CHICAGO (CBS) — Sailors are getting ready for one of the biggest races of the year.

It’s the Race to Mackinac.

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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.

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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.

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The youngest racer is 13-year-old Charlie Gallagher. The oldest racer is 93-year-old Gene McCarthy.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff