(Chicago, IL)- Kenny Read and some Volvo Ocean Race mates sailed his first pony-ride around the planet, the Volvo 70 Puma il mostro, in the maiden voyage of its new life on the Great Lakes in the Chicago- Mackinac Race. Chicago sailor Peter Thornton (former owner of the Santa Cruz 70 HOLUA) decided that winning the Chicago-Mackinac Race as the First Boat to Finish, taking home one of the more prestigious trophies in the race was the next item on his “sailing bucket list”– he succeeded by spanking the best the Great Lakes had to offer for “maxi boats”!! Kenny had on-board with him Richard Mason and Beech from Team SANYA, Brad Van Liew of Open 50/60 Velux 5 Ocean Race fame and fellow J/24 World Champion crew member Stu Johnstone (Kenny’s tactician) as part of the team. Fun, challenging race to beat the “Queen of the Lakes” for years, the Dick and Doug Devos (AMWAY family) Maxi z86 WINDQUEST for line honors. Dick and Doug themselves are former J/Boat owners, having successfully campaigned their J/44 WINDQUEST for years on the Great Lakes. In short, members of the extended J/Family of boat owners and sailors went 1-2 in this year’s Mac on elapsed honors while their stablemates swept handicap honors as enumerated above!!