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Detroit Boat Club Celebrates 175 Years


The oldest boat club in the United States, as well as the oldest social club in Michigan, celebrated its 175th year of boating in Detroit last week.

Founded in February 1839, two years after Michigan became a state, the Detroit Boat Club (DBC) is now regarded as a centerpiece for Detroit sailing and boating. Originally a rowing club, DBC was one of three clubs that founded the Detroit Regional Yachting Association (DRYA) in 1912. The club has since hosted the DRYA regatta on Lake Saint Clair, with 2014 marking the club’s 120th Annual Sailing Regatta.

“This is a milestone that no other boating club in the United States can claim,” says Karen Fink, 2014 Detroit Boat Club commodore. “The continued success of the Detroit Boat Club is a testimony to the love of the water and the enjoyment of boating that has always been a hallmark of the Detroit area.”

The club celebrated both its anniversary and the regatta's by hosting a party for regatta participants and club members following the conclusion of the 120th Annual Sailing Regatta last week.

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