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Pentastar Aviation Sponsorship of the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Renewed to 2017

Waterford, Mich. – Pentastar Aviation announced today that it will extend its sponsorship of the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race until 2017. Pentastar first became a sponsor of the race in 2015.

The race, organized by the century-old Bayview Yacht Club, is in its 92nd running and begins July 16 in Port Huron and concludes at Mackinac Island on July 22.

“Bayview Yacht Club is excited to have the support of Pentastar Aviation for the 2016 Bell’s Beer Bayview to Mackinac Race,” said Hans Brieden, Bayview Yacht Club vice commodore.  “As a leader in the aviation industry, Pentastar brings a valuable partnership to our club, its members and the race participants.”

Last year’s Port Huron-to-Mackinac regatta featured more than 260 competing boats, 2,500 sailors and 75,000 spectators.

“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 open for the race and nearly 160 boats have already signed up. The race begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 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, over two or three 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. It 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: