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    Ominous Forecast For Chi-Mac

    Harrowing Conditions Forecast for 110th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac®




    CHICAGO, July 19, 2018 - Known as "America’s Offshore Challenge™," the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac® (CYCRTM) presented by Wintrust is shaping up to be all of that and more for its 110th year. With potentially fierce northerly conditions forecast, race organizers are emphasizing preparation and safety for the 306 registered competitors.

    "If current models hold, strong northerly winds will be smack in the middle of our race course as a result of a stationary low-pressure system over Michigan," said Sarah Renz, CYCRTM chair. "Sailors should prepare for some wet and wild upwind conditions for the first part of the race. Lake Michigan can deliver big seas and some of the most challenging conditions. It will be a tough race, but we hope everyone races hard, stays safe, has fun and we will see you up at the Island."

    The Cruising Division begins at 3 pm Friday, July 20, while the high-octane Racing Division sets sail Saturday, July 21 between 11am - 2:30 pm. From professionally sailed 86-foot carbon fiber racing machines to 29-foot family cruisers, all boats sail 333 statute miles (289nm) north towards the finish at iconic Mackinac Island.

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    MOB in Chicago Mackinac Race

    Man overboard alert on TP52 "Imedi"

    At approximately 3:00pm Saturday, the US Coast Guard (USCG) alerted the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Race Committee of a man overboard alert from Imedi, a Transpac 52 competing in the Turbo Section. USCG, Chicago Police Department, and Chicago Fire Department have deployed helicopters and other assets to assist in the search. Several nearby competitors suspended racing to also assist.


    At the time of the alert, the sailboat’s location was approximately five nautical miles from the CYCRTM starting line, just off the Chicago Harbor breakwall.


    We are actively monitoring the situation. Please tune in to cycracetomackinac.com and CYCRTM social media channels for future updates as they are available.







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    The Search Continues...


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    The sequence of tracks beginning just after the Turboed Division and some of the boats which have been searching for the MOB
    off the TP 52 Imedi


















    Officials search Lake Michigan for missing Mackinac race boater
    Ese Olumhense
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    Officials continue to search Lake Michigan after a boater competing in the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac went missing in the water on Saturday afternoon.

    Around 2:30 p.m., authorities learned that the 35-year-old man had fallen into the turbulent water, said Petty Officer Brian McCrum of the U.S. Coast Guard.

    The missing man had been wearing a self-inflating life vest, McCrum said, though it was believed the vest did not inflate.

    A multi-agency search including Coast Guard and Chicago police and fire crews was ongoing more than two hours after the initial call came in, McCrum said.

    The Chicago Yacht Club, in a Saturday statement, said the Coast Guard informed it that a man had fallen from one of the boats competing in the race around 3 p.m.

    “USCG, Chicago Police Department, and Chicago Fire Department have deployed helicopters and other assets to assist in the search,” the statement read. “Several nearby competitors suspended racing to also assist.

    “At the time of the alert, the sailboat’s location was approximately five nautical miles from the (Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac) starting line, just off the Chicago Harbor breakwall.”

    Divers and rescue boats are searching between Navy Pier and 31st Street, Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Frank Velez said.

    At a late afternoon press availability at Navy Pier where command staff was set up, CFD Deputy District Chief Ron Dornecker said the sun was setting soon, which would make the search more difficult.

    Dornecker said they “immediately dispatched’’ a water rescue after getting the call of a person overboard. “We had a helicopter in the air … we had our fast boat and our big boat,’’ he said.

    “Right now we are actively searching,’’ and “a number’’ of civilian boats are assisting, the chief said about 5 p.m.

    The conditions are “tough,’’ Dornecker said, adding winds are gusting north about 15 mph and waves are cresting about 6 feet.

    The water temperature is about 70 degrees, which Dornecker said was “good “ or “better’’ for the man’s chance of survival.

    Dornecker did not know what led up to the incident or whether the man was wearing a life preserver.

    “Right now we’re fighting light. We’re gonna lose that sunlight soon.’’

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    Search Suspended for Man Overboard in Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
    JULY 21, 2018 09:48 PM

    After nearly seven hours of active search efforts, the US Coast Guard has suspended the search to locating the missing sailor aboard Imedi, a Transpac 52 competing in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. The sailor has been identified as Jon Santarelli, a 53-year-old from Lincoln Park (Chicago).

    The search efforts included approximately 20 boats and three helicopters from US Coast Guard, Chicago Fire, Chicago Police and Chicago Yacht Club covering nearly 47 square miles. All competitors in the vicinity immediately suspended their own racing efforts to assist in the search. The man overboard occurred approximately five miles east of Navy Pier, 40 minutes after Imedi began the Race to Mackinac.

    Santarelli had more than a decade of offshore racing experience, and was a core member of the Imedi Racing team as well as the greater Chicago sailing community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and teammates.
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    From Merlin

    The sailor fell overboard off his TP 52 about 100 yards directly behind Merlin. We were about 30 minutes into the race with winds about 19-23 MPH and a very heavy chop and some pretty large rouge waves. When we realized his boat was taking bizarre maneuvers and received a Man Overboard Notice, we spun around and spent the next 4 hours looking for him until nightfall was upon us. We retired from the race—-just too emotional after we thought we had found him twice and physically spent looking for him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his fellow crew mates.

    Offshore Yacht Racing is so exciting and fun. It is also inherently dangerous and safety cannot be overemphasized. The Mackinac Race leadership does a fantastic job requiring all kinds of safety checks and significantly supports the Saftey at Sea training which has had a major impact on how we approach safety on Merlin. Today’s surreal incident drives home the need for all of us to make safety first while we enjoy our sport.

    I and the Merlin crew were just too sad and devastated to race. Our navigator had recently sailed with him for five days. He was a well known and liked Chicago sailor.
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    Condolences to family and friends.


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    Additional Details



    Chicago Yacht Club's Rear Commodore Nick Berberian held a news conference this AM to discuss the details of yesterdays
    tragedy which claimed the life of 53 year old Jon Santarelli. Jon was a avid sailor and triathlete who had done numerous
    ChiMacks of the years, and between the 13 members aboard the TP 52 Imedi they had an estimated 300 MacK races
    between them.

    The Turbo fleet was the last fleet to depart and conditions were moderate winds and 6-8 swell running straight down the course.

    Jon had gone to make a sail adjustment when the boat hit one of the nastier waves and was propelled overboard.

    The crew went immediately into MOB mode, throwing flotation devices and mob gear in his direction.

    The inflatable life preserver Jon was wearing failed to inflate, and the crew noted Jon slipping underwater before reaching the devices.

    They radioed immediately that there was a MOB and race boat in the immediate vicinity stopped racing and came to aide to help with the search.

    There were approximately 20 vessels including racers, private boaters and government assets on scene soon thereafter, including 3 helicopters.

    The search went on for near 7 hours until darkness fell.

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    Also spoke with James Clappier, the bowman for Merlin which engaged in the search.

    James said at the time, he was down below looking for possible damage in Merlins hull or rigging as the boat was taking a
    beating in really gnarly square chop when the call came through. The team quickly bore off and headed back down the course to
    Imedi' position. They spent the next few hours combing the waters and found lots of stuff, including balloons, the MOB device and
    other items but saw no sign of Jon.

    James had started his stop watch in case the search was successful and they could resume racing and request redress. After a few hours it was obvious
    they were not going to resume racing, and the team was no longer anxious to finish the race and retired.

    The bucket list race unselfishly denied, Merlin will remain in Chicago and do the Verve Cup and then make her way back to the West Coast where she will prepare
    for the 2019 Transpac, and perhaps some downhill only races beforehand....
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    So bummed to hear.

    Never trusted those cartridges to work when you need them most.

    Fair winds and following seas Mr Santarelli!

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    Sad news from the Mac.

    Sorry to hear. I wonder if his foulies pulled him under?

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