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.

They’ll sail 333 miles to Mackinac Island, Michigan. It usually takes between 40 and 60 hours.

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The Race to Mackinac is the oldest freshwater race in America.

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

CBS 2 Chicago Staff