BYC Foundation

For Benefit of the Mackinac Race 


The Bayview Yacht Club Foundation was created in 2012 to ensure that the Bayview Mackinac Race will continue uninterrupted for generations to come. This wonderful Michigan tradition sponsored by Bayview Yacht Club is approaching its 100 anniversary. The Bayview Yacht Club Foundation is a 501c3 entity that was established to sponsor the race and to promote the sport of amateur sailboat racing on an international level.

The Bayview Mackinac Race is a huge undertaking each year that requires over one hundred volunteers and a large budget to enable the organizing committee to present one of the top sailboat races in the world. With the ever increasing costs associated each year with the race, and the continued dependency upon sponsors, the founders of the Bayview Yacht Club Foundation felt a need to create a vehicle to enable both past and present sailors to contribute toward securing its future. This will help defer the rising costs and keep the registration fees for the competitors at a reasonable level.

Through the generous donations and endowments that have already been received the Foundation is happy to report that it has been able to contribute as a race sponsor in the first three years of its existence. The Foundation purchased all of the flags awarded at the party on Mackinac Island for the 2013 race. In 2014 the Foundation restored 8 of the Mackinac Race Trophies that were presented at the Awards Banquet in September. For the 2015 race the Foundation donated money to refurbish the Canadian Club Classic Trophy which will be presented to the Overall Winner on the Shore Course. The plan is to elevate the stature of this trophy to the grandness that is suitable for an overall award.

In 2015 The Foundation held a raffle fund raiser in conjunction with the Mackinac Race. The grand prize was a trip for two to the Bitter End. The second place prize was a $1,500.00 package of Helly Hansen sailing gear. The third place prize was a guaranteed boat well, on Mackinac Island, at the conclusion of the 2016 Mackinac Race.

The Board Members of the Foundation would like to thank all of the contributors to date that have so generously donated money and assets to the Foundation. The Board has set some high goals as far as how much money they would like to have in the Foundation’s coffers so that they can continue to support the race each year. The Board has an investment strategy and policy that limits spending the principal money it has and uses only the investment earnings to support the race. Therefore the Foundation must build the principal to a level where it can sustain its sponsorship. If you would like to contribute toward the Bayview Yacht Club Foundation you may do so by contacting the Accounting Office at Bayview Yacht Club, 313-822-1853. Your contributions are tax deductible. The Foundation also accepts endowments. If you wish to endow money to the Foundation please contact Bob Declercq, 313-530-9796.

Once again the Board of the Bayview Yacht Club Foundation would like to thank you for your continued support of this grand Michigan tradition known as the Bayview Mackinac Race.


The Bayview Yacht Club Foundation Board