2021 Hook Race
July 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Race from Racine to Menominee, MI via the Porte De Morts passage.
The HOOK Race is a 189 nautical mile race on Lake Michigan held each year in July. The challenging event starts outside the harbor in Racine, Wisconsin, “hooking” through Death’s Door, a narrow and often treacherous passageway between Washington Island and Wisconsin’s Door County Peninsula, continuing across Green Bay, and ending in Menominee, Michigan. Originally run the same day as the Chicago Mac race, in 2021 the 38th consecutive HOOK will be held the weekend after the Mac, on July 24, 2021. In the following years, the HOOK will alternate to the week before the Mac (in 2022, July 16, 2022) and the week after the Mac.
Events for the HOOK start Friday night before the race at the Racine Yacht Club. There’s a rum party, dinner, live entertainment, and a skippers’ meeting. On Saturday morning the Cruising division’s first warning is at 0830 hours followed by the racing fleet’s first warning at 0855. The elapsed time limit is 56 hours from the last division (PHRF 1) start. The finish line is between the Race Committee trailer on the north end of the pier at Menominee Marina and a large lighted inflatable buoy. Monday evening post race events at Menominee’s Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park near the Menominee Marina and band shell include a rum party, dinner, entertainment, and the awards ceremony.
All non-Cruising division competitors, including One Design divisions, require a PHRF certificate. The Cruising division is designed to give first time HOOK racers a taste of the competition and the race course. You may use your motor only as far as Chambers Island in Green Bay and must record your motoring time (which, of course, counts against you). Single Handed division sailors must show evidence of a prior 24 hour solo passage, completion of a LMSS (Lake Michigan Singlehanded Society) solo challenge event, or GLSS ( Great Lakes Singlehanded Society) membership.
The 2020 HOOK was one of only a few long distance races on the Great Lakes. The 2020 HOOK was exceptionally challenging due to heavy winds and weather. It received national coverage and sailors gave it highly favorable reviews.