footage,
with camerapersons joining several highly competitive crews during the Race itself. The
documentary will also cover all of the pre-Race and post-Race events associated with this
once in a lifetime event. In addition to Rolex, a number of other sponsors will be
supporting this project, including North Sails, Gougeon Brothers, and Lands' End Business
The program will air worldwide on ESPN Classic twice in late 2008, with the first airing
scheduled for Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.