The HOOK is the Racine Yacht Club’s premier yacht race, and 2020 marks its 37th year. It is a race from Racine through “Death’s Door” at the top of the Door County peninsula to a port in Green Bay. The first HOOK, named by a member who saw a picture of the course and thought it looked like a hook, was sailed in 1984 with 12 boats racing from Racine, Wisconsin to Menominee, Michigan, finishing off Menominee’s marina and the M&M Yacht Club. The finish line at M&M is between a trailer on the marina seawall and a buoy just offshore. Total distance is some 189.0nm. This year’s event saw challenging, nasty weather at times, with two fronts passing over the race track before the fleet could finish. With a limit of 100 boats to participate, storms led to significant attrition: 4 withdrew, 5 did not start, and 29 did not finish. Winning the eleven-boat PHRF 4 class was Andy Graff’s J/88 EXILE. For more Racine YC The Hook Race information, visit

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