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Previewing the 2013 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Organizers picked a beautiful day to kick off the annual sailing season in southeast Michigan,  talking about details of what's known as the 'Great Race on the Great Lakes.'

Wednesday was media preview day for the 2013 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The 89th annual "Jewel of July" takes place some two months from now but preparations are already ramping up for the race July 20.

Vice President of Bell's Brewery Laura Bell said the company is proud to announce it will be sponsoring the Bell's Beer Mackinac race through at least 2016.  The 2013 Bayview Yacht Club Commodore Kent Colpaert says that announcement means a lot to the club. "It gives us some stability over the years to give us a chance to focus on just moving our race forward and concentrating on the competitors and our race," Colpaert said.

Presented by Michigan Acura Dealers organizers also unveiled details about the 2nd annual 'Sailing Under The Stars' event, emceed by FOX 2's Ryan Ermanni.

The charity event for the 2013 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race will take place on June 15, 2013 from 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. and will feature live entertainment, dinner from 25 local restaurants and a display of sailboats taking part in the annual race. Tickets are $75.

Last year's event raised over $25,000 for six local charities and this year's goal is $40,000.

Follow the links for more information about the Bayview Mackinac 2013 race and the Sailing Under the Stars charity preview.

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