CHICAGO (CBS) — Sailors are getting ready for one of the biggest races of the year.
It’s the Race to Mackinac.READ MORE: RealTime Weather Alert: Wet and Windy Monday Morning, Flooding Possible
The boats are getting ready to cruise out Friday afternoon.
On Saturday, the sailboat race begins and there are plenty of boats are are waiting in the harbor.READ MORE: 3 Killed, 24 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
They’ll sail 333 miles to Mackinac Island, Michigan. It usually takes between 40 and 60 hours.
The Race to Mackinac is the oldest freshwater race in America.MORE NEWS: Man, Woman Shot In Vehicle On Kedzie Avenue In East Garfield Park
The youngest racer is 13-year-old Charlie Gallagher. The oldest racer is 93-year-old Gene McCarthy.
Did you know the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the world's longest freshwater race!? We're excited to welcome everyone back this weekend for the 112th year of this event! pic.twitter.com/ZWIZadLx2J
— Mackinac Island (@mackinacisle) July 13, 2021