CHICAGO (CBS) — Crowds gathered at Navy Pier Saturday to see an annual majestic spectacle make a return to Lake Michigan.
Our cameras were there as the sailboats took off from Navy Pier for the Race to Mackinac Island. A total of 240 boats left in groups as they embarked on the 300-mile journey.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
Many of the sailors have participated in this event year after year, but there were some first-timers as well.READ MORE: Woman Pistol-Whipped At CTA Blue Line Stop In Bucktown
The race takes about 50 to 60 hours.
This is the 112th year for this event. The race was canceled last year due to the pandemic.MORE NEWS: Hyde Park Summer Fest Canceled Due To Increasing COVID-19 Cases
The cruising division for the race took off on Friday afternoon.