Chicago to Mac Race

by CAPT. JOHN 13. July 2011 23:58

UPDATE: Monday, 7/18/2011

Cyclone's boom snapped in two on Sunday night during a severe storm, just north of Sleeping Bear Bay in Michigan. The crew pulled into the harbor in Leland, MI early Monday morning. Another sailboat in the harbor had lost its mast in the same storm. More details forthcoming.

Cyclone - Broken Boom

Leland, Michigan - Danny peers into Cyclone, no longer concerned about hitting his
head on the now broken boom (top right).

UPDATE: Saturday, 7/16/2011

Mackinac Race Tracking is here:

Cyclone is in Section 7, sail number 51804.

Cyclone Crew Prior to Start of 2011 Chicago-to-Mackinac Race

Chicago to Mackinac 2011
Cyclone Crew: Nancy, Scott, Holly, Danny, Wally and Capt. John

Once again Team Cyclone sailboat is doing the Chicago to Mackinac race. This year is the 103rd running and this will be Team Cyclone's 4th race. The race starts on Saturday July 16th. Once again there will be tracking transponders on the boats so you can track our progress live. To access the tracking go to the following page:

Across the top you will see a link for "Race Tracking" Click on that and that will take you to the main tracking page. This year we are racing in Section 7, the boat name is Cyclone, it's a J/92 and the sail number is 51804

New this year, the nut jobs at will be broadcasting the start live over the internet. So if you happen to be near a computer on Saturday, Team Cyclone will be starting at 12:10PM that means we will be "in the starting box" just after 12:00 Noon. Here is the link to the live starting action: will be also have the "On the Water Anarchy" thread for this race. Once the race starts you will find it here

Our shore crew will be posting here and pre and post race updates will also be here

We will also try and post on Facebook in the Cyclone J92 group. This one is data access dependent as cell phone coverage gets spotty once we get a few miles from shore, if we have access we will try and post some stuff and you can cheer us on there.

Friday Night Race - July 2011

by FJOHN 9. July 2011 10:32



Almost there

by CAPT. JOHN 5. May 2011 22:19


This past weekend we got a pantload done. Hull is waxed, bow eye is installed, drive shaft work is done, boat is loaded and new floor is installed, holy crap does that new floor shine.  The boat is ready to be launched.  Thanks to Navbob, JohnF and NancyS who are this springs MVS's (Most Valuable Sailors).  This weekend I have a few small projects but I will not need any help, if you want to hang out for an hour or two and help me tinker then meet me at the boat yard Saturday morning at 9:00 am.

This weekends project is some minor tiller work, last min checks, fill the cooler and "medicine chest" and remove the ladder.  The ladder looked OK with the old floor but with the new floor in the ladder desperately needs some freshening up and yes fixing the loose bottom step will happen.  Thanks to your help Cyclone will be the prettiest girl at the ball.

The launch is scheduled for Friday May 20th and the river trip is Saturday May 21st with the first rain date of May 22nd.   First race will be Wednesday May 25th. If you can't wait to get on the water I will be doing RC duty on Wednesday May 18th for the Crew School Race.  Come hangout and play with some powerboats.  Please use crew signup to let me know your availability.