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Genuine Risk was built for speed but light winds ended its bid for a Mackinac record

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- Four years ago, Randall Pittman was sitting with other sailors at the bar of the Chicago Yacht Club when he experienced an epiphany: Why not try to build the fastest single-hull sailboat ever constructed?

He tried. And this summer, employing six semitrailer trucks to transport 90-foot Genuine Risk, Pittman brought the boat from San Diego to the Midwest.

One of his goals was to break the record for fastest run in the 96th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.

Over the weekend, Pittman, 50, and his 24-man crew gave it a shot. Though the high-tech yacht with the massive 131-foot mast won the Royono Trophy as first to finish in the 333-mile race across Lake Michigan, light winds conspired against it.   more...

 



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