Regatta Review #221

Friday, June 20, 2014

Volunteers - Join Us To See The Detroit Fireworks

We're having a casual fireworks viewing from the Dodge Pits for the Detroit / Ford Fireworks on Monday June 23rd.

While we're a couple miles from the actual fireworks, it's a nice way to see the fireworks but not have to deal with the crowd or parking hassles.

This is a BYO event - bring your own food, drink, chairs, whatever you wish to have. UPDATE: A grill will be available!

The Pit Tower will be open for bathrooms and running water.

We'll start about 6pm though you can arrive any time after that too. The fireworks are scheduled for 10:06pm.

Still Have Room For A Few More Golfers - June 27th

The Detroit Yacht Club's Golf Fundraiser for the Gold Cup race is coming up quick. This event is open to everyone regardless of golfing ability - just come out and have fun while supporting the races!

The format is 4 Man Scramble, 18 holes. Mixed and ladies teams are welcome.

Friday June 27th at the Coyote Golf Club
28700 Milford Road, New Hudson MI, 48165

$130 per person includes:
- 18 holes of golf with cart
- Hot dog, chips and pop at the turn
- BBQ chicken dinner with beer served after 18 (cash bar)
- One trophy awarded to the best overall score for Men or Mixed team
- One trophy awarded to Ladies Only team
- Prizes also awarded for closest to the pin and longest drive
- Raffles, picture with APBA Gold Cup trophy, and more

Sponsored by Rick and Audrey Michalski
Contact or call (313) 824-1200

Air Exhibition Plans

We're working on a flying exhibition for this year. The plans are to have Rick Volker fly his Harvard Mk IV in a short demo of it's flying capabilities. The demo will be about Noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information see Rick's web site:

At The Shop - Team Porter

Team Porter will return to running two boats in the 2014 H1 Unlimited Championship Series, bringing the T-5 out of backup status to return to competition.

Cal Phipps has been named to drive the T-5 as Porter's 7 Graham Trucking.

Porter also said the team will run both boats for the full season, and an expanded crew will be shared between the two boats. Tom Anderson returns as crew chief of the 1 Graham Trucking, while Brooke Tyler IV moves from the deck of the 1 to become crew chief of the 7.

J. Michael Kelly also returns to the team this season, as driver of the 1 Graham Trucking (T-6).

For the full story see:

Some Sad News - Mira Slovak

Hydroplane racing legend Mira Slovak passed away Monday June 16 at his home in Fallbrook, California.  He had been suffering from stomach cancer.  He was 84.

Beyond doubt, one of the most colorful characters ever to jockey an unlimited hydroplane was Mira Slovak, "The Flying Czech," who was to boat racing what Errol Flynn was to the movies.

During an unlimited career that lasted from 1956 to 1968, Miraslav J. Slovak was a competitive presence on the race course. He was national high point champion twice-in 1958 with Miss Bardahl and in 1966 with Tahoe Miss. And he won the 1966 APBA Gold Cup with Tahoe Miss.

When Mira arrived on the hydroplane scene in the middle 1950s, promoters of the sport were faced with a peculiar problem. Instead of having to invent an interesting background for a new participant, they had to present Slovak in a credible light. No APBA publicist-or Hollywood screenwriter-could have concocted a fictional script to match what Mira had actually done in the few years prior to his celebrated debut at the 1956 Seattle Seafair Regatta as rookie driver of Bill Boeing, Jr.'s Miss Wahoo.

Visit the H1 site for the rest of this must-read story:


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