The first HOOK was sailed in 1984 with 12 boats
racing from Racine, Wisconsin, to Menominee, Michigan. The finish line
changed in 1986 to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. In 2009, we brought
the race back to the M & M Yacht Club in Menominee. The total race
distance is now 189.04 nautical miles. In 1987, Mark Westdale,
Foxfire, a Hunter 54, set the current record for elapsed time, just
under 24 hours.
2018 marks the 35th consecutive running
of the HOOK. The Cruising Divisiondoes not requirea rating certificate and motoring is allowed. The Single Handed
Division, like the Double Handed Division and PHRF divisions, will need
a PHRF certificate. However, the Single Handed Division also requires
evidence of a prior 24 hour solo passage, completion of a LMSS Solo
Challenge event, or GLSS membership. Prior offshore experience is
suggested but not required for all other divisions.
The HOOK Race events start on Friday evening,
July20, 2018, at the Racine Yacht Club with dinner, live entertainment,
and a skippers’ meeting. Sailing Instructions are provided at
registration or on the RYC website. On Saturday morning, July 21st, the
cruising fleet first warning is at 0830 hours. The spinnaker (or
non-cruising fleet) first warning is 0855. Both cruising and
spinnaker fleets sail north to and through the Death’s Door passage
between Door County, Wisconsin, and Washington Island and on in to Green
Bay, ending across the Bay at Menominee, Michigan.
After the finish line you are only a quarter mile
away from your dock and facilities that make you feel right at home.
M & M Yacht Club is located at the marina and immediately adjacent to
restaurants, pubs, and shopping. Take a look,
www.mmyc.org. Monday night, July 23, we will have the Gosling
rum party, live entertainment, dinner and the awards ceremony at M & M
under the big top. Be sure and stick around for a fun evening.
The HOOK Race combines strong competition with the
navigational challenge of Death’s Door. Finishing the race in Menominee
provides opportunities for cruising vacations afterwards. The M & M
Yacht Club has several races planned for the following week culminating
with the 82nd running of the 100 Miler on July 28th. The HOOK Race is
open to all sailboats that are at least 24 feet in length and suitably
equipped for coastal cruising and racing.
Questions? Please contact us. Entry forms, safety
equipment standards, and other information are available at our website,