Ripped sails, 63 mph storm winds, fast finishes: Chicago to Mackinac race details
MACKINAC ISLAND, MI - Mother Nature dealt sailors a few rounds of gusty drama for the annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, which is finishing up today with the final boats crossing the finish line. The 333-mile Race to Mackinac - also affectionately called “The Mac”- is the world’s oldest freshwater distance race. Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust | @2022 CYCRTM - Stephen R. Cloutier©2022 STEPHEN R CLOUTIERThe big wrench this year was a line of storms crossing Lake Michigan late Saturday into early Sunday. By Sunday morning, 15 boats had retired, “reporting ripped main sails, exploded spinnakers, and broken equipment, but no serious injuries. See more photos of the race here:Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust | @2022 CYCRTM - Stephen R. Cloutier©2022 STEPHEN R CLOUTIERChicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust | @2022 CYCRTM - Stephen R. Cloutier©2022 STEPHEN R CLOUTIERmlive.com
Mackinac Island’s ‘The Dockporter’ authors to give sneak peek at new book with island reading
MACKINAC ISLAND, MI - A couple popular authors who know a thing or two about deftly pedaling luggage-laden bicycles through the island’s downtown streets will be appearing at a book signing on Mackinac this weekend. We plan to keep this wild, creative ride going as long as we can.”Dockporters from different eras gathered on Mackinac Island in July 2021. On the surface, he has the coveted job of being an island dockporter. LOVE MACKINAC ISLAND? READ MORE STORIES HEREMackinac Island love story: Old photo reunites couple after 40 yearsHow Mackinac Island’s dockporters keep Michigan’s summer playground rollingmlive.com
Washtenaw, Oakland counties see big case bump: Michigan COVID data for Thursday, April 7
COVID rates are on the rise again in metro Detroit, reminiscent of the start of the omicron wave this winter and original COVID wave in 2020. The five counties with the most new confirmed cases per capita are Washtenaw, Mackinac, Oakland, Macomb and Wayne.mlive.com
Snowmobilers should avoid 101 miles of ungroomed trails in Upper Peninsula, DNR says
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is warning snowmobilers to avoid 101 miles of state-managed trails in the southeastern Upper Peninsula. The agency is working with the Straits Area Snowmobile Club to reach a grant agreement for trail grooming, but they will not be groomed until further notice. The affected trails are in Mackinac and Chippewa counties, connecting the communities of St. Ignace, Trout Lake and Epoufette. “No grant agreement is currently in place between the club and the DNR,” said Ron Yesney, DNR trails coordinator for the Upper Peninsula. “The DNR is looking at all possible solutions, including alternative arrangements, for improved trail management.”The grant agreement issue surfaced before the Dec. 1 opening of the snowmobile season.mlive.com
4 reasons why eastern Upper Peninsula is now Michigan’s COVID-19 hot spot
As coronavirus numbers continue to climb in Michigan, the eastern Upper Peninsula is the region that has emerged as the hottest of hot spots. Luce, Mackinac, Alger and Schoolcraft counties – which include the cities of St. Ignace, Munising and Manistique, as well as the popular tourist destinations of Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls and Pictured Rocks -- currently comprise four of the state’s top seven counties in new COVID-19 cases.mlive.com
Enbridge ordered to remove 7.5-ton anchor left near Line 5
MACKINAW CITY, MI — The State of Michigan has ordered Enbridge Inc. to remove a 7.5-ton anchor from the bottom of Lake Michigan after it became detached from a maintenance vessel near the company’s controversial Line 5 pipeline under the straits of Mackinac. Enbridge says the anchor is located between the dual pipelines, which are 12,000 feet apart. Line 5, which crosses under Lake Michigan just west of the Mackinac Bridge, splits into two smaller lines for the segment that traverses the straits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Enbridge claims the pipeline is operating safely and has refused to adhere to the directive without a court order. Whitmer gave Enbridge until mid-May to close the line after a lengthy easement compliance review by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.mlive.com
10 gorgeous trails that show off Mackinac Island’s inner beauty
MACKINAC ISLAND, MI - Whether you’re talking about first-time visitors to Mackinac Island or devoted fans who arrive by ferry a couple times each summer, there’s no activity more classically Mackinac that biking around the perimeter on M-185. Fort Mackinac, on Mackinac Island. Photo courtesy Mackinac State Historic Parks#1 East Bluff/Huron Road: Starting at Fort Mackinac, head east and you’ll come upon the East Bluff. More trails can be found on the Mackinac Island map here. Read more here so you can plan your adventures:9 new things on Mackinac Island to check out in 2021New Winchester’s Whiskey & Bourbon Room brings speakeasy atmosphere to Mackinac IslandWelcome to The Lawn, new picture-perfect Mackinac Island spot for food, funNovel featuring Mackinac Island’s dockporters quickly becomes a bestsellermlive.com
’Inexcusably reckless’: Police seek person who tried to climb Mackinac Bridge
Michigan State Police are investigating a felony trespassing case involving a person who was spotted climbing the Mackinac Bridge. “This is not a harmless stunt; it’s inexcusably reckless,” said MBA Executive Secretary Kim Nowack. When another alarm was activated several hours later, they observed someone leaving the bridge. Michigan State Police (MSP) D/Sgt. “We will use all of our resources to identify and prosecute this individual.”From August: Info sought about plane that flew under Mackinac Bridge: See video
Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline in Straits of Mackinac
Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. "They have repeatedly violated the terms of the 1953 easement by ignoring structural problems that put our Great Lakes and our families at risk. The pipeline moves about 23 million gallons (87 million liters) daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario, traversing parts of northern Michigan and Wisconsin. One of the pipeline supports was damaged this summer, apparently by a boat cable. Placing the pipes beneath a busy shipping lane with no protective cover violated the state's duty to protect the public's interest in Great Lakes waters and bottomlands, the document said.
Opposition team criticizes Enbridge plans for oil tunnel under Straits of Mackinac
The analysis was requested by Oil & Water Don't Mix, a coalition of environmental, business and tribal organizations. Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy said the tunnel plans were developed in consultation with experienced geologists and engineers. During an online news conference, O'Mara said the tunnel plans had changed considerably since a 2017 assessment, which described the project as feasible and low-risk. The department plans to issue rulings by the end of the year. Spokesman Nick Assendelft said department staffers would consider the findings of the Oil & Water Don't Mix reviewers along with other public comments.
What Mackinac Island is doing to safely welcome visitors back
DETROIT Mackinac Island is one of Michigans most popular summer destinations, and after being shut down by the coronavirus (COVID-19), its now ready to welcome visitors back. Mackinac Island depends heavily on tourists to stay afloat, but during the pandemic, that came to a screeching halt. READ: Michigan company announces daily, nightly trips to Mackinac Island on pirate shipNow the island will bring tourists back at a socially acceptable distance. Mackinac Island is a great escape and a beautiful retreat for Michiganders and visitors from around the world. Ware and her team have worked with other business owners to come up with safe and effective ways for visitors to return to the island.