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Here it comes!

Great Lakes Boating Festival May 16-18

The Great Lakes Boating Festival comes to the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club May 16-18. The event is open and free to the public.

May 08, 2014
For 26 years, the Great Lakes Boating Festival has showcased the best boats, yachts and personal watercraft on the market.

It also shows off the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, which is celebrating 100 years in the community in 2014.

The boating festival begins Friday, May 16, and runs through Sunday, May 18. Events are open to the public with free admission.

Activities include a display of boats from 16 to 80 feet, marine products and services on display, antique cars, items from teh Dossin Museum, vintage boats, personal watercraft and water toys. The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House will have a display for the weekend.

"We have some new displays and it will be a great show," said organizer and past commodore of GPYC Jim Morrow.

Hours for the public are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 16; noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

A special kick off party at 7 p.m. Friday raises funds for the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation. Non-members and members are welcome to attend.

The event, at $100 per ticket, features a live auction, raffle, wine wall, dancing, food and bar.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Summer Breeze kick-off party, contact Aaron Wagner at awagner@gpyc.org or call (313) 640-7003.

The festival features raffles for several items, including a 2014 Boston Whaler, donated by Boston Whaler, Ray Laethem Motor Village and Colony Marine. A 2014 Cadillac ATS lease will be a raffle item, courtesy of Don Gooley Cadillac. A Rolex watch, donated by edmund t. AHEE jewelers will be raffled.

Other sponsors include Munder Capital Management, Sterling Insurance Group and the Grosse Pointe News.

More information will be published in the May 15 Grosse Pointe News. Visit greatlakesboatingfestival.com. A tab for the festival also is available at grossepointenews.com.

The Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation will award its scholarships to students during a breakfast at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club on Sunday, May 18.

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