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Pentastar Aviation Selected by Bayview Yacht Club as the Official Charter Provider of the 2019 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

Waterford, Mich. – Pentastar Aviation announced today an extended partnership with the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race for 2019. Pentastar has been a sponsor of the race since 2015 and is excited to grow its role as the race’s official charter provider.

The world’s longest consecutively run freshwater race, organized by the century-old Bayview Yacht Club, is in its 95th running.  The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race has a reputation as one of the most festive sailing events in the country. It is enjoyed by 2,000 or more sailors with over 75,000 fans. Many fans get to Mackinac Island days before the race begins and depart days after the first boat finishes.

“Over the past five years we have developed a great relationship with Pentastar Aviation and our sailors and their families have come to count on the high quality services they provide,” said 2019 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Chair, Robert Nutter. “After the long race and all of the activities on the island, there is no quicker way to get back home than by a Pentastar charter. Families and fans traveling to the island have come to enjoy seeing all the sails from the race by air. For us, other than by sailboat, there is no better way to get to or from Mackinac Island.”

“We have greatly enjoyed our sponsorship of the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race over the past five years and are thrilled to be part of it as it enters its 95th year”, said Greg Schmidt, Pentastar Aviation’s President & CEO. “Extending our partnership and serving as the official charter provider for the race allows us to provide a fast and convenient way for the sailors and their families to get on and off the island, while experiencing the world-class service that has made us the most awarded aviation company in the country.”

The race begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 just north of the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. The competitors will race on one of two courses covering either 204 or 259 nautical miles of Lake Huron, 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: