Bayview Mackinac Race ‘style judges’ plan for 20th race and you can join

Veteran Port Huron to Mackinac Race sailors might recognize them, but newbies could be surprised to see…

Veteran Port Huron to Mackinac Race sailors might recognize them, but newbies could be surprised to see the group of around 20 people in teal holding up laminated nines and 10s as they pass.

These are the unofficial, “official style judges,” a group of people who judge the crews on their uniformity and have fun, said Port Huron resident Jo Westphal.

“Yes it is unofficial, but to us it’s very official,” she said.

Westphal said this will be the group’s 20th year judging the race crews’ style. They sit in a grassy area south of the Black River, east of Desmond Marine. They will place their chairs in the open space around 7 a.m. then will head to Maria’s Downtown Café for breakfast before returning to judge the parade of sailboats.

Port Huron resident Jo Westphal holds up a photo of herself and other

Elvis Presley will even make an appearance, as the group has a life-sized cardboard cutout of the singer they’ll be taking to breakfast with them.

“If there’s anyone there that would like to join us, there’s no requirements!,” Westphal said. “I will have the numbers that we hold for the crews, if they’re uniform, and if they’re not they like to know why, and we do tell them.”