2017-07-27 / Sports

Il Mostro Wins Annual Port Huron to Mackinac Sailing Race

By Cathryn Lien

Il Mostro, owned and piloted by Peter Thornton of Chicago was the first yacht to finish the 93rd annual Port Huron to Mackinac sailing race, docking at the Island marina in a steady rain just past 11:25 a.m. Sunday, July 23.

While Mr. Thornton and his crew were proud to have established a new personal best of 21 hours, 45 minutes, 12 seconds and a monohull record for the Cove Island Course, only about half the 207 yachts in the race had reached the finish line off Mackinac Island’s Windermere Point by noon Monday.

The 70-foot Il Mostro was one of 124 yachts sailing the 254-nautical mile Cove Island Course. Rains that passed through the area Sunday appeared to have affected the 83 boats using the 204-mile Shore Course.

Il Mostro was followed to the finish line about and hour later Sunday by Wizard, also from the Cove Island Course. Wizard is owned by David and Peter Askew of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Bloomfield Hills yacht Natalie J, ownd by Phil and Sharon O’Niel, was third to finish Sunday and was the overall leader in the handicapped race.

At least four yachts dropped out of the race, according to sponsoring Bayview Yacht Club. Despite Sunday rains, however, the Port Huron race featured better conditions that the swirling winds and 10-foot waves that capsized one yacht and caused a sailor on another yacht to fall overboard in the previous weekend’s Chicago to Mackinac sailing race.

The overboard sailor and four crew members on the capsized High Priority in the Chicago race were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard with assistance from other racers. Of the 300 boats starting that race, 97 were force by the storm to drop out, including Windquest, owned by the DeVos family of Grand Rapids.

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