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Pentastar Aviation and the Bell’s® Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Extend Partnership

WATERFORD, MI. – Pentastar Aviation announced today it has extended its partnership with the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race for 2018. Pentastar has been a sponsor of the race since 2015. The world’s longest consecutively run freshwater race, organized by the century-old Bayview Yacht Club, is in its 94th running.

“We cherish the partnership between Pentastar Aviation and Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race,” said Gary Shoemaker, 2018 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Chair. “The top-quality sailing we have on the waters is the same top-notch quality that Pentastar Aviation has in the air. Taking a jet charter to the island would provide quite the spectacular view of all our boats below. We appreciate our partner’s commitment to one of the summer’s top events.”

“It’s an honor to support the Bayview Yacht Club and the regional sailing community during this iconic race,” said Greg Schmidt, Pentastar Aviation’s President & CEO. “We are looking forward to another exciting race.”

Registration is now closed and preparations for the 202 boats and more than 2500 sailors participating in this year’s running are well underway. The race begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 just north of the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. The competitors will cover either 204 or 259 nautical miles of Lake Huron, depending on class and wind, over two to four days and finish at Mackinac Island in the Straits of Mackinac.

About Pentastar Aviation

Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning FBO services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S. FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC. Their team is committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to their customers.

Pentastar Aviation has been servicing regional and global travelers for more than 50 years and is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK). For more information, please visit

About Bayview Yacht Club

Bayview Yacht Club, founded in 1915, is widely regarded as the premier sailing club in Michigan and the Midwest.  Located on the Detroit River near the mouth of Lake St. Clair, it has been hosting the Bayview Mackinac Race since 1925 and has more than 1,000 members.  For more information: