Party with the sailors

When the boats pull into the Michigan City Yacht Club after the second leg of the annual Tri-State Regatta sailboat race on Sunday, residents are invited to a party on the lakefront to meet the crews.

MICHIGAN CITY – The second leg of the annual Tri-State Sailboat Race will finish in Michigan City on Sunday afternoon, and organizers are planning a celebration during which fans get up close and personal with the racers.

The Tri-State yacht race is a long-standing event with the first leg from Chicago to St. Joseph, Michigan; and the second leg from St. Joe to Michigan City.

The racers will then return to Chicago on the final leg of the race Monday morning, according to Maggi Spartz, spokeswoman for the Michigan City Yacht Club, which is hosting the celebration which marks the unofficial end of the 2019 sailing season.

"The boats leave St. Joe in the morning Sunday, and it's 4-6 hours for them to sail down to Michigan City," Spartz said. "The boats should be turning up after 4 in the afternoon, and the visiting boats tie up on the wall by the Yacht Club. We expect about 20-25 or so there."

After the race on Sunday afternoon, crews often invite interested folks to visit and learn more about their boats, she said.

The Yacht Club, which will also be hosting a Hobie Cat Regatta on Sunday afternoon, invited the community to an evening of live music and food while they meet the sailors and check out the boats on Trail Creek, Spartz said.

The event will be in the pavilion at the Yacht Club, and there is no admission charge.

“The Unit” will perform music and dancing is encouraged, starting around 8 p.m. Food will be served up by Fish Camp, and there will also be a cash bar.

Supporters of the Labor Day weekend event are the MC Yacht Club, Michigan City Port Authority, Michigan City parks Department, Fish Camp and Economic Development Corporation Michigan City.

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