the old ways

Pulling into the harbor at Mackinac Island Sunday, July 24th at 5:04 a.m., driver Greg Fordon parked Whitehawk and a crew of 14 went below deck to toast their first-to-finish of 31 boats in the Cruising Division in the 113th Chicago Mac Race. They were ninth on corrected time at 2:05:41:04.

Sending out emails and making a few calls, owner Peter Thornton assembled a skilled squad who had been with him for a few Macs. Antonio Cuervas mons flew in from Spain, Willie Lynch, Peter Eagan and Lat Spinney are from Rhode Island, Deane Tank from western South Carolina, Bogdan Ogorek, Fordon and Gary Murino are from Chicago, Tom Murray, suburban Chicago, Tom Cote, Harbor Springs, Mich., Chris Thornton and his son, Jack, reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Leaving the starting line Friday, July 22 in front of Navy Pier at 3:00 p.m., the 104-foot ketch set a swift pace propelling them a few minutes in front of several severe storms…

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