DeVos First to Finish in Lake Michigan Yacht Race

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Strong, steady winds continued to speed the fleet in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, with the lead boat reaching the finish, organizers say.

The 86-foot-long Windquest, owned by Alticor Inc. President Doug DeVos, finished the course around 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the race Web site.

More boats were expected to cross the finish line Monday, organizers said.

The 99th running of the Race to Mackinac began Saturday morning at Chicago's Monroe Harbor. The 333-mile regatta ends at the lighthouse on Round Island off Michigan's Mackinac Island in northwestern Lake Huron.

The event, organized by the Chicago Yacht Club, first was run in 1898. It is billed as the world's longest annual freshwater race.

The "Mac" uses a handicapping system that divides the boats into four divisions and numerous subdivisions. Captains have to decide if they want to take the most direct route, sail over and up the Michigan side, or up the Wisconsin coast.

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