Sailboat racing isn’t for the squeamish. One moment it can be blowing like a banshee and the next you have become a dead duck. And this year’s 101st Race to Mackinac certainly showed that.
But Ohioan Bill Kellner voted to finish the race under sail, even though he crewed on something he considered to be more of a floating condo than boat. Kellner, a member of Sandusky Sailing Club for 14 years, has completed seven Chicago to Mackinac races and 11 Port Huron to Mackinac races, and he has the tales to back it. This year he crewed on the “mighty” Hornet, a 43 Morgan, skippered by my pop, Walter Heinichen and my step-mother Jean Capper.