Ashore Thing Set Sail

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013  |  Updated 4:27 PM CDT
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Hundreds of boats paraded through Chicago shores as they prepared to take off in the Race to Mackinac.

Hundreds of boats paraded through Chicago shores as they prepared to take off in the Race to Mackinac.

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A new kind of parade set sail in Chicago Saturday.

Ashore Thing, presented by Michigan Avenue Magazine and the Chicago Yacht Club, celebrated the start of the famous Race to Mackinac Island boat race with a parade of sailboat sensations. The event took place from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Navy Pier.

A wave of prestigious sailboats preparing to embark on the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac sailed through the shores of Chicago Saturday, offering seaside admirers a close-up view of their “floats.”

The open-to-the-public viewing party offered a chic viewing lounge outfitted with cabanas, café tables, and a DJ. It will also provide a gourmet lunch menu for lakeside picnics, a cigar bar and a photo booth.

The Race to Mackinac, also known as “The Mac,” is a 333-mile race to Michigan’s Mackinac Island and hosts 350 boats annually with nearly 3,500 sailors competing.

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