Feel the excitement as experienced racers hoist their sails and brace for the start of an exhilarating contest of precision teamwork and speed.
If you've never seen the Tall Ships before, this is something you definitely don't want to miss! Nine ships will line both sides of the Saginaw River in downtown Bay City for the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge, beginning Thursday, July 15. The Festival lasts all weekend, and includes ship tours, live music, pirate school, crafts for the kids and more.
Port Huron’s Blue Water Fest, which includes a magnificent display of the boats, live music, food, and fun on the river, kicks off the Pure Michigan Bayview to Mackinac Race on July 15. Then, the big race begins. The July 17 Pure Michigan Bayview to Mackinac Race, hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club, is one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world and is expected to involve 3,000 sailors on more than 265 boats that range from 26' to 90'. They'll depart Port Huron Saturday morning on their choice of a 235-mile or 290-mile course north to Mackinac Island, with the first boats finishing late Sunday evening. In addition to the traditional Cove Island race route, sailors this year can opt to sail a course that brings them closer to shore, giving you a great view of the boats from Lexington, Port Hope, Alpena and Thunder Bay.