Regatta Review #188

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Volunteers Needed This Saturday

We're looking for 4-6 hard-working volunteers to help with a big project this Saturday. Jim and Fuzzy of the Event Operations team need assistance replacing some of the snow-fence on the grandstands with a wire mesh to improve visibility and spectator safety. If you can help with this important project please RSVP to the offices.

A List of Auction Items at the DYC Gala This Saturday

For the full list of items that will be auctioned off, see:

Press Release: Detroit Tigers Among Dignitaries at the DYA Gala

Detroit, MI, April 23, 2013 –The Detroit Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Detroit River Regatta Association (DRRA), will host a fundraising dinner party and auction on April 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to benefit the 2013 APBA Detroit Gold Cup Races, scheduled for July 13 – 14 on the Detroit River. Last year’s event raised more than $80,000 from ticket sales and live and silent auctions. Approximately 500 people were in attendance, including local  dignitaries and guests from both the U.S. and Canada.

Money raised from the fundraiser will go toward operating expenses for this year’s Gold Cup Races.

This year’s fundraiser will feature WJR Radio’s Frank Beckmann as Master of Ceremonies and include appearances by several Detroit Tiger players including Ramon Santiago, Al Albuquerque and Octavio Dotel, Brayan Pena and Brayan Villerael. Musical entertainment will be provided by the “Back In The Day Band” headed by Larry Lee, former Detroit Lions center and Vice President.

The Detroit Yacht Club will announce a major concert to be staged on the Club’s grounds on Thursday July 11 to kick off Gold Cup weekend. It will feature Grammy Award winning singer Rick Springfield along with a special guest co-headliner to be named at the Saturday evening event. Show and ticket information will be announced at the event this Saturday.

“The Detroit Yacht Club is proud to once again host this important fundraising event for the APBA Gold Cup Races,” said Scott Allen, Commodore of the Detroit Yacht Club. “The hydroplane races in Detroit are a 100 year old, family tradition that we must preserve. It is more than a race; it is a community event which showcases one more positive piece of Detroit. The Detroit Yacht Club is a vital and growing part of the renewed spirit of Detroit and we are proud to be partnered with the Detroit River Regatta Association and the American Power Boat Association to keep this tradition alive.”

The Detroit Yacht Club is the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Gold Cup Races again in 2013, leading the fundraising efforts for the event, including seeking businesses, individuals and clubs to help by donating auction items and by attending the event on April 27.

A Title Sponsor is still needed for the Gold Cup Races. Interested companies or individuals should contact either Scott Allen, Commodore of the DYC at 248-841-3656 or Mark Weber of the Detroit River Regatta Association (DRRA) at 586-774-0980.

The Gold Cup is considered the oldest contested motorsports trophy in the world, with Detroit hosting the longest running, yearly hydroplane race in the world. The Detroit River racecourse is considered the most famous powerboat racecourse in the world.

“We greatly appreciate the region’s support of the APBA Gold Cup Races for the past 100 years,” said Tom Bertolini, President, DRRA. “We look forward to another great event this year, supporting a tradition of boating excellence and for many an annual family event along the shores of the Detroit River.”

The Gala Fundraiser will be held Saturday April 27, 2013 beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $100 per person and available by calling the Detroit Yacht Club at (313) 824-1200.


Founded in 1868, the Detroit Yacht Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious private clubs in North America. Listed on the United States Department of Interior National Register of Historic Places, the Detroit Yacht Club has been the center of Detroit society for nearly 150 years and continues a proud tradition and commitment to excellence and quality service to its members and the community. Offering boating and social memberships, the Detroit Yacht Club offers a first class dining experience, premier docking facilities in a picturesque location on Belle Isle, along with a variety of social events, recreational, athletic, health and fitness services. For membership information, please Jim Neumann at 313-824-1200 or visit

The APBA Gold Cup, first presented in 1904, is the ultimate motorsport prize, considered the most prestigious powerboat racing trophy in the world. The Gold Cup began its relationship with Detroit more than 100 years ago and it is the oldest annual unlimited hydroplane race in the world. For more information, contact the Detroit River Regatta Association (DRRA) at 586-774-0980 or visit

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