CHARLEVOIX, Mich. - A sailor aboard a racing sailboat that took part in the annual Race to Mackinac Island has posted dramatic images of the frightening storm that ultimately claimed the lives of two racers.
Greg Alm wore a helmet cam while taking part in the race aboard the J109 Realt Na Mara
A Charlevoix County dive team recovered skipper Mark Morley, 51, and Suzanne Bickel, 40, about eight hours after authorities received word that their boat, WingNuts, had capsized, the Coast Guard said.
The Chicago Yacht Club, which organizes the Race to Mackinac, said in a statement that Morley and Bickel, who were both from Saginaw, were race veterans. Morley had participated in six Chicago-Mackinac races and Bickel had taken part in two.
The crew of Sociable, a competing boat, notified authorities early Saturday that WingNuts had capsized and took six of the eight crew members on board, the Coast Guard said.
All six of the people recovered were wearing life preservers, and they were taken to the Coast Guard station in Charlevoix for evaluation, the Coast Guard said.
WingNuts is based in Saginaw, and seven of the eight crewmembers were from Michigan. The other crewmember was from Chicago, where the race started at Navy Pier for some competitors on Friday but for most on Saturday.
Organizers say 355 boats and roughly 3,500 crew members took part in the race, which finishes off of Mackinac Island near where lakes Michigan and Huron meet. The first race was held in 1898, and organizers began holding it every year starting in 1921. This year's race is the 103rd running.
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