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The GOLD CUP is Alive and Well in Detroit!!! Aug 21-24 2003

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Tom D'Eath - Three-time Gold Cup winner - and the local Chrysler Jeep Dealers have stepped up to save the Gold Cup for Detroit! It seems fitting that on this, the 100th anniversary of the American Power Boat Association, the sponsoring club will be the Vintage and Historic Division of APBA. Plans are moving forward to form the DRRA - Detroit River Regatta Association. History buffs will recogize these initials being the same as the group formed in 1948 which put on the events throughout the 50's.   more...  Thunderfest Webpage

 

 

 



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Detroit Thunderfest Continues on Detroit River

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and former hyroplane driver Tom D'Eath announced on July 8th that the Detroit Thunderfest will return to the Detroit River as a result of financial support by the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Advertising Association.  The races will start on August 21st with preliminaries and culminate on Sunday, August 24th with finals.  Spirit of Detroit's Thunderfest event had experienced financial difficulties and the Detroit Free Press reported that creditors agreed on settlements arrangements. more...

 



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Amistad, Set to Visit Detroit August 23rd - August 27th

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Freedom Schooner Amistad will visit Detroit, August 23rd - 27th, as part of her 2003 Great Lakes FriendshipTour. Amistad's visit is organized by the Amistad - Detroit Host Committee/Plymouth United Church of Christ and made possible with support from co presenting sponsors Bank One - Ford Motor Company in conjunction with national sponsors SBC, Key Bank, United Church of Christ and local sponsors Charity Motors and UAW Ford Visteon. Additionally, program support is being provided by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, WDIV - Local Four, New Detroit, and The National Association of Community and Justice [NCCJ]. The combined effort has been vital in bringing Amistad to the city of Detroit.   more...

 

 

 



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Huron stars in TV look at 1913 gale

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PhotoGreat Lakes historians speak of Nov. 9, 1913, as if it were yesterday.

It was the day of the Great Storm -- a rampage of roaring wind and waves that wrecked 19 ships and brought death to 244 sailors.

Seamen afterward remembered the day as Black Sunday.

The tale of the Regina, a 250-foot steel freighter lying inverted under about 80 feet of water some six miles from Lexington Harbor, remains shrouded in mystery. No one survived its sinking during the Great Storm to tell the story.

So, several weeks ago, Kralyevich Productions Inc., a New York production company, stopped by Port Huron to investigate what they consider one possible explanation of the ship's sinking. And they spent a great part of their day filming aboard the Huron Lightship Museum.   more...

 



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Tall act to follow

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Bay City's last Tall Ship Celebration attracted an estimated 350,000 visitors.

In an attempt to equal or outpace that turnout, organizers of this year's event have lined up an armada much different from the 2001 fleet.

Only five of the ships coming this year are repeat ships from 2001, said Shirley M. Roberts, executive director of the Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Fifteen ships will be in port Thursday through Aug. 18 to take part in the 2003 Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City.

Of those, only the Appledore IV, Pride of Baltimore II, Madeline, Mist of Avalon and True North of Toronto were among the 14 ships that docked in Bay City last time.   more...

 



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Amateur to tackle Lake Ontario crossing ‘one stroke at a time’

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With just one day left before he begins his historic crossing of the deep, cold waters of Lake Ontario, John Munro is pumped and ready for the swim of his life.

The retired Toronto police officer, who lives on Amherst Island, is eager to plunge into the waters off Sackets Harbor, N.Y. early tomorrow and begin the 56-kilometre swim.

If he completes it, he will become the oldest amateur swimmer ever to complete the crossing.   more...


 



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The Shark Returns to Lake Superior With New Space-Age Skin

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After twice setting new Lake Superior distance records, but falling short in his quest to become the first to swim a direct crossing of Lake Superior, ultra-marathon athlete Jim "The Shark" Dreyer will make another attempt at a crossing utilizing state-of-the-art technological advances in thermal protection. Dreyer will attempt a non-stop 73-mile crossing between Grand Portage, Minnesota and McLain State Park near Hancock, Michigan during the first period of favorable weather beginning on or after August 26, 2003. Dreyer plans to swim continuously for an estimated 50 - 60 hours to complete the crossing. A successful Lake Superior crossing will also make Dreyer the first person to swim a direct crossing of all five Great Lakes.  more...

 



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Speedy boats draw a crowd

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Curious gear-heads and sun worshippers mingled among the crews and their knowledgeable friends, soaking up rays and sopping up Milwaukee's first taste of national championship powerboat racing.

The GMC Offshore Grand Prix of Milwaukee is part motorsports competition, part party in the park.

