Life Jacket Clinic

How to Repack and When to Replace

As part of its efforts to provide opportunities for safety education to the boating community, the Chicago Yacht Club and Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Committee committs to hosting Life Jacket Clinics. The purpose of the clinics is to invite boaters in the area to bring in their life jacket, learn to repack, how and when to maintain, product recall updates, and when to replace. Join industry experts from Crowley's, Spinlock, Mustang, Absolute Outdoor, Onyx and Crewsaver for hands on education. The Coast Guard will join us to provide an overview on Search & Rescue communications and answer your questions about search patterns and how to best provide outside support in emergency situations.

Life Jacket Clinic

Join us on Sunday, March 24th from 2:30 - 4 p.m. at Chicago Yacht Club Monroe Station for the next PFD Life Jacket Clinic. To register, call the Chicago Yacht Club front desk at (312) 861-7777 or email at

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March 24th, 2019

Join us on Sunday, March 24th from 2:30 - 4 p.m. at Monroe Station for our Life Jacket Clinic. To register, call the Chicago Yacht Club Front Desk at (312) 861-7777 or Interested in what type of life jackets are required for the Mac Race? Check out the Safety Regulations below.

Race to mac safety regulations 
Safety at sea course offerings

New Requirements for Mac 2019

At least 50% of a boat’s crew (rounded up), one of whom shall be the Person-In-Charge, shall complete one of the following safety courses within the 5 year period prior to the start of the Race:
• US Sailing Sanctioned Offshore Safety at Sea Class
• US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-On-Training Class (2- day).
• Equivalent World Sailing recognized course conducted by another World Sailing Member National Authority. 

US Sailing safety at sea info

Interested in Racing?

Check out our Regatta Calendar! We host everything from interclub challenges, offshore, inshore, one design, as well as interscholastic sailing. Click below to see what we have on schedule

regatta calendar
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