Port Huron-to-Mackinac Race Honored with Historical Marker

February 25, 2015

By Marissa Gawel

A new historic marker will commemorate the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island sailboat race. The Michigan Historical Commission’s Sandra Clark says the event represents the connection Michiganders feel to the water. Clark says, during World War II, even President Franklin Roosevelt praised the race and suggested it continue running despite the global conflict.

“He goes on to encourage them and the other Great Lakes’ yacht clubs to continue teaching young men navigation and seamanship skills, and suggests that they might want to increase their work on the Morse Code and radio communication.”

Clark says Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club founded the event 90 years ago, and sponsored the honorary designation. The marker will be installed at the official starting line of the race in Port Huron.