Veronica Brown

First-time Chicago-Mac racer wins with team on his Swan 42

Swan 42 To The Moon
Bob Berg and crew onboard his Swan 42 To The Moon have won the Mackinac Cup division in the 106th Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac. Racing with his daughter Katie, Berg bought his Swan 42 less than a year ago with their sights set on racing in the Great Lakes classic. For every sailor who enters a race like the Chicago-Mac, winning the event is certainly a goal but winning it on a first attempt is nothing short of impressive.

“Racing at this event was my daughter Katie’s idea so after spending a few years watching and studying the Chicago-Mac race, I decided to buy a boat that I thought would perform well and give it a shot,” said Berg after his victory last week. “I think we calculated the weather and wind conditions better than anyone else and we sailed the boat very critically for the entire race. We never lost focus and made consistent adjustments whether it was 4:00 in the afternoon or 3:30 in the morning,” explained Berg.

Sailing with eleven crew including Katie, a member of the women’s sailing team at the University of South Florida, Richard Clarke (tactician) and North Sails representatives Mike Wolfs and Max Skelley, Berg bought a brand-new inventory of North 3DL® sails for the race. “I thought the 3DL sails would work best for the Chicago-Mac and clearly they fit the needs of the boat and the conditions,” said Max Skelley who works closely with Berg on his sail inventory. “After Bob bought the boat last September, it was shipped to the Chesapeake to be worked on all winter so we had time to decide which sails would make the boat go the fastest,” Skelley explained. “We chose a 3DL 860 mainsail, three 3DL 860 headsails, a Code Zero and two V-Series™ AirX spinnakers. I think Bob was very happy with how the sails performed. They will be a perfect Great Lakes sail inventory for his boat.”

“Our original goal with this boat was to do two regattas: the Chicago-Mac and the Ugotta Regatta at the Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs, MI,” Berg said. “We only trained for a few days prior to the race but we had a very experienced crew - many of whom I have sailed with before on my former boat, a J/109. The sails were great right out of the bag. The key sail for us was the Code Zero because the winds were fairly light throughout the race,” (5-15 knots of breeze). We had an extraordinary team and extraordinary efforts by the crew and it all worked out,” concluded Berg. It was tremendous to win with my daughter.”

To The Moon will now remain on the Great Lakes where Berg has a summer home. North Sails congratulates Bob, Katie and the rest of the To The Moon team on an awesome victory. For complete results, visit: http://www.cycracetomackinac.com/