On Saturday, a couple thousand spectators gathered in Veterans Park - and a few hundred more on the water of Lake Michigan - to get a sense of the speed, take an up-close look at expensive toys, drink $4 beers and check out the tanned and toned.   more...

 



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Track the Tall Ships in the Great Lakes

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The Tall Ship regatta is headed from Muskegon, Mich.,to  Bay City, Mich., Aug. 14-18 and will conclude their Great Lakes visit in Sarnia, Ontario, Aug. 21-24.  Check out the locations of the Tall Ships at this site.   more...


 



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Venetian Festival offers variety of worthy events

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The Nautical Mile's Venetian Festival is in full swing.

Special Olympics PWC riders helped kick off the mile-long party by ending their annual ride in St. Clair Shores last Friday.

After stopping at the Idle Hour Yacht Club, the riders got their second wind as these ladies and gentlemen rode their PWCs from Mackinac to Lake St. Clair, raising funds all the way.

Ken Baker, as he proclaimed himself, "The world's greatest fisherman," said they had a goal of $150,000 and will exceed that this year. Baker, who ran his boat Pay Dirt as a support boat, said it was the first time he could remember the winds were low and it was smooth all the way. Outside of fog the last day, the entire run was without any major problem.   more...


 



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Just a reminder

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A program called, "Butterflies, Beetles and Bugs," will be held Sunday, 1 p.m., at Metro Beach Metropark Nature Center. To pre-register, call (586) 463-4332.

 ... The Michigan State Senate has declared Saturday (Aug. 9) as Michigan Marina Day. ... The Macomb County MSU Extension is hosting a boat cruise on the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair on Aug. 18 from 1-4 p.m. aboard the Clinton Friendship. To register, call (586) 469-5180.

... The St. Clair Voyageur Group Meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., at Metro Beach Nature Center. Call (586) 463-4332.

 ... August is National Water Quality Month.

 ... The Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program and the Macomb Conservation District is offering a free Native Shoreline Vegetation program on Thursday, Aug. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the MacDonald Library, 36480 Main Street, in New Baltimore. Call (586) 469-5180.

. ... The Lake St. Clair Walleye Association Monthly Meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 20, at F.O.E. in Eastpointe. Call (586) 778-0480.



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Annual August River Walk on tap

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The Clinton River Watershed Council staff and naturalist Julie Champion will be joined by other enthusiasts of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair on Saturday for the annual August River Walk.

The event is held at the Metro Beach Metropark Nature Center in Harrison Township, which is filled with the sights and sounds of summertime, said Heather Van Den Berg of the Clinton River Watershed Council.

Those attending Saturday's event will learn more about the coastal ecology and the freshwater marshes of Lake St. Clair, she said.

Participants will also be able to view herons and egrets, as well as migrating hummingbirds.

"Wetlands are such a vital nursery for the spawning fish and a refuge for the waterfowl that pass through," said Van Den Berg, who urged participants to bring the entire family and pack a lunch.

Besides the nature walk, there is an array of other activities at Metro Beach to enjoy on Saturday, including canoeing, golf, day sailing, trackless train, swimming, playground, and other recreational activities.


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Photo contest focuses on Lake Superior

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Lake Superior's many moods, its natural environment and humanity's conflicting interactions with it are among the themes in the first Lake Superior Photo Contest.

Several environmental organizations are sponsoring the contest to showcase the best and worst of life in, on, under or around the lake in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

In addition to producing a calendar using the winning photos, organizers hope the result also will help educate, and perhaps even inspire, more people to protect the lake.   more...

 



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Bounty sailing to South Haven

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Those standing on the beaches of South Haven early Friday morning might catch a glimpse of the historic replica tall ship H.M.S. Bounty slipping over Lake Michigan's horizon. From Our Advertiser The 180-foot-long, three-masted ship is expected to dock in the South Side Municipal Marina around 6 a.m. Friday, beginning a two-day stay on the Black River.    more...

 



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Lake Superior misses out on Tall Ships summer tour

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The Tall Ships are on their summer tour of the Great Lakes and Lake Superior is missing out.

The ships already have been to Cleveland (July 9-13), Toledo (July 16-20) and Chicago (July 30-Aug. 4). Now they're on to Muskegon (Aug. 8-10) and Bay City in Michigan (Aug. 14-17). They finish up in Sarnia, Ontario (Aug. 21-24).

The American Sail Training Association with host ports in the United States and Canada each year organizes the Tall Ships Challenge on the Great Lakes -- including sail training races, cruises and port festivals. The summer tour emphasizes maritime heritage and sailing education.   more...

 



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