Windquest 1st to finish Port Huron-Mackinac race

Originally posted in The Detroit Free Press

{image_1} PORT HURON — The 86-foot yacht Windquest is the first boat to finish the annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island.

The sponsoring Bayview Yacht Club says the boat with its crew of 20 crossed the finish line at 5:31 p.m. Sunday. Doug and Dick DeVos own Windquest.

The race kicked off Saturday at Port Huron under blue skies and a light wind on Lake Huron.

More than 200 boats are participating in the “Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race.” The various classes began the race Saturday morning in staggered start times. Winners are determined based on a handicapping system weighting each boat’s ability.

Windquest was the only finisher by 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

The race started just north of the Blue Water Bridge, sponsored by Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery Inc.