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Newsletter - Friday 5/25/2012


First boat to win Mackinac to sail it again

Detroit Talk about making a comeback.

Bernida, the first boat to win the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 1925, will sail this year's 88th event starting July 14.

Bought last autumn by Grosse Pointe Park's Al Declercq, the boat is a 32-foot R-class sloop with an open cockpit. There is no cabin for the crew. In terms of size, it's significantly smaller than other boats in the field.

"It's only 48 hours, who the heck cares?" said Declercq, who has entered two races this year with Bernida and won both. "It might be nice, it might be ugly, but when it's rough out there, no boats are comfortable. We'll just be a little less comfortable than the rest of them."  more...

Cam McNeil Wins Melges MC Shakedown Regatta!

One race here on Sunday at Reeds Lake in Grand Rapids , Michigan.  Light conditions for race 5 and the modified W2 course. Jamie Kimball had a great start and worked up the middle along with Pete Comfort and were both met by EHood at the top mark who sailed up the right center in pressure .  It was a struggle in the shifty conditions under the trees at the top mark to get around the offset with a big 30 degree left shift that came in as boats 3-10 tried to get around the offset.  more...

Macomb sees its future as waterfront playground

What's a good way to grow commerce, recreation and tourism in Macomb County?

Just add water. More specifically, Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River.

County Executive Mark Hackel wants to revitalize the county economy by redeveloping and promoting its two major waterways.

He envisions a waterfront entertainment district that might have hotels, restaurants, a casino and a walkable pier while people are swimming, kayaking and paddle-boarding nearby.

Trying to shake southeastern Michigan's image as an aging industrial center, Hackel wants its economy to shift from one type of blue to another, from blue-collar to the deep blue waters.  more...

MBIA celebrates National Marina Day to promote the benefits of boating and the marina lifestyle

May 21, 2012, Livonia, MI- Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) is partnering with the Association of Marina Industries and many other organizations in the celebration of the gateways to boating for National Marina Day, June 9, 2012.  National Marina Day was created in 2001, and annually dedicates the second Saturday in June to recognize marinas across the country. more

Sailing for U.S. in London is a point of pride for Anna Tunnicliff

Anna Tunnicliffe

Anna Tunnicliffe was born and raised in England. And she has the British accent to prove it.

"With certain words it comes out," she acknowledged.

But that does not, she insists, make this summer's Olympic Games a homecoming.

"I'm American," said Tunnicliffe, who became a U.S. citizen in 2003 and an Olympic gold medalist five years later. "I've spent more than half my life in America. I'm going to England to compete.

Over 200 Sailboats to Participate in Bayview Yacht Race

Bell's Brewery will continue its sponsorship of the "Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race" through 2014.

Detroit's Bayview Yacht Club, one of the most storied and historical sailing clubs in the world, will host its 88th "Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race" this summer with yachts traveling from Port Huron to Mackinac beginning July 14.

Over 200 sailboats and 2,500 sailors are expected to take part in the event. An estimated 100,000 sailing fans and families on the U.S. and Canadian borders will likely attend the festivities leading to the race start.  more...

With DeLorme inReach, "Calling" for a BoatUS Tow is Easy Even When Cell Phone and VHF Let You Down

YARMOUTH, Maine, May 23, 2012 - DeLorme, the innovation leader in personal satellite tracking, messaging and navigation technology, and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) today announced an agreement to offer BoatUS members easier access to the new inReach two-way personal satellite tracking, locating, messaging and SOS alerting devices. This means when members can't use their cell phone or VHF radio to call for a tow, they can rely on the satellite-based inReach to quickly summon on-the-water assistance. more

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