HOOK Race 2019
Saturday, July 13, 2019
The first HOOK was sailed in 1984 with 12 boats racing from Racine, Wisconsin, to Menominee, Michigan. The finish line changed in 1986 to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. In 2009, we brought the race back to the M & M Yacht Club in Menominee. The total race distance is now 189.04 nautical miles. In 1987, Mark Westdale, owner of Foxfire, a Hunter 54, set the current record for elapsed time, just under 24 hours.
2019 marks the 36th consecutive running of the HOOK. The Cruising Division does not require a rating certificate and motoring is allowed. The Single Handed Division, like the Double Handed Division and PHRF divisions, will need a PHRF certificate. However, the Single Handed Division also requires evidence of a prior 24 hour solo passage, completion of a LMSS Solo Challenge event, or GLSS membership. Prior offshore experience is suggested but not required for all other divisions.
The HOOK Race events start on Friday evening, July 12, 2019, at the Racine Yacht Club with dinner, live entertainment, and a skippers’ meeting. Sailing Instructions are provided at registration or on the RYC website. On Saturday morning, July 13th, the cruising fleet first warning is at 0830 hours. The spinnaker (or non-cruising fleet) first warning is 0855. Both cruising and spinnaker fleets sail north to and through the Death’s Door passage between Door County, Wisconsin, and Washington Island and on in to Green Bay, ending across the Bay at Menominee, Michigan.
After the finish line you are only a quarter mile away from your dock and facilities that make you feel right at home. M & M Yacht Club is located at the marina and immediately adjacent to restaurants, pubs, and shopping. Take a look, www.mmyc.org. Monday night, July 15th, we will have the Gosling rum party, live entertainment, dinner and the awards ceremony at M & M under the big top. Be sure and stick around for a fun evening.
The HOOK Race combines strong competition with the navigational challenge of Death’s Door. Finishing the race in Menominee provides opportunities for cruising vacations afterwards. The M & M Yacht Club has several races planned for the following week culminating with the 82nd running of the 100 Miler on July 20th. The HOOK Race is open to all sailboats that are at least 24 feet in length and suitably equipped for coastal cruising and racing.
Questions? Please contact us. Entry forms, safety equipment standards, and other information are available at our website, www.racineyachtclub.org.
See you on the water in 2019!
Fred Stritt & Ed Palladino,
2019 HOOK Race Chairmen