HOLLAND, MI – Cory Dangler sells cars during the week. But this weekend, he and his crew of three buddies will sail his tri-hulled boat, Solstice, in the prestigious 107th Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac race.
“It’s something that was on my bucket list my entire life,” said Dangler, the owner of Auto Exchange of Holland and a sailor since he was 10.
Solstice is one of 82 Michigan-based vessels to enter the classic race, which begins at the Chicago Lighthouse just off Navy Pier on Friday and ends at Mackinac Island sometime over the weekend, depending on the weather conditions. More than 330 yachts are entered, according to race officials.
Dangler, whose 28-foot vessel is one of the smaller boats entered in the race, will be up against some of the fastest sailing vessels in the world, including Windquest, the 86-foot yacht owned by Amway Corp. scions Dick and Doug DeVos.
With a crew of 18, Windquest has won the Royono Trophy six times in the last nine years by being the first to arrive at Mackinac Island. Last year, Windquest won the trophy in an elapsed time of 37 hours and 6 minutes……
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