- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - By Monday evening, most of the about 300 starters finished the annual sailboat race from Chicago’s Navy Pier to northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island.

Windquest was the first across the finish line at 1:11 a.m. EDT Monday, followed seven minutes later by Il Mostro, according to results posted on the Chicago Yacht Club’s website. Windquest is owned by Amway heirs Dick and Doug DeVos and took about 36 hours to reach the island.

At least 257 boats were in by about 7 p.m. Monday, with 48 not in, the website said. The 333-mile race on Lake Michigan began with separate starts Friday and Saturday.

First held in 1898, it’s the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. Winners are determined based on a handicapping system, and first-finisher Windquest was listed in seventh out of nine competitors in the Turbo division, based on corrected time.

Holland, Michigan, car dealer Cory Dangler joined three friends to sail his tri-hulled boat, Solstice, in the 107th Chicago-to-Mackinac race.

“It’s something that was on my bucket list my entire life,” Dangler, owner of Auto Exchange of Holland and a sailor since age 10, told The Grand Rapids Press before the start.

Dangler, who competes in weekend races from the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, said his boat’s crew of four would be alternating shifts of sleeping and sailing during the race.

Solstice crossed the finish line at 3:29 p.m. Monday, with an elapsed time of 49 hours, 59 minutes.



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