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Port Huron to Mac race information - 6/9/2004

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Here is a update from BYC for those of you in Port Huron for the Port Huron to Mackinac race.

Meijer and CocaCola will be providing a complimentary shuttle service for our race participants. It will run between the Black River and the Port Huron Meijer store. The bus will be running Thursday, July 15 from 0900 to 1700 hours and Friday, July 16 from 0900 to 1300 hours. Pick up and drop off will be every half-hour and will take place at the Harbormaster's office and at the Bowl-O-Drome, hence Zebra Bar. The bus will be clearly marked with large Meijer and CocaCola banners. This service provided by Meijer and CocaCola will greatly assist you in obtaining your last minute needs as I know we all forget something.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Tommy Meier
2004 Chairman

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Powerboats roar in the home of speed

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ALGONAC -- Powerboats today and Sunday will skip across the North Channel of the St. Clair River, marking the return of major boat racing to Algonac after more than 25 years.

City residents are welcoming the North Channel Offshore Challenge, and race organizers say they are receiving community support unlike anywhere else they have raced.

The support shouldn't come as a surprise to those who know Algonac's role in the history of powerboat racing. Many say a pair of powerboat pioneers more than 70 years ago shaped the boating industry and the area's heritage.

"Because of the history of the area, and some of the older residents having experienced that as kids, they are excited with it coming back," said Keith Churill, president of the North Channel Offshore Racing Association.   more...

 



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Mackinac-Manitoulin International Yacht Race

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Here is a message from the Commodore of the LCYC looking for racers and support for a great idea for the first Mackinac -Manitoulin International Yacht Race.
 
Ahoy LCYC members and boating friends
 
My last email described the preparations for our first club race of the season - the Cooper Cup - to be held this coming Sunday. It is not too late to sign up and please tell any friends that it is open to all. To register or to obtain more information, please email Stephen at sccooper@mhc.on.ca or call him at 705-368-3534.
 
Our club's biggest event will occur July 21-24 as we host the first Mackinac -Manitoulin International Yacht Race. We are very excited about this inaugural event and the fabulous cooperation we have received from our Councils, organizations and people of Manitoulin. Everything is in place for a wonderful time; we just need more entries. You can help by ensuring potential competitors see the following report which has been prepared by Margaret Van Camp, Chair of Land Based Activities. In addition, please refer them to our web site at www.lcyc.ca for more information on the race or email any questions to: race@lcyc.ca. Don Gray, our Vice Commodore, is continually at work updating the site and the latest information will always be found there. If you are considering entering the race yourself, please submit your entry ASAP to help us in our planning and in encouraging additional entries.
 
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Margaret writes:
 
When the boats arrive in Gore Bay on Thursday, July 22, their Rotary Club  has a wonderful Fish Fry prepared for Thursday night, a Town hospitality tent with three different bands, and a hearty Rotary breakfast for the sailors before they embark on the last leg of the journey Fri. July 23.
 
When the sailboats stream into Little Current, we've a crew ready and waiting to secure the boats and show them the facilities.  Then all sailors and tourists may enjoy a Legion Italian supper and a Hospitality tent.  And, that's when the fun begins!  In our planning for families, we have buskers roaming the streets on Friday and Saturday, many activities for little children and art shows galore (Manitoulin is known world-wide for its art.....in Little Current alone that weekend there are three additional art shows).  On the Saturday, we expect some of  our sailors, visitors and residents  to compete in Beach Volleyball, sample the sausages, tacos, and "dogs" at Spider Bay Marina, encourage their children to participate in the Cardboard Boat Races at Low Island (this should be hilarious to watch), enjoy the hospitality tent and take in Native Theatre Sat. afternoon, etc.  Then at approx 4:45 pm. the owners of Antique Cars are going to pick up the skippers and their crews at the town docks, give them a little spin  around town, and arrive at our Complex for a catered meal (free to the skipper and his crew) that is going to be first-rate.  Drinks downstairs in the decorated lobby, then upstairs to the hall which will have colourful spinnaker sails lofting from the ceiling, nautical colours and of course, a delicious roast beef dinner. 
 
Sunday, our restaurants are all opening extra early so that the sailors may eat whenever.  The Anchor Inn is hosting not only a wonderful brunch but displaying "Boating" art work by a local artist.  Our churches are offering a 9:30 a.m. ecumenical service at the cenotaph, and then, some of the sailors will say "Ahoy."
 
We appreciate all our volunteers' hard work and effort that have gone into this joint venture so far.  Just for your information, listed below are many of the committees and organizations who have volunteered their time to ensure the success of this race:  Race Committee, Food Committee, Decorating Committee, Entertainment Committee, Welcoming Committee, Exec Committee, Awards Reception Committee; the Lions Club of Little Current, Firemen, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Red Hat Society ladies, Manitoulin Wild players, Minor Hockey players, the Manitoulin Antique Car Club, De-Ba-Jeh-Mu-Jig Theatre Group, merchants, artists, the mayor, high school volunteers, quilters, churches, etc.  In addition, this race would not have been possible without the generous financial support of our many, many sponsors.  Please check out our web site at race@lcyc.ca. to note the entire list. 
 
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In closing, we look forward to Race Day when our docks are lined with people watching the boats come in, when the sound of happy laughter fills the air, and Little Current is the place to be!
 
May fair breezes and warm climes waft between us,
 
Roy Eaton
Commodore, LCYC
 
 


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Sunsation Powerboats 10th annual owner rally.

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Another race event coming up on July 24 at Metro Beach in Harrison Township is the Sunsation Powerboats 10th annual owner rally.

They expect 70 to 80 owners from all over the country, along with major national vendors attending to support the owners.

After the race dinner, awards and raffles will support the Michigan Special Olympics. Wayne Schaldenbrand, president of Sunsation, is a Wertz Warrior and holds a powerboat event of his own that also supports Special Olympics here in Michigan.



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TWI ON BOARD FOR ‘BIGGER’ AMERICA’S CUP

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TWI – London – 3rd June 2004 –  Sailing's most prestigious contest - the 32nd America's Cup - is making significant changes to the format of the event in order to make it an exciting TV-friendly product under the new management of ACM (AC Management). TWI has been contracted as ACM's media consultants and distributors.

These innovations are designed to boost fan participation and awareness of the event across the globe.

Among the changes are:

• A series of ‘pre-regattas’ (to be called Acts) around the world. These will be the first Acts, before the main story of the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup Match in 2007, to build anticipation for the climax of the competition.
• Shorter races of 90 minutes for easier insertion into TV schedules
• The introduction of fleet racing for the first time in recent history, when all boats compete simultaneously, providing the dramatic 'bigger picture'. Match racing (head-to-head duels) will continue to be the heart of the America’s Cup
• Extension of wind limits to reduce the number of delayed matches due to adverse weather conditions.
Working with TWI as event consultants and rights distributor, ACM will continue to improve the television product to make the sailing contests more accessible and viewer-friendly.

These improvements include:

• Richer 3D ‘virtual sailing’ animations
• Improvements in the on board cameras and microphones to capture the high drama at source
• Better access to the teams and skippers behind-the-scenes - the 'stars' of this particular story - played out across the oceans and lakes of the world. (including Spain, France, USA, Switzerland and Italy)
• TV magazine programmes concentrating on the glamorous lifestyle and passion of the exclusive world of sailing, as well as human interest stories.

Michel Masquelier, TWI’s Senior Vice-President - Head of Sales, said: ”For the first time this event will be at the heart of the commercial time zone as the last time the Cup took place in Europe was in 1851.
“With syndicates from each part of Europe, and beyond, boosting the interest of the general public, we can comfortably position this event as a prime-time series.”

Margrethe van der Stroom Holdener, ACM’s Director of Marketing & Business, said: ”We are excited about the America’s Cup coming to Europe and its new format. ACM is confident that through America’s Cup Magazine Programmes, we will revolutionize the America’s Cup experience on television and will capture the public’s imagination.”

The Schedule

• 2004
- Marseille - Louis Vuitton Act 1 of the 32nd America’s Cup,  5 - 11 September
- Valencia - Louis Vuitton Act 2 and 3 of the 32nd America’s Cup, 5 - 12 October & 14 - 17 October

• 2005
- 4 Acts

• 2006
- 3 Acts

• 2007
- Louis Vuitton Cup - 18 April - 12 June
- America's Cup Match 23 June - 4 July

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Detroit quest: Get Pistons jersey on statue

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The freep

June 3, 2004, 4:44 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- Officials face the task of dressing one of the city's largest statues in a Pistons jersey before the NBA finals tip off on Sunday.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has asked his staff to cover the Spirit of Detroit in Pistons red, white and blue for the occasion -- just like when the Red Wings were in the NHL finals.

But the staff will have to deal with red tape, politics and logistics. And East Side Sports, the company that made the Red Wings jersey, can't do the job.

"We'd love to, but we don't have that kind of equipment any more," Bob Phillips, the Warren-based company's owner, told the Detroit Free Press for a Thursday story.

But Meteor Inc. of Troy, which does graphic work for the Palace of Auburn Hills, has stepped up to the challenge.

"If it's going to be done, we will work with the Palace to get it done," said Dick Braudo, the company's vice president of sales. "We'll have it done for them."

Meteor officials plan to visit Joe Louis Arena, where the giant Red Wings sweater is kept, to take measurements.

Dave Wieme, director of strategic communications for Palace Sports and Entertainment, said planners are leaning toward a blue away jersey because a white home jersey would stain easily. Officials haven't decided if the jersey will have a number.

Wieme said the Pistons will finance the project. He was unsure of the cost.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw98858_20040603.htm



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MBIA Member News

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Celebrity spotlight shines on Van Snider, President of Michigan Boating Industries Association, who was featured on Comcast Newsmakers the week of May 10 - May 16, five times each day.

Congratulations to Mark Yearn of Universal Insurance Services, Inc., was recently recognized by the Marina Operators Association of America, an NMMA affiliate, for his “strong support and advocacy” of the Recreational Marine Employment Act - the official title of Keller’s longshore insurance reform measure.

