Sailing to Mackinac Is a Collaborative Effort

WDET’s Sandra Svoboda describes what it’s like.

Sandra Svoboda

Sailboats started arriving Monday morning at the finish line of the 2017 Bayview Yacht Club sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac. WDET’s Sandra Svoboda, an avid sailor, set out on a vessel called “Grizzly” on Saturday, July 22. She tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller It took almost 37 hours to reach Mackinac.

“We started at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday outside of Port Huron, and we crossed the line at 12:27 Monday morning,” Svoboda says.

She says Grizzly won its racing class. Winners are determined by a handicapped scoring system, not on who finishes first. She says sailing is competitive and fun.

“You want to beat everybody when you’re out there, but you’re all friends when you get to the docks,” Svoboda says.

Learn more about the race here.

Sandra Svoboda



  • Pat Batcheller
    Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.