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Detroit Boat Club Crew 175th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, August 22, 2014



To kick off the celebration, the 175th Anniversary Banquet will be held at Detroit’s Atheneum Hotel.


Ed Herrmann

Christine Taylor,
U.S. Olympic Committee

This event will not only honor the club’s significant milestone, but also the 1940 Olympic rowing team, whose dreams were never realized due to World War II.

Room block available until midnight August 1, 2014.  Phone:   800-772-2323

Shuttles available for Saturday and Sunday events.

Saturday, August 23,2014



A three hour tour aboard the Ovation Yacht along the same river that has propelled innumerable crews.

300 guests are invited to join Friends of Detroit Rowing on a trip that will stop in front of the Boat Club for photo opportunities on Saturday afternoon.

12:30 - 3:30 pm

Departure & Return at:

Jefferson Beach Marina
Embarkation Point 12:00 pm
Debarkation Point 3:30 pm

Lunch and Cocktails included

Arrange with hotel shuttle for transportation to and from hotel.

Sunday, August 24, 2014



Open house and Sunday brunch at the Boathouse – Tour the building and the boathouse to see where today’s rowers continue to train and compete.

Experience 175 years of historical photos and memorabilia on the Detroit Boat Club Crew History Walk.

8:00 am Morning row
Bagels , Juice, and beverages

10:00 - 2:00 pm
Tour and brunch

We will christen the following:

3 Eights
William P. Thrope
John & Art McKinlay
Ken George

Vespoli Quad
Mac and Cathy Nash

Tickets are $130 for all 3 175th Anniversary events

Tickets are $75 for the 175TH Anniversary Banquet

Tickets are $75 for the Ovation Yacht Cruise.

Tickets are $20 for the Detroit Boat Club Crew Open House

Thanks to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:  Roy O'Brien Ford

Mark and Gail O'Brien

Thom and Elise Coyle

Vince and Megan Brennan

Bill and Mary Lou Miller
in Memory of Skip Miller

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 The Detroit Boat Club Crew was founded
in 1839, which makes us the oldest
rowing club in North America.

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We race within the Midwest Rowing Association, with over 80 schools and clubs, but have plenty of beginners and non-racing members too! 

The mission of Friends of Detroit Rowing (our sponsor), is to educate and promote the sport of amateur rowing in the Detroit metropolitan community, provide competitive and recreational programs to men and women of all ages, and training opportunities for rowers competing on the national, international, and Olympic level.

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