 Congratulations to Torresen Marine, Inc. in Muskegon and Tower Marine in Douglas who have been added to the BoatU.S. Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Program - which provides parents with the opportunity to borrow a properly sized children’s life jacket at readily accessible launch ramps, marinas and waterfront businesses.

Congratulations to David Slikkers of Tiara Yachts who was awarded an NMMA Advocacy Award for commitment to the industry’s legislative and regulatory agenda.

Congratulations to Gordon Torresen, of Torresen Marine who is the 2004 winner of the Muskegon County Entrepreneur Award - an award given through the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce annually since 1982.  more...

 

 



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MOAA's National Marina Day

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NMD LogoIn 1928, the word "marina" was used, for the very first time, by the National Association of Engine and Boat Manufacturers to define a recreational boating facility. Since then, marinas have become an integral part not only of American recreation, but also American life. National Marina Day 2004 celebrates not only the rich history of the marina industry, but its bright future as well.   more...

 

 

 



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Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land Develops Watercraft Decal Design Challenge

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On May 20th, on the steps of our Lansing State Capital building, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land unveiled a watercraft decal design challenge.  The challenge invites all Michigan residents to submit design ideas as the state works to craft a new watercraft decal. 
   As part of the announcement, Secretary Land handed out entry forms to students from the 4th, 5th and 6th grade from the Lansing area, who attended the news conference.
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2004 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race Update...

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28-May-04 - The 2004 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race shirts are in and they are fantastic! This years shirt features the eighty history of the race. Excellent color and quality and you'll want to make sure you have your supply of shirts. We also have beautiful polo shirts that would make great crew shirts. Just add your boat name to the already embroidered Mackinac Race logo. The shirts are on sale now by visiting our web site at www.byc.com/mack04 or come on down to the club to see them first hand and make your purchase there.

Tommy Meier 2004 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race Chairman The 80th race.

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Just a reminder

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The seventh annual River Day 2004 will be held June 12. For information, call the Clinton River Watershed Council at (248) 601-0606. ...

The third annual Spring Fishing Classic will be held June 11-12 at Gilbert's Sportsmen's Club. Entry fee is $20 and can be sent to: LSCWA, 53782 Heritage Lane, New Baltimore, MI 48047. For information, call (586) 716-7741 or (586) 463-8032 or (586) 773-3811. ...

Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan is June 12-13. ...

The 100th anniversary of the unlimited hydroplanes Gold Cup is July 15-18 on the Detroit River. Call (586) 774-2722.



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Aye, Matey! It's time for the Lake Erie Boating & Fishing Fest

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Landlubbers, captains, and all won want to miss the Lake Erie Boating & Fishing Fest June 5 through 6 at Port Authority Pier 32, located directly behind the Great lakes Science Center just west of Voinovich Park. This free family event will be fun for everyone.

The most infamous pirate ever to set sail on the water of the Great Lakes was Juan Eduardo De Rivera. He and his marauding band of men roamed and plundered whomever they pleased.

In June of 1787, De Rivera executed his most famous raid. This pirate invasion is believed to be the largest ever attempted.  more...

 



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Powering Up For Port Huron

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APBAThe City of Port Huron is powering up for the arrival of the APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade Series Teams the first week of June, with plenty of fun and action in store for not just the teams, but the fans as well.

Gerry’s Distributing has taken the lead by garnishing the spotlight for its Miller Lite® Brand of Products, the Official Beer of the newly named Miller Lite – Port Huron Offshore Gran Prix.

The City of Port Huron, McMorran Place, the Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Mainstreet Port Huron host the event. They are joined by the Comfort Inn of Port Huron; recently named the Official Host Hotel for the event. The Comfort Inn offers special weekend room rates for teams and fans heading to the Blue Water Area for the weekend festivities.   more...

 



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Free Fishing Weekend

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Celebrate Michigan's world-class freshwater fishing on June 12 and 13, 2004, Michigan's Summer Free Fishing Weekend - two special days when all fishing license fees will be waived for residents and outstate visitors alike on both inland and Great Lakes waters. All fishing regulations will still apply.

For many, the annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend has become a tradition - a time to get together and have some fishing fun. While some may find time to reflect while fishing, there are no limits to variations on a great theme! Many have found this special weekend to be a good time for a reunion with friends and family with fishing and fun a great combination for all!

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ESPN Classic To Air 25 Years of Sailing

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A quarter century ago, most sailing yachts were built of fiberglass or aluminum, Ted Turner was at the top of the sport of sailing, and a fledgling cable television network named ESPN was just beginning. A quarter century later ESPN Classic will premiere 25 Years of Sailing, presented by Rolex on May 19 at 9 p.m.

The one-hour program celebrates 25 years of history in the sport of sailing and ESPN's coverage of it. Gary Jobson, the face of sailing on ESPN since 1986 and himself a member of the 1977 America's Cup-winning team, produced the program and serves as host.

This special will examine how the sport of sailing has seen dramatic technological advances, a host of larger-than-life personalities, historic races, and shifts in power.   more...

 



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