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Chasing the Dream Ep 5: Sailing the Chicago To Mackinac Race 2021

October 4, 2021

Episode 5

Team Vichingo packs up and heads to the freshwater of the Great Lakes to compete in the iconic Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. This challenging race is widely known for its unpredictable conditions, rapidly developing weather, and steeped tradition. Join the crew of the Italia Yachts 9.98 Vichingo as they test their preparedness, skills, and yacht in one of the most unforgettable Mac Races in recent history!


Chasing the Dream tells the story and shares the experience of individuals with their sights set on achieving remarkable dreams. In this first series, we follow along with the crews of two Italia Yachts, ARTEMIS, and VICHINGO, as they prepare to compete in two of the most iconic sailing races in the world. This six-part video series, professionally produced by 410 Films in Annapolis, will take you behind the scenes and into the cockpit of both sailing yachts as they plan, prepare, and compete.


The Annapolis to Newport Race, or A2N as it’s commonly known, is one of the most historic and well-known blue water sailboat races in the United States. A bucket-list sailing race for many, this is one of the most prestigious sailing events in the US. A destination to a destination event, linking landmark towns, is a diverse and challenging offshore race. Sailors navigate their yachts over 475 miles through the fickle waters of the Chesapeake, then a long stretch in the open ocean before arriving on the rocky shores of New England.


Hosted annually by the Chicago Yacht Club, the Race to Mackinac has become somewhat of an allure to sailors locally and worldwide. It is undoubtedly one of the top races for many. Stretching out over 333 miles of open water, the race is widely known for its unpredictable weather, challenging conditions, and massive storm systems that can develop out of nowhere.


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