Chicago Race to the Mackinac
Follow ABN AMRO TWO at Chicago-Mackinac21 July 2006
with collaboration of Mackinac Committee
Website viewers can follow the progress of the 2006 Race Chicago to Mackinac online tomorrow, 22 July. The race organization will be showing behind the scenes activities, interviews with skippers, crews, race organizers, Race Committee, volunteers and others.
Once the race is underway they will keep viewers up-to-date with events through interviews with sailors, weather commentary and news stories as the fleet sails up the course.
The schedule for the day tomorrow starts at 10:30 a.m. local (4:30 p.m. GMT) with the Parade of Boats at Navy Pier. The race starts at 12:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. GMT).
ABN AMRO TWO is not a contender in this race but Mike Sanderson and his crew will accompany the racing fleets on their voyage to Mackinac Island.
Sanderson of TEAM ABN AMRO ONE Speaks to a Packed Clubhouse Tuesday"We raced all around the world to prepare for the Race to Mackinac weekend," Mike Sanderson joked to to the packed Monroe Station at the Chicago Yacht Club Tuesday night.
Skipper of Volvo Ocean Race champion ABN AMRO ONE, Sanderson engaged in a Q& A session with spectators eager to learn more about the challenging, seven-month race around the world billed as the Everest of sailing.
The team mingled with Race to Mackinac participants and Chicago Yacht Club members as a part of LaSalle Bank's second annual sponsorship of the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac.
As a part of this effort LaSalle Bank has welcomed ABN AMRO TWO to Chicago’s Navy Pier in advance of the July 22, race. ABN AMRO TWO is one of two V70 boats that LaSalle Bank’s parent company ABN AMRO entered in the Volvo Ocean Race.
Sanderson will lead the V70 accompaning the racing fleets on their voyage to Mackinac. LaSalle Bank will also compete in the Race to Mackinac for the second consecutive year as its One Design Farr40 LaSalle Sea Note returns to the racing fleet. The LaSalle Sea Note is considered one of the fastest in its division.
ABN AMRO TWO, an impressive, technologically advanced V70 has an inspiring story, including the honor of holding the 24-hour distance record (563 nautical miles), its crew’s ability to persevere through the tragedy of losing a friend and crew member and rescuing a 10-person crew of another Volvo Ocean Race competitor in the middle of the ocean, 1,300 miles from land.
The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the world’s longest distance freshwater race at 333 miles. More than 300 sailboats will compete in the annual race beginning on Saturday, July 22, at Monroe Harbor.
Bidding to sail on ABN AMRO TWO 19 July 2006
For four lucky Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) members the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 is not over yet. They will have an opportunity to see what it’s like to be part of the action on board of the fastest monohull of the world as CYC and LaSalle Bank have auctioned four slots to sail on ABN AMRO TWO.
As of midnight on 17 July, when the bidding was closed, the top bids for the four seats were US$ 900.00, $886.99, $817.99, and $775.00. The auction winners were announced yesterday and will be taken for a two hour sailing excursion this Friday, 21 July.
Monies from the auction will go to charity. 90% of the money raised will go to the LaSalle Bank Sports Charitable Fund, which supports charitable organizations that assist in sustaining a healthy environment and that encourage children and adults to lead healthy lifestyles. The other 10% of the money raised will go to the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation.
17 July 2006
by Cléo Petry-Ferreira
The challenging Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 is finished, but the ABN AMRO boats will continue sailing and racing the coming 18 months. The first competition that ABN AMRO TWO will compete in will be the Chicago Race to the Mackinac on 22 July.
ABN AMRO TWO sailed back from their successful last leg from Rotterdam to Gothenburg to mainland Europe. After the end of the Volvo Ocean Race, in which they finished in second place – fourth overall – on 17 June, the boat skippered by Sebastien Josse and his young crew docked in the Antwerp harbour. From there, the boat was shipped to Chicago.
ABN AMRO TWO arrived for public viewing at Navy Pier in Chicago yesterday and will remain docked there until the start of the Race to the Mackinac on Saturday. The V70 will then accompany the racing fleet on their voyage to the Mackinac under the leadership of Mike Sanderson, skipper of ABN AMRO ONE.
LaSalle Bank, an ABN AMRO Bank subsidiary in the US, will also compete in the Race to the Mackinac for the second consecutive year with its one-design Farr40 LaSalle Sea Note returns to the racing fleet. The LaSalle Sea Note is considered one of the fastest in its division.
“We are very excited to again be part of the Race to Mackinac and to bring ABN AMRO TWO, one of the top racing boats on the seas to Navy Pier for the sailing enthusiasts, the general public, and the hundreds-of-thousands that visit Navy Pier to enjoy,” commented LaSalle Bank Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Mark A. Nystuen. “The Race to Mackinac is a long-standing Chicago tradition that has been a wonderful partnership for our organization to grow its business among sailing enthusiasts.”
The Chicago Yacht Club Race to the Mackinac is the world’s longest distance freshwater race, covering 333 miles. The first edition of this traditional and well known race took place in 1898 and has been held each year since 1904. More than 300 sailboats will compete in this edition. (See the Chicago-Mackinac race course below).
Skippers Mike Sanderson from ABN AMRO ONE and Sébastien Josse will be on board ABN AMRO TWO for the Chicago to Mackinac Race. Mike Sanderson will be leading the crew.
Seb Josse said “I don’t know how will be to sail with Mike Sanderson now, but I’m sure it’s different. It will be nice to experience it!”
So far, the other crew members already confirmed are Stan Honey, Brad Jackson and Justin Slattery also from ABN AMRO ONE. Joining them will be Simeon Tienpont and Scott Beavis from ABN AMRO TWO. They will be joined by Emma Sanderson, one of the best Volvo Open 60 female sailors and the wife of Mike Sanderson.