Captain David Ward, a consummate sailor took a Third Place in "THE 2020 HOOK" last year, also known as 'Death's Door Challenge'. His division PHRF V on his ship 'Unknown Lady 2' (Frer 36)
This year Ward took FIRST Place in "THE 2021 HOOK" in PHRF III, on his ship 'Unknown Lady 2' (Frer 36) Pictured is David (center holding trophy) with his Pre-Start Crew
P.S. WARD PLACED 3RD IN HIS DIVISION IN THIS YEAR'S (2021)Chicago -Mackinaw Race!!!
The HOOK Race 2021 Death's Door Challenge, Saturday, July 24, 2021 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, ÒhookingÓ through Death's Door, a narrow and often treacherous passageway between Washington Island and WisconsinÕs 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. The first HOOK was sailed in 1984 with 12 boats. It was envisioned as a shorter and less expensive alternative to the Mac. The race grew to over 70 boats until 2020 when COVID 19 forced the cancellation of the Mac. In 2020, over 100 boats registered for the HOOK and the number of registrants was capped at 100.
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Captain David Ward
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Left- Nice photo of Captain David Ward, at the helm of his vessel "Unknown lady II, racing MORF...David has also served as Vice Commodore of MORF-Chicago