By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

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.

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Many of the sailors have participated in this event year after year, but there were some first-timers as well.

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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.

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The cruising division for the race took off on Friday afternoon.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff