Epic Beneteau competes at the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race recently.

CAPAC — Tiffany Ellis, a 1999 graduate of Capac High School, helped the crew of the Epic Beneteau notch a first-place showing among Division 1 Class C entries at the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Sailboat Race recently.

It was her debut performance in the 97th Annual event which was contested July 21-22.

Their winning elapsed time for the race was 30 hours, four minutes and seven seconds.

Ellis said it didn’t take long to come up with a response when asked to become a part of the Epic Beneteau crew.

“Dreams do come true,” Tiffany said. “I never would have imagined that I would become a part of a sailing crew that is more like family than friends,” she noted.

“It’s not often that you meet so many people you can trust with your life. I am so grateful Eric Beneteau invited me along for my first Bayview Mackinac Race in which we took first in our class in what class in what I hear was one of the fastest races in memory.”

She stressed her initial experience with the race is one she won’t soon forget.

“I can’t express how much fun I had on this ride,” Tiffany said. “If there was any doubt before I now know I will be chasing that wind for as long as I am able in my life,” she said.

“It was wet, there were storms, we went fast, barely slept, laughed a ton, got a bunch of bruises and won. And I learned so much.”

Ellis said she is thankful for the experience of competing in her first Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Sailboat Race.

“Thanks to to all of my friends (new and tried and true) who keep bringing me in to learn this sport and my friends and family who were cheering from the land and serving as our ground crew.” Tiffany emphasized.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.