Regatta Review #224

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Fourth Of July

The Detroit Yacht Club and the Detroit River Regatta Association would like to wish all our fans, friends and volunteers a very happy and safe Fourth Of July!

International Tug Boat Race 2014

Even more boat racing in Detroit! Tugboats from the U.S. and Canada compete for fun and bragging rights.

It is the most unusual tug race anywhere. As many as 30 tugs of all sizes race in a mad dash for the finish line. Tugs ranging in length from 45 to 140 feet compete at the same time, all muscling for the best position. Some of the larger tugs are actual working tugs with more than 2,000 horsepower, the Detroit River boils as the tugs create a huge wake.

Madison Race Coverage

On-the-water action in Madison Indiana begins on Saturday with testing and qualifying, then continues on Sunday with heat races leading up to the winner-take-all final.

For the schedule, results, and H1 coverage information see:

Additionally, WORX radio will be streaming the Madison Regatta. is the website or on your smart phones you can tune in through the Tune-in radio app.

Mark Weber Named to Michigan MSHOF

*Detroit, Michigan (June 28, 2014)* -- The Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame has announced champion hydroplane driver and Gold Cup race director Mark Weber will be inducted as a member of their class of 2014.

Mark Weber has won championships in virtually every class he raced, from 5 Liters to Unlimiteds, amassing 20 National and International championships in all.

"To say I am honored to be in such great company as I am with the other members of the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame would be an understatement," Weber said.

The sport's premier sanctioning body, the American Power Boat Association, has acknowledged Weber, with selection to the APBA Hall of Champions and Honor Squadron, the organization's two highest honors.

As notable as those accomplishments are, what Weber has done for the sport of boat racing and the State of Michigan after hanging up his helmet are every bit as noteworthy.

Elected president of APBA by its members, Weber instituted programs promoting the sport's growth through driving schools. In Michigan alone, there are now six APBA inboard and outboard race boat drivers' schools scheduled for 2014.

"Mark Weber is a legend within the powerboat racing world, and the American Power Boat Association is thrilled to see him recognized. Weber achieved a great deal during his career as a top driver and is a member of APBA's Hall of Champions," said Mark Wheeler, President of the APBA. "Weber is also one of my most trusted advisers; his leadership within APBA continues to be outstanding. His place in the Hall of Fame is much deserved."

His work as Event Director for the Detroit River Regatta Association has kept the nearly 100-year tradition of Gold Cup Unlimited hydroplane racing alive on the Detroit River in the face of significant challenges.  For the eighth year, Weber will be at the helm of this year's Detroit Gold Cup Races, which take place July 11-13. This is in addition to his role as a director for the 2014 APBA Inboard Nationals, which will bring hundreds of competitors to Pontiac Lake later this summer.

"Mark has been such an asset to the DRRA since he joined us nearly a decade ago," said Tom Bertolini, President of the DRRA. "We can't think of anyone who deserves this honor more."

For general information or to purchase tickets for the Detroit Gold Cup, visit

The 2014 Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner is scheduled for Sunday, November 2, in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

For more information on the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame, visit:

Weber and his wife, Lori, call Washington Township, Michigan home.